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Discover Sri Lankan Landscapes & Culture
This day is all about immersing yourself in traditional yogic life that includes asana (movement), pranayama (breathwork), meditation and light fasting. The schedule is carefully curated to ensure you remain mindful throughout the day. The purpose of the day is to slow down, take a breath and reconnect to the present moment. We start the morning with an Annapurna meditation, followed by Hatha yoga and a yogic breakfast. During the day we practice walking meditation and partake in a sound bath (singing bowls). Lunch will be served on the terrace. In the evening we have a tea ceremony, mantra changing, restorative yoga and nidra. We end the day with a Sri Lankan feast.
One of the best parts of Sri Lanka is the accessibility to beautiful waterfalls. This day’s adventure includes chasing six waterfalls and visiting a tea plantation to learn where Ceylon tea comes from and how it is processed. Pack a swimsuit because you would not want to miss the opportunity to swim beneath a waterfall!
Ayurveda is a traditional Hindu system of medicine which is based on the idea of balance in bodily systems and uses diet, herbal treatment, and yogic breathing. You will spend the afternoon in a beautiful garden across the Mahaweli River. The massage therapy is offered by Walter, an Ayurvedic doctor with over 20 years of experience. The full-body massage includes the use of traditional oils, stone rollers and a multitude of massage techniques to release tension and relax muscles. The treatment also includes a herbal steam bath traditionally called vashpa swedha. Your body is enclosed in a steam box leaving your head exposed while over 120 plants are infused in boiling water opening pores and cleansing the skin.
This 10-14km trek takes your through the small village near Welikande. You hike through rice paddies, tea plantation, pine forests and past villager’s homes to get a sense of the landscape and culture. We drink fresh coconut water along the way at the home of one of the villagers and eat lunch at a waterfall. Here’s an opportunity to take a swim before we trek out again, past tea fields and to a local temple. A tuktuk will take us back to Welikande.
High Knuckles Trek
Named after its uncanny likeness to human knuckles, the Knuckles Mountain Range is a gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular spot for hikers. This trek is made for hikers who love a challenge.The 17-26km hike takes you to the highest peak and provides spectacular views of the rolling hills and valley below.
Local cooking experience
A trip to Sri Lanka would be incomplete without an introduction to Sri Lankan cooking. We start the day at a local bakery and practice our bread-making skills. On this day you get to make your own lunch in an outdoor kitchen with the view of mountains and rice paddy fields. Most of the ingredients like jackfruit, green leaves, coconuts and other fruits and vegetables will be harvested directly on the property before cooking. Enjoy lunch in the roof of the wooden house and take a swim in the river.
There is an option to visit a local potter and attempt to make traditional food bowls and pots with clay sourced in the area. Just ask!
Kandy Culture Tour
Kandy is both an administrative and religious city. Home to Sri Lanka’s famous Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world. Kandy Lake is an artificial creation by one of the past rulers and today, it is a scenic centre piece of the town. There are many places you can visit on the tour like Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kandy View Point, Dalada, and many great places to shop and eat at.