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8 Day Surf, Meditation, and Yoga Holiday in Hiriketiya, Southern Province

Hiriketiya Beach, Dickwella, Matara, Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Surf, Yoga, and Meditation Holiday Sri Lanka

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Breakfast included
Airport transfer available

Imagine a tropical beach paradise with incredible scenery and magical vibes...… A hidden bay of turquoise blue ocean lapping gently onto the soft, white sand, with tall coconut palms swaying gently in the warm breeze and perfect waves for beginners to advanced.... Welcome to paradise. We are located in the perfect position, on a headland with two beautiful beaches either side, separated by a 400m walk. Relaxing and feeling balanced is a big part of The Salty Pelican retreat for those who are interested. Yoga is the perfect way to prepare your bodies for the day ahead. Whether it’s through strength, flexibility, or simply just breathing better. Learning how to breathe properly is really important and your bodies will feel more in tune and balanced. While Yin yoga will bring beautiful balance within your energy systems and a unique sense of calmness you will feel both physically and mentally. Exploring Sri Lanka’s beautiful nature, relax & sleep in a laid-back beach retreat, eat well to restore, revive, and feel amazing. The friendly, highly experienced team will help you develop your own yoga practice, take you to the most magical beaches, and create the perfect experience. It will be the perfect week of learning to surf, sun, yoga, good people… good vibes and good times.

Meet the instructors

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Alex, Ida, Gabby, & 2 More…
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Highlights

  • 200m from the beach
  • 5 days of surf lessons
  • Unlimited yoga classes including sunrise and sunset
  • Infinity swimming pool & spa
  • Sunset rooftop yoga deck & jungle yoga shala deck
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Unlimited daily premium surfboard use
  • 1 Seafood/Vegetarian BBQ
  • 1 Sri Lankan Rice & Curry dinner
  • Unlimited purified drinking water, pre-yoga herbal tea
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All surfing & yoga equipment provided
  • Delicious daily à la carte breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Portuguese, Spanish
Airport transfer available:
Bandaranaike International Airport (US$101 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga deck
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry

The Salty Pelican Team have just recently completed the build on their dream retreat from the ground up, so you'll find everything brand new, comfortable, modern, secure, and immaculately clean. With comfortable new beds, personal lockable space with secure charging points in each locker, each guest room with super clean private ensuite bathroom, large swimming pool with Jacuzzi area, all-day poolside restaurant and cocktail bar, large covered open living space and communal dining area, private jungle yoga Shala, wellness centre, outdoor massage tables, laundry facilities, luggage storage room and rooftop cinema.

The Salty Pelican has been converted into a stunning tropical traveller's meeting point, featuring a cosy open living space opening out onto an amazing chill-out pool area surrounded by lush gardens and coconut palms and a guest café area and cocktail bar serving up anything from a delicious home brewed coffee, healthy smoothie, to a well-deserved margarita. So, whether you’re up early to go check out the beach for a morning paddle among the waves or stretch out those achy muscles with our sunrise yoga, joining one of our learn to surf classes, or you’re just after a freshly brewed coffee by the pool before exploring the local National Parks, all your needs will be taken care of here.

The accommodation includes a comfortable bed in a spacious room with private ensuite bathroom and a delicious breakfast which you can choose from our healthy menu each morning. Besides the amazing time you will have practicing yoga and learning to surf, the retreat offers all the comforts of a home.

The retreat has a beautiful garden to relax about all day in, with comfy XL bean bags, hammocks and some nice relaxing ambient background music. The Salty Pelicans all-day menu of delicious healthy juices, smoothie bowls, seafood dishes and poolside snack food is available every day. To explore the immediate area of Hiriketiya, it can be easily done on foot as we are just 200m from the nearest beaches and alternative restaurants in the area. Alternatively, you can jump in one of our tuk tuks and take an adventure to the surrounding areas and nearby beaches. We also offer a diversive range of tours in air conditioned transport to nearby National Parks, temples and stunning beaches.

Program

Practice Yoga in a breathtaking location...Surf in Sri Lanka's perfect waves... Relax and sleep in our laid back yoga retreat... and eat well to restore, revive and feel amazing... Those wishing to combine the traditional delights of Hiriketiya with a week of surfing and yoga can take advantage of some of the best beginner to intermediate waves on the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka, right at your fingertips. The Yoga & Surf Package program aims to make sure you get the most from your experience in Sri Lanka whether you are an experienced surfer or have never tried it before. Surfing gets you fit, tanned and you’ll make some great new friends in the process. After an active day of laughs and spills, you can relax with our morning or late afternoon yoga & meditation sessions before sitting around the infinity pool at the The Salty Pelican with some ice-cold drinks from our poolside restaurant and your new friends. Our friendly, highly experienced team will help you develop your own yoga practice, teach you how to surf a wave and create the perfect experience. Just a great week of fun, sun, sand, surf, yoga, meditation, good people, good times and good vibes....

