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A note on the situation in Sri Lanka

Out of the fog and into the future

Sri Lanka is calming again. 2022 has been turbulent. A financial crisis transformed into a political crisis, and the political crisis almost became a fully-fledged revolution. Things got rough, and for a while uncertain, tourism disappeared, and for a little while, Sri Lanka became a very difficult place to live. But change is happening.

With the ousting of the ruling Rajapaksa family, the country is now slowly moving toward a new heading. New leaders, new solutions to old problems, and a new Sri Lanka. 

We won’t lie and say it’s all perfect, fuel is now rationed, food is more expensive than before, and there is a certain level of uncertainty as to what the future holds. 

What we can tell you though is this. It’s calm, it’s safe and it’s open for business. If anything, it might be the perfect time to visit, the beaches are quiet, the devaluation of the currency makes some things incredibly cheap, and the people of Sri Lanka have their arms open to re-welcome the tourists who have been missing these last months.

 Things are good, things are calm – there might have never been a better time to visit Sri Lanka.

Furthermore, if you visit us, we assure all that if required, we are happy to ‘hold your hand’ for your stay in Sri Lanka, organizing all transport, transfers, visa documents, and more.

From all the owners, management, and staff of Lanka Yoga, we hope to see you soon at our little paradise. 

For any questions about the current situation or visiting Sri Lanka, contact us here: [email protected]

Stefan & Jane

Sri Lanka, travel and Covid-19

We have made our policies as flexible as possible so you can feel confident in booking with us even in these uncertain times. If you have any questions or uncertainties, please feel free to contact us for clarification.

General

Where is Lanka Yoga?

We are located a few kilometers inland from the southeast coast of Sri Lanka between Galle & Ahangama. With the new highway completed, it takes about 2.5 hours to get us from Colombo International Airport.

Find us on Google Maps.

How do I get to you?

To get to us from overseas you’ll be flying into Colombo International Airport. From here it’s an easy 2.5 hour cab ride in which we can organise for you, ususally about 70Euros, or you can find your say to us with the adventure of Sri Lanka’s public transport system. If you life us to organise this for you it’s not a problem.

What are Sri Lanka's requirements for travel?

You can find all of the Sri Lankan government’s guidance on hello again Sri Lanka.

At the moment it’s really not so hard, if you’re fully vaccinated all you need is a negative test before you leave and you’re in!

What travel documents do I need?

You’ll need a passport valid for a least six months after your planned departure date.

You’ll also need your vaccine documentation if relevant.

You’ll need to apply for a Sri Lankan visa before you fly as well. Apply on the official homepage and pay via Master Card (Credit Card doesn’t work).

What food do you searve at Lanka Yoga?

Our whole kitchen team is Sri Lankan, led by our head Mangala. He has more than 15 years of international experience, including 7 years in Europe! Our food is 100% Vegan and 200% taisty. That also means its super healthy. We do a fusion of Sri Lanka and westeren food, with a constently evolving menu, you’ll love it.

Do you supply towels?

Yes we supply towels for your room and towels for the swimming pool, but please bring your own beach towel.

What is the currency? Can I get cash?

Sri Lankan Rupees is the national currency. 
ATM’s and Exchange Facilities are plentiful, including in the airport arrival hall. We accept LKR, EUR, AUD and USD.

How can I pay my bill at Lanka Yoga?

At Lanka Yoga we have. a no-cash policy. During your stay, all your expenses are being collected on your bill. You can pay your bill at the end of your stay in cash or with Credit/Master Card. 

Will there be Wi-Fi?

Yes, in the living areas. It’s fairly reliable but we are in rural, village Sri Lanka so expect some dropouts and slowdowns.

You can get a local SIM card If you would like to get Wi-Fi in your room. It’s quite cheap and works well, also when used as a hotspot connection for work on your laptop. Our lovely team can help you get the SIM card, the only thing we need is a copy of your passport. 

What voltage and plugs do you use?

Electricity is at 220v in Sri Lanka. Our sockets are universal sockets that take pretty much every international plug type.

Elsewhere in Sri Lanka, you find a mix of 3 pin round sockets and 3 pin square, UK-type, sockets.

What else is there to do?

Oh, where to start!
There are endless activities, particularly with the lake at our doorstep. Just some of the options are

Boat tours

Surf lessons and board hire

Whale watching, mainly from November to April

Tea plantations tour

Yala National Safari Park visit (a very long day, but do-able)

Galle – historic fort town, now a cosmopolitan arty hangout

Bike tours

Ask us in advance and we can help arrange a day trip or you could tag some extra days before or after your stay with us.

What do I need to bring?

You really can travel light but here is a quick reminder list of some basics to bring.

