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5 Days Wild Escape Yoga and Surf Camp in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Croco Beach House, Al Ashan Shool Road, Pasarichenai East, Arugam Bay, 32500, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Safari and Surf Holiday

Beginner difficulty
Instruction in English
Maximum 4 participants
Breakfast included
Airport transfer available

Get in touch with your inner-self and the island’s diverse beauty, high up on stunning mountain treks, immersed in the water taking waves, close-up with wildlife in the jungle, and deeply connected to all the elements through yoga! ​Strengthen your body and mind with the power of yoga and nature at an off-the-beaten-track in Sri Lanka for a self-discovery journey. Experience seven days mapped out with a combination of exciting, tranquil, engaging, and wild outdoor activities.

Meet the instructors

Anna
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Highlights

  • Daily morning and evening yoga by the ocean
  • Private surf lessons with a professional ISA instructor
  • Visit the secret Kudimbigala Rock and Hindu temple in Okanda
  • Wild safari to Kumana National Park
  • Daily breakfast included
  • 4 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Russian
The maximum participants in the group is 4
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$130 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Croco Beach House Villa is a newly completed, gorgeous, three-bedroom beach shack located steps away from the beach. As the waves crash, you will feel the ocean breeze against your skin. If you are looking to be stress-free, enjoy the sound of the ocean and surrounding nature, Croco is your perfect escape! Just in front of the ocean, far away from the Arugambay tourists crowd. Only pure beach, blue water, and sky. as far as your eyes can go.

The main surfing spot is a 20-minute walk to the left of the villa. The beautiful Crocodile and Elephants Rock is 20 minutes walk to the right. The accommodation has a super equipped kitchen for you to cook, bikes to explore surroundings or reach a town, comfy open lounge area, and hammocks with an ocean view! There are three double rooms upstairs, with a king size bed and terrace with a hammock. One sharing bathroom, open shower, kitchen, and lounge area are downstairs. Towels and toiletries are provided as well as daily housekeeping services.

Program

​Start the day with the sunrise and a fresh coconut. Enjoy exotic fruits, juices, and the spicy flavors of local Sri Lankan cuisine. Create new healthy habits easily and learn different skills with Anna’s customized yoga and gentle meditation styles for various levels. Her teaching expertise and individual approach are supportive, guiding, and always encouraging.

​Treat yourself to seven inspirational days for a healthier body, strengthened mind, and soul. Return home feeling lighter, re-energized and enthusiastic, ready for the next step in life.

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 13:00 Check-in
  • 16:00 Introduction and evening yoga session
  • 17:30 Walk to the Crocodile Rock for sunset meditation

Day 2

  • 07:00 Morning yoga and meditation session
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Surfing lesson

Day 3

  • 07:00 Morning yoga and meditation session
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Surfing lesson

Day 4

  • 07:00 Morning yoga and meditation session
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 14:00 Safari and visiting cultural places

Day 5

  • 07:00 Morning yoga and meditation session
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Check out time

Included excursions

The Kumana National Park

This is a bounty of nature indeed! A wonderful place where you can collect lots of experience with respect to extremely rare types of colorful birds, animals reptiles, etc. Compare to other national parks in Sri Lanka, Kumana is not spoilt with too many visitors and vehicles. A calm and quiet place, where you can enjoy the unique fascinating beauty of nature.

The Kumana National Park is the most important and most popular bird sanctuary in Sri Lanka. Kumana birdlife supported by Some 20 lagoons and tank is an ornithologist’s paradise. During April–July, tens of thousands of birds migrate to the Kumana swamp area annually nearly 255 species of birds have been recorded in the National Park.

Regular sightings of birds include pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, white ibis, herons, egrets and hundreds of little cormorants. The very rare black-necked stork has also been spotted at the swamp. Among the breeding inhabitants of the Kumana villu are the rare species such as Black-necked Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Eurasian Spoonbill, and Great Thick-knee are breeding inhabitants of the Kumana villu.

Apart from being abound with the birdlife, Kumana is also home to the mammals found in the adjacent Yala National Park such as Elephants, Leopards, Golden Jackal, Wild Boar, European Otter as well as the endangered Fishing Cat.

Kudumbigala – gem, hidden in the jungles

Kudumbigala monastic complex was built in 246 BC, during the time of King Devanampiyatissa. It was first established as a refuge for the Buddhist monks, who wanted to get away from the busy Cities. Archaeologists had recovered over 200 rock caves belonging to this forgotten monastery. The area is full of ancient ruins and caves. There are still monks live and meditate here like a thousand years ago.

This place has a magic atmosphere and incredible view. From the top of Sacral Rock, you will see all Yala National park in front of you, ocean and lagoons, green forest and blue skies as far as your eyes go!

Murugan Temple in Okanda

Situated on the Kumana Panama jungle path Okanda Devalaya is believed to be the location God Skanda first sailed into Sri Lanka in a golden boat. The boat, which was turned into a rock, still stands on the Okanda beach known to all as the ‘Ran Oru Gala’. Held in reverence by many without the difference of religion, race, or creed the temple’s origin is unknown although the signs of an ancient monastery are found nearby.

Archeologists believe the temple, being situated near the ancient Okanda harbor, too would have increased its importance with many seafaring men seeking its help before and after a journey. Although the ancient devalaya was of much simpler structure and adornment the present temple imitates a more Southern Indian Kovil structure due to its large number of Tamil Hindu devotees.

