Best Yoga Retreats in Sri Lanka in 2024 - 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.

Ulpotha

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 177 reviews from Heike M.Heike M.1708017780 ★★★★★ I stayed at Sen Wellness Sancutary for the festive retreat 23/24 - for me a 10 days commitment to complete immersion. I enjoyed every bit of it already at the Sanctuary! Now, back home and 40 days later, I am still profiting from the treatments, the experiences I made and my 40-days-practise that I started, as soon as I arrived home.Here is my deepest gratitude for the gifts I received during this retreat: a wonderful place, a kind, supportive, attentive and friendly team, support and grounding in my personal difficult moments, fantastic and soothing Ayurveda treatments (thanks to the doctors & massage therapists - always there with a smile and advice), delicious food, fascinating ceremonies (an unforgettable experience!), a lot of fun & laughter with other group members...Just to name a fiew.The biggest gift is, that I still have all this in my heart, that I can feel the connection to it. And that the practice of pranayama and meditation starts to become a routine! I hope, I can return to this unique place one day.Sally E.Sally E.1707933557 ★★★★★ My stay at Sen Wellness was exhilarating, from the dramatic colours of the sunsets to the naughty monkeys bouncing on the roof of our yoga room then leaping into the jungle. Best of all was watching, after a sunset walk over the wide empty white beach, newly hatched turtles hurtling over the sand to the ocean beyond. Good food, kind smiling staff, excellent and varied company from all over the world at the communal meals, massages, swimming pool, meditation, yoga, it was all pretty faultless and very inspiring.The serene and mesmerising Tseyang from Tibet provided me with a yoga programme I am actually keeping to.Jennifer M.Jennifer M.1707576319 ★★★★★ One of the most relaxing and intriguing stays I’ve ever had. From the moment you walk in to the moment you leave, the hosts and staff anticipate and provide for your every need.The creative Vegan meals, yoga, meditation and daily treatments make this retreat a must-do for anyone who wants to experience an absolute gem.Melbin A.Melbin A.1707565341 ★★★★★ I recently attended a 14-day Ayurveda and Yoga retreat at Sen Wellness Sanctuary, and I can confidently say it was the best decision I made in 2024!The sanctuary is nestled in a truly enchanting environment, providing a perfect blend of calmness and nature. Being located next to Turtle Beach added a unique touch to the overall experience, making it an ideal destination for anyone seeking serenity and relaxation.The staff at Sen Wellness Sanctuary is exceptional. From the moment I arrived, I was greeted with warm smiles, and their hospitality throughout my stay was beyond compare. Special shout-out to Sudheera, Sanath, the Manager, whose dedication to ensuring a seamless experience stood out. Frances,The wellness Manager with her beautiful soul, Tsayang, my Yoga guru, Gopi, my transporter, and the entire team, including Kavindu, Dr. Tarushi, Dr. Udari, Mahil, Madhu, and many more, contributed to making my stay truly memorable.The food was another highlight of my experience. Traditional Sri Lankan dishes, rich in veggies and fruits, were served daily, creating a culinary journey that added to the overall wellness experience.One of the most rewarding aspects of my time at Sen was the opportunity to make new friends from around the world. Connecting with like-minded individuals enhanced the entire retreat experience, and I left with a profound sense of personal evolution.In conclusion, Sen Wellness Sanctuary is more than just a retreat; it's a haven for personal growth and well-being. I completed the program with a genuine feeling of having evolved into a new person. I highly recommend Sen to anyone seeking a transformative and rejuvenating experience.Thank you, Sen Wellness Sanctuary, for the exceptional hospitality. I look forward to returning in the future!Linda D.Linda D.1707311735 ★★★★★ I have spent time in very austere ashrams through to very high end spa retreats but, Sen Sanctuary is in a league of its own, it is the only place I have ever been where I haven’t for one moment thought, what am I doing here? It is unique in its ability to blend wellness, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, diet and joy in a relaxed, unpretentious and thoughtful environment. Every member of staff is there to guide you on your way ,all you have to do is turn up with an open heart and mind!I first went there in March 2023 having met the amazing Dr Sam in London and I