Sri Lanka Yoga Tour August 2018

Sri Lanka Yoga Tour – Visit this beautiful undiscovered country – Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, famous tea, great fresh food and a island for wellbeing and Spirituality….

You may say Sri Lanka has been hiding in plain sight. Countless scores of travellers have passed overhead on their way to someplace else, but years of war and challenges such as tsunamis have kept Sri Lanka off many itineraries. But now, as you’ve probably heard the war is over and Sri Lanka is looking up.  If you have ‘done’ India, and South East Asia and are looking for new remote and beautiful territory, look no further than this nature lovers destination.

Tour Itinerary

Yoga Class

This retreat is for people who are seeking a Yoga holiday. Not just a retreat. With a great combination of healthy living, yoga & meditation classes with local and western teachers, as well as seeing some of the beautiful sites on offer in this amazing country…

Day 01 –        Arrival Transfer / Negombo

Meet on arrival at Colombo International Airport by Antiquity Representative and Transfer to Negombo – Check in at Jetwing Beach– Rest of the day at leisure – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 02           Negombo

Morning Yoga and Meditation class on the beach – Breakfast at Hotel – Rest of the morning at leisure – Afternoon proceed on a sightseeing tour of Negombo visiting the fishing village and the market – Return to Hotel – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 03           Negombo / Dambulla

Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for Dambulla en route Lunch at Local Restaurant in Dambulla – Check in at Amaya Lake – Rest of the evening at leisure to explore the hotel vicinity – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 04           Dambulla / Sigiriya / Dambulla

Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for Sigiriya – Climb the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress which is a world heritage site, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). The ‘Lion Rock’ is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 meters from the scrub jungle. Visit the world-renowned frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’ of Sigiriya, these frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster – Return to Hotel – Lunch at Hotel – Sunset Yoga & Meditation – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 05           Dambulla   

Breakfast at Hotel – Visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by King Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a World Heritage site and is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters – Return to Hotel – Lunch at Hotel – Sunset Yoga & Meditation – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 06           Dambulla / Sigiriya Village Visit / Dambulla

Breakfast at Hotel – Proceed to Sigiriya – Thereafter take a bullock cart ride though the village paths up to the lake then cross the lake by canoe – Take part in a cookery demonstration by the local women from the village – return to the vehicle by bullock cart – Return to Hotel – Lunch at Hotel – Sunset Yoga & Meditation – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 07           Dambulla / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla

Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for Polonnaruwa, which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and a World Heritage site – Here you see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya –   where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in ‘Upright’, ‘Sedentary’ and ‘Recumbent’ postures carved out of rock. There are also monuments of famous places of worship such as the Shiva Temple, the Lankathilake, the Watadage, the Galpotha and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic – Return to Hotel – Lunch at Hotel – Sunset Yoga & Meditation – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 08           Dambulla

Breakfast at Hotel – Morning at leisure – Return to Hotel – Lunch at Hotel – Free time followed by evening Sunset Yoga & Meditation – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 09           Dambulla / Matale / Madulkelle

Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for Madulkelle en route the spice garden in Matale. You will be introduced to how these spices are grown and processed – Lunch at Spice Garden – Check in at Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge– Evening/sunset Yoga & meditation – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.

Day 10           Madulkelle

Breakfast at Hotel – 0930 Hrs leave on the tea tour transportation will be by tuk tuk to learn and experience the harvest, production and brewing of a fine cup of Ceylon tea. The experience begins at the hotel’s tea estate where you will learn the art of picking tea alongside tea pickers, then visit a working tea factory to see withering and packaging processes and finally, a tea tasting session either at the factory or back at the hotel – Return to Hotel for Lunch – Experience local hill country life, dotted with Hindu Temples and trek through Ceylon’s ancient tea valleys. Return to Hotel, Sunset Yoga & Meditation class. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11           Madulkelle / Udawalawe

Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for Udawalawe Check in at Grand Udawalawe Safari Hotel – Afternoon proceed on a Jeep Safari to visit the Uda-Walawe National ParkUda Walawe is the most reliable place to see elephants in their wild habitat. Some 400-500 elephants live in the park and herds of up to 50 are commonly seen. The open plains are covered in thick manna grass up to the borders of the large reservoir in the centre and the Walawe river. The variety in habitat makes for a rich variety of wildlife. As well as elephants, leopards live in the park, monkeys, spotted deer, wild pig and sambar.– Return to Hotel, sunset Yoga & meditation class, dinner and overnight stay

Day 12           Udawalawe / Weligama / Galle

Breakfast at Hotel – Leave for Galle en route visit Stilt Fishing at Weligama – Check in at Jetwing Lighthouse Hotel Sunset Yoga and meditation – Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel

Day 13           Galle / Departure Transfer

Mornning Yoga & Meditation – Breakfast at Hotel – Proceed on a sightseeing tour of Galle Dutch fortress with shopping – Return to Hotel – Rest of the day at leisure – Early Dinner – Transfer to Airport to connect with departure flight.

Heart of the Sri Lanka cultural capital…Amaya Lake Eco Resort

You hear your welcome even before you step foot into the lobby. Strong hands beat out a rhythm on the rabat drums, pulling you closer. As you approach, you see that the drum is ringed by warm Sri Lankan smiles – faces of older women musicians, whose joyous playing, signals that you have arrived in the historic heart of ancient Ceylon.

Located in Dambulla, the center point of Sri Lanka’s renowned cultural triangle, Amaya Lake Resort preserves the aura of the areas historical treasures. With traditional village-style accommodation, an Ayurveda spa, and Yoga shala overlooking the lake and gardens.

 Ancient Healing for Modern Wellness

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Natural remedies in a natural setting – immerse yourself in a full range of Ayurvedic treatments under thatched roofs. Smell the fragrance of drying herbs, and incense and smell the aromatic oil lamps flicker by the statue of Sri Dhanvantari, the patron deity of Ayurvedic physicians.

Samara Restaurant and Bar

Sri Lankan and international cuisine is offered and served under high wooden ceilings, that let the breeze and surrounding view of Kandalama Lake envelop you. Each evening sip a restorative tea or warm herbal drink brewed by the experts in the Ayurvedic spa.

Tour Dates: 4th – 18th March  – 14 days

Tour Price per person: $3,485 AUD Fully inclusive of all private bus transport, twin share accommodation in hotels listed below. All sightseeing excursions, most meals, all yoga & meditation classes

  • International airfares are separate – approx $1200 AUD return from Australia
  • Terms & Conditions apply
  • Single Supplement extra on Price on request

Hotels

Negombo Jetwing Beach – Deluxe Room – 04 Star
Dambulla Amaya Lake – Deluxe Room – 04 Star
Madulkelle Madulkelle Tea & Eco Lodge – Boutique
Udawalawe Grand Udawalawe – Deluxe Room – 04 Star
Galle Jetwing Lighthouse – Deluxe Room – 04 Star

 

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