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The traditional Sri Lankan wellness village experience - Ulpotha Retreat

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

In all our travels around Sri Lanka, we have never come across a place as special and unique as the private secret hideaway of Ulpotha.

Modeled after a traditional Sri Lankan village, with clay homes and communal spaces built in nature, Ulpotha is the kind of dream property where we envision spending the rest of our lives one day. However, it offers much more than just an ordinary Sri Lankan village experience.

The pristine Ulpotha retreat is located in the north-central region of Sri Lanka, within the Cultural Triangle. It is only open to guests who have pre-booked one of the many two-week yoga retreats on offer. What sets this retreat apart is its ability to bring in some of the world's best yoga instructors for your practice. Additionally, it offers a range of massages, therapies, and Ayurvedic treatments, immersing you in the lifestyle of an authentic Sri Lankan village as it would have been a century ago.

During our one-week stay at Ulpotha (the required minimum stay is one week from Sunday to Sunday, although the owners encourage guests to join for the full two weeks of a yoga retreat for the complete experience), we came to realize the importance of disconnecting from our modern lives and embracing the calm, quaint, and romantic charm of village life. You can check out our entire vlog on this extraordinary place by clicking here, and if you'd like to get an exclusive discount for your stay at Ulpotha, click here.

Planning Your Stay at Ulpotha Who is it for? If you are a practicing yogi and nature lover seeking complete disconnection and immersion in a holistic wellness approach, Ulpotha is the perfect destination for you.

Cost of Packages

  • 1-week package per person: USD 1,470

  • 2-week package per person (Recommended): USD 2,940

What is Included in Your Package

  • All three meals (fresh organic vegetarian and vegan-friendly meals sourced from the farm)

  • Teatime snacks, juices, and teas

  • Accommodation in an elegant wattle and daub hut on a twin-sharing basis with another guest of the same gender. If you prefer to have the hut to yourself, an additional single supplement charge will apply.

  • Yoga classes with guest yoga instructors, are held in the mornings and evenings throughout your stay.

  • One weekly excursion to a nearby historic cultural site.

  • One free one-hour massage per week with our visiting massage therapists.

Not Included

  • Optional Ayurvedic treatments (proceeds donated to the local Ayurvedic clinic for the village)

  • Travel costs, travel insurance, outside meals, and entrance tickets to cultural sites

Important Notes & Considerations As there is no electricity and limited cell phone reception, your first day may feel a little daunting if you haven't experienced being disconnected in nature for some time. However, trust us, this is the best kind of detox for your mind, body, and soul.

All food is prepared by local villagers and offers the most delicious local cuisine you will come across. If, like Shehaan, you

think you won't be able to go vegetarian for a week, we are happy to inform you that he absolutely loved it and felt so much better after adopting such a healthy diet.

Ready to Book? Get 5% off your entire package and support our work in Sri Lanka by using our code "Sheneller5"

** If you do book using our code. drop us an email for a special gift for your stay at Ulpotha.

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