The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
Tranquil Sri Lanka offers the chance to explore the wisdom of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda on a tour which deliberately restricts travel to give you maximum time to relax but still shows you some of the island's varied landscapes. Seek our well-being in the Cultural Triangle, in the hill country capital of Kandy and on the beaches of the west and south.
Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, transfer to Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions in the nearby coastal resort of Negombo. Ayurveda Pavilions' raison d'etre is the deep-rooted philosophy that emphasises the positive health to be gained from the balance between mind and body through a combination of ancient philosophies such as ayurveda, yoga, and meditation. Emphasis is also given to appropriate nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. A tranquil and well-appointed health resort in peaceful surroundings.
Forest Rock Garden Resort is a strikingly original 26-room boutique hotel in the tiny village of Andarawewa. It is perfectly placed to give you a taste Sri Lanka's rural beauty – nearby Wilpattu is often claimed as the most picturesque of Sri Lanka's national parks – and its cultural history with a visit to the ruined old capital of Anuradhapura and the cradle of Buddhism, Mihintale.
Head to Sri Lanka's hill capital - the small lakeside city of Kandy. Stay three nights at the Samadhi Centre – a tranquil yoga and meditation retreat situated north east of Kandy surrounded by the Knuckles Mountain Range. Spend your days taking in the tranquil surroundings. Guests are welcome to use any of the pavilions scattered around the gardens for their own Yoga and meditation. Taste Sri Lankan rice and curries cooked according to traditional Kandyan recipes. The city of Kandy itself is steeped in history. Interesting activities include a visit to the Temple of the Tooth where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined. Religious services (pooja), accompanied with traditional drumming, are held at the temple daily at dawn, midday, and in the evening.
Travel to the west coast where you will stay at Dalmanuta, a secluded holiday retreat, restaurant and Ayurvedic spa that sits on the banks of the Bentota River, only 3km from the west-coast holiday town of Bentota. The town's broad, sandy beaches are easily accessed along the river using Dalmanuta's own boats. Dalmunata can provide a range of Ayurvedic treatments and the tranquil Garden of Healing consists of two small islands which may be used for meditation, yoga or merely a relaxed stroll.
Journey south to the coastal town of Tangalle and check into Talalla Retreat, a holiday escape and yoga retreat set amidst swaying palms and overlooking the crescent shaped Talalla beach. Spend your days relaxing by the sea and immersing in mind and body wellness through Yoga and the healing wisdom of Ayurveda. Talalla Retreat’s founder, Laurie Rose, has been a yoga practitioner for more than 24 years and Louisa Sear of Yoga Arts is also a partner. A resident yoga teacher all year round conducts morning and afternoon yoga classes as well as monthly intensive yoga retreats. Visit the ancient Mulkirigala temple in Tangalle which is perched on an enormous boulder more than 200m high. Venture further south to the tranquil town of Tissamaharama scattered with lotus filled lakes and ancient Buddhist temples).
Ayurveda Pavilions is a luxurious and tranquil health resort located just minutes away from Negombo’s beautiful beaches. This hotel, which has won many accolades for its range of treatments, is an ideal last stop on a holiday in Sri Lanka where the ancient healing wisdom of Ayurveda will fill your being with renewed energy and inspiration.
Forest Rock Garden Resort is inspired by the designs of ancient Sri Lankan kings. Ornate stone pillars and statues, ancient trees and ponds and waterways traverse a 50-acre wilderness. Those who built the temples of the nearby ruined capital of Anuradhapura would have approved.
The Samadhi Centre is a wellness retreat located an hour away from Kandy focusing on the Buddhist philosophy of meditation. Created from an abandoned tea plantation on the edge of the Dumbara valley by Waruna Jayasinghe, antique dealer and organic farmer, the retreat provides Ayurveda treatments as well.
Dalmanuta is a secluded Ayurveda retreat on the banks of the Bentota river. It values guests just seeking to relax and perhaps enjoy a few relaxing therapies -- it can provide, but does not insist upon, a comprehensive Ayurvedic programme. Nine spacious bungalows offer more traditional hi-tech comforts.
Tallala Retreat, which consists of eight two-storey villas, has a placid, almost ethereal feel, tempting the thought that Kiera Knightley or Gwynneth Paltrow might slip peacefully by at any moment. The 32-bedroom property is themed as a retreat centre offering yoga, tai chi, spa and Ayurveda escapes and will delight the arty sun-worshippers among you.
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