Ulpotha has been a pilgrimage site for thousands of years and remains an oasis of tranquility in the heart of Sri Lanka. It is a beautiful private hide-away open to guests for part of the year; a place of total peace, where you can experience the warm, generous and gentle hospitality which Sri Lankans love to offer.
Ulpotha is a traditional working village cradled on the one side by low mountains and a lotus ringed lake, and on the other by tiny emerald green paddy fields. Our focus, at present, is on the restoration of an ageless agricultural way of life including bio-diverse organic farming and reforestation of the land and its immediate surroundings.
Guests are welcome to Ulpotha and those who come will find a natural sanctuary of exceptional beauty where the main activity is simply relaxing in its remarkable atmosphere of peace and calm. However, for those more purposeful in nature, Ayurveda therapies and Yoga classes are available. The Ayurveda is administered by Dr Srilal Mudunkothge, an acclaimed practitioner of this ancient, holistic medical art, while theYoga classes are led by some of the world's leading Yoga teachers.
We would also like you to see Ulpotha through the eyes of some of our former guests - people who have experienced Ulpotha just as you will. Before booking a holiday we recommend you read a fortnight in Ulpotha- a personal impression of Ulpotha written by author and broadcaster, Moyra Bremner. Or, for a more pragmatic description of Ulpotha from someone who had never been on a Yoga Holiday before, have a look at this down-to-earth account written by Daniel Roberts, director of a large online retail company, on his experience. Similarly, you might find the article that appears in the Green Rooms guidebook useful, as we feel it presents Ulpotha quite accurately.
The Fact Sheet gives you information on Ayurveda treatments, Yoga classes, Massage, and other activities and facilities available, while the Rates and Dates shows you the cost of your hoilday in Ulpotha and our schedule of activities.
All revenues from guests holidaying in Ulpotha are spent supporting the local community, as Ulpotha is not run on a profit-generating basis. In addition, Ulpotha operates and supplies a free, year round Ayurvedic clinic treating over 100 local villagers a week.
DATES AT A GLANCE
SPRING 2010 Closed
SUMMER 2010 13th June - 29th August 2010
AUTUMN 2010 Closed
WINTER 2010/2011 7th November 2010 - 27th March 2011
Ulpotha Awards and Accolades
Top 10 Retreats and Spas in the World - Vogue Magazine January, 2000 Islands Magazine's 2007
Hot 100 Blue List - Leadership in Responsible Tourism Nominated for 'Eco Spa of the Year' by AsiaSpa Awards 2007
Nominated for Best for 'Conservation of Cultural Heritage' by Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards 2008
Nominated for 'Socially Responsible Spa of the Year Award' by Asia spa Awards 2008