12 Days | Wild Yoga Adventure
Day 1 Negombo
Arrive at Colombo International Airport, where you’ll meet your guide who’ll be whisking you away to your first hotel in Negombo, a traditional fishing town and a gourmet food lover’s paradise. The town has a majority of Roman Catholics along with Buddhists, Hindus and Muslims while it has been given the name 'Little Rome' due to the highly ornate Portuguese-era Roman Catholic churches found within the township.
Spend your afternoon here relaxing at the beach, and then in the evening, enjoy the lively restaurants and bars along the famous Lewis Place.
DAY 2 Anuradhapura
Make the journey to Anuradhapura with a visit to a coconut plantation along the way. Learn how the coconut palm has been harvested for generations to make Toddy (a local alcoholic drink), coconut syrup and palm sugar and see how toddy tappers face danger as they work, walking tightropes between trees obtaining the sap from the coconut flower.
In the evening, enjoy a yoga session near the largest stupa in Anuradhapura – Jetavanarama Stupa. Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
DAY 3 Anuradhapura
Wake up for a morning yoga session, then if we have time and you’re feeling adventurous followed by a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura. The sprawling complex contains a rich collection of archaeological and architectural wonders: enormous dagobas (brick stupas), ancient pools and crumbling temples. This world heritage city was the longest and the first established kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka, founded in 377 BC. Sights to see include Isurumuniya temple and Vessagiriya forest monastery.
In the evening, a visit to the sacred bo-tree – the oldest documented tree in the world and one of the most sacred relics of the Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Plus the gigantic white dome, which denotes Ruwanwelisaya (Great Stupa). See the hundreds of carved elephants, which surrounds it making it a marvel for its architectural qualities. Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
DAY 4 Anuradhapura
Enjoy another yoga session in the morning, followed by a visit a forest monastery to meet Buddhist monks. In the evening, enjoy incredible sunset views at Mihintale, the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the best sunset point in the Anuradhapura region. No matter what your faith is, the beautiful shrines, stupas (dagobas), rock caves enhanced by the wondrous setting, make Mihintale unforgettable.
Come evening; immerse yourself into the culture with an authentic dinner with Sri Lankan locals to get a taste of the local lifestyle and music. Expect hearty curries and plenty of singing and dancing. Overnight stay in Anuradhapura.
DAY 5 SIGIRIYA
Wake up with an amazing yoga session. Afterwards we’re hitting the road and heading to Sigiriya. Built over 1500 years ago, this beautiful citadel stands 200 meters high in the middle of verdant jungle and is one of Sri Lanka’s most iconic sites. Along the way, take the chance to unwind with a traditional Ayurveda massage.
Climb up the 1200 steps to the top of Sigiriya (Lion) rock fortress in the evening in time for a picturesque sunset across the rolling plains. Discover UNESCO-listed ruins and take in stellar views – with its Water Gardens, the Mirror Wall and ancient graffiti, just make sure you’ve got your camera is all I’ve going to say.
After descending the steps back down to ground level, the rest of the evening can be spent drinking beer or, for the brave, some arrack – a traditional coconut spirit!
DAY 6 Knuckles Mountain range
Head further into the highlands to the Knuckles Mountain range, one of the loveliest nature attractions of Sri Lanka. The changing terrain of grasslands, rugged mountain peaks interspersed with streams and cascading waterfalls make Knuckles Mountain range a trekker’s paradise.
Staying at a quiet location near a water stream so make the most of your beautiful surroundings with some nature chillin’ or perhaps cool off with a dip, before a late afternoon yoga session. Come evening, we’ll be spoiling you with another authentic meal, sitting around a campfire listening to the sound of cascading water and birds.
DAY 7 Knuckles Mountain range
In the morning, set out on a hike taking in the natural beauty of the area. Visit Mini World’s end, a fine observation point. From this location, the panoramic view of the Knuckles Range and some of the villages situated in the foothills of Knuckles can be seen. Finish the hike with a dip in the cooling waters of a waterfall. As far as hikes go, things don't get much better than this!
Unwind with an evening yoga session. Overnight stay in Knuckles Mountain Range.
DAY 8 KANDY
Wake up in this scenic landscape and enjoy a relaxing start to the day with yoga. Late morning we’ll check out and head to Kandy, perhaps stopping to drink refreshing king coconuts from the roadside.
Hidden away amid the hills at the heart of the island, Kandy is Sri Lanka’s second city and undisputed cultural capital of the island. With its old Kandyan and colonial buildings, scenic highland setting and pleasantly temperate climate, Kandy retains a surprisingly small-town atmosphere.
In the late afternoon, we visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a sacred Buddhist temple. It contains the tooth relic of the Buddha, which was brought to Sri Lanka 1600 years ago. Rituals are performed three times daily: at dawn, at noon and in the evenings.
Afterwards we head into the city for the chance to explore its vibrant array of shops and architecture, and perhaps try a Sri Lankan delicacy - Kottu Rotti. Overnight stay in Kandy.
DAY 9 Ella/Haputale
Drive to Nuwara Eliya and hop aboard a train to Haputale, one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. The journey will take us past verdant tea plantations, through winding mountain passes, across suspension bridges and much more. At each train station on the way, the train cabins were filled with sellers hustling treats like freshly cut pineapple and mango with cinnamon, corn with salty butter, freshly made rice and curry, chili fritters and crispy poppadoms.
Once we arrive you’ll soon see why it’s known as ‘Little England’ with its cottages, rolling hills and cooler breeze. Enjoy an evening stroll here and sip black Ceylon tea at the local cafes. Overnight stay in Ella/Haputale.
DAY 10 ELLA/HAPUTALE
After breakfast and a lovely cup of tea, we will set out on a hike through the cool hills cloaked in tea plantations. The hill country with its picturesque landscape is largely a product of the British colonial era, when tea was introduced to the island, an industry that continues to shape the economy and scenery of the region today. After exploring this spectacular landscape, we travel south to the coastal town Mirissa. Overnight stay in Mirissa.
DAY 11 MIRISSA
Wake to the sound of the ocean and enjoy an energising yoga session. Afterwards, sun, sea and sand are the order of the day. Simply kick back on the golden beach and enjoy a day of relaxing on the Southern Coast. This is a great chance to fully unwind, or if you’re feeling more adventurous – take a whale watching tour. Take your final yoga session in the evening, followed by a delicious dinner next to the Indian Ocean.
It’s your last night in Sri Lanka, go crazy. Overnight stay in Mirissa.
DAY 12 NEGOMBO
Today it’s time to say goodbye to glorious Sri Lanka. Make the most of the early morning with breakfast and a swim, before we make the journey back to Negombo and the airport.