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Surf and Yoga in Sri Lanka

Enjoy the invigorating waves of the ocean for an element of thrill to your exotic Ayurveda holidays in Sri Lanka with our Surf and Yoga package. Explore the beauty of the southern coast of the island as you reconnect with your inner self in hours of blissful meditation.

day Location/Route duration Overnight
Day 01 Arrival and drive to Negombo One night in Negombo Jetwing Lagoon
Day 02 Negombo to Tallala Six nights in Talalla Talalla Retreat
Day 03-07 Tallala Five nights in Tallala Talalla Retreat
Day 08 Departure
Golden beaches

Needless to say, one of the prime features of the island, which attracts thousands of visitors every year, are its beaches of golden sand that surround the island and have gained popularity over the years with visitors. These include the beaches of Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Pasikudah, Weligama, Mirissa and Tangalle.

Galle Dutch Fort

Galle Dutch Fort is a proud structure that still stands tall and mighty in southern Sri Lanka. Built by the Portuguese over 400 years ago, the fort was fortified by the Dutch, upon their invasion of the island. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visited and admired by many, all through the year.

Galle Fort Walk

Discover the cultural and architectural legacy of Galle, inherited from the Portuguese and Dutch colonialists from centuries past. Familiarise yourself with its streets, as your experienced tour guide narrates intricately woven folktales, that have been passed down through generations. Observe the local practice of stilt fishing and pay a visit to highlights such as the iconic Galle Fort.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is the last European-built fortress still standing in southern Asia. Watch with bated breath as daring cliff divers spring themselves off the citadel’s walls and plummet into the waves below. The tour lasts two hours and starts early morning or in the afternoon.

Day 01
AIRPORT TO NEGOMBO
Negombo x
Located approximately five km from the international airport, the tourist friendly beach town of Negombo is one of the favourite stops for many visitors to the island. Offering a range of hotels, beach bars, cafes, restaurants and plenty of golden sands to lie on, Negombo is a must-visit destination in Sri Lanka. Settle into your hotel, take a rest and unwind from your journey. Local attractions: Seafood dinner with the day’s catch at Lellama restaurant - Jetwing Sea / sundown cocktails at Sea lounge - Heritance Negombo.

Ayubowan!!!
A warm welcome to Sri Lanka! Your chauffeur from Holidays by Design will be present at the arrivals hall to greet and assist you to your vehicle.
You could change your currency before departing the airport as this may come handy during your holiday.
A short drive from the airport will take you to your hotel in Negombo (30 minutes).

Day 02
NEGOMBO TO TALLALA
Galle (UNESCO World Heritage Site) x
The port city of Galle has flourished from its origins into Sri Lanka's fifth main and popular city. At the heart of the city lies the Dutch Fort. Dutch administrators and those in their service lived within the Fort protected by its city walls and the ramparts by the sea. Its massive archway entrance gives it a medieval air and appears magically time warped, with its red tiled colonial period villas and open verandas facing the cobblestone streets. Settle into your hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Local attractions: Fusion cuisine by Chef Malcolm - Bedspace Unawatuna / Indian cuisine at the Indian Hut & pizza at Wijaya Beach / STREET FOOD BY THE RAMPARTS or simply explore the cobbled streets of the Fort scattered with arty galleries, bars & coffee lounges

Breakfast will be served at the main restaurant.
You will proceed to Talalla taking the southern expressway (three hours). Do feel free to speak to your chauffeur if you wish to make a pit stop at the service area at the half point of the highway for a break or snack.
You will explore the Galle Fort before continuing to your destination.

Day 03-07
TALLALA

Breakfast will be served at the restaurant.

Your daily program will commence at 11:30 for two hours followed by a session of restorative yoga (three hours).
The day’s schedule ends with a session of meditation and exercise.

Alternatively, the hotel offers morning and evening yoga sessions, daily workshops, meditation & pranayama programs that you may choose to book at your convenience.  Private yoga sessions are available too.

Day 08
DEPARTURE

We will take you to the airport on the expressway or along the old route, two-three hours before, in time to make your flight.

If time permits, we recommend making a stop at the Bawa property in Bentota- the home of Sri Lanka’s famous architect Geoffrey Bawa.

Add on

  • A list of a few activities you may want to add on to your experience.
  • In and around Negombo – visit the fish market or the Lellama (where the fishing boats come ashore for the auction / Lagoon Fishing
  • In and around Galle – Mask making at the Art Village / hike in the Sinharaja forest reserve / Ruhumassala walk / visit the turtle hatchery / tea tasting at a working tea factory

What to Pack!

  • Socks – as footwear must be removed when visiting places of worship. You could be walking on heated paving, gravel or cement. Also, shoulders and knees should be covered.
  • Footwear – choose comfy shoes - sneakers, sandals or similar.
  • Shawl – to cover your shoulders or dress up!
  • A sweater or light jacket if you plan to visit the Hill Country.
  • Sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, travel umbrella or lightweight raincoat.

Notes:

  • All drive times are approximate and subject to road conditions
  • Alcohol is not served on “poya days” (full moon) and other days prohibited by the Government.
  • The standard check-in time is 14:00 at hotels.
  • The standard check-out time is 11:00 from hotels.
  • Gratuity: tour guides & drivers are tipped at the end of the tour.
  • Online visa application link:  http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/
  • Purposeful Tourism: Your support: www.hbdasia.com one USD from every booking supports a cause.
  • Holidays by Design terms and conditions (www.hbdasia.com/terms.html)
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Rejuvenate your body and soul with yoga by the surf!