GUEST TRAVEL GUIDE SHEET

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS

Please be sure to email to bookings@ulpotha.com the following information concerning your pick up as soon as your flights are booked and at the very minimum 1 week prior to your arrival.

  1. Your arrival details: Arrival flight time AND flight number OR if already in Sri Lanka: Pickup time, hotel address & phone number
  2. Your departure details: Departure flight time AND flight number OR if staying in the country: your time of departure and drop-off address
  3. your mobile number
  4. your passport number and nationality

Check in time is 12 noon, but if notified in advance it is no problem for us to have a hut ready for you earlier. Many flights arrive during the night and we will send a taxi to pick you up no matter what time you arrive.

CONTACTS IN ULPOTHA FOR TRANSPORT DELAYS OR ISSUES

Should your flight have any delays, please be sure to advise us asap via email to (bookings@ulpotha.com) or by sms to the following numbers.

Ajith(transport): +94 773 705 494 | Nirosha (main line at Ulpotha): +94 377 377 600 | Suzi (winter only): +94 775 145 303 (sms only) | Padma (summer only): +94 768 537 413 Priyanthi (Colombo office): +94 77 301 7536

As Ulpotha is effectively a retreat and we discourage people from just popping in, very few people in Sri Lanka know where it is. It is therefore important for you to download and print the directions that have been sent to you by separate link in case any problems arise with your transport to Ulpotha.

Though you could search for Ulpotha in Google Maps (under the name “Ulpotha: Retreat to the Extreme”), keep in mind that roaming charges will be expensive if you do not have a local sim card in your mobile. As well, the directions given in the link are for the best route – Google Maps can sometimes take you down small and inconvenient roads. But it is handy as a back up.

VISAS

Please note that you will need to apply and buy your 30-day Tourist entry Visa for Sri Lanka before entering the country. The cost of the visa, if you apply online, is slightly cheaper than if you buy it at the airport upon arrival. You can also get it through travel agents and embassies/consulates. The address you'll need for your visa application is:

Ulpotha Ulpotha Watta
Embogama Nr Galgamuwa
Kurunegala District
Sri Lanka

Please note: You will not be allowed into the country if you do not have a return ticket, or a passport that is valid for at minimum 6 months following your date of entry.

VACCINATIONS:

For vaccinations, it is best to ask your doctor's advice. Recommended injections are a Tetanus booster and Hepatitis A. 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 necessary. This is however a very personal choice and it is up to the individual to make their own decisions on this matter.

USEFUL THINGS TO BRING

Please bring a good torch & spare batteries or get a solar-powered torch (wakawaka.com), a yoga mat (the ones we get here are not very good ones), a watch, some mosquito repellent and, if you are sensitive to bites, insect bite cream/antiseptic, and sunscreen.

Rubber flip-flops are sufficient for walking in Ulpotha, sneakers may be needed for exploring the nearby mountains and caves. A simple light white cotton outfit covering shoulders to knees is recommended for visiting the temples and don't forget your swimsuit. A rain jacket is useful during the rainy seasons. There’s a free laundry service for everything except for underwear, please don’t bring expensive clothing or jewellery.

There is no cash point near Ulpotha and we do not have the facilities to take credit cards and there is no ATM in the surrounding villages, so please bring along enough $/Euros /£, to pay for your taxi transfers and any extras (entrance fees to Cultural sites, extra meals/drinks during our excursion trip, extra massage ($80/per hour), clothing from our local tailor, souvenirs, etc….

MOBILE USE

If you wish to phone cheaply from Ulpotha and avoid expensive roaming charges, please follow these steps:

  1. Make sure your phone is un-simlocked before you leave your home country.
  2. Buy a Sri Lankan DIALOG sim card upon your arrival at the airport (which will only work in an unlocked phone) and buy a phone credit card. Additional credit can be bought from Nirosha in Ulpotha.
  3. Please do not use your phone in the Ambalama or main house, best reception is up by the tank.
  4. Keep your phone switched off to save battery power. We have a small solar charger for phones, iPods and cameras, but it cannot cater to laptops or tablets.

INTERNET

Only possible on an unlocked smartphone with your Sri Lankan simcard.