9 Nights Yoga Holiday in Sri Lanka

Time to escape the cold and dark days and start the New Year with the warm sunshine and the warm smiles of Sri Lanka. Stay in beautiful yoga accommodation and relax by the pool or wander down to the beach. Try surfing, explore many beaches, visit Galle, enjoy a safari and of course, 2 yoga classes a day and 3 meals a day included in the price.

Join us on our New Year yoga holiday Sri Lanka 2024/2025 and take time out for yourself in this tropical paradise. Our venue is in a vibrant area of the southwest coast is situated between Galle and Mirissa in the surf mecca of Sri Lanka.

Since 2013, we have been exploring Sri Lanka to find the best sunshine, surf, beach, and yoga holiday package for you. We have explored the whole island and the surrounding area of our yoga holiday location to make sure we offer you the best balance of yoga, relaxation, activity and adventure, culture, and time out just for you.

We have included in the price beach trips, a surf lesson, a boat tour around the lake and a visit to Cinnamon Island, a day trip to Galle, sunsets and sunrises, yoga twice daily, and three meals a day. You will explore the southwestern coastline to feel like you have got to know the area and fall in love with it.

On this 9-night winter sun yoga retreat in Sri Lanka, your home is a stunning retreat venue that is based on Lake Koggala, so you can enjoy a cool breeze during the hot hours of the day to escape the heat of the beach. Designed with the infamous and beautiful Sri Lankan style architecture, it is a place of tranquillity, immersed in nature, and you will instantly feel relaxed as soon as you enter the grounds of your Sri Lankan yoga holiday destination.

The local beach is only a 5-minute tuk-tuk ride away or a 20-minute walk, or you can choose where to head. Turn left, and you head towards Ahangama or Kabalana beach—a beautiful, wide, long beach with great surf for all levels. You can enjoy a surf yoga holiday or simply lie on the beach, have a coconut, and enjoy the views. Turn right and head to Wijaya beach, Unawatuna, and Galle.

Enjoy two yoga classes a day at your Sri Lankan yoga retreat in a rooftop yoga shala with lake views. All yoga equipment is included. Your Sri Lanka yoga holiday is also fully catered, with in-house Sri Lankan chefs creating plant-based delights for every meal.

The days go by in a whirl of yoga, delicious meals, and peace and quiet by the lake. You can also visit the beaches and coastal villages and explore the local area. With surf at your doorstep, you can make it a surf yoga holiday, or if you prefer culture, explore Galle and temples nearby. For wildlife, bird life is incredible, so take a day trip on a safari and see what you find!

Find out more about where to go in Sri Lanka here.

For 2024 into 2025, enjoy a New Year’s yoga holiday to see in 2025 in a beautiful location with new friends. Enjoy our January yoga holiday in Sri Lanka to feel revitalised, and find out what else you can do here.

For those of you who have been with us before – now it’s time for a new adventure!

Find out more about where to go in Sri Lanka and try this recipe if you love Sri Lankan food.

 

  • Location

    Location
    Haburaduwa, South West Sri Lanka

  • Season

    Season
    Winter

  • Duration

    Duration
    9 nights

  • Group size

    Group size
    Up to 13

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation
    Boutique yoga hotel

  • Meeting Point

    Meeting Point
    Bandaranaike international airport

  • Yoga level

    Yoga level
    All levels

  • Activity level

    Activity level
    All levels

  • Food

    Food
    Plant-based

  • Carbon Footprint

    Carbon Footprint
    TBC

From £1499
Female
Male
Couples

To see all dates available, click the dropdown arrow on the date box above.

PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING

INSTALMENT PLANS ARE AVAILABLE PLEASE CONTACT US TO FIND OUT MORE

TRAVEL INSURANCE: Please buy a travel insurance policy that works for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.

For Sri Lanka, you must apply for a visa; find out more here.

On our Sri Lanka yoga holiday, a twin/double room is for two people sharing either two single beds or a double bed. If this option isn’t available on the website, please email us for availability.

We have quad and triple rooms available if you are a group of friends who are happy to share for a more affordable stay.

