Ulpotha is one of Sri Lanka's greatest secrets, a tranquil yoga-focused eco-retreat. It has been a retreat for thousands of years and for six months a year offers a committed and beautiful atmosphere for guests who want to put Yoga and Ayurveda at the centre of their search for a meaningful spiritual existence a Yoga or Ayurveda holiday for six months every year. For the rest of the year it reverts to its role as a traditional agricultural village committed to bio-diverse organic farming and reforestation. Ulpotha is cradled on the one side by low mountains and a lotus-ringed lake and on the other by tiny emerald green paddy fields. It is a wonderful experience of Sri Lanka’s traditional lifestyle where you breath fresh air, wake up to bird call, go to the nearby lake for an early morning swim with only the birds and monkeys for company; eat rice and vegetables from the home garden; and go about your day at an unhurried pace. In addition to all this, there is the yoga and meditation that gives you peace of mind; and Ayurvedic healing for those wanting added wellness. Guests arriving at Ulpotha with stressed minds and aching bodies can leave in two weeks completely rejuvenated and embracing a lifestyle that most return to time and again.
This sacred land has a rich history. According to ancient spiritual lore, travelling mendicants from the foothills of the Himalayas, while searching for a sacred site associated with Lord Kataragama (son of Shiva), built a shrine where the entrance to the village is now located. This is also ancestral land belonging to regional chieftains whose sacred duty was to maintain this village shrine to Lord Kataragama as well as maintaining the rituals, traditions, and lifestyle of this indigenous culture. Ulpotha's foundations are laid on timeless grounds of nature, history, tradition and myth.
Ulpotha is open for 13 fortnightly periods between June and August and also from November to March. There is a maximum of only 19 places for guests when Ulpotha is open. Guests are encouraged to arrive on a Sunday at the beginning of a two-week programme rather than during the week.
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Due to high demand and the limited amount of space at Ulpotha, all single supplements will be allocated on twin sharing basis.