Earnest devotees of Kataragama by the thousands, hailing from all communities but especially Tamil Hindus undertakes an annual Pâda Yâtrâ or foot pilgrimage via Okanda temple and Yala National Park to Kataragama for the Esala festivities in Kataragama. Nearly 30,000 pilgrims from the Northern and Eastern coasts of Sri Lanka arrive in procession at Okanda to commence weeks long walk through Yala National Park to the temple of God Skanda in Kataragama.

The devotees pray for Lord Skanda’s blessings and assistance prior to commencing their journey through the thick jungles of Yala amidst the wild beasts of prey. The ones who walk from afar are those who savor the traditional pilgrim’s life of sleeping in temples and under the open sky, accepting whatever alms that strangers may offer, and bearing up under scorching sun while walking barefoot on searing hot roads, clad only in simple pilgrim’s garb with a small bundle of offerings and belongings balanced upon their heads. All along the way, villagers await their chance to offer dâna to the small bands of swâmis and swâmi ammas.

For many pilgrims the Pâda Yâtrâ is a chance to visit ancient shrines all the way to Kataragama in the company of veteran devotees. Their long trek takes them to famous temples at Sittandy, Mamamgam, Kaluthavalai, and Mandur in Batticaloa District. In Ampara District, they follow the coast via Tirukkovil, Pottuvil, and Okanda through Yala National Park to reach Kataragama.

Instructors

Anna Isakova

Location

Arugam Bay is on the list of the top ten surf destinations in the world. It's fantastic waves and more than 10 different surf points attract thousands of surfing lovers from all countries and continents! All spots are different and incredibly beautiful. Mostly point breaks with a sandy bottom, perfect and safe for beginners to learn.

It's the only place in Sri Lanka where on the way to the spot, you will meet wild elephants! Despite being a popular tourist destination, Arugam Bay has remarkably preserved its beauty, tranquility, charm, and remains unspoiled. It offers vast clean beaches and stunning island landscape. Arugam Bay and its surroundings are rich in wildlife and historical heritage. Eco-based activities are numerous here.

Features

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace

Services

  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

Delicious breakfast, fresh tropical juices, and drinking refreshing coconut are waiting for you daily! You will have a comfy, well-equipped open kitchen for you to cook by yourself. There are plenty of restaurants around for all tastes and budget with western and local cuisine. Sundaram YOGA Sri Lanka will be happy to guide you and show the tastiest places in Arugam Bay!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Detox juices

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Muhudu Maha Viharaya temple

Steeped in over 2000 years of history, Muhudu Maha Viharaya, is believed to be the place where Princess Devi, the legendary mother of King Dutugemunu, is said to have landed at the kingdom of Ruhunu, ending her journey from the Kelaniya kingdom. It is one of the most important places of historic interest in the island and can easily be accessed by visitors as it is situated in Pottuvil, just two kilometers away from Arugam Bay.

Lagoon Safari

There are three places to take a lagoon safari in the local area; Kottukal (Pottuvil) is the nearest, Urani (near Whiskey Point), and finally, Panama, some 15 kilometers to the south. The lagoons are completely untouched by people. Have a quiet and peaceful boat or raft ride through the mangrove forest and a great chance to spot monitor lizards, crocodiles, and elephants in addition to a wide range of birds. The most popular times to do the tour are 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. when it is cooler and the wildlife is more active.

All day tour in Ella

Ella is a hill-country village, blessed with the most beautiful views in Sri Lanka. You can start your trip around 7 a.m. by a comfortable van, a drive to Ella will take two and a half hours. During this journey, you will take a refreshing bath in Ravana’s waterfall, visit an ancient cave temple, hike to nine arches bridge, and Small Adam’s Peak through emerald-green tea plantations.

What's included

  • 4 morning energizing yoga by the ocean (1.5 hours each)
  • Relaxing evening yoga and meditation
  • 3 private surfing lessons with an ISA instructor (1.5 hours each)
  • Wild safari to Kumana National Park
  • Visit Kudimbigala forest monastery and Hindu temple in Okanda
  • Meditation on the Crocodile Rock at the dusk
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily delicious breakfast and refreshing king coconuts
  • Surf spot transport and equipment

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Additional activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

For those of you looking to cut your travel time short, Cinnamon Air offers exclusive charter flights from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) to Batticaloa Airport (BTC), a town located 146 kilometers up the coast from Arugam Bay. The flight would take just under an hour and Sundaram YOGA Sri Lanka can arrange for you to be picked up by a van from there and brought down without a hassle.

Arrival by train

Ella is the closest town to Arugam Bay that can be reached by train. Expo-rail runs a luxury service daily from Colombo direct to Ella, a long day on the train but one is rewarded with some of the most breathtaking scenery the island has to offer. For those arriving from the hills, there is also a train that runs daily from Kandy (Peradeniya) to Ella. Sundaram YOGA Sri Lanka is more than happy to arrange transport by van once you arrive from Ella to Arugam Bay. Ella is 132 kilometers away from Arugam Bay.

Arrival by bus

Overnight buses run daily from Colombo to Akkaraipattu. There is a private luxury service that departs from Colombo at 20:30 and arrives in Akkaraipattu at 03:30 the next morning, tuktuks will be available from Akkaraipattu to Pottuvil at that time. There is also a public bus that leaves Colombo at 22:30 and arrives directly in Pottuvil at 06:00 in the morning.

Arrival by van

Island-wide, pickups by van can be organized, which ensures plenty of space for large families, extra baggage such as surfboards and comfort. Just let Sundaram YOGA Sri Lanka know where and when you will need to be picked up and they will organize the rest.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$130 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled before the arrival date.

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