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This award-winning Ayurveda and yoga retreat center offers you a course on the Foundations of Ayurveda. The course is conducted by university-qualified Ayurveda doctors and the retreat center is set in line with Ayurveda principles teaching the Ayurvedic lifestyle in all aspects of its operation. The center is a working Ayurveda retreat with many coming to heal minor and major illnesses. Additional lessons will be conducted on mindfulness, yoga philosophy, and Buddhism.
The hotel villa is a colonial home, approximately 150 years old. It was the house of the village chief and it now converted to consist of a living room, dining hall, veranda, and open living area all renovated at the end of 2015.
The property consists of the main villa and the lodge, each about a 2-minute 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, that is the villa.
The villa consists of 8 rooms (2 Suite rooms and 6 Deluxe rooms), dining hall, lounge, verandahs, and spa. The lodge consists of 6 Standard rooms and an open verandah. Both the villa and the lodge were renovated at the end of 2015 and are decorated in a contemporary colonial style in keeping with the age of the property and to meet the comforts and modern needs of the guest. The rooms are beautifully completed with luxury bathrooms.
This retreat is a community center and is run by villagers and profits of the center will be used to fund a variety of charity projects ranging from community development, wild life conservation, and environmental preservation. Daily morning and evening yoga classes are conducted by the resident yoga teachers and classes are tailored to be suitable for beginners as well as advanced practitioners.
Guided walks in the village and around the plantation are included in the package.
Ishara is the founder and owner of Plantation Villa. She is a regular meditation practitioner whose practice has changed her life. She has practiced and studied Buddhism and meditation over the last eight years. With an inspiring life story, Ishara helps explore the world of meditation through an explanation of the mind, its nature and habits, to overcome obstacles and allow the inherent sense of fulfilment that we all have to shine forth.
Bernardo has been teaching Yoga for over 9 years. He owns his private studio in Brazil. He focuses on Hatha Yoga, with complementary studies on Kundalini, Nidra and Vinyasa Yoga. For the past 3 years he has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia, to learn and teach in different countries, including Greece, India, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand. At the moment he works with Plantation Villa on it's centre in Sri Lanka and guiding their international retreats and workshops. He is also a Vedic Chanting teacher (KYM - India) and a Ayurvedic and Thai masseur.
This retreat is located in Kalutara, Sri Lanka.
All meals / food prepared are according to Ayurvedic guidelines and principles and most of the food comes from the center's own gardens and the surrounding forest. Meals are nutritionally balanced and delicious. The majority of the food is grown on the property in the surrounding gardens which guests are welcome to see and partake in harvesting.
You can either hire cycles for rides around the surrounding villages or hire a car for the following day trips:
The last remaining rain forest in Sri Lanka which is lush and green and hiking through this will be an amazing experience.
Plantation Villa works with a company working with whale conservation in Sri Lanka. It is an early morning start but totally worth the experience.
Plantation Villa recommends this trip over the trip to Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage, where you will 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.
The last kingdom of Sri Lanka is 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.
A turtle conservation project to help save turtles from extinction. You can see and learn about turtles and can have the opportunity to release baby turtles into the sea!
Picnic at some of Sri Lanka's most beautiful beaches.
One of the most famous temples in Sri Lanka with a Pagoda with architectural value and a Bo tree over 2000 years old.
A visit to one of the most vibrant cities in Sri Lanka where the influences of colonial time are prevalent with some world heritage sites.
An ancient cave temple with a natural forest displaying some amazing Sri Lankan art on the rock.
Left over from the British Empire depicting the influences of European architecture.
Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport
Transfer available for additional US$65 per person
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). The hotel car is available for transfers at the rate of 65 USD for pick up. Plantation Villa suggests you arrive between 7 p.m to 7 a.m to use the airport transfer services. The venue is about a 1.5-hour drive from the airport.
Alternatively, one can come by train to Kalutara.
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