Ashtanga Lanka

Planning your trip:

This page contains useful information about getting to us and what to expect in Sri Lanka.  We wish you smooth and pleasant journey.  If you have additional questions or concerns please contact us.

Details on how to travel to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is now open for tourism.  As of October 1, 2021 if you’re fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours of departure) there is NO quarantine on arrival.    

** Please check for the most updated info with your airlines and the Sri Lanka government website closer to your travel date.

Ashtanga Lanka Covid Policy

This season we will require all students, teachers, guests and staff to be fully vaccinated.  Covid is still a reality and this winter we feel that this policy will make everyone feel more comfortable in the house.  In future years we hope to welcome anyone.   

Planning your trip:

This page contains useful information about getting to us and what to expect in Sri Lanka.  We wish you smooth and pleasant journey.  If you have additional questions or concerns please contact us.

Details on how to travel to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is now open for tourism.  As of October 1, 2021 if you’re fully vaccinated and have a negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours of departure) there is NO quarantine on arrival.    

** Please check for the most updated info with your airlines and the Sri Lanka government website closer to your travel date.

Ashtanga Lanka Covid Policy

This season we will require all students, teachers, guests and staff to be fully vaccinated.  Covid is still a reality and this winter we feel that this policy will make everyone feel more comfortable in the house.  In future years we hope to welcome anyone.   

Things to bring:

Peace Pagoda, Unawatuna
Galle Fort @ sunset
Rice & Curry ingredients

Frequently asked Questions:

Colombo International Airport (CMB)

 

At least one week before departure complete the Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) form.

For the form click:   HERE 

It is possible to complete the ETA on arrival but it will cost you more and take extra time.  

Yes.  We love sharing this practice with new people.    We recommend that you commit to at least two weeks.  You will leave feeling more empowered and go home with a self practice that you can continue anywhere.  One week is possible if  that is all your schedule permits.

Please see directions below.

Yes of course.    You can both stay in the house as long as you share a room and one person participates in the yoga program.

Breath House is a smoke, drug and alcohol free property.  If you want to enjoy a cold beer or cocktail there are many options by the beach with great views.  

Hiriketiya’s waves are fun for beginner and advanced surfers as there are several spots in the bay. It can get crowded though, so please watch out not to hurt yourself or anyone else with the surfboard. We recommend taking a few surf lessons with the local surf teachers and ride on softboards at the beginning.
If you are a confirmed surfer and you want to surf on the reef you might want to bring reef boots. There are plenty of boards to rent, but you might want to bring a good leach.
At the beach, it is no problem to wear western beachwear like bikinis, but topless is not allowed.
As soon as you step back from the beach, please cover yourself. Shorts, skirts, dresses and T-shirts and sleeveless tops are okay as long as it is not too revealing. To be on the safe side it is always better to cover up more than less. Bring a shawl for example to cover your shoulders if needed.

Please contact us for details.  We may be able to host might your family or we can recommend nearby options.

Our daily breakfast is vegan with dairy options on the side.  The Sri Lankan diet is riced based and it’s easy to be gluten-free. Please email us your exact dietary needs.  We will do our best to accommodate you.
There are many nearby cafés and restaurants with additional vegetarian and vegan options.

We have overhead fans in all the rooms and with the high ceilings the heat is not bad.   

There is no hot water in the rooms but the air is plenty warm and humid.

ATM’s and Banks are available in Dickwella.  It’s about a 20 minute walk from our house.
There are some nearby attractions (blow hole, temples) to visit during the week, we recommend to go on longer excursions (national parks, Galle Fort) after the last weekly practice and the rest day.
Sigiriya
Train bridge near Ella
Polonnaruwa

Directions:

Haputale town
Safari jeep

“Breath House”  Samara Hiriketiya, Dikwella

Sri Lanka, 81200

Phone number:  +94 77 669 7323

We can arrange a taxi pick-up for you at the airport.  This is the quickest and most simple option to get here after a long international flight.  The cost is $PRICE one-way if we arrange it ahead of time.  It take about 3 hours door to door. The driver will have a sign board with your name  (or Ashtanga Lanka) and greet you INSIDE the welcome hall.  Please do not go outside if you don’t see the driver right away.   Keep looking around inside.   If you go outside it gets extremely difficult to find the driver.  

Sri Lankan Railways offers train service from Colombo down the south coast.  It can be a fun way to come down south but first you’ll need to go into the city center.  Catch a train at “Colombo Fort” and get off at   “Wewrukannala” or “Matara.”    There are more options going to Matara but it’s about a half hour further from us.  

From either station you can hire a tuk-tuk for the final journey.  (400 LKR from nearby, and maybe 1200 LKR from Matara).  

See this link to view the daily train schedule:    http://www.railway.gov.lk/

If you can purchase a 2nd class reserved or 1st class ticket you are guaranteed a seat.  Otherwise you may end up standing the whole way.   

 

You can use public buses to reach us.  This is by far the most affordable and in many ways adventurous.  The first place you need to get to is: “Kadawatha” bus station.  From there you can catch highway buses heading down the “Southern Expressway.”   Take a bus to Matara or Tangalle.   When you arrive hire a tuk-tuk or use a local bus to Hiriketiya and our home.

Drying tea leaves
Unique trees

Find us on Google maps.   Search for “Breath House Sri Lanka”.