The Samadhi Centre
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The Centre is set in jungle, close to a river and paddy fields at the edge of the Dumbara valley, 50 minutes North-East of Kandy. The area is known for its moonstones and the skill of the locals in weaving traditional Dumbara mats.
Offering breathtaking views of the Knuckles Mountains and the town of Hanguranketa in the distance, Samadhi is the ideal location for those wishing to relax and retreat from the stresses of everyday life. Surrounded by trees and foliage, Samadhi has one-bedroom and two-bedroom chalets designed in the form of village homes. The rooms are spacious and the rustic interior compliments the handpicked antiques and one-of-a-kind paintings and sculptures the rooms boast.
In addition to morning and afternoon yoga classes, Samadhi is an excellent place to have ayurvedic treatments, an important part of Sri Lankan culture for centuries. If you have any ailments that you are concerned about, you can meet with the on-site ayurvedic doctor.
Each bedroom is fitted with a double bed, antique couch and almairah. The two-bedroom chalets share a bathroom which has hot water showers. Certain bathrooms are open-air and are fitted with antique baths. The rooms are not air-conditioned but the cool hill country breeze keeps the room comfortable, a pedestal fan will be provided upon request.
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Breakfast is taken in the dining pavilion which is open on four sides to the forest and the river. All meals prepared at Samadhi are organic using produce from their farm. Although the meals are mainly vegetarian, they also prepare fish cooked in a traditional Kandyan style. The rice served at Samadhi is one of 13 ancient Sinhala varieties of grain organically farmed in the paddy fields across the river. The water is sourced directly from an unpolluted mountain spring on Samadhi land. Alcoholic beverages are not served here.
Just for the kids
The Samadhi Centre is more suitable for adults given the emphasis on yoga and meditation.