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28 Days Cancer Management and Ayurveda Yoga Retreat in Kalutara, Sri Lanka

Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

Nourish yourself after the damaging effects of cancer and intensive cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation with the help of the specialist cancer treatments using Ayurveda and Sri Lankan Indigenous medicines in this retreat. The special program is heavily personalized to each guest and the retreat is run with special supervision by the Cancer Specialist Ayurvedic doctor.


  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Daily guided meditation sessions
  • Daily Ayurvedic treatment by experts
  • Variety of afternoon activities such as walks in the plantation
  • Talks about yoga and Ayurveda philosophy
  • Daily delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Daily tea and snacks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


27 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport
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The property is a colonial planters bungalow consisting of the main villa and the lodge, each about two minutes walking distance from each other. The lodge is the original house of the first occupier of this colonial treasure. With time, their son built a bigger home to house his expanding family which becomes the villa.

The villa consists of eight rooms (two suite rooms and six deluxe rooms) and the dining hall, lounge, veranda, and spa. The lodge consists of 10 standard rooms and an open veranda. Both the villa and the lodge were renovated in end 2015 and are decorated to contemporary colonial style in keeping with the age of the property and to meet our guest comforts and modern needs.

Standard rooms

All of the standard rooms are in the lodge and they also have a beautiful open veranda. The rooms and bathrooms are completed beautifully to include modern guest requirements. The rooms have fans but they are not air conditioned.

Deluxe rooms

All of the deluxe rooms are in the villa and they also have a beautiful open veranda. The rooms and bathrooms are completed beautifully to include modern guest requirements. Unlike the standard rooms, deluxe rooms are air conditioned.

Suite rooms

The rooms have two suite rooms which are in the villa and they also have a beautiful front veranda within the main villa. The rooms and bathrooms are completed beautifully to include modern guest requirements. The suite room bathrooms have both a shower and a bath. Both suite rooms are air conditioned.

All rooms include

  • Ceiling fans
  • En-suite WC and shower
  • Hot water
  • Modern facilities
  • Essential cosmetics

Other hotel facilities include

  • Ayurvedic spa
  • Bicycle
  • Day trips services and longer tours for those interested in touring Sri Lanka
  • Inner garden
  • Outer garden
  • Organic paddy field, vegetable, herb, spice, and fruit garden
  • Pool
  • Plantation


You will find this holiday experience very different from a normal activity packed holiday or even a normal spa holiday. Plantation Villa are offering a very unique opportunity for you to be amidst nature and totally relax whilst you are pampered using the knowledge of century old Vedic traditions and mindfulness practices.

You will arrive to a completely natural environment with no man-made distractions. The idea is that when the physical body is not too active and there are not many distractions to stimulate the mind, it turns inwards into understanding and feeling your own emotions and cognitive behavior patterns.

Most of the modern day life is so full of distractions that you are left with little or no time to really examine your inner-self. As a result, you will become so unaware of your own emotions and the impact it is having on your physical body.

Once you arrive, the friendly team will help you settle into your room. Your room is air conditioned if you do feel the heat, and you can tap into the free Wi-Fi if you want to connect with your family. After you settle in, you will meet the Ayurvedic Doctor for a consultation. Your first day’s treatment will be light as the body needs time to settle in to the environmental changes, effects of flying and jet lag.

Ayurveda is very much a gentle push to the body to help recover itself or get to its optimum balance. It works very much with the speed of your body. Introduction of treatments to the body is done gently and gradually.

It is the perfect environment to relax and treat the physical body whilst learning the tools to heal the mind from the difficult and challenging period you are going through and learning how to enjoy life and live healthily going forward.

Cancer and some of the western treatments for cancer can be extremely deflating and toxifying the body and mind leaving you exhausted and worn out. It is imperative to get the right care to support your physical body by detoxifying and supporting the immune system to fight the cancerous cells and avoid a recurrence.

Ayurvedic treatment

All of the doctors are experts in the field and represent Sri Lanka at international health conferences and make some Ayurvedic herbal medicines. The facility is also equipped to treat patients with acute illnesses including cancer, terminal cancer, depression, paralysis, and others. All medicines that are not made by the team are sourced from trusted, local suppliers known for quality.

The soils are medicated and the therapists have over 15 years of experience, basing their massage area of focus and choice of oil and herbs according to each guest’s individual needs. The team of staffs is willing to please having true Sri Lankan village hospitality.

Yoga and meditation

There will be an invigorating morning yoga class and a restorative evening class followed by a guided meditation, catered to guests with all different levels of experience. Additional private yoga classes and guided meditations can be arranged upon request.

Specialist doctors and therapists

The medical team of doctors and therapists in the retreat are some of the best in Sri Lanka. Plantation Villa work exclusively with some of Sri Lankans best Ayurveda doctors who lead Sri Lanka's Ayurvedic Cancer Research work in combination of other naturopaths and Ayurvedic doctors in India.