Please note that there are no yoga classes on all day Monday or on Friday mornings, as we have safari tours scheduled instead (not. incl. in package price).

Yoga

This 8-day Surf & Yoga Package offers an excellent detailed introduction to Hatha & Yin yoga for beginners and the chance to dive deep into more advanced practice. Yoga is for everyone, you don't need to have any prior experience and we welcome complete beginners. We have a diverse daily program for both yoga and meditation, with multiple styles of classes including Hatha and Yin spread throughout the day for you to pick and choose the best time slots during your stay with us. This gives our guests plenty of flexibility when planning their days with their alternative activities like surfing and exploring the local areas. Practicing Hatha & Yin yoga will help to harmonise the nervous system, increase your sense of balance with the body & mind and strengthen your lymphatic system. There is no yoga scheduled all day Mondays or on Friday mornings, to give you the time to enjoy some other activities and tours we offer, like exploring the beautiful Udawalawe and Yala National Parks located a short half-day trip away. We have our own beautiful covered yoga shala deck surrounded by lush tropical jungle on our property and we provide all yoga mats and equipment.

Sunrise Meditation Classes

Daily you will have the chance to join our meditation classes. ​Our teachers will guide you ​through a 20 min session to find balance with your body, emotions, and thoughts.​ ​Learn to relax with different breathing exercises. These classes are daily except on both Mondays and Friday mornings.

Sunrise Hatha Yoga

Experience revitalizing Hatha Yoga sequences at sunrise to give you all the energy and focus you need for the day. Our in-house yoga instructors will help develop muscular strength, stamina, flexibility, balance, and breathing. They will help bring balance to your body and mind during the morning practice so that we build our bodies to be light and strong for the day. The mental benefits of yoga include an increased sense of focus and awareness to the human form and body. This practice is for all level yogis.... You don’t need any earlier experience. We have two separate start times each morning except on Mondays and Friday mornings, for this morning practice.

Afternoon Sunset Yin Yoga

We start our practice with a Yin Yoga class right before sunset on our rooftop yoga platform or shala... We hold long deep postures with a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Almost every posture is done at beach level and the stretches will maintain for 2-5 minutes at a time. This will take us deeply into our connective tissue expanding flexibility and aiding healing energy to our bodies. This practice is for everyone and it's a beautiful way to start your yoga journey. Traditionally the Yin evening classes are more soft, slow, restorative to integrate with the days surfing activities and prepare the body for a great rest overnight. Let yourself emerge into a nice flow of your yoga practice. Enjoy breathing, relax your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and also your mind.

Sample Daily Program

  • 04:30 - Udawalawe/Yala elephant safari half-day tour departs every Monday & Friday (Not. Included)
  • 07:00 - Breakfast served at our poolside restaurant (finishes at 10:30)
  • 07:00 - Sunrise meditation
  • 07:30 - Hatha Flow yoga class
  • 09:30 - Hatha Flow yoga class (alternative 2nd-morning class)
  • 07:30 - Morning surf lesson
  • 12:00 - Lunch at our poolside restaurant or at the beach (Not included)
  • 14:30 - Free time to chill around our pool, explore, surf or book your massages & treatments (1 surfers massage included)
  • 14:30 - Afternoon Surf lesson
  • 14:30 - Afternoon workshops (not included & seasonal)
  • 17:00 - Sunset Yin Yoga & Meditation class
  • 19:00 - Group dinner ( 2 included )

Surf Lessons & Unlimited Surfboard Use

Surf lessons are only on 5 days of your 8-day package, giving you plenty of time to chill out, explore, swim, free surf, relax with a massage, enjoy a body scrub, explore the National Parks, discover the hidden restaurants of the local area and much more. You can pick and choose which days to take your included surf lessons that best suit your itinerary. Our certified surf instructors follow a very unique approach in teaching and will make sure that you learn the proper surf techniques. The unique geography of our location means we have rideable waves almost every day of the year. We also have a large diverse range of premium FLOWT surfboards for unlimited guests use all day and every day included in your package. Feel free to grab a surfboard anytime you like and try different types from soft to hard or long to shortboards during your week with us. Extra surf lessons can also be booked at additional rates.