We recommend that you plan to arrive in Colombo a day early and stay at an airport hotel that we recommend so that the transfer can collect everyone together. See the ‘getting there’ section for more information.

On your arrival day, settle into your room, relax on the grounds, and enjoy the first meal and welcome meeting to discuss your 10-day Sri Lanka yoga holiday ahead.

Each day will follow the schedule here, with the day filled with a loose structure and whatever you feel like doing.  The last yoga class is the night before the last day.

As you can see, the schedule is broken down. It is weather-dependent and may change when you arrive, but all the activities are included (except the safari).

Daily Schedule

8am – 9.30am

Yoga with the sun rising over the lake

9.30am

Delicious vegan breakfast with many options suitable for all tastes

Day 1

Explore the coast and visit Wijaya beach

Day 2

A boat trip to cinnamon island

Day 3

Surf lesson and Kabalana beach

Day 4

Chill day - time for a safari? (optional extra)

Day 5

Day trip to Galle - experience the local train on the way there and then van on return

Day 6

Cooking class

Day 7

Chill day dinner out

Day 8

Chill day - visit local beaches

Day 9

Chill day - Sunset last night!

1.30pm

Lunchtime!

4.30pm – 6pm

Evening yoga class

7.00pm

Delicious vegan evening meal

See what is included in your yoga holiday in Sri Lanka!
What's included
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Spacious and beautiful Boutique yoga retreat accommodation with private pool and lakeside views

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Transfers to and from the airport on our recommended flight times

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A choice of double, twin, or single rooms with en-suite rooms

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3 hours of yoga a day, 1.5 hrs morning and evening

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A wholesome vegan breakfast for 9 mornings

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All vegan lunches

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Fresh mineral water available throughout your stay - bring your water bottle!

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Herbal teas and Sri Lankan coffee available all day

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8 evenings of delicious Sri Lankan style 3 course vegan meals

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Orientation beach day to Wijaya beach with transfers

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1 surf lesson with the group with return transfers to Kabalana beach

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Boat tour around the lake and visit Cinnamon Island

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Day out to Galle by local train one way, van transfer on return

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Fantastic AY retreat team to look after you during your stay

What's not included
  • Flights, visas, travel insurance
  • 1 evening meal out and transport to and from
  • Extra excursions, diving, extra surfing, safari, temple visit
  • Airport transfers outside of our recommended transfer time
  • Tuk tuks to get around the local area apart from what is included opposite
Accommodation in Sri Lanka

Your accommodation for your yoga holiday in Sri Lanka is a beautiful lake-side yoga retreat venue that has been newly built in keeping with Sri Lanka’s architectural style. Think big pillars, polished concrete, and simple and minimal decor. It is very much outside living with large cosy day beds and lush plants and nature all around.  A real oasis of peace and tranquillity. Relax by the Infinity pool, take a nap on a day bed or rest in your room.

Not being by the ocean has its blessings, a cool breeze from the lake and being inland a bit you get to see real Sri Lanka, local villages, daily life and the friendliness of your Sri Lankan neighbours.

Our exclusive venue offers a serene and peaceful experience for our group, with indoor and outdoor spaces including our large yoga and meditation shala, rooftop terraces, and beautiful gardens. Located on Sri Lanka’s south coast, our venue is the perfect place to connect with nature.

The Rooms

There are 9 rooms, and 4 different types of rooms. The group size is between 12 – 16. See below:

LUXURY TWO BED-ROOM – Twin room

Our largest room options are the upstairs rooms located in the main villa. One of the standout features of these rooms is the huge bathroom. It has a separate toilet, two showers, and two sinks, allowing for convenient and efficient use. Plus, brushing your teeth becomes an unforgettable experience as you gaze out onto the uninterrupted, elevated view of the lake. These rooms are designed to be cooled by cross ventilation, but an AC unit is also available for those who prefer a cooler temperature.

Additionally, this room boasts a massive balcony that overlooks the lake, providing the perfect place to relax, read a book, or simply take in the stunning view.

This room is for two people, however it can accommodate up to four people as there are two upper bunks integrated as a mezzanine. Please email [email protected] to book for three/four people.

