7-Night Ulpotha Retreat, Sri Lanka

From $2,359 NZD per person

Visitors to the natural sanctuary of Ulpotha are routinely blown away by its exceptional beauty. Despite having no electricity, air-conditioning, or internet, Ulpotha feels like a 5-star resort – where the most popular activity is relaxing, and soaking in the remarkable atmosphere of peace and calm.

Ulpotha is the land where monkeys swing through the trees, and nature is in full play. Where they use buffaloes to thresh rice, cook food on open fires, and grow vegetables in the garden. Where you’ll find the perfect place to de-stress, unwind, and focus on yourself.

Dates: Ulpotha is generally open for half the year between June to August and November to March. Retreats run from Sunday to Sunday. If you are a yoga beginner, Ulpotha highly recommend that you arrive at the start of their two week retreat option in order to best benefit the yoga foundation teachings. Contact us for relevant dates.

*Please note prices are per person based on twin-share in Standard Season and are subject to availability.

Discover a natural sanctuary that welcomes visitors for just 6 months of the year.

Ulpotha has been a retreat site for thousands of years, and remains the perfect escape today. A traditional Sri Lankan village, surrounded by low mountains, lakes, and paddy fields, Ulpotha is committed to restoring a timeless agricultural way of life – which has created a truly special environment to relax, unwind, and connect with nature.

The villagers welcome guests for just 6 months each year, inviting them to practice yoga, eat Ayurvedic food, and experience Ayurvedic treatments. The yoga classes are run by some of the world’s leading teachers – and the Ayurveda therapies are administered by an acclaimed local doctor.

Take a day trip to one of several surrounding sites of archaeological interest, and experience the area’s fascinating history first-hand. Hop on a bike-ride to the nearby village. Or just lie back, close your eyes, and feel every ounce of tension leave your body.

Experience life at Upoltha, and you’ll soon see yourself shake off the cares of modern life, and end your stay with a new sense of inner peace.

  • 7 nights twin-share accommodation (sharing with someone of the same gender if coming alone)  
  • All meals, snacks & drinks
  • Morning & evening yoga (except on arrival – evening class only, departure & excursion days) 
  • 1 x 60min massage
  • Consultation with Ayurvedic doctor (for those who have booked Ayurveda)
  • Herbal steam bath
  • 1 x cultural excursion
  • Guided walks to neighbouring temple
  • Use of bicycles
  • Laundry service

*Specialised Ayurvedic programmes are available from five day treatments to four week treatments. These can be pre-booked for an additional cost.

  • Flights to / from Sri Lanka
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Sri Lankan Visa
  • Ayurvedic treatments
  • Entrance fees to cultural sites
  • Outside meals
  • Additional activities
  • Additional massages
  • Personal expenses

*Ulpotha lives by an ethos of gracious hospitality, so tipping is not accepted, and there are no additional service charges.

7:00am – 7:30am
Tea and fruit
8:00am – 9:45am
10:00am – 12:30pm
Time is yours for massages and Ayurveda treatments, swimming and just relaxing
12:30pm – 1:30pm
2:00pm – 3:45pm
Time is yours for massages and Ayurveda treatments, swimming and just relaxing
4:00pm – 4:30pm
Tea & snacks
5:00pm – 6:30pm
7:30pm – 8:00pm

Sleep more soundly than ever in an off-the-grid paradise.

The village accommodation is a series of simple but exquisite wattle and daub huts - each sleeping two people. The huts are built using traditional methods and materials, and made up of open sleeping and living areas, covered with a pitched roof of thatched palm fronds. Situated separately to the huts, the toilets are modern and clean, and you’ll feel closer to nature than ever in the open-air showers.

Locally grown, traditionally prepared.

The village lives a vegetarian lifestyle, with highly nutritious strains of red rice a major staple of the diet. Food is cooked in the indigenous way, in clay pots over open fires, using organic crops grown locally in the gardens of Ulpotha.

