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Two Weeks Yoga and Ayurveda Trip in Sri Lanka

15 days Yoga and Ayurveda

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Number of participants: 4-16 participants

Requirements: 3 von 10

Everyone is welcome on this yoga journey. The yoga classes are adapted to the level of the participants. The activities during the trip are moderate and very feasible with a healthy physical condition.

On this two week yoga tour through Sri Lanka, we will use the first week to get to know Sri Lanka.

We will stay in a wonderful spa resort in the middle of The Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka and from there we will make relaxing excursions in the surrounding area. The programme includes a tour of the famous Sigiriya Rock on foot and the historic town of  Polonnaruwa by bike. In addition, we will take a cooking class with a family in the middle of the village and observe wild elephants in their natural habitat during a safari through the national park. We continue to the famous tooth temple in Kandy and from here we will take on of the most scenic train routes through the wonderful tea plantations till  Nuwara Eliya. Here we take an early morning hike to the “World’s End” in the Hortan Plains National Park.

Every day Sarah will offer at least one hour of yoga. all physical activities are of course optional.

Afterwards we stay for a week at an Ayurveda Beach Resort with yoga classes, healthy and tasty Sri Lankan meals and Ayurveda treatments.

Day Program Night
1 Arrival – Negombo

Distance: 8 km from the airport Time: 20 minutes

We land at Colombo Airport and are greeted here by our local tour guide and Sarah. A small transfer takes us to the beach of Negombo. Here we can relax for the rest of the day  and start the trip with a small welcome yoga class..

Paradise Beach, Half Board
2 Negombo – Sigiriya

Distance: 145 km Time: 3, 5 hours

After a yoga class and a delicious breakfast we drive to Sigiriya and visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress right after our arrival. Sigiriya is rightly considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Sri Lanka’s landmark and is the unofficial 8th Wonder of the World. From the monument itself, you have a wonderful view of a amazing hilly green jungle. The huge lion thighs on the summit lead to the top of the stone heap, a palace in the sky. And when you step through the lion’s thighs, you can imagine entering the wide-open mouth of a lion carved out of the rock of Sigiriya. It is no longer visible after so many centuries. The palace was a courtly paradise with elegant pavilions surrounded by gardens and pools.

The ascent to the summit provides a refreshing change after the long journey!

In the afternoon we check into our Spa Resort in the middle of the cultural triangle. An Ayurveda application is highly recommended! A delicious dinner awaits us.

Pintaliya Resort & Spa, Half Board
3 Srilankan cooking class in a traditional village and elephant safari in the afternoon

We start the day with yoga. Then we set off to a local family that lives at their small farm by a river. Here we will spend the morning to cook the extensive lunch with the female participants of the family. We can also get to know the traditional life of the people and have a look around the farm.

After a delicious and healthy lunch, we go on a safari through the Minneriya National Park to admire free-living elephants.

Pintaliya Resort & Spa, Full Board
4 Polonnaruwa

Distance: 60 km Time: 1 hour

After our morning routine consisting of yoga and breakfast we drive to the once remote Polonnaruwa. Bicycles are already waiting for us here and we take a leisurely bike tour (about 25 km) through the peaceful landscape along a dam. after a little refreshment at a local families place, we return and visit the remaining ruins of the majestic city from the 11th century BC. The glory of the past heyday is still visible in the excavated and resurrected archaeological treasures. Especially the Buddha statues carved into a rock are impressive!

In the afternoon we return to our Spa Resort, where we will spend the last night. How about a relaxing massage?

Pintaliya Resort & Spa, Half Board
5 Polonnaruwa – Dambulla – Kandy

Distance: 140 km Time: 3 hrs 30 min

Today we start in the direction of Kandy. On the way we visit the famous Royal Cave Temple of Dambulla. The golden statues of the Buddha in the 5 caves bear witness of the reverence of Buddhists since time immemorial. The paintings on the walls will tell many stories from the past and the life of Buddha.

Afterwards we visit a traditional spice garden in Matale and learn about Ayurvedic naturopathy. In the afternoon we reach Kandy and can take a walk through the small town before we watch the ceremony in the holy temple of the tooth.