LAKEVIEW ROOM – Quad bedroom

Our spacious quad is situated upstairs in the main villa. One of the standout features of these rooms is the huge bathroom, it has a separate toilet, two showers, and two sinks, allowing for convenient and efficient use. This spacious room is equipped with a split king-size bed and two upper bunks integrated as a mezzanine, providing ample space for everyone.

This room is cooled by cross ventilation, but an AC unit is also available for those who prefer a cooler temperature. Additionally, this room boasts a massive balcony that overlooks the lake, providing the perfect place to relax. read a book, or simply take in the stunning view.

LAKEFRONT ROOM – Ideal as single occupancy or double for a couple

These brand-new rooms are hidden under the grass area as you enter the central part of the venue because the venue wanted to work with a more sustainable building model. This means these rooms are cooled by being built into the ground with their green roof. With a little help from the ceiling fans, these rooms stay cool year-round, without the need for air-conditioning.

These rooms are best suited to a couple or solo traveller. They have a splittable king bed, with everything else you could need to be both comfortable and cool. In front of these rooms, you have a low view of the lake over the tops of the mangrove trees, with a large natural balcony in front to relax.

LAKE VIEW TWIN ROOM

These rooms are upstairs in the main villa and offer a serene experience, with stunning views of the surrounding lake and lush greenery. The rooms are thoughtfully designed with cross ventilation to provide a cool and comfortable environment. For those who prefer cooler temperatures, the rooms also have air conditioning.

The spacious rooms feature splittable king beds, making them ideal for couples or friends travelling together. The large bathrooms are equipped with modern amenities and are perfect for relaxing after a day of yoga and meditation.

The highlight of these rooms could be the expansive balcony that offers uninterrupted views of the picturesque lake. It’s the perfect spot to unwind, or simply soak up the peaceful surroundings.

GARDEN VIEW – Twin room

The Garden Room is located downstairs, next to the pool. It features a luxurious bathroom with an indoor/outdoor design, allowing you to enjoy the garden views while you shower.
This room offers added privacy and a stunning low view of the lake. You can step straight out into a private garden area, with a lush grass lawn that’s perfect for lounging or doing yoga. Just a few steps away, you’ll find our vegetable garden, and a short walk will take you to the small jetty that extends out onto the lake.
To ensure your comfort, the Garden Room is equipped with both AC and fans, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your liking.

Flights:

The Airport you need to fly into is Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, in Sri Lanka (CMB)

Recommended flights

The airlines to look at are:

Sri Lankan Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Oman air. We use www.skyscanner.net to check the best prices from the UK. There are direct flights from Heathrow and non-direct flights from Gatwick.

Transfers:

Transfers are included in the price if you arrive in time for our transfer. It will be at 2pm. 

We recommend that you arrive the day before the start date of the holiday to meet the free transfer. Lots of people enjoy arriving a day early to give them a chance to overcome jetlag.

Transfers for the return journey will be arranged to arrive at the airport in Sri Lanka for 10.30am to meet the direct flight with Sri Lankan Airlines departing at 12.55pm.

The recommendation is that you arrive at the airport around 3 hours before your flight.

Visas:

For Sri Lanka, please go to www.eta.gov.lk – They cost about £20 and are very easy to do online.

Inoculations:

Please speak to your doctor about what you might need

 

We have 5 different room types, please see below:

Luxury spacious twin bedroom:

Our largest room options are the upstairs rooms located in the main villa. These spacious rooms are equipped with a splittable king-size bed.

One of the standout features of these rooms is the huge bathroom. It has a separate toilet, two showers, and two sinks, allowing for convenient and efficient use. Plus, brushing your teeth becomes an unforgettable experience as you gaze out onto the uninterrupted, elevated view of Koggala lake. These rooms are designed to be cooled by cross ventilation, but an AC unit is also available for those who prefer a cooler temperature.

Additionally, this room boasts a massive balcony that overlooks the lake, providing the perfect place to relax, read a book, or simply take in the stunning view.

As a Twin: £1799pp

We sell this room as a twin but if you are a group of 3 or 4 please email us on [email protected] if you would like to book the triple or quad size.

