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kalundewa retreat

room per night from £170 kalundewa retreat cultural triangle

Kalundewa Retreat is an idyllic hide-away nestled in 100 acres of land near Dambulla, in Sri Lanka's famous Cultural Triangle.

The area is rural and remote: a tapestry of orchards, lakes and mountains, enabling you to fill your senses with matchless views and a whole different lifestyle.  Enjoy wide open spaces, wildlife, a natural spring, a lake and a thriving vegetable garden that is an essential part of the retreat.

The retreat in itself is also a form of sustenance to a rural village and its farming community. It's truly a haven for those seeking to commune.  There's even a resident yogi for yoga and meditation classes on a special platform amid the rice fields, in sight of a small waterfall.

The swimming pool is set away from the main buildings (a short walk or buggy ride), located in a small depression, next to a creek and bordered on one side by a canopy of palm trees and a sea of rice paddies on the other. It’s an ‘ulpatha’: a natural spring that wells up from underground (watch the water bubbling up while you swim). Light-blue tiles contrast with the green and timber surrounding the organic-shaped oasis; next to the pool is a roofed terrace designed for sun bathing and al fresco meals.

The accommodation, like all the buildings at Kalundewa Retreat, are superbly designed.  Light, airy and spacious with open sides and huge glass windows that let's the outside in.  Sleeping quarters are spread across three buildings: the first sits in the paddocks, housing three entry-level rooms; the second and third buildings are over-water, set in the wetlands and shrouded by a canopy of trees. One building holds two bedrooms, the other holds just one.  Kumbuk Chalet is the most private option and has its own over-water plunge pool.

Overlooking the fields and wetlands, the open-air restaurant is wonderful and nearly all of the fare is grown onsite.  For a change of scene, ask the staff to set up your own private dining experience: out in the plantations, on the deck of your chalet, at a pagoda beside the pool or on a bridge over one of the creeks.  The retreat is alcohol free so, if you want to enjoy a drink during your stay, you'll need to bring it with you - but there's no corkage charge.

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Price

Room per night from £170, including breakfast.  Flights, transfers and complete Sri Lanka itineraries available on request.

Accommodation

The accommodation is light, airy and spacious with open sides and huge glass windows that let's the outside in.  Accommodation is spread across three buildings: the first sits in the paddocks, housing three entry-level rooms; the second and third buildings are over-water, set in the wetlands and shrouded by a canopy of trees. One building holds two bedrooms, the other holds just one.  Kumbuk Chalet is the most private option and has its own over-water plunge pool.

Visas

Please note that Sri Lanka requires all visitors to have a valid visa for entry to the country.  These can be obtained on arrival at the international airport or online prior to travel at eta.gov.lk/slvisa/

Getting here

Kalundewa Retreat is about a 4 hour drive from Colombo.  We can organise a tailor-made Sri Lanka itinerary for you in one of our air-conditioned vehicles with an English speaking driver / guide that incorporates a stay at this magical, rural hideaway as well as anywhere else on the island you wish to visit.  For example, the retreat is 2 hours north of Kandy and about 2.5 hours from Jungle Beach on the north east coast.

Guests at Kalundewa Retreat can borrow the hotel’s bicycles, paddle boats and canoes without charge.  However, there is a charge for yoga and meditation.

Of course, one of the key reasons for staying here is proximity to the ancient wonders of the Cultural Triangle and we will gladly tailor-make your holiday to include all the best sites. 

Please take a look at a couple of our suggested itineraries incorporating the Cultural Triangle.

Activities at Kalundewa Retreat include:

  • Canoeing
  • Cultural excursions
  • Cycling
  • Meditation
  • Swimming
  • Yoga

 

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