Best Yoga Retreats in Sri Lanka in 2023 - Top 10

If you’re looking for a paradise-like destination to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul, Sri Lanka is the place to be. With its stunning beaches, lush jungle, and Ayurvedic traditions, Sri Lanka has become a popular destination for yoga retreats. In 2023, there are numerous yoga retreats in Sri Lanka that offer daily yoga sessions, meditation, and wellness activities. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or a beginner, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. From yoga and surf retreats in Weligama to Ayurvedic yoga holidays in Kandy or Galle, there’s a perfect retreat for everyone.

The best yoga retreats in Sri Lanka offer a variety of styles of yoga, including Vinyasa, Hatha yoga, and more. You can practice yoga in a serene shala in the middle of the jungle or on a stunning beach overlooking the ocean. There are yoga teachers from all over the world who will guide you through your next yoga session and help you deepen your practice. You can also combine your yoga practice with other activities such as surfing, trekking, or exploring the local culture.

Accommodation in Sri Lanka’s yoga retreats ranges from luxurious villas to eco-friendly plantation villas. You can wake up to the sound of monkeys playing in the trees or the waves crashing on the shore. With delicious Sri Lankan cuisine and Ayurvedic treatments, you’ll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

In this article, we tell you about the Yoga Retreat at Sen Wellness Sanctuary and how it compares with the other Yoga Retreats in Sri Lanka. 

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Why go on a Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka might be a small island, but what it has to offer is more than you can imagine. In the central province, you can visit the Lion’s Rock, an ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya, or the famous cave temples of Dambulla, a sacred pilgrimage site with five sanctuaries and Buddhist mural paintings that cover more than 2000 square metres; you can take a stroll in the sacred city of Anuradhapura marvelling at its ancient Buddhist temples and giant dome-shaped stupas or mingle with wildlife in Yala National Park which has the highest density of leopards in the world.

Immersing yourself on a yoga holiday for a few weeks is a temporary lifestyle change that can lead to permanent transformation in your body, mind and spirit. And if you choose to go on this healing journey in a country where you are surrounded by lush greenery, rich biodiversity, ancient Buddhist temples and swaying coconut palm trees, the shift can be even greater. This is Sri Lanka, an emerging pristine, off the beaten track and affordable Asian hotspot, a feast for all the senses with its rich cultural heritage, colonial architecture, and a wide array of classic dishes such as the egg hopper or Sri Lankan kottu roti, that you won’t find anywhere else.

According to Hindu mythology, Vishwakarma, the divine architect created a kingdom called Lanka, which is one of the earliest written references to the island of Sri Lanka in the Ramayana. The island of ’serendipity’ – Sarandīb as the ancient Persians and Arabs referred to it from the Sanskrit word Siṃhaladvīpah – is a year-round destination for surfers trying to ride the best waves in a tropical climate, and for people who want to practice yoga and meditation, or experience the ancient healing practices of Ayurveda.

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Gong Baths & Yoga Nidra at Sen Wellness Sanctuary

Sen Wellness – An Eco Yoga Retreat Center in Sri Lanka

Sen Wellness is an eco-conscious retreat centre that has been voted one of the top 20 yoga retreats in the world by The Times and has glowing reviews by publishers such as Taschen and Conde Nast.  The sanctuary’s sustainable, circular buildings nestle between a peaceful lagoon and a secluded beach in Rekawa Nature Reserve, home to a rich, tropical mangrove ecosystem with unique and diverse flora and fauna. The sanctuary offers luxury yoga retreats whilst providing a bespoke healing program for every guest, based on a holistic approach and Ayurvedic principles that not only help them regain balance in mind, body, and spirit but also empower them to reach their full potential that carries over into all aspects of their lives.  

Sen Wellness puts great emphasis on supporting all guests, empowering them and helping them reconnect with their authentic selves in a nurturing environment. After a thorough consultation with one of the best Ayurvedic doctors in Sri Lanka, a personalised support and health care program is developed for each guest that includes daily doses of herbal medicines, ayurvedic treatments, yoga and meditation classes – all tailored to their specific needs. The daily routine is structured in a way that helps guests be in sync with nature and regulate their biological rhythms, metabolism, hormonal balance, and mood.

