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Check In / Check Out
What to take
Some essentials are
When to go
How long to stay
At Ulpotha you will find treatments are
based on the ancient Vedic wisdom found in local village medicine. The
region around Ulpotha is the oldest continually inhabited area of Sri
Lanka, and it retains much of the ancient healing wisdom of the ages.
The special herbs used for the traditional steam bath, or infused into
warm oil treatments, which mesmerise, sooth and calm, have been valued
in this area for thousands of years.
All the yoga, massage and native village
treatments are included in the cost of your holiday. Full Ayurvedic
packages ranging from five day to four week treatments are also
available at an additional cost subject to a free consultation with our
Ayurvedic doctor. Please go to our Ayurveda page to
learn more about what is on offer.
Many of the UK's most respected yoga
teachers come to Ulpotha. As the teachers usually change every
fortnight several types of yoga - usually Hatha, Sivananda, Iyengar and
Astanga - are available at different times in the season. If you are
keen on doing yoga we recommend you look at Our
Yoga Programmes to see which
teacher is coming before you book. Every morning there's usually an
optional yoga class in a large, open-sided building with a palm leaf
roof, or in the cool dappled shade of a banyan tree. Some teach one
class a day, others two and some run separate classes for yoga students
of different standards. Many also guide early morning walks in the
beautifully wooded surrounding hills. If you are coming from the UK it
may be worth trying out a class in Britain or talking to the teachers
who teach at Ulpotha before deciding when you'll book.
As Ulpotha attracts some world-class yoga
instructors some guests go mainly for the yoga classes. But it isn't
primarily a yoga centre, there's no pressure to attend classes and life
doesn't hinge on classes of any kind. So you won't feel an outsider if
yoga isn't for you. This is a place to unwind, be gentle with yourself,
live close to nature and simply be, rather than a place to exercise and
Ulpotha provides yoga mats, wooden blocks, belts, small flat cushions & bolsters in the yoga shala.
The western massage treatments range from
Thai or deep tissue massage, or aromatherapy, to Shiatsu. They are done
by fully qualified massage therapists from Europe and massage styles
change from month to month, as Ulpotha uses different massage experts
each month. So, if you yearn for a particular type of massage, it's
wise to ask when it's available before booking your holiday. Guests can expect one free massage from visiting therapists per week. Any further massages can be arranged with the therapists subject to availability at a cost of $50 per hour. Please note though that if you
are undergoing an Ayurveda programme the doctor may advise you not to
have any Western massage therapies that may interfere with your
flights from the UK
For direct flights with Sri Lankan Airlines contact Dash at Paradise
Travel on 020 8434 0411.
It helps if you mention Ulpotha. Please be aware that departure is one
day before the start of the holiday due to the time difference and
journey time - note transfer info below. Please note: As of January 1st 2012 all Foreign nationals arriving in Sri lanka for holiday or business will need a visa on arrival. This can be obtained through your travel agent when booking your ticket or online at www.eta.gov.lkt
We will meet you at the airport and return you to the airport after your holiday. The cost per vehicle (maximum of 4 people) is approximately $100 each way. The transfer cost should be paid to the driver. Please enquire should you wish to be collected or dropped off at a location in Sri Lanka other than the airport.
Check In / check out times
Ulpotha's official check in and check out times are below. We will always try to accommodate both arriving and departing guests at busy periods to the best of our ability and at no extra cost. However if you want to be certain of your ability to check into your hut on arrival and check out on departure, and you arrive outside of the times below, we recommend you pay for early check in or late check out. Please take into account Ulpotha is 3 houres from the airport.
Check in – 12:00 / Check out - 10.30 am
For guaranteed check in prior to 12:00 a reservation needs to be made for
the previous night at the full night rate. For a late check out to
18:00 a 50% charge of applicable daily rate applies. For check out after
18:00 a full night rate applies. All early or late check in/out are
subject to availability and on request basis.
What to take: Very little indeed. Repeat guests leave
valuables and smart clothes at home: virtually nobody wears them and
termites may nibble them. The sarong you're given on arrival makes a
wonderfully cool and comfortable dress, or a ‘kilt’ for either sex. Ulpotha also sells other
sarongs in stunning colours. So people wear little else. Women need
something arm-covering and leg-covering, for occasional cool evenings, and preferably in white or light colours, for visiting temples. You might also need 'uphill shoes' for walks or reaching the
mobile phone spot and clothes for cycling or walking. Flip flops are useful as shoes are not worn in any of the huts or main house, and they are easier to slip on and off than lace ups. Rain is rare but,
when it comes, it deluges. Ulpotha has umbrellas but shoes that
tolerate drowning are useful. Ulpotha provides towels but a beach towel is useful too.
Some essentials are:
a good torch, a spare bulb and plenty of batteries, at least one bath
towel, sunscreen, bathing costume and insect repellent, binoculars if
you like to watch birds, and appropriate medication. There are also
some good books at Ulpotha to borrow if you want to travel light.
When to go: Ulpotha only takes guests for 11 weeks in June - August and for another 18 weeks from November to March. The weather varies little and groups are timed to coincide with the end of the rainy season. More of the owners' friends come at Christmas - so it's very lively, and there may be more children. That could make it less restful than usual, but it's very popular, so you need to book Christmas early.
How long to stay: To ensure a house-party atmosphere, and to
get the most from Ulpotha, we recommend you stay for two weeks and
coincide your holiday with that of a particular Yoga teacher - unless
you are particularly interested in a longer Ayurveda programme. Remember
holidays run from Sunday to Sunday.
$1,300 per person per week on
a full board, twin sharing basis*, inclusive of excursions, yoga,
massage and any other local treatments apart from the specialised Ayurvedic treatments.
Christmas/New Year period only
$1,500 per person per week
Early Bird Discounts are available for
those booking far in advance, and Ulpotha also offers one or two
generously discounted places on each group for those who have a good
reason to go but simply can't afford it. Though you do need to make
your request in writing and explaining your circumstances.
is available on a twin-shared basis for singles or double-bedded
basis for couples. Single room supplement - $500 per
welcome, and in general, enjoy the freedom that Ulpotha offers
immensely, however there are no special facilities. Children from 6 - 16 can stay
at Ulpotha for 50% of the adult price and 25% if they are under 6. In keeping with the spirit of a retreat we discourage babies from coming.
For details of each holiday and who will be
teaching please go to Our Calendar of Holidays