Questions and Answers
page has been compiled by our agents from some of the typical
questions they are asked before guests book their holiday.
1. I'm travelling alone, will I feel awkward?
2. I'm not sure that I fancy sharing with a
stranger. Can I have a single room?
3. Will I be bored?
4. I've never done any Yoga before, is this OK?
5. Where is Ulpotha located?
6. Where do I fly to?
7. How do I get to Ulpotha from the airport?
8. Is Sri Lanka a safe country to travel to?
9. How much money will I need?
11. What medical precautions do I need?
11. Will I need a Visa?
12. What does an Ayurvedic treatment programme consist of?
13. What does the day look like for someone who takes the Ayurvedic package?
14. What is the minimum length of treatment in order to receive a beneficial effect?
15. What choices can I make - would it be extreme? Can the treatment be adjusted to my preferences?
16. Can the wonderful food in Ulpotha still be enjoyed
17. Any more questions?
I'm travelling alone, will I feel awkward?
No, these holidays are perfect for singles!
Ulpotha is also great if you come with friends or as a couple but the
overwhelming majority of our guests come alone.
I'm not sure that I fancy sharing with a
stranger. Can I have a single room?
All the huts at Ulpotha are allocated on a
twin share basis. We will match you up as best we can with another
guest. There are places for a maximum of 23 paying guests at any one time and
no single huts are available.
People are surprised to discover that the
huts are spacious and airy and that sharing with someone is actually
very pleasant. The unusual jungle noises can be bit strange and its
quite reassuring to have a companion sharing your space. In any case -
you will find that you don't really spend much time in your hut.
Will I be bored?
There always seems something to do if you
want to, yet many people discover that the magic of Ulpotha is about
finding enjoyment in simply being. Often guests take loads of books and
only read a few pages! Your day can be filled with twice daily Yoga
classes, treatments, excursions or walks to special sites surrounding
Ulpotha. There are always many interesting people to chat to. However,
if you want to be alone - it's easy to find a peaceful spot, like a
hammock or a tree house.
I've never done any Yoga before. Is this OK?
The teachers at Ulpotha are teaching all
levels of experience and ability. Just go at your own pace and remember
- that it's a holiday! If you don't feel like going to Yoga classes
that's fine. Everything is optional and you do as much or as little as
YOU like! Ulpotha provides yoga mats, wooden blocks, belts, small flat cushions & bolsters in the yoga shala.
Where is Ulpotha located?
In the heart of Sri Lanka by a lakeside at
the foot of the Galgiriyawa mountains - off the beaten track. About 1
hours drive North from Kurunagala or 2 hours Northwest from Kandy, and 3 hours from the airport.
Where do I fly to?
Colombo airport in Sri Lanka. Direct
flights with Sri Lankan Airlines take about 10 hours. Please be aware
that departure tends to be the day before arrival and start of the
holiday due to time difference and journey time. In order to ensure the
best prices on flights we recommend that you book early. We have an
updated list of the best travel agents through which to buy your
ticket. We also have block booked seats on some of the more popular
holidays. Please contact us for details.
How do I get to Ulpotha from the airport?
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.
Is Sri Lanka a safe country to travel to?
There has been a cease-fire between the
Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan Government since February 2002. Whilst
the peace talks have stalled over various issues there appear to be no
signs of a return to the previous hostilities that affected large parts
of the north and east of the country. Ulpotha is a very safe place well
away from former trouble hot spots - which were located in the far
North and East coast of the island. The great thing is you don't even
need to go into Colombo if you don't want to - the transfer from the
airport to Ulpotha avoids the city.
As of May 2009, the war in the north is now officially over and the Tamil Tigers have stated they will no longer oppose the government militarily. Anyone travelling to Sri Lanka now is perfectly safe from any terrorist threat.
How much money will I need?
Very little! Once you are in Ulpotha
everything is included. Around $100 would be
plenty for fees at ancient sites and donations at temples. Bring more
if you intend on buying souvenirs etc. Sri Lankan Rupees are best
bought at Colombo airport and they are open at all times of the day and
The food at Ulpotha is simply delicious and
very healthy. It is almost entirely vegan, naturally wheat free, with
an abundance of fresh vegetables, organic red rice and tropical fruit
freshly picked from Ulpotha's gardens. A good opportunity to detoxify
your system without fuss. Special diets can not be catered for but it
is fairly easy to pick and choose depending on your taste from the many
dishes served at each meal. If there is anything that you feel that you
simply can't do without (coffee, a gin & tonic, chocolate and
the like) - we suggest you bring it with you.
What medical precautions do I need to take?
