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.

Frequently asked Questions...

Peace Pagoda
Galle Fort @ sunset
Big Buddha, Dikwella

Colombo International Airport (CMB)

Please see directions below.

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.

Yes of course.    You can both stay in the house as long as you share a room. 

We don’t have any baby beds, depending on the booking situation we might have enough room to host your family or you could stay in a close by guest house and participate in Yoga classes and meals. We can help you to find a babysitter during the time of yoga practice.

Our daily brunch is vegetarian, with vegan options and gluten-free products (rice based) are available. Please forward us your particular needs or intolerances via the booking form. We do our best to make you feel at home.
There are plenty of options in nearby cafés and restaurants for vegetarian and vegan diets.
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.
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.
ATM’s and Banks are available in Dickwella.  It’s about a 20 minute walk from our house.
Train bridge near Ella
Riding the train
Snacks on the train

How do I get to Ashtanga Lanka?

Haputale town
Safari jeep

“Samara ” Hiriketiya , Dickwella , Matara , Sri Lanka, Dikwella 81200

Phone number:  +94 77 342 3916

See Google Maps below for the exact location.

 

Before you leave home be sure to fill out the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) form.  It is possible to do on arrival but costs more and takes extra time.  For a link to the ETA form click:   HERE 

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

Things you may want to bring.

  • Yoga Mat
  • Sun hat & sun cream
  • Walking shoes if you plan to do any longer walks
  • small yoga sweat towel
  • sun glasses
  • surfers: rash vest, board shorts, reef boots, non-sexually offensive surf wear, sun screen 50+
  • Reusable water bottle
  • shawl to cover your shoulders when out or meditating
  • Treats you can't leave home without
  • Head torch or flashlight

Find us on Google maps below.  We are excited to welcome you to Sri Lanka.