• Ayurveda
  • Yoga & Meditation

Through the lens of Ayurveda, reconnect with and celebrate your own true nature, while also inviting in plenty of time for rest, relaxation, nourishment and connection with your fellow travellers.


Each day of the retreat is designed around a theme to offer you the most healing and rich experience that a week as a whole can offer and so that each day is a delicious experience in it’s own right. 


Each day you will learn about and integrate a different element, a different energetic experience and a different sensory experience. This is tied into the movement classes, the meals, conversations and your explorations, embracing true embodiment of Ayurveda.


Enjoy a visit to a Tea Plantation, a hike in knuckles mountain, visit to Sigiriya Rock, an Elphant Safari, an Ayurveda cooking class and have left plenty of time for you to simply enjoy the beauty of the lake retreat,  receive bodywork, or to go on your own adventure to visit an elephant sanctuary or hike.


This yoga retreat in Sri Lanka is a trip for all experience levels. Whether you’re a beginner yogi, experienced yogi or a beginner traveler or you’ve been around the world, you’ll have a beautiful and profound experience in the teardrop of India.

Included in your retreat is 

6 nights accommodation

3 delicious meals daily (except a couple lunches on the road)

all yoga & Ayurveda classes (1-2 daily)

Ayurveda Treatment

massage

visit to Tea Plantation & Knuckles Mountain Hike

view Sigiriya Rock & Elephant Safari

use of kayaks for the lake.

Styles

  • Dynamic
  • Hatha
  • Restorative
  • Vinyasa
  • General

Food

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Skill Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
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Location

Kandy District, Sri Lanka

The sacred city of Kandy is an UNESCO World Heritage Centre and is considered to be the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Located at the center of Sri Lanka, Kandy is the second largest city located in the mountainous center of the island. The city has a compact downtown area surrounded by a beautiful tropical rainforest hill country on all sides with exotic animals running around in the wild. This city is the perfect place to experience and immerse oneself in Sri Lankan culture and cuisine while being surrounded by a beautiful natural environment.


There are plenty of places to discover in the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. One of which is the Temple of the Tooth which is open from dawn to dusk It houses a tooth relic of the Lord Buddha, and is consequently considered one of Sri Lanka's most holy shrines. Although you may not view the actual tooth itself, the casket within which it is said to be is displayed twice a day. The Bogambara lake is just a walk away next to the temple of tooth relic.


There is also the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage which has about 70 semi-tame elephants roaming freely around this wonderful sanctuary. You can also visit the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya which is known and considered to be the best botanical garden in Sri Lanka and one of the best in the region. It dates back to the ancient kings of the country although the British changed the look of it.


If you’re into something more active and adventurous, the Kandy district has large number of known treks. Within the Kandy city the short walk of Asgiri Maha Viharaya via Bahirawakande hill is an interesting path. Udawattakelle forest reserve in within the city limit, gives valuable walking in nature. The secret Walkers Forest upper Hantane trek is on special permission from the Municipal Council of Kandy. The famous Western Shrines of Kandy Gadaladeniya, Lankathilake temples and Embakke shrine are connected by a very scenic footpath.


From Bandaranaike International Airport. Take a tuk tuk from outside the airport or walk 1.2 km to the bus terminal. If you're just arriving in Sri Lanka, heading for Kandy, you can hire a taxi from one of the stalls in the arrivals hall at Colombo airport. The journey takes about 3 hours.

Food

The menu shows off wonderful Sri Lankan flavours with vegan and vegetarian options that don't rely entirely on the 'rice and curry' staple.

The centre has designed three menus that start from a vegan base and build in vegetarian and 'flexitarian' options. These menus are included in your retreat.

Full Description

Through the lens of Ayurveda, reconnect with and celebrate your own true nature, while also inviting in plenty of time for rest, relaxation, nourishment and connection with your fellow travellers.


Each day of the retreat is designed around a theme to offer you the most healing and rich experience that a week as a whole can offer and so that each day is a delicious experience in it’s own right. 


Each day you will learn about and integrate a different element, a different energetic experience and a different sensory experience. This is tied into the movement classes, the meals, conversations and your explorations, embracing true embodiment of Ayurveda.


Enjoy a visit to a Tea Plantation, a hike in knuckles mountain, visit to Sigiriya Rock, an Elphant Safari, an Ayurveda cooking class and have left plenty of time for you to simply enjoy the beauty of the lake retreat,  receive bodywork, or to go on your own adventure to visit an elephant sanctuary or hike.


This yoga retreat in Sri Lanka is a trip for all experience levels. Whether you’re a beginner yogi, experienced yogi or a beginner traveler or you’ve been around the world, you’ll have a beautiful and profound experience in the teardrop of India.