Recommended injections are Tetanus and
Polio boosters, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. Your GP or travel centre may
also recommend Malaria tablets. However Ulpotha is not a known malarial
zone and if you intend to only visit Ulpotha and its surrounding
regions then Malaria tablets are not absolutely necessary. Though this
is a very personal choice and it is up to the individual to make their
own decisions on this matter. Please note that the East Pole Foundation
can not be held responsible for medical decisions or conditions.
For those wishing to choose alternative
ways Ainsworths Homeopathic Pharmacy are a good quality supplier of
Homeopathic remedies inc anti malarial remedy available by mail order,
tel 020 7935 5330 or from their London shop.
Will I need a Visa?
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
does an Ayurvedic treatment programme consist of?
All treatments, regardless of the personalized elements of a treatment
that stem from a personal consultation, contain preparatory and
elimination therapies. The preparatory therapies are the ones everyone
likes and most Ayurveda is known for - oil applications,
steam baths, saunas and herbal baths. Elimination therapies on the
other hand, are the ones that some - if not most - people will find a
little bit more challenging to accept. They consist of what is more
commonly known as Panchakarma (ie. the five specialized elimination
therapies): inhalation, purgation, emesis (vomiting), enemas and
blood-letting. The latter three are very rarely carried out in Ulpotha.
If a treatment is short in length, say the five day Ashinsanaya or one week Sanasuma programmes, then you
only have enough time for preparatory treatments that would support
inhalation as an elimination therapy. If you have time for the ten day Namaskaraya or two week Samadhiya programme, then you
can also undergo purgation. However, the
consultation is critical to determine which of the elimination
therapies are required. If someone is particularly weak, then they will
be subject to much more of the preparatory treatments and very little
of the elimination therapies regardless of how long a programme they have
chosen. In other words, while you need to be on a long programme to undergo elimination therapies, it's not necessarily the case that you will
definitely be subject to them.
For the one week long Sanasuma (Satisfaction), and ten day Namaskaraya (Salutation) programmes, guests will receive treatments
everyday. Each day will consist of roughly two hours of treatments. The
two week long Aswesilla (Solace) programme will have one or two rest days, while the three week long Samadhiya (Profound) programme will
have two or three rest days and the four week Mokshaya (Redemption) programme will have three or four
If we take an example of the Sanasuma treatment, which is administered over the course of seven days, the first day will consist
of a full head and face and body oil application, called Abyanga (a superficial tissue, or
relaxing oil application, that soothes the first layer of the body) followed by a herbal bath. Guests will also be given
appropriate remedies to take, starting the first day for each day of
their treatment - these remedies are meant to facilitate the treatments
being received. The second day may consist of oil application that is meant to penetrate to the second layer of the body, which is called Angamarda Abyanga, (no head and face) followed by a sauna or steam bath. The
third day will consist of a relaxing body oil application followed by Shirodara
oil application on the forehead and head. The fourth day will consist of an inhalation therapy
accompanied by a head and face oil application, and a face steam. The fifth day
will be a Sarvangadara oil treatment (from a layman's terms, this is a
Shirodara but one for the whole body) followed by a steam bath. The
sixth day will be a full body oil application carried out using poultices made
of a special milk rice consisting of medicinal decoctions followed by a
warm water bath. The seventh day is a herbal facial treatment
consisting of cleansing scrub, face steam, massage and herbal pack.
does the day look like for someone who takes the ayurvedic package?
Treatments will typically last for about two hours each day and could be scheduled either in the morning or in the afternoon. They will have
the rest of the day to hang out and do other things, including yoga.
What is the minimum length of treatment in
order to receive a beneficial effect?
The five day treatment would be the minimum.
choices can I make - would it be extreme? Can the treatment be adjusted
to my preferences?
The healthier a guest is, the greater the opportunity for flexibility.
However, if there is a specific ailment, then the options for
flexibility are less if a meaningful result is what is required.
the wonderful food in Ulpotha still be enjoyed?
Because of the nature of the food in Ulpotha, chances are that guests
can enjoy it all with no restriction. The ones that guests have
sometimes been told to avoid is pineapple or curd - but one who is told
to avoid one can have the other.
Essentially, Ayurveda tries to either increase the healthiness and
balance of someone who is healthy and has no specific health issue
(prevention), or tries to relieve a specific health problem (cure). If
someone is healthy, then the treatments will be more as described
above. If someone has a specific health problem, then the chances are
greater that their treatment may be different. It may consist of more
oral remedies or focus on particular types of therapies (for example,
if you have a back ache, your treatments will use more specific types
of oleation therapies, where oil applications and body rubs of different
kinds will be used to deliver localized relief together with
appropriate oral medicines).
Any more questions?
feel free to call or email us:
Tel: +44 (0)208 123 3603
be patient when calling the above number as the connection is routed
through to us in Sri lanka at no extra charge to yourself. Sri Lanka is
5 1/2 hours ahead of GMT.