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Eco-Conscious Accommodation

Sen Wellness Sanctuary has prioritized eco-conscious accommodation and works closely with independent environmental consultants to ensure their sustainability initiatives are relevant, responsible, and have a long-term, positive impact. Their sustainability policies aim to reduce their carbon footprint, conserve natural resources, and educate guests on the importance of environmental responsibility.

It operates with a strong belief in being in harmony with nature and takes its role as guardian of the Sanctuary’s habitat seriously. The reserve boasts a rich mangrove ecosystem, a peaceful lagoon, and a stunning, unspoiled beach where giant sea turtles come to nest. The sanctuary takes pride in its sustainability journey and has recently committed to expanding its efforts further. In October 2020, they made pledges to prioritize renewable energy, waste management, sustainable water use, sustainable food production, and reducing carbon emissions. They understand that being in harmony with the environment is crucial for well-being and aim to create an immersive experience that reflects this belief.

Guests are invited to experience Sen Wellness Sanctuary’s eco-conscious accommodation and immerse themselves in the healing power of nature. Their Green Manifesto outlines their current sustainability policies and pledges, which they continuously strive to improve and implement. As they continue to evolve, the sanctuary remains committed to protecting and preserving the natural beauty of the Sanctuary for generations to come.

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Yoga Retreat Schedule at Sen Wellness Sanctuary

The days can vary, but the day always begins with a cup of herbal tea before the early morning revitalising yoga session at 6 am. At 8.30 am guests can choose from a smorgasbord of healthy and nourishing dishes as part of an abundant breakfast with a refreshing king coconut. Between 9.30 am and 1 pm, and from 2 to 5 pm, guests have their bespoke Ayurvedic treatments and special programs they have requested. Guests also have free time during the day to explore and to experience the feeling of just ’being’ and connecting with nature and others around them. After an evening yoga class with meditation, mantra chanting and gong bath taught by either a Buddhist monk or one of the centre’s highly experienced and carefully selected yoga teachers, the day ends with a light but wholesome dinner around a communal table where guests can connect and share their experiences.

Sen Wellness is a unique, sustainable luxury paradise on a magical island with immense biodiversity that can help you reconnect with yourself, nature, and the people around you. In this healing and nurturing space, open all year round, the programs, treatments and yoga classes are designed to meet your individual needs and to help you regain balance in mind, body, and spirit, whilst developing the inner resources you can always rely on.

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Range of the Best Yoga Retreats in Sri Lanka for 2023

Sri Lanka offers a wide range of yoga, meditation, and wellness retreats at resorts with world-class facilities where you can also do surf courses or even yoga teacher training. Many of these centres incorporate detox programs and Ayurvedic treatments into their yoga retreat experience, but there is only one retreat centre in the southern province of this special country that offers a bespoke healing and treatment plan for each guest. Sen Wellness was founded on Ayurvedic principles and takes a holistic approach to healing, with world-class osteopathic treatments, daily yoga and meditation classes, sound journeys, and various other complementary healing practices. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just starting your yoga journey, there’s a perfect retreat for you in Sri Lanka. From beachfront retreats to jungle getaways, here are the 10 best yoga retreats Sri Lanka has to offer:

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Sen Wellness Sanctuary

This eco-conscious retreat centre nestled within the Rekawa Nature Reserve offers a variety of yoga classes, meditation sessions, and Ayurvedic treatments to help guests connect with nature and find inner peace. Voted one of the best yoga retreats in the world by The Times.

Talalla Wellness

Located on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, this beachfront retreat offers sunrise and sunset yoga sessions, mindfulness walks, and spa treatments for a holistic wellness experience.

Samadhi Centre

Set in the lush jungle of Kandy, this retreat offers meditation and yoga sessions, and Ayurvedic treatments to help guests rejuvenate and find balance amidst the serene surroundings.

Lanka Yoga

This surf and yoga retreat in Weligama offers a blend of dynamic and restorative yoga classes, sound healing sessions, and surf lessons for a holistic approach to wellness.