Randholee Resort, Half Board
6 Kandy – Nuwara Eliya

Distance: 75 km Time: 3.5 hours

Today, a very special highlight awaits us: By train we drive up to Nuwara Eliya, where the small train first slaps through dense jungle and then further and further up through a sea of green tea as far as the eye can see.

After arrival at the former British Hillstation, we visit a tea factory and can visit the charming place with its markets at lunchtime

Daffodils, Half Board
7 Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains – Beach

Distance: 220 km Time 6, 5 hours

Early in the morning we make our way to the famous Horton Plains National Park.

For nature lovers, the plains offer a diverse selection of fauna and flora. From the red flower that blooms in a corner behind a rock to the frequent sambar deer, the plain is full of biodiversity. In addition to the often discussed Sambar deer, there are elusive leopards that rarely leave their secret hiding places. This plateau is suitable for passionate bird watching and is home to some rare endemic species.

The 9.4 km long hike is a wonderful circuit through unspoiled nature. On those who complete the trek, a wonderful view awaits at the so-called “End of the world”, because here we are at the edge of a steep mountain wall going steeply down for 120 m ! On a clear day, mountain ranges surround the visitor.

Afterwards we set off on 5 hour drive to our Ayurveda Beach resort

Life Ayurveda Resort and Spa, Full Board
8-14 A regular and relaxed daily routine of two yoga classes, daily 2 hour of Ayurvedic treatments, delicious meals, beach stays and smaller excursions awaits us. Life Ayurveda Resort and Spa, Full Board
15 Beach – Airport

Distance: 75 km Time: 1.5 hours

depending on the time of your flight, the transfer to the airport is on the agenda for today.

Included services

  • Tour Guide and Yoga Teacher
  • Local tour guide
  • all accommodations in a double room with half board, In the Ayurveda Resort full board
  • 1-2 yoga classes a day
  • all entrance fees for mentioned activities
  • all transport in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • daily 2 hours Ayurveda Treatments during Ayurveda Resort week

Not included services

  • International flight
  • Visa (free)
  • personal expenses, gratuities, unmentioned meals

Fixed Departure: 05.12.-19.12.2020

4-16 participants: 2100 € per person

Single supplement: 280 €

Travel organizer, accompaniment and yoga teacher

Sarah Appelt, RYT 1000

Sarah Appelt has been living in India for over 10 years and traveled to Sri Lanka in 2019 to explore India’s little sister. She was immediately scourged by the country and its people and now offers trips in Sri Lanka once or twice a year with local partners on her site.

Originally, she came to India as a volunteer for only one year at the age of nineteen. But she fell in love with the diverse country with its fascinating people, deep culture and enchanting landscapes. So she decided to have her home base in India, more precisely in the Himalayan Village Manali, from where she organizes adventure trips and yoga trips through India.

She has an 1000-hour certification of the Yoga Alliance in Hatha Yoga and Traditional Yoga and Yoga Therapy. In addition, she took courses in Shivananda, Yin, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga and continues to train. For several years she has been leading yoga retreats in Indian yoga ashrams, conducting yoga trips in India and giving workshops in children’s yoga.

She designs her classes according to the needs of her students. She combines strengthening asanas with soothing pranayama and deep meditation.

Sri Lanka

We welcome you on a beautiful island in Sri Lanka. The proud history of the island of over 2500 years and the breathtaking variety of landscapes will conquer your heart and soul like no other destination. May the time you spend on the island be filled with exciting experiences.

What will impress you most about Sri Lanka is the amazing variety of landscapes. It is possible to explore bright green rice fields, sun-tanned beaches, destroyed towns, small lively villages, near desert regions, wildlife reserves in tropical jungles and tea plantations in the hills literally within a few hours.

Ancient Sanskrit literature refers to Sri Lanka as “Singhalesian” – island of The Sinhalese. The people with this name have inhabited this island since the earliest history. Traditions recorded in Sri Lanka’s historical chronicles go back to the exiled North Indian prince Vijay and his entourage, who settled on the island  in the 6th century. The Sinhalese kingdom was founded.

However, the oldest known civilization dates back to 380 BC, when Anuradhapura (205 km from Colombo) was founded as its first capital. After the advent of Buddhism in the 3rd century BC, a civilization rich in Indo-Aric culture developed. It produced the big cities with their “dagabas”, which compare the pyramids of the Egyptian palaces and amusement gardens, the rich art and architecture and the gigantic irrigation works, many of which are still in use today.