Yoga gear, light and plentyful

Swimwear

Beach towel

Waterproof sunblock and zinc

Sun hat

Light clothing, it’s hot!

Some long-sleeved and leg-covering clothes to protect from the sun

A personal first aid kit containing disinfectants, band aids, perhaps some antibiotics

A decent deet based mosquito repellent

You might also take some general vitamin supplements plus calcium and magnesium to keep your immune system boosted.

Comprehensive travel insurance

What are the local medical facilities like?

We are pretty much equidistant, about 20 minutes depending on time of day, some pretty good hospitals in Galle. Although the administration and organisation can be fairly hectic, the standard of medical care is good. People tend to visit hospitals for all but the most minor of illnesses. For very minor issues we have a good english-speaking Doctor nearby in Habaraduwa, about 5 minutes from us.

What are the arrival and departure details?

Check-in is from 3 pm on arrival day and check-out is at 11 am, we’ll feed you before you leave us, but we have to be strict on the room & hotel check-out time so we can get it ready for the new guests.

What is the weather, surf and water quality like?

Sri Lanka has a tropical climate and is therefore hot and humid all year long.

May through to October is the SW monsoon with more rain, onshore winds and humidity – so consistently large waves, often too large for many of our reef breaks, but there are bays and beaches that clean it up for surf .

The peak tourist season in the area, and the driest months of December, January, and February coincide with a smaller swell season but really good wind patterns. Still, at this time it’s rarely smaller than shoulder high.

The months pre-and post-monsoon (November, March & April) are when the swell is consistently larger and more challenging with waves averaging about head high or more. But there’s more chance of storms in these months. Daytime air temperature ranges from 28º-34º dropping to around 22º-26º overnight.

Water temperatures are pretty consistent at 27º-29º so you can surf in board shorts the whole season long. The water quality is pretty good except during storms when the rivers wash out into the sea bringing all manner of stuff with them.

Wear your rash vest (provided as part of your surfer package), hat and decent sun-screen for sun-protection and for modesty in rural areas

Yoga Teacher Training

Are there any requirements for participating in the YTT?

Recommended 6 months continued (at least 2-3 times each week) yoga practice, a passion for yoga and a desire to study deeply. The program requires you to dedicate significant portions of time to your studies and you will frequently be in the studio for practice and lessons. It’s super important that you are preparing yourself ahead of time in order to get the most out of the course.

Is the course certified?

Yes it is! Our school and this course is registered with Yoga Alliance, the world’s biggest and most respected yoga organisation. This means that after graduation, you will be able to teach anywhere in the world as an RYT200.

What is there to do when I’m not in class?

Luckily the South Coast is a compact playground of fun activities. There’s surf down the road, massage on site, adventures to hidden beaches, snorkelling, and our vegan restaurant just two minutes walk down the road.

What does an average day at the YTT look like?

Every day is different, with the course evolving throughout the three weeks. To keep energy levels high we break things up within the lectures to work with the natural energy rhythms of the day. A typical day looks like:
7.00  –   9.00 am | Morning Asana and Meditation
9.00  – 10.00 am | Breakfast
10.00 –  1.00 pm | Review, workshops and lectures
1.00  –   3.00 pm | Lunch/Free Time
3.00  –   4.00 pm | Something different and exciting
4.00  –   5.00 pm | Lectures and workshops
5.00  –   6.00 pm | Practice teaching work
6.00  –   6.30 pm | Closing circle
6.30 pm onwards | Dinner and free time

What if I have a special diet?

All food served at Lanka Yoga is vegan, so no need to worry if you’re plant based, vegetarian or anything similar. We also offer a gluten free option for every meal. If you have any other needs at all when it comes to food, please let us know and our kitchen team will adapt the menu for you.

Yoga Retreat

How much yoga can I expect on this retreat?

We offer two yoga classes a day that are up to two hours long. These classes are more than just practice, they involve experimentation, workshopping, and some time for deep relaxation. Even with this much yoga, there is still plenty of time for leisure, adventure or reading your favorite book.

Can I come alone?

Of course! You can come to this retreat as a couple, a group, or by yourself. We have three room options, you can stay by yourself, or share with one, or three others.

How far is it to the beach?

At Lanka Yoga that we are about a five-minute tuk-tuk ride to Habaraduwa beach, and then you’re on the endless south coastline. There are beaches for everyone, from beautiful views, to white sand and calm seas and of course, world famous surf for all levels. Cabalana and Dewata, surf beaches for different levels are about 15 minutes away.

Seasonal information

The weather in South Sri Lanka is tropical, which means there is a dry and wet season throughout the year. From May until October it is wet season, during this time it rains regularly, and the temperature usually drops a little. The rest of the year is sunny and mostly dry with more occasional rain. Temperatures are fairly constant all year round, with with average temperatures of around 25-30°C.