Lake-View Quad with En-Suite:

Our spacious quad is situated upstairs in the main villa. One of the standout features of these rooms is the huge bathroom. It has a separate toilet, two showers, and two sinks, allowing for convenient and efficient use. This spacious room is equipped with a split king-size bed and two upper bunks integrated as a mezzanine, providing ample space for everyone.

This room is cooled by cross ventilation, but an AC unit is also available for those who prefer a cooler temperature. Additionally this room boasts a massive balcony that overlooks the lake.

Quad: £1499pp

Lakefront single or couple occupancy room
These brand-new rooms are hidden under the grass area as you enter the central part of the venue. We decided not to lose any green space in building these new rooms, which allowed us to experiment with a more sustainable building model. This means these rooms are cooled by being built into the ground with their green roof. With a little help from the ceiling fans, these rooms stay cool year-round, without the need for air-conditioning.

They have a splittable king bed, with everything else you could need to be both comfortable and cool. In front of these rooms, you have a low view of Koggala lake over the tops of the mangrove trees, with a large natural balcony in front to relax.

As a single occupancy room: £1999
As a double occupancy room: £1699pp

Let us know if you would like double occupancy.

Lake view twin room with en-suite bathroom

The Lake View Rooms at our venue, also upstairs in the main villa offer a serene experience, with stunning views of the surrounding lake and lush greenery. The rooms are thoughtfully designed with cross ventilation to provide a cool and comfortable environment. For those who prefer cooler temperatures, the rooms also have air-conditioning.

The spacious rooms feature splittable king beds, making them ideal for couples or friends traveling together. The large bathrooms are equipped with modern amenities and are perfect for relaxing after a day of yoga and meditation.

The highlight of these rooms could be the expansive balcony that offers uninterrupted views of the picturesque lake. It’s the perfect spot to unwind, or simply soak up the peaceful surroundings.

Two rooms of this type are available

Twin room price: £1699pp

Garden View Twin room En-Suite:

The Garden Room is located downstairs, next to the pool. It features a luxurious bathroom with an indoor/outdoor design, allowing you to enjoy the garden views whilst you shower.

This room offers added privacy and a stunning low view of the lake. You can step straight out into a private garden area, with a lush grass lawn that’s perfect for lounging or doing yoga. Just a few steps away, you’ll find our vegetable garden, and a short walk will take you to the small jetty that extends out into the lake.

To ensure your comfort, the Garden Room is equipped with both AC and fans, allowing you to adjust the temperature to your liking.

Twin room: £1599pp

Please go to the accommodation section to see photo’s of the rooms and venue and for more information email us at [email protected].

Yes they are, at Kabalana beach or the beach which is the best surf beach for all levels, beginner to advanced.
In December and January the climate is usually a nice temperature of around 30 degrees Celsius. The rainy season ends in early December so it is green and lush with some rainfall.
Yes it is! All levels of surfing can enjoy this retreat experience. We include one lesson and board hire and then if you would like to continue with surfing we can help arrange this. if you are more advanced and would like to hire a board and go surfing this can be arranged also
Your accommodation is a beautiful boutique yoga hotel on the shores of Lake Koggola. With a pool, lots of relaxation space and a chioce of single, twin and triple or quad rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Fly to Colombo Bandarainake airport. We provide free transfers if you arrive at the times we recommend in the 'getting there' section. You are welcome to arrive the day before or a few days before and stay near the airport and meet the transfer to join the group, and have recovered from jet lag.
We welcome all levels of yoga - our yoga teachers have lots of experience to be able to adapt the classes to all levels and after 8 days of yoga everyone's practise will advance
Yes it is! We are inclusive and welcome solo male and female travellers, as well as friends, couples, families.
Yes you do. You can buy it online for around £25 and it takes about a week to arrive via email. You can buy it from the
We recommend speaking to your doctor to see what jabs you might need
We recommend:
- A hat, sunscreen, sun glasses
- a light shawl for savasana and for temple visits to cover up respectfully
- flip flops, shorts, t-shirts, vest tops, swim wear
- long light trousers for evenings to keep Mosquitos away and longer sleeved tops
- A beach sarong / travel towel
- evening wear for dinner out
- back pack / beach bag
- Good book and/or journal

This Sri Lanka yoga holiday is suitable for anyone who wants a getaway in the sun and to explore the culture and the sea. Must have a desire for adventure and new experiences. All ages and yoga abilities are welcome.