Daily schedule

  • 06:00 - 07:00 Yoga
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:30 Ayurvedic treatment. Some guests would walks in the village or partaking in paddy harvesting activities in the morning before the treatment
  • 10:00 - 10:30 Morning herbal tea and juice
  • 10:30 - 11:00 Morning meditation
  • 12:30 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 - 17:30 Ayurvedic treatment
  • 15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon tea and Ayurvedic snack
  • 15:30 - 16:30 Afternoon activities including walks in the plantation and paddy-field, vegetable or fruit picking activities during seasons, watching rubber tapping or, paddy harvesting during seasons, cookery demonstrations, meditation, attending talks about yoga and Ayurveda philosophy, improving daily habits, incorporating Ayurveda into daily life, and mindfulness
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Yoga and meditation
  • 19:00 - 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 Discussions with the Resident Ayurvedic Doctor, or yoga teacher about yoga philosophy, Buddhist teachings, or special meditations


Set in the small village of Nehinna, Kalutara in Sri Lanka, the resort is surrounded by a lush, green rain forest. The property itself is a colonial planter’s bungalow amidst a 30-acre plantation of rubber, coconut, cinnamon, and black pepper and is a natural habitat for rare local and migrant birds, butterflies, and a plethora of tropical flora and fauna. Nature at its best including a natural waterfall.



  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Mountain walking
  • Reiki
  • Shopping
  • Spa
  • Stargazing
  • Steam room
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Whale watching


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Hammock
  • In-room safe
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala


  • Bicycle rental
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Local market
  • Medical assistance
  • Room cleaning
  • Toiletries
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet


You will be served with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There will also be tea and snacks. The ‘Farm to Plate Policy’ ensures that the majority of the food that is served to you comes directly from the plantations own rice paddy field, organic vegetable, fruit spice, and herb garden.

Free from the artificial preservatives, coloring's, and pesticides, all meals on site are home made from healthy, fresh ingredients. Anything that is not picked straight from the organic gardens is sourced locally and ethically so that quality of the food is not compromised.

The doctor has reviewed the menus and ensured they are nutritionally balanced. The meals are mainly vegetarian and gluten and sugar free. Guests are invited to join in on harvesting activities during seasons or learn about their favorite dishes through Ayurvedic healthy cookery demonstrations and go picking the ingredients from the ground. The complete experience encourages a more hands on approach to wellness and promotes changes to unhealthy lifestyle choices and habits for good.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During your free time, you can join activities organized by the resort, such as Ayurvedic barbeques, outdoor dining evenings, dance, or singing performances by local talent, or celebrations of local festivities. You can also hire a bicycle for rides around the surrounding villages or hire a car for the following day trips. The excursions are available at an extra cost.


Have a picnic at some of Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches.


Visit one of the most vibrant cities in Sri Lanka, where the influences of colonial time are prevalent with some world heritage sites.

Kalutara Bhodiya

Kalutara Bhodiya is one of the most famous temples in Sri Lanka. It has a Pagoda with architectural value and a Bo Tree, which is over 2000 years old.

Kandy Town and Temple of the Tooth

Kandy Town is the last kingdom of Sri Lanka, still rich in art and culture. Kandy also has the Temple of the Tooth, where Buddha's tooth is kept and is one of the most venerated sights in Sri Lanka. Apart from its religious significance, it is also a must see sight to understand the richness of Sri Lankan art and culture.

Local turtle hatchery

This is a turtle conservation project to help save turtles from extinction. You can see and learn about turtles and have the opportunity to release baby turtles to the sea.

Richmond Castle

Left over from the British Empire, it depicts the influences of European architecture.

Sinharajah Natural Rainforest

The last remaining rain forest in Sri Lanka, which is lush and green. Hiking through this forest will be an amazing experience.

Udawalawe National Park

Plantation Villa recommends this trip over the trip to Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, where they have heard mixed reviews about how the animals are treated. This is an opportunity to see elephants in their own natural habitat. Holding the largest population of elephants in Sri Lanka, you are almost guaranteed to see elephants here.


This is an ancient cave temple with a natural forest displaying some amazing Sri Lankan art on the rock.

Whale and dolphin watching in Mirissa

Plantation Villa works with a company working with whale conservation in Sri Lanka. This tour has an early morning start but is totally worth the experience.

What's included

  • 27 nights accommodation
  • Doctor consultation
  • Guided daily yoga and meditation
  • All afternoon activities
  • Ayurveda treatments as prescribed by the doctors
  • Ayurveda medicines as prescribed by the doctors
  • Ayurveda cancer medicines as prescribed by the doctors
  • Daily Ayurvedic breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Ayurvedic snacks
  • Water and herbal tea at all times
  • Two-way airport transfers

What's not included

  • Day trips

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 10 days before arrival.
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