Included in your retreat is 

6 nights accommodation

3 delicious meals daily (except a couple lunches on the road)

all yoga & Ayurveda classes (1-2 daily)

Ayurveda Treatment

massage

visit to Tea Plantation & Knuckles Mountain Hike

view Sigiriya Rock & Elephant Safari

use of kayaks for the lake.

What is included

  • Accommodation
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Equipment
  • Excursion
  • Facilities Access
  • Vegetarian
  • Yoga
  • 2 Meals
  • Ayurveda
  • Massage
  • Vegan
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Accommodations

Shared Quad Room at Rukgala Retreat

Shared Quad Room

At the end of the main house we've set up a great big room ideal for families or small groups happy to share. The room has four large single beds - two four-posters and two standard beds, the latter best for pushing together if it suits families.

The room has a lovely little private garden/sun-spot.


Shared Twin Room at Rukgala Retreat

Shared Twin Room

Three large double/twin bedrooms have king-size double beds (or two large twins), with very comfortable mattresses, offer views out over the pool, trees and lake beyond.

Bathrooms open onto the private terrace with similarly great views.

Private Room at Rukgala Retreat

Private Room

Just down from the main house, the Garden Cottage has four bedrooms - two set up as doubles (with Queen-size beds) and two as twins (with large single beds). Each room has a cute mezzanine level with extra single bed - ideal for children, or just a cool meditation spot. Bathrooms a little larger, each with stand-alone claw-foot tubs.

Kandy District, Sri Lanka

The sacred city of Kandy is an UNESCO World Heritage Centre and is considered to be the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Located at the center of Sri Lanka, Kandy is the second largest city located in the mountainous center of the island. The city has a compact downtown area surrounded by a beautiful tropical rainforest hill country on all sides with exotic animals running around in the wild. This city is the perfect place to experience and immerse oneself in Sri Lankan culture and cuisine while being surrounded by a beautiful natural environment.


There are plenty of places to discover in the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. One of which is the Temple of the Tooth which is open from dawn to dusk It houses a tooth relic of the Lord Buddha, and is consequently considered one of Sri Lanka's most holy shrines. Although you may not view the actual tooth itself, the casket within which it is said to be is displayed twice a day. The Bogambara lake is just a walk away next to the temple of tooth relic.


There is also the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage which has about 70 semi-tame elephants roaming freely around this wonderful sanctuary. You can also visit the Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya which is known and considered to be the best botanical garden in Sri Lanka and one of the best in the region. It dates back to the ancient kings of the country although the British changed the look of it.


If you’re into something more active and adventurous, the Kandy district has large number of known treks. Within the Kandy city the short walk of Asgiri Maha Viharaya via Bahirawakande hill is an interesting path. Udawattakelle forest reserve in within the city limit, gives valuable walking in nature. The secret Walkers Forest upper Hantane trek is on special permission from the Municipal Council of Kandy. The famous Western Shrines of Kandy Gadaladeniya, Lankathilake temples and Embakke shrine are connected by a very scenic footpath.


From Bandaranaike International Airport. Take a tuk tuk from outside the airport or walk 1.2 km to the bus terminal. If you're just arriving in Sri Lanka, heading for Kandy, you can hire a taxi from one of the stalls in the arrivals hall at Colombo airport. The journey takes about 3 hours.

Venue   Rukgala Retreat
Rukgala Retreat, Venue for 7 Day Yoga, Ayurveda and Culture Retreat

Rukgala was conceived from a passion and enthusiasm for this very beautiful and still pretty unknown part of Sri Lanka. Out of a crumbly, empty old house they team fashioned something they hope will make an ideal sanctuary, both for those wanting extended retreat space and those just seeking a shorter escape in the hills.

The goal has been to offer spaces where people can enjoy time together, experience a very honest and open side of Sri Lanka, and from which they can take something not so often found in the tourist guides.

While the focus has been to create something ideal for retreat leaders of all sorts, Rukgala are equally keen to welcome guests traveling independently; those that will appreciate really great, healthy Sri Lankan food...active, occasionally even adventurous, days...and a uniquely restorative spot.

This part of Sri Lanka is naturally beautiful and has a variety of rich and warm cultures it plays host to. Rukgala sits wonderfully close to lesser-known temples, lush green tea estates, the untouched mountains of The Knuckles and secluded villages that dot the shores of the Victoria Lake.

These surrounds make for a wonderfully mixed, and, dare we say it, authentically Sri Lankan experience during your time with here. Try catamaran-fishing on the lake; hiking to the caves of the Bambaragala Temple; and plunge under waterfalls on tea estates in the foothills of the Knuckles.