Suitability : Level
  • Advanced
  • All ages
  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Men & Women
Sustainability

We are working towards reducing our carbon footprint, and here are some ways we, as a company, are doing this.

We are a 88% vegan company, 10% vegetarian and 2% fish or meat (only when staying in boutique hotels that offer these options). This makes up a huge percentage of carbon emissions that we avoid so easily because our food is still delicious, balanced and even more creative. So, thanks to you all for enjoying our healthy (mostly) plant-based meals.

The difference: Most travel companies struggle to reduce their travellers’ meat and dairy consumption, which accounts for a large portion of their carbon emissions.

We stay primarily in one location for the duration of the retreat. We have started staying in a few locations on our long haul, but it is limited to 2 or 3 locations over an 8 – 10 night period. Staying in one place means low carbon emissions because we aren’t burning fuel to get around.

The difference: Other adventure travel companies move around every two days, using alot of petrol in vehicles for sometimes only 1 or 2 people.

Our activities are low-impact—yoga, hiking, surfing, skiing/boarding, whitewater rafting, SUP, and kayaking are all very low-carbon activities, in fact, zero-carbon (except skiing/snowboarding due to the ski lifts, which is also low). These activities are included in the price we measure. The carbon may increase with travel to and from these activities in vehicles.

The difference: Other travel companies can include high-carbon activities in the price, such as jet skiing, quad biking, and jeep driving, which increases their carbon footprint.

We run more than half of our retreats and holidays in the UK; these are very low-carbon holidays.

We currently don’t measure our guests’ travel as part of our carbon output because our guests don’t only come from the UK, so it is hard for us to predict this. We also don’t include travel in the holiday price, which is not part of our calculations. We know that we provide these holidays, so we are looking to include this carbon measurement in the future so we are investigating how we can reduce this.

The carbon measurements at the top of the page with the icons are per person for the whole retreat.

Ultra-low-carbon holidays

These holidays are below 200 kg per person, and our UK retreats are below 100 or even 70 kg, so these are great adventures for low carbon breaks.

Ski holidays are actually low in carbon!

In France, many ski resorts are turning to green energy to power the lifts. If you eat low in meat and dairy while you’re there and hire your ski equipment, this makes your trip as low-carbon as possible.

How can you help?

There are ways that you can help reduce your carbon when coming on our retreats and holidays:

Travel by train, try slow travel across Europe and the UK.
If travelling abroad to Europe or further afield, choose carbon capture schemes, check out Ecologi. Offsetting is not the best thing to do these days, but try carbon capture where you pay for carbon to be absorbed into the environment.
Car share UK – we recommend when guests travel by train to arrive and depart at the same time to taxi share – which helps keep costs and carbon emissions down. Why not consider car share, too? Most guests who drive come alone or with a friend; we have WhatsApp groups that, if you like, you can see who is driving from your area and enjoy getting to know each other on the way to the retreats, and save on your carbon emissions at the same time!

We are by no means saints when it comes to producing carbon, as a travel company we know this is very difficult to reduce. We are working to reduce our carbon output each year by measuring it and then creating plans to reduce it. We are reviewing all our venues and asking them how they can improve their carbon reduction as we don’t own any of our venues but we would like to work with them to help in any way we can. We want to be transparent with this, so please get in touch for more information. As we change things, we will update the website.

Beautiful Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island that still has an untouched feel to it from tourism.  We like to say it has all the best bits of India; it has amazing food, fascinating culture with a mix of Buddhism, Hindu, and Sinhalese; stunning beaches, the most friendly and accommodating people, sunshine, historical culture from the Dutch, Portuguese, and British; you will become a bird watcher here as their colours are so spectacular. And don’t forget its famous tea plantations and of course yoga and Ayurveda.