Wellness & Spa

On your arrival day, a schedule is open to book your full-body massages, body scrubs, and other Ayurvedic treatments. Our wellness and spa area is located in our beautiful peaceful gardens and has two poolside rooms where we pamper your bodies with treatments. Really take the time to appreciate and absorb the special oils that your body and mind need. Our relaxing Ayurvedic massages and head massages will make your stay even more zen after a good day of surf or exploring… Help your body to find the perfect balance.

National Park Tours

If beautiful beaches, delicious food, rich culture, and stunning landscape aren’t enough to convince you to hop on a plane to Sri Lanka, then take a look at the amazing wildlife that this little island in the Indian ocean offers. Despite its size, the country possesses an extremely high degree of biodiversity and is considered one of the top biodiversity hotspots in the world. Going on a safari in Sri Lanka is one of the best things to add to your itinerary. Both Udawalawe and Yala National Parks are a quick 2hr private air-conditioned transfer away. You will depart early morning from The Salty Pelican for a sunrise safari tour and be back before lunchtime. Something you shouldn’t miss on your travels to Sri Lanka.

Love elephants and wondering where to see elephants in Sri Lanka, then go on a wildlife safari in Udawalawe National Park where there are more than 500 elephants that roam freely and wild buffaloes that play in the waterholes. Our guide is extremely knowledgeable and you will also have the chance to see incredible birdlife and lizards also.

As an alternative, you could choose to Visit Yala National Park because it not only inhabits elephants but over 25 leopards also. That’s why it’s considered to be one of the best national parks in the world. You can also catch a glimpse of jackals, jungle bears, crocodiles and much more.

Breakfast, Dinners & Nightly Activities

Each night we try and get all our guests together to socialize over a good meal and some delicious cocktails or mocktails from our poolside restaurant. Included in your 7-night package are our daily a la carte breakfast and 2 group dinners from our poolside restaurant. This also gives you the freedom to savor the local flavors from other nearby restaurants during your week here. Take a choice each morning from our diverse breakfast menu including detox smoothie bowls, power-boosting toasts, fresh fruit platters, avocado toast, pancakes and grilled options including vegetarian delights. We have an all-day menu filled with healthy snacks and juices, to a seasonal menu of fresh seafood and delicious vegetarian options. So lay-back in your beanbag, order a drink from our poolside bar and truly relax… you are going to love every moment here at The Salty Pelican. We also organize special nights every night of the week: Seafood BBQ nights including grilled vegetarian options, Sri Lanka Curry & Rice nights, Sunset beach meditation and tours to the nearby National park safari tours.

Instructors

Alex

Ida

Gabby

Monika

Anna

Location

The Salty Pelican yoga & surf retreat located on the beautiful southern coast of Sri Lanka, sits perched on a slight headland above two sun-dappled bays, with the magical tropical surfing paradise of Hiriketiya beach on the east side and the sprawling beach of Dickwella on the west side. Dickwella beach is renowned for its glorious stretch of white sand which is simply stunning when it comes alive at sunset with all its colours. Both beaches are reached by foot from The Salty Pelican in just a few minutes’ walk. You will spend most of your time outdoors, even during the off season. The whole coastline offers a seemingly endless amount of dramatic and ever-changing tropical scenery. While traveling in Sri Lanka at least one National Park needs to be on your bucket list, the centrepieces are undoubtedly the Udawalawe and Yala national parks which can easily be reached by booking onto one of our half day tours including air conditioned transfers in approximately 2hrs. Marvel at Wewurukannala Vihara temple just a short 5min tuk tuk trip from The Salty Pelican and gaze upon the visage of Sri Lanka's biggest Buddha standing at over 50m tall.

Nearby places

  • Colombo International Airport (Bandaranaike) – 2.5hrs
  • Hiriketiya surfing beach, 400m
  • Dickwella beach, 200m
  • Wewurukannala Vihara temple, 5min
  • Udawalawe and Yala national parks, 2hrs

Food

The retreat has its very own poolside restaurant catering to all our guests in our beautiful garden. The restaurant is open from breakfast until 21:30 PM each day and we are continually adapting the diverse and delicious menu seasonally and use local produce wherever possible. All our guests will have a choice each morning from our healthy energising à la carte breakfast menu, including a fruit plate, main dish choice, fresh fruit juice of the day, Sri Lankan coffee or local black/green tea. Breakfast options include energy toasts, smoothie bowls, pancakes, avocado on toast, fruit platters, egg and vegan options. There are also 2 group dinners included in the 7-night package which includes our delicious grilled seafood/vegetarian BBQ dinner and also our curry & rice and all things nice dinner. There is an extensive dessert and drinks menu available including imported coffee, cocktails, mocktails, delicious healthy detox smoothies, fresh king coconuts and alcoholic beverages which is not included in the package price but can be bought separately.

