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Ulpotha is an exceptionally beautiful yoga retreat in central Sri Lanka




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 center 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 one side by low mountains and a lotus-ringed lake and the other by tiny emerald green paddy fields. It is a wonderful experience of Sri Lanka’s traditional lifestyle where you breathe fresh air, wake up to birds 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 yoga and meditation that gives you peace of mind; and Ayurveda 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 returns to time and again.



Ulpotha has no large concrete buildings, electricity, phones, television or radio. Instead, visitors stay in traditional wattle and daub huts with thatched roofs immersed in nature. The huts can accommodate two guests and consist of a sleeping area and an attached bathroom with an open-air shower. There is one two-bedroom hut that can accommodate four guests. Rooms have oil lamps, spring water in a pot to drink, mosquito nets covering the beds and colorful cotton saris draped over the doorways to create more privacy.

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The food in Ulpotha is almost entirely vegan, naturally gluten-free, with an abundance of fresh vegetables, organic red rice and tropical fruit. Based on traditional rice and curries from the area, no specific ‘Master Chef’ has had a hand in the cuisine. Instead, the dishes served at Ulpotha have evolved over its 20 plus year existence by a simple process of elimination.

Just for the kids

Suitable for children aged 12 and over.

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