Villa de Zoysa

This boutique retreat in Ahangama offers bespoke yoga and meditation experiences tailored to each guest’s unique needs. In addition to yoga, guests can enjoy cooking classes, nature walks, and cultural excursions.

Welikande Estate

Located in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Knuckle Mountains, Welikande Estate is an eco-conscious and sustainable retreat center that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and Victoria Lake. Perched atop the mountain, this retreat center boasts acres of lush gardens, a yoga shala and meditation studio, a spa center, a swimming pool, and mountain view accommodations.

Soul & Surf Sri Lanka

This retreat centre in Ahangama offers a variety of yoga classes, mindfulness workshops, and surf lessons for a fun and inspiring wellness experience.

Jungle Tide

This eco-lodge and popular yoga retreat centre deep in the jungle of Sri Lanka offers daily yoga sessions, Ayurvedic treatments, and guided treks to help guests connect with nature and find inner peace.


This rustic wellness retreat in Sri Lanka offers a unique yoga experience amidst a stunning natural setting. In addition to daily yoga sessions, guests can enjoy outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, and horseback riding.

Santani Wellness

Nestled in Sri Lanka’s central highlands, this luxurious retreat offers an array of yoga and meditation classes, sound baths, and personalized Ayurvedic treatments to help guests unwind and recharge.