Our poolside restaurant is open all day and all night with both lunch and dinner à la carte menu available.

Unlimited and filtered fresh cold drinking water is available for free all day.

The following meals are included:

  • Daily à la carte breakfast
  • 1 Seafood/Vegetarian BBQ dinner
  • 1 Sri Lankan Vegetarian rice & curry dinner

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Seafood
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)

The Salty Pelican retreat sits between two sun-dappled bays, with the magical tropical surfing paradise of Hiriketiya beach on the east side and the sprawling beach of Pehebiya & Dickwella on the west side. To relax, you can always grab a drink from the poolside bar, try some tasty food at our restaurant area, or lay back and chill-out in one of our beanbags in the beautiful garden with a great book.

Hiriketiya

Exploring Hiriketiya is a voyage of discovery. On the one hand, there is the tropical beach area that has a distinct chilled surfer vibe about it - with its perfect beginner surf and cosy beach bars in the sand selling watermelon daiquiris, to where the days fresh catch is still bought ashore by the local fishermen. You will find a few beachside restaurants and backstreet cafes serving up delicious coffee.

Beaches

The Salty Pelican yoga & surf retreat sits perched on a slight headland above two sun-dappled bays, with the magical tropical surfing paradise of Hiriketiya beach on the east side and the sprawling beach of Dickwella on the west side. Dickwella beach is renowned for its glorious stretch of white sand which is simply stunning when it comes alive at sunset with all its colours. While you will find the perfect wave from a beginner beach break on one side of the bay, to an intermediate point break on the other end of the bay. Both these waves are only separated by a 2min paddle… it truly is a surfer’s paradise fringed with coconut palms. Both beaches are reached by foot from The Salty Pelican in just a few minutes’ walk. The whole coastline offers a seemingly endless amount of dramatic and ever-changing tropical beach scenery which can be explored very easily by a cheap tuk tuk.

Wewurukannala Vihara Temple

Marvel at Wewurukannala Vihara temple just a short 5min tuk tuk trip from The Salty Pelican and gaze upon the visage of Sri Lanka's biggest Buddha standing at over 160ft high, the largest statue in all of Sri Lanka which is 250yrs old dating back to the time of King Rajadhi (1782 – 1798). Inside you will find carvings of cartoon strips depicting Buddha’s life. Before reaching the Buddha, you pass through a hall of horrors full of life-sized models of demons and sinners. If you don’t follow the path to enlightenment this is what happens to you. Climbing the Buddha will give you an opportunity of a great view of the surrounding areas.

Dikwella markets

Every Saturday, take a short stroll along Dickwella beach to the beachside market which holds a huge selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, local foods, freshly caught seafood and delicious baked breads, pastries, and clothing being sold by the local farmers and fishermen.

Talalla Beach

This is an incredible "secret" beach which you can take a beautiful walk along, feels like a lost paradise with nothing but coconut palms fringing the perfectly white sand and turquoise waters. You will hardly find a soul at this beach and is the perfect day escape. 15min tuk tuk ride away.

Mirissa Beach

Picture yourself slipping into a hammock with a coconut in your hand, gently rocking in the breeze, just lying there watching the surf and the hours go peacefully by. That`s Mirissa beach in a nutshell. It is a beautiful beach, with a relaxed and laidback atmosphere. Along the beach are plenty of small restaurants and cafes, serving delicious and freshly caught seafood. After an amazing sunset, the restaurants put out tables on the beach, light lanterns and candles, and serve seafood barbecues. Super romantic and relaxing.

Tangalle Beach

A white sandy beach that stretches out as long as your eyes can see, with soft turquoise water…Tangalle Beach… It is Sri Lanka’s answer to paradise!

Half Day Tours

Leopards, elephants, birdlife in abundance – Sri Lanka is a wildlife lover's paradise and is one of the best places in Asia for seeing wildlife.

Both Yala and Udawalawe have stunning landscapes, so whichever park you decide to visit for your safari, you will find the landscapes very enjoyable and unique. Udawalawe is in our opinion the best safari in Sri Lanka because it provides a truly gratifying experience. You can get very close to animals, particularly the elephants, and you're never really bothered by other jeeps and tourists. Whilst your chances of spotting leopards at Udawalawe are less than at Yala, there is nonetheless a healthy leopard population in Udawalawe that sightings do happen. You're also almost guaranteed to spot Sri Lankan elephants as well as red spotted deers, wild water buffalo, sloth bears, crocodiles, monkeys and many different species of birds. Yala National Park: its popularity is also its downfall. Yes, your chances to spot leopards are higher than anywhere else in the world but in our opinion Yala gets so crowded, that it can take away from the experience.