The southwest coast is the most developed and the most touristy, from Colombo going south around to Galle on the corner and then to Tangalle on the south coast, although it still hasn’t been impacted too much by tourism, enough to help support the local Sri Lankan people as their main import is tourism.

The country has so much to offer, given the size, you need to experience multiple trips to see it all! Explore the coastline and its villages and beaches like Hikkadua, Unawatuna, Ahangama, Kabalana, Wijaya and Dickwella or head inland to the hill country and explore Ella, Adams Peak, Hatton Plains and head up to Kandy and see Buddha’s tooth at the temple of the tooth!

From there head up to the cultural triangle and walk up Sigiriya for sunrise or sunset, enjoy Dambulla caves or enjoy a safari at lesser-known game parks that are packed full of wildlife, especially the Sri Lankan elephant.

There is so much to see and do in Sri Lanka and what makes it so special is the people. So friendly and kind and accommodating to travellers it is a safe place to travel or go on holiday and we highly recommend it.

Check out our Top Sri Lanka Destinations or see what our Sri Lanka guests have to say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading down south, we are right on the beach in our new luxurious accommodation, with beautifully simple and chic rooms Sri Lankan boutique style in design, a private pool and the beach right next door. The surf beach is just around the bay, all you need is right where you are. Morning yoga revives you after a peaceful sleep and then be welcomed by our Sri Lankan staff for a wholesome and healthy breakfast.  Relax by the pool in the shade or enjoy the beach. Here you can surf, dive or relax with the friendly locals on the beach; explore the markets and Buddhist temples and really fall in love with this stunning country and it’s people.

For those of you who have been with us before – now it’s time for a new adventure!

More about Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a beautiful island that still has an untouched feel to it from tourism.  We like to say it has all the best bits of India; it has amazing food, fascinating culture with a mix of Buddhism, Hindu, and Sinhalese; stunning beaches, the most friendly and accommodating people, sunshine, historical culture from the Dutch, Portuguese, and British; you will become a bird watcher here their colours are so spectacular.

Our schedule is the right balance of activity and relaxation, allowing you to settle in for a few days and then explore the country. You can join in with the group as much or as little as you like. If you need your own space, then do what you need to in order to make your holiday the best experience it can be. If you feel like a lazy day then stay by the pool in the private gardens of our accommodation or take a wander onto the beach. The holiday is jam-packed with things to do each day so if you like to be busy and really get a feel for Sri Lanka and the local surroundings you can do that too. Check our example itinerary for more.

Surf – We include 1 surf lesson and then if you wish to surf each day you can carry on having lessons or just hire a board and practice in your own time. You will be taken to surf beaches each day if this is what you want. sk us for more info on surf packages.

About the yoga

On our Sri Lanka yoga holiday, the classes are suitable for all abilities. From beginners to intermediate, everyone is welcome! Our inspiring and experienced teachers are well-practised at adapting the class to everyone’s level.

The yoga teacher will create a more dynamic class in the morning with Vinyasa and Hatha flows to energise, and the evening class will be slightly longer to enable deep relaxation with more restorative, yin and yoga nidra.

Enjoy yoga in the rooftop yoga shala with views over the lake and all yoga equipment provided. Don’t forget a shawl for evening yoga and mosquito spray to keep them away during savasana!

Highlights

  • Stay in Gorgeous Sri Lanka style private boutique yoga retreat venue by the lake with infinity pool

  • Cool lake side location 5 minutes away from the nearest beach by tuk tuk

  • Enjoy Sri Lankan dishes from sambal to hoppers from our Sri Lanka chefs

  • 3 hours of yoga each day

  • Enjoy all the activities on offer, cooking workshop, boat trip, surf

  • Visit the colonial small town of Galle

  • Escape the winter and feel rejuvenated and energised

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About the Food

The food on our Sri Lanka yoga holiday is catered for by in-house Sri Lankan chefs. As it is a yoga retreat venue the food is all plant-based, delicious with a Sri Lankan influence!

Breakfast, lunch and diner are included in the price and we recommend going out for one evening meal if you like.

There is herbal tea and Sri Lankan tea and coffee.

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