Excellent4.8Based on 169 reviews from Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatMithi T.1694508202 ★★★★★ Heaven on earth. A must-visit if you wish to disconnect and self-connect.Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatElaine L.1693770775 ★★★★★ The most nourishing, relaxing and healing week I have ever experienced in the most beautiful setting!! 7-day Ayurvedic and Yoga retreat left me feeling like a new person. I will definitely be returning.Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatJill L.1693328040 ★★★★★ My two trips to the Sanctuary were equally special. Both were in January, one in 2016 and then again in 2020. It was a perfect way to start the year. The sheer beauty of this part of Sri Lanka is restorative in itself, but when coupled with the luxury and care of the Sanctuary, it becomes a deeply healing experience. I will go back again as soon as I can.Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatDi S.1693132092 ★★★★★ I arrived exhausted and frazzled from a flight that had lost my bag in transit with the clothes I left London in and raging sinuses from the plane's insanely fierce aircon. Within days the sinus infection was healed with Ayurveda. This was the start of a 10 day healing journey that was pure magic. I stayed in an eco cabana - bed super comfy! - waking up to amazing birdsong. The nature here is lush (bring your mozzie spray!) , the complex open and airy, the food delicious (mainly veggie). Everyone on the team - from the Ayurvedic doctors and practitioners, the amazing manager, the chef and his crew, the yoga teachers to the boys who do the cleaning know what they're doing and radiate positive energy. Days are structured but the vibe is relaxed, open and easy. The Cacao ceremony was amazing. The Fire ceremony also. I'd go back in a heartbeat.Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatEmma C.1692720436 ★★★★★ I came to the sanctuary at a difficult time for me personally. I came home feeling mentally and physically restored. It was just the tonic for me.The sanctuary is set in a beautiful and peaceful location, a stone’s throw from the sea and never-ending empty beaches.I loved the daily yoga sessions - I had a brilliant teacher the week I was there - which has an open front so we often saw monkeys swinging by.But it were the Ayurvedic treatments and meals, made with fresh local produce, that were out of this world.The communal dining is such a great idea, particularly if you come on your own like I did. And the sanctuary is run by a fantastic and caring team who went out of their way to make my experience truly unforgettable.I really do hope to return again one day.Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatStephanie U.1692379552 ★★★★★ Sen Wellness is really a Sanctuary where you can really connect back to you, your body and nature. The 10 days Spring Retreat was so fantastic, the breathing, moving and the food was always great. The location is far off from everything and you pretty much have the beach to yourself. All the animals like baby turtles, monkeys, squirrels, peacocks combined with nature was just magical. Also all the staff took great care of everyone induvidually. I will definitly be back!!Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatLara Y1692369607 ★★★★★ My husband and I stayed at Sen Wellness Retreat for 11 days in February 2023. We highly recommend Sen Wellness. It is not a resort, it’s a true retreat. Our stay was an absolute dream come true. From the moment we passed through the gate, took our shoes off, and set our feet on the grounds, we found ourselves in a serene atmosphere that washed away all the stress and worries of everyday life. It was an absolute peaceful heaven with calming sounds of the ocean and nature. We stayed in eco-cabana. The blend of natural materials and elements with simple but modern amenities created a perfect balance between rustic charm and contemporary luxury. The room was daily cleaned and had everything we needed for our stay. After meeting with doctor on the first day, our Ayurvedic treatments were tailored to our individual needs, and they were the best part of the experience. Our yoga teacher Thilini was local and made our yoga sessions very meaningful, connecting our body and mind. We still do yoga with her over Zoom ever since we returned home. In a week, we had a new teacher Megan coming. She wasn’t local but she had an extensive knowledge about Ayurveda, local culture and she was great too. The people we had a pleasure of meeting during stay were from all over the world and truly exceptional. The best part was having all meals together around the table and having conversations. Every meal was a delightful journey of flavors and nourishment. The food had many varieties and left us both satisfied and intrigued to try more. Thilini explained to us each food ingredients and shared many stories and information about the local culture. She even took us to the beach late at night for stars gazing and listening to the sounds of the ocean. The staff was very caring, attentive, and tried to provide the best service. By the time we had to leave, we felt so much genuine care and felt like a part of a close-knit community. After returning home, I had a question about medicine for the doctor. Davia sent my question to Dr. Harnika and she replied to me. We left retreat feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, deeply relaxed, and with determination to change our lifestyle.Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatRahela R.1691383170 ★★★★★ My time at SEN Wellness Sanctuary for the Ayurvedic retreat was an incredibly relaxing experience. The immersion in pure nature, the sights and sounds of flora and fauna wildlife, and the rejuvenating Ayurvedic treatments made it a standout wellness sanctuary worldwide. Daily yoga and meditation sessions, as well as a meeting with a monk, added a spiritual dimension. The wholesome meals were a delight, and the romantic boat ride they arranged for our wedding anniversary was unforgettable. The staff's warmth and dedication created a peaceful, welcoming atmosphere that truly fostered a deep connection with nature. The private beach felt like a personal paradise, offering an exclusive bond with the ocean and sand. My stay at SEN Wellness Sanctuary was truly transformative.Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatGhurair S.1691373696 ★★★★★ Our time at SEN Wellness Sanctuary was like discovering a whole new world during the Ayurvedic retreat. Every second felt like a soothing melody of relaxation and refreshment for both of us. Being surrounded by untouched nature was like a dream, with all sorts of plants and animals creating a calming atmosphere. The Ayurvedic treatments were like magic, making this place stand out as one of the best wellness spots globally.Each day, we got to do calming yoga and meditation. We even met a monk, which was pretty cool and added a special vibe to our days. The food was delicious and healthy, giving us energy and making us smile. The cherry on top was a romantic boat ride on our anniversary, showing how much they cared about our happiness.The staff was incredibly friendly and worked hard to make the place feel like a peaceful escape. It was like they understood how much we needed to connect with nature. The private beach felt like our own little paradise, where the waves and sand seemed to give us their full attention.And guess what? We're already planning our next visit to SEN Wellness Sanctuary. Our stay changed us in a big way. It felt like we were woven into a beautiful story that mixed nature's beauty, calming activities, and friendly vibes. This experience is something we'll always remember and it inspires us to bring more harmony and renewal into our lives.Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatKristine S.1691073416 ★★★★★ I was looking to fill my cup with good energy and that’s exactly what I got from Sen Wellness. Highlights for me were the delicious healthy food, the setting surrounded by nature and a protected nesting-turtle beach, the soothing Ayurvedic treatments and the daily yoga/ meditation sessions in peaceful settings or gentle dips in the seaside pool. The staff are superb, treating you like family in their lovely home. The cabanas were super comfortable and had everything I needed. Bring lots of insect repellent, camera storage for all the baby turtles you might witness, and a positive attitude and you’re golden. Worth the three-hour trip from Colombo!Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatShamail S.1691069614 ★★★★★ Amazing place! Location with the beach on one side, a lake on the other and dense green in between is spectacular. The inclusive meals, daily ayurvedic treatments, and highly attentive staff make this place extraordinary. Looking forward to going back.Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatNicole Z.1689413531 ★★★★★ Perfect start in Sri Lanka! We had the chance to really calm down and relax at this stay. The food was amazing and delicious. At the first night we got surprised with an outdoor picnic. The treatments (massage, consultation, bath, ...) were a real pleasure. The staff does great work and behaved really nice and friendly. The yoga classes (by Shruti and Stefania) were extremely calming and diverse. All in all a really peasant stay!Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatAsoka B.1687260715 ★★★★★ A peaceful sanctuary in a beautiful natural location. Warm, kind and generous staff. Delicious, healthy food; nourishing ayurvedic treatments, yoga and breathwork. Thank you so much!Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatJo S.1687249611 ★★★★★ I visited the beautiful Sen Wellness with a friend several years ago. It was a life changing experience for both of us. An introduction to the power of Kundalini yoga delivered in the stunning setting by Eleanor. The Ayurvedic consultation and remedies and treatments throughout the week were incredible. The staff are wonderful and naturally take great care of your every need. The food is delicious and plentiful and all dietary requirements are fulfilled. Sri Lanka is a beautiful island full of wonders to discover. It was an unforgettable retreat that will hold a special place in my heart forever. Thank you to everybody. I really hope to return again one day.Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious RetreatSally J.1687193596 ★★★★★ My first visit to Sen was a truly wonderful experience. I found it a wonderfully serene and tranquil place to be, and the yoga and daily massage treatments surpassed my expectations. The staff are so incredibly welcoming and warm, and it felt like nothing was too much trouble. The food was delicious and while I did not try the fasting/purge routine I know other people found it very cleansing and uplifting. I enjoyed my visit so much (I took my 20 year old daughter with me who loved it) I then encouraged my older daughter to visit at a time when she was feeling very stressed with work, and she returned feeling renewed and with a calmer outlook on life. I shall return again this year on my own and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a non judgemental and supportive environment to improve their yoga and meditation practice, to take a step out of the modern world and enjoy living and being in the most beautiful and peaceful location.Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka – The Eco-Conscious Retreat