Udawalawe National Park (2 hours away)

Love elephants and wondering where to see elephants in Sri Lanka, then go on a wildlife safari in Udawalawe National Park where there are more than 500 elephants that roam freely and wild buffaloes that play in the waterholes. Our guide is extremely knowledgeable and you will also have the chance to see incredible bird life and lizards also on your 3hr jeep safari tour. Afterwards you will visit an ethical elephant orphanage that supports elephant calves survival, nurtured and cared for back to health. The elephants are free to roam around and are never chained. The Elephant Transit Home ensures that human contact is kept to a minimum in order to maximize their chance of survival when they are returned to the wild. We have half day tours departing daily from The Salty Pelican, you’ll be picked up early in the night so that you can sleep a bit on the way before waking up at first sunlight once you arrive at Undawalawa national park. After the tour, you will be dropped back at The Salty Pelican. Including an english speaking driver, snacks and water.

1 Person: 30,000 LKR 2 Person: 35,000 LKR 3-8 Person: 15,000 LKR p.p.

Yala National Park ( 2.5 hours away )

Visit Yala National Park, the second largest national park in Sri Lanka. It not only inhabits elephants but over 25 leopards also. That’s why it’s considered to be one of the best national parks in the world. You can also catch a glimpse of jackals, jungle bears, crocodiles, aquatic birds and much more on your 4hr jeep safari tour. We have day tours departing daily from The Salty Pelican, you’ll be picked up early in the night so that you can sleep a bit on the way before waking up at first sunlight once you arrive at Yala national park. After the tour, you will be dropped back at The Salty Pelican. The park is closed for maintenance in both September and October.

1 Person: 30,000 LKR 2 Person: 35,000 LKR 3-8 Person: 15,000 LKR p.p.

Other Activities

  • Enjoy an Ayurvedic massage or body treatments at The Salty Pelican
  • Ayurvedic cooking classes
  • Enjoy peaceful walks along the beautiful beaches
  • Chill-out in our relaxing garden with a book and some sunshine
  • Enjoy our twice weekly seafood BBQ nights and our delicious Sri Lankan curry nights

Spa treatments

On your arrival day, a schedule is open to book your full body massages, body scrubs and other Ayurvedic treatments. Our wellness and spa area is located in our beautiful peaceful gardens and has two poolside rooms where we pamper your bodies with our variety of Ayurvedic treatments, body scrubs and massages. Really take the time to appreciate and absorb the special oils that your body and mind needs. Our relaxing Ayurvedic massages and head massages will make your stay even more zen after a good day of surf or exploring… Help your body to find the perfect balance.

Included in your package is one 20 minute relaxing surfers massage.

What's included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • 5 surf lessons including transport
  • Unlimited yoga classes
  • Daily meditation classes
  • Daily à la carte breakfast
  • Unlimited premium surfboard rental
  • Infinity swimming pool
  • 1 Seafood/Vegetarian BBQ dinner
  • 1 Sri Lankan curry & rice dinner
  • 1 x Sunday night cocktail
  • Unlimited fresh purified cold drinking water
  • Free time to enjoy the best beaches and national parks
  • All yoga equipment provided including mats
  • Shower shampoo & conditioner dispensers
  • Bathroom & Pool towels

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Dinners on 5 nights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Safari tours

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Colombo International Airport (CMB).

Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. The Salty Pelican can book you a private air-conditioned airport transfer for 90 EUR per car one-way with up to 4 persons included.

Arrival by train

Take a 45min bus or taxi from the AIRPORT to COLOMBO FORT station (40 minutes) where Sri Lanka Railways operates a very scenic train to WEWURUKANNALA on the south coast every 4 hours. On the COLOMBO FORT - Galle - Matara - WEWURUKANNALA train route (3.5 hrs), virtually all seats are unreserved so pre-booking is neither necessary nor possible, which means you cannot book a seat unfortunately. Tickets are only sold on the day at the ticket office. Tickets cannot sell out though. From Wewurukannala to The Salty Pelican, take a Tuk Tuk (10 min).

Train Schedule here: https://www.eservices.railway.gov.lk/

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer available: Bandaranaike International Airport (US$101 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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