29 Apr - 02 May - 1 Room, 2 Adults
Puwakgashena Rd, Galle, Southern, Sri Lanka
In Galle (Galle District)
Eco & Sustainable
Therapeutic Treatments, Massage & Spa
Pure relaxation in a small Sri Lankan tea plantation surrounded by tropical forest. The retreat Niyagama House, situated on the highest point of an active tea plantation, was completed in 2012 by the German architect and yoga teacher Elke de Silva and her Sri Lankan husband Chaminda. By combining modern elements with traditional Sri Lankan design, it is an absolute architectural highlight. For a healthy flow of energy the rules of the Sri Lankan ‘Feng Shui’ were followed. A tradition still respected here by many people in our “tea nursery” the new, small plants are growing. And in the organic garden a variety of tropical fruits, vegetables and herbs are well looked after. We welcome every guest from 12 years of age and onwards. We do not serve alcohol - but you can bring your own and enjoy it wherever you want to.
Our small "Yoga Hideaway" offers daily a sunrise meditation and a morning yoga class from Sunday to Friday. Daily Yoga classes & Meditation – Niyagama House is the first location in Sri Lanka that is offering ‘Hot Yoga’, a variation of the Bikram Yoga style. In the little 'Niya Spa' you can spoil yourself with a traditional ayurvedic oil massage or other wonderful treatments. Relax by the pool with a view into the surrounding rainforest or take part in a guided tour of the plantation. Pluck your own tealeaves or a few peppers. Pick a fresh pineapple or some small bananas for breakfast. Enjoy the scent of cinnamon leaves and learn how cinnamon sticks are harvested. Energetic Evenings: Lectures and workshops about self-reflection, inner strength, happiness and self- healing. Bird watching or star gazing at the 360 degree view roof terrace. Cooking Classes: Discover what ingredients go into a typical Sri Lankan rice & curry. Guided walks & bike tours through the plantation and the surroundings.
Enjoy our original and light Sri Lankan cuisine, which is still strongly influenced by the ancient Ayurvedic knowledge about healthy eating. The daily changing menu offers many vegetarian options, seafood, fish, poultry and lamb as well as some Western dishes and "Greetings" from other Asian countries. In Ayurvedic philosophy the food has always been regarded as a kind of "first medicine". As the best way to provide the body with the necessary foundation for an increased vitality and optimal health. Therefore you will always find a selection of dishes on the menu at Niyagama House that is particularly health promoting: from the Ayurveda kitchen, the PH diet, the raw food diet or the detox cuisine. Fresh herbs and spices are used generously for taste and for their health properties. Foods are served close to their natural state, with healthy cooking methods and no microwaves, additives, preservatives, artificial flavourings or food colouring. Emphasis on organic ingredients wherever possible. Low sugar. We are using palm sugar and unrefined browns sugar. Low sodium. Our kitchen uses sea salt. Low fat. Only healthy, cold-pressed oils – such as extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil, sesame, sunflower and other virgin nut and seed oils - are used in moderation.
The Niyagama House is no “Eco hotel”, but we try to do our best to support the protection of Mother Earth. This is our contribution for a careful and responsible tourism: We do not change bed sheets and towels automatically on a regular basis, if it is not the wish of the guest. Biodegradable bags used in the waste bins. The bathrooms are equipped with special foam flow faucets and toilets with a dual flush system to reduce water consumption. Only energy saving LED lamps are used. We are using a water filter system for our well water to offer the possibility of reducing the usage of bottled drinking water. We are trying to use anti-insect repellent as economical as possible. Instead we keep the premises as clean as possible and thus making it uninteresting for our little “friends”. No Air Conditioners. This is not only saving electricity but is also supporting your health. The traditional architecture features allow a constant fresh breeze that flows through all rooms. Our furniture has all been produced in Sri Lanka, many of them even directly with our local carpenter. Since the government is very strict with the cutting of trees and the transportation of wood, we could make sure that the timber we use comes from controlled cultivations. In The Pool: The pool is chlorine-free and kept clean by an environmental friendly copper-silver ionization system. Therefore this water can be used for watering the tea plantation without any concerns. In The Plantation: No use of pesticides in the organic garden and the whole tea plantation. We plant all kind of new local trees in the plantation on a regular basis. Organic waste is used for composting. Since November 2015 we have many solar panels installed on our staff quarters. During all sunny months we can cover approximately 50% of the energy needed for the hotel. We are very happy about that this is possible in cooperation with the Sri Lankan Electricity Board. And we are happy about doing something good for nature!