With the invasion from neighboring southern India, the power base shifted to Polonnaruwa (101 km southeast of Anuradhapura) and to other cities such as Dambadeniya, Kurunegala, Kotte and Kandy. In the 16th century, with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505, the island had its first known encounter with the merchants and colonial masters of the West. This was followed by a period of almost 500 years during which the island came under the control and influence of the colonial rulers Portuguese, Dutch and British. While the Portuguese and Dutch ruled the coastal regions for about 150 years, the British established complete control of the island with the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom in 1815. They, too, ruled for 150 years before the country became independent again in 1948. The effects of many cultures over the centuries have led to the rich diversity of the country’s culture, of which many testimonies are present today. The island’s economy is traditionally based on agriculture with rice as its main food. Spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, clove, nutmeg and pepper have been exported since time immemorial, as have precious stones and even peacocks and elephants. With Western commercial influence, Rice gave way to money harvesting until the British made tea the foundation of the economy. The new boost in the economy lies in exports to the export-oriented industry. Agriculture is now being revived. Non-traditional exports of clothing, seafood, foliage, cut flowers and tropical fish, as well as the value-adding agribusiness, have contributed to Sri Lanka’s economic progress in recent years.

The people of Sri Lanka have different races and religions. The majority are Sinhalese, who are Buddhists, while among the minorities the Tamils, mainly Hindus, are the largest, followed by the Moors who follow Islam and a sharply decreasing number of citizens descended from the Portuguese and Dutch, Christians are a considerable number of Christians among the Sinhalese and Tamils.

Although the country and its people are well on the way to modernization, they value most of their tradition and are proud of their rich culture. One aspect that continues to attract visitors from abroad is the beauty and diversity of the landscape as well as the warmth and hospitality of the people.

Geography

An island of approx. 65,610 km² Sri Lanka is located in the Indian Ocean at the southern tip of the Indian coast. It is located between 5 ° 55′ – 9 ° 55′ north of the equator and between the eastern longitudes 79 ° 42′ – 81 ° 52′.

Climate

Warm and beautiful all year round it is in Sri Lanka. Average temperatures are around 27 ° C in Colombo and decreases by about 10° towards the mountain region. The island has two rainy seasons: between May and July in the southwest and December / January in the northeast. Climatically, Sri Lanka does not have a low season. Brightly sunny warm days are the norm and are also common in the western season. Sea temperatures are usually 27 ° C.

Population

Nearly 20.97 million (2015), 7.5 Sinhalese, 11.9 SL Tamils, 4.6 Ind. Tamils 8.3 Moors, 0.3 Malaysians, 0.2 citizens and 0.2 others. Literacy rate averages 90.01 – one of the highest in Asia. (2001).

Religion

Predominantly Buddhism, but also Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.

Language

Understanding is rarely a problem, as English is understood in all parts of the country. Place names and signs are in the local language and often in English. Official languages – Sinhala, Tamil and English. National language – Sinhala and Tamil.

Time

Sri Lanka’s standard time is 5 1/2 hours before Greenwich.

Water

Filtered water and mineral water as well as bottled drinking water are available. The yellow king coconut is a popular thirst quencher and the most welcome drink is of course a hot cup of tea.

Packing:

Clothes

  • light and airy clothing covering the body, especially in women should be covered shoulders and legs
  • Clothes to change due to the warm and humid climate
  • Headgear as sun protection
  • For the mountain regions a light jacket and a sweater
  • Raincape/Jacket
  • Comfortable Yoga Clothes
  • Swimwear
  • light hiking boots, short hiking pants, breathable t-shirts
  • Sandals and/or flip-flops

Other

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Pocket knife
  • Travel pharmacy (water purification tablets, patches/dressing material, broad-spectrum antibiotic, anti-inflammatory cream, malaria profile axe, acute diarrhoea, medications for pain, fever and travel sickness)
  • Insect repellent
  • Mosquito net for Southern India
  • Toilet paper/wet wipes (partly also available in India)
  • Sunscreen
  • Notebook
  • Passport and visa copy
  • Cash in Euro/ Traveller Checks