Ulpotha has been a retreat site for thousands of years and remains a perfect place for a yoga holiday or an Ayurveda retreat in the heart of Sri Lanka. It's a beautiful hideaway is open to guests for holidays and retreats for part of the year and is a place of total peace.
It's a traditional working village in Sri Lanka cradled on the one side by low mountains and a lotus-ringed lake and on the other by tiny emerald green paddy fields. The focus is on the restoration of an ageless agricultural way of life and creating an idyllic environment for Yoga and Ayurveda retreats. This includes bio-diverse organic farming and reforestation of the land and its immediate surroundings.
Guests are welcome for retreats at Ulpotha, Sri Lanka, for six months of the year (it goes back to being a traditional village for the rest of the year). Those who come for retreats will find a natural sanctuary of exceptional beauty in Sri Lanka’s heartland. The most attractive retreat activity can be said to be to simply relax in its remarkable atmosphere of peace and calm.
The retreat center is run on a non-profit basis. All revenues from Yoga holidays and Ayurveda retreats are spent supporting Ulpotha's villagers and the surrounding local community. The rates reflect the delicate balance to achieve in generating the funds needed to support Ulpotha without subjecting it to visitor numbers that might overwhelm its natural environment.
Guests are accommodated in one of a number of tastefully decorated traditional wattle and daub huts sprinkled through Ulpotha, where living is by design a communal and shared experience in nature's embrace. There are 11 charming guest huts in Ulpotha, 10 of which are for two guests and one for three.
All of them are built using traditional wattle and daub with comfortable beds, excellent mosquito nets, cupboards, fresh water, towels and offer a sarong to wear and take home. The huts are of an open, airy design that facilitates the sense of being one with nature. Twice a year, each hut is hand painted using different coloured clays, where no designs are ever repeated. Much use has been made of clay, stone, wood, pottery and fabrics that reflect traditional village practices and aesthetics.
Inside Ulpotha is a treatment centre where one can have complete Ayurveda treatments administered by the resident doctor. Proceeds from these go towards funding the newly created Free Clinic for the surrounding local villages. Guests can go for walks in the mountains, swim in the lake, go bird watching, have massages with our visiting massage therapists, indulge in herbal steam baths, or go on excursions to some of the many intriguing cultural sites that surround Ulpotha. Alternatively, one can do what Ulpotha is most amenable to – relax and hang out in one of the many hammocks and hanging beds that dot the grounds or in our lovely tree-house or lake huts.
Ulpotha offers transportation for all of their guests. From the airport all the way to Yala Park, there are numerous options available to you. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can also reach the venue via private and public buses.
The Yoga Shala is essentially an open-sided hall that lets in nature's charms, from gentle breezes to bird song.
On occasion classes are conducted further afield: beneath the splaying branches of a Banyan tree, or on top of Monkey Rock, or below the neighbouring temple - or wherever else takes the collective fancy of those present.
Teachers who come here are very experienced and are open to teaching many levels of students within a class.
Some may also guide dawn walks in the beautifully wooded surrounding hills for those who wish.
This is a place to unwind, be gentle with yourself, live close to nature and simply be; or if you feel energetic, a wonderful place to exercise and rejuvenate.
The retreat package includes your shared accommodations, all meals, snacks, drinks, two yoga classes a day, a one-on-one consultation with the resident Ayurveda doctor.
A full day excursion per week, a massage per week, laundry service and the use of icicles, sauna, steam bath, hot water bathing area and taxes.