returned again in January 2024, both times unique, both times wonderful. I have no doubt I will go back again and again.Sen Wellness Sanctuary is a place built with love and integrity straight from Dr Sam’s heart to every one who has the great good fortune of staying there.Anne S.Anne S.1705512394 ★★★★☆ Wir haben fünf Tage im Sen Wellness verbracht und die Zeit sehr genossen. Die Anlage befindet sich direkt zwischen Meer und Lagune (Achtung - die nächstgelegene Badestelle ist etwa 35 Minuten zu Fuss entfernt!), einige der Zimmer direkt neben einem Mangrovenwäldchen. Ein grosses Kompliment geht an die Therapeutinnen, die mit viel Engagement und Erfahrung die Ayurveda-Behandlungen durchgeführt haben. Das Essen ist gut - allerdings nicht streng ayurvedisch (also auch nicht auf die individuellen Bedürfnisse angepasst), das sollte man vielleicht wissen. Die allgemeinen Aufenthaltsräume sind neu renoviert und mit viel Liebe zum Detail hergerichtet. Die - verhältnismässig eher teureren - Apartements sind mittlerweile etwas in die Jahre gekommen (sollen wohl aber in diesem Jahr renoviert werden). Alles in allem eine sehr schöne Erfahrung, die ich wirklich gut weiter empfehlen kann!Ryan S.Ryan S.1702232215 ★★★★★ First of all, I’d like to thank everyone working at this place for making it so magical. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here and found it so incredibly rejuvenating - from the organic food, top notch Ayurvedic massages, health advice, breathwork, yoga, community.. the retreat is truly unique and unmatched.. it’s really a place that welcomes everyone and caters to each and every person’s needs. I loved connecting with others on the retreat too. I stayed for 3 short nights, but will remember the experience for a lifetime.Elisa B.Elisa B.1701430042 ★★★★★ I just came back after spending a week at Sen Wellness, and the experience was above my expectations.The location is beautiful, immerse in nature and with an amazing beach available.Yoga and meditation classes vary every day, and I can say I learnt so much.The main feedback I’d like to leave is about the team: all of them did everything in their power to make us guests happy, they personally cared about our wellbeing.I can say I came back relaxed, but also changed and nourished internally, I’m looking at problems with a different perspective.I am already planning to be back!Pia S.Pia S.1697801887 ★★★★★ All I could have asked for in an Ayurveda retreat. Beautiful place and nature, with lovely people and a lot of thought and intention in the programs.Richard SRichard S1697016861 ★★★★★ hat an incredible place and lovely team and special stay. Situated between the beach and the lagoon you are surrounded by wildlife and feel completely isolated from the outside world. The treatments, food and yoga/meditation work together to ensure an incredibly restorative and nourishing stay. Ten days seemed a good length of time to stay to maximise the benefits.Thank you to all the team at Sen for a magical stayMithi T.Mithi T.1694508202 ★★★★★ Heaven on earth. A must-visit if you wish to disconnect and self-connect.Irene Boñal B.Irene Boñal B.1693817075 ★★★★★ I came for the second time to this place and it can never disappoint… a truly healing place where you can connect with yourself and with others. I have met some amazing people here both times I have come. The staff really care and worry about you. Thank you ♥️ the first time’s review (last year’s) is just below which still applies.Mind-blowing experience. I am so happy I came to this place - I was planning for 5 days and stayed 10! All the team made me feel like home since I arrived. The kitchen staff are super nice and the food is amazing and healthy! The doctor and masseurs listened to me and gave me a therapy adapted to my needs from the very first day. The doctor, managers and reception were also always there for everything I needed. The yoga teachers are amazing healers that guided me through my journey in the sanctuary and for my home. I know I’ll apply their yoga and spiritual teachings in mind for my daily life. On top of that, a monk comes every week to have a 1-to-1 session with you. Personally, this was a very productive session for me!Moreover, the mini pool in the beach has an amazing sunshine - I’d recommend everyone to go one morning when in here!Amazing place to reconnect with myself which is what I was looking for. I’ll definitely come back😊Elaine L.Elaine 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.Jill L.Jill 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.Di S.Di 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.js_loader

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.