Rice, curries, salads, local savouries, sweets and buffalo curd are all common fare – and the gardens are filled with yams, melons, banana, mango, papaya, jack, and breadfruit trees.

Welcome to Ulpotha, Sri Lanka.

Rebuilt on the foundations of a deserted traditional village, Ulpotha covers a 20-acre site situated at the base of the Galgiriyawa Mountains, in the jungle heartland of Old Ceylon. Ulpotha literally translates as ‘water source,’ named for the springs that feed the five ancient reservoirs surrounding it.

Cradled on one side by low mountains and a lotus-ringed lake, and on the other by emerald green paddy fields, the biodiversity of Ulpotha is extraordinary – with a dazzling variety of flora, fauna and bird life, and even the odd visit from a wild elephant or two.

The property is a beautiful private hideaway, open to guests for 6 months of each year. A place of total peace, where you can experience the warm, generous and gentle hospitality Sri Lankans love to offer.

In this sense, Ulpotha isn’t really a ‘hotel,’ and doesn’t aspire to be one. Rather, this oasis of tranquility is a charming traditional working village, that just so happens to share its unique way of life with warmly welcomed visitors.

Ulpotha’s entire way of life relies on the environment’s well-being.

The environment plays a crucial role in almost every aspect of life in Ulpotha, which is why the village is dedicated to protecting it at every turn.

No cars are allowed in Ulpotha, and visitors are encouraged to use bikes when visiting neighbouring villages. There’s no electricity – paths and accommodation are lit by lamps and lanterns, while a small solar power panel provides electricity for recharging hand-held devices.

The village’s dedication to traditional materials and methods means they build using natural, locally-sourced materials. They also follow organic farming practices at all times, with all crops hand-planted and harvested, and fields ploughed by buffalo.

Ulpotha also replants thousands of local tree species, uses water from spring-fed wells, and encourages guests not to bring plastic waste on-site.

At the heart of all Ulpotha’s environmental policies is the strict limit on the number of visitors it accepts – with no more than 23 paying guests allowed at a time, for a maximum of 30 weeks of the year.

Ulpotha also regularly invests in services and amenities for the local community. Like rebuilding and maintaining the reservoir used for local agriculture, creating a free Ayurveda clinic for the surrounding villages, and donating to the local hospitals and temples.

  • A non-refundable deposit of 40% is required to reserve retreat
  • The remaining balance is due 10 weeks prior to start date
  • If booking is made less than 10 weeks prior to start date, full payment is due immediately.

All cancellations must be received by the Yoga Travel Co in writing.

  • Cancellations received outside of 56 days from arrival date are subject to loss of 40% deposit
  • Cancellations received from 55 – 28 days prior to arrival date are subject to 70% cancellation charges
  • Cancellations received 27 days or less prior to arrival date will incur 100% cancellation charges.

In the event you wish to re-book your holiday (date change), all funds paid except for 40% of the original retreat cost will be available as a credit towards a future holiday to be booked within 12 months.

Replacement holiday dates can include the Christmas and New Year period, but are subject to availability and relevant rates.

  • 2019/20 High Season: 22 December 2019 – 5 Jan 2020 (higher price applies)

Check out what Ulpotha’s guests are saying

“I don't need many words to express the amazing and uniqueness this place has. Yoga, Ayurveda and the abundant nature, the perfect combination with the best food. A beautiful lake to swim in, monkeys birds, hiking possibilities, temple visits and so on. Go and experience!!”

MarrejanFebruary 2018

“Living as a guest in Ulpotha is like traveling to another world. The friendliness of the people, the attention to detail, makes the stay an unforgettable experience. All in all, it was a very special and memorable stay in Ulpotha and an experience I would not want to miss.”

PiaDecember 2018

“Ulpotha is a unique place which takes you away from your day to day stress as well as the dependence of technology. Never have I seen guests so relaxed and in an extreme state of ease. The fresh vegetarian food was amazing. The yoga sessions were incredible. Can’t wait to be back soon!

KiandraAugust 2018