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Rukgala Retreat

Rukgala Retreat is a boutique yoga and wellness hotel, offering beautiful space for group retreats and private stays in the hills near Kandy, Sri Lanka.





Rukgala Retreat is a small boutique hotel on the shores of the Victoria Lake with a focus on yoga and general good-living.

Conceived from a passion for this very beautiful and still pretty unknown part of Sri Lanka, out of an empty old house we've fashioned something we see as an ideal sanctuary for those wanting an escape in the hills.

We’d love to have you join us here to enjoy yoga classes in our beautiful Shala, wild swimming in the Victoria Lake, hikes up to Bambaragala, Sundowner walks up to Coconut Ridge, and soothing Ayurvedic Treatments.

We hope to see you soon…



We’ve only 8 Guest bedrooms at Rukgala. Four in the Main House which sits on the Rock that gives us our Sinhala name - literally, Shelter on the Rock - and four in the ‘Garden Cottage’ a little lower down.

All the rooms look down over Victoria Lake on which - when the water’s up - we love to paddle board, kayak or just dip straight in for wild swimming.


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We try hard to take it easy. Our jungle-clad pool is the ideal spot to spend the afternoon. Ponder a Yin Yoga class with Ems as the sun goes down…or just shimmy to the fire pit to while away the evening.

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On the banks of the Victoria Lake we’re well-placed for easy adventure. Kayaking, paddle-boarding or guided hikes to cave temples at Bambaragala make for days well-spent.

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We’ve worked hard to mix traditional Sri Lankan flavours and styles with some more contemporary ideas. With local chefs and visiting inspiration we’ve come up with what we think is a great, menu that’ll suit all tastes and appetites.