The Final Word

In conclusion, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise that offers some of the best yoga retreats in the world. With a range of yoga styles, daily yoga classes, meditation sessions, and Ayurvedic treatments, a yoga retreat in Sri Lanka is the perfect way to recharge and rejuvenate. The country’s rich culture, beautiful retreat centres, and authentic Sri Lankan food make it an ideal destination for a wellness retreat.

Whether you’re looking for a surf and yoga retreat, a wellness sanctuary, or an authentic Sri Lankan yoga retreat experience, Sri Lanka has it all. The retreats are open all year round, thanks to the tropical climate, and offer a variety of activities, including cooking classes and meditation classes.

Many of the best yoga retreats in Sri Lanka are set in the middle of the jungle, deep in the heart of Central Sri Lanka, where you can find the best waves and one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world, Yala National Park, home to one of the largest populations of leopards in the world. The Salty Pelican, one of the beautiful retreat centres, is a boutique hotel that offers a range of yoga styles, including Yin Yoga and is one of the best surf retreats on the south coast.

In 2023, Sri Lanka’s yoga retreats offer an authentic experience, with Ayurvedic doctors, Ayurveda treatments, and a range of yoga and meditation classes. Whether you’re looking for a surf camp, a yoga shala, or a retreat centre, you’ll find the best retreats in Sri Lanka.

So, if you’re looking to go on a yoga retreat, Sri Lanka is one of the top destinations to find the best yoga retreats. With its stunning scenery, rich culture, and top-notch retreats, Sri Lanka offers the ultimate yoga experience. Book your next retreat and discover the beauty of Sri Lanka and its many yoga retreats.