Ceylon Adventure: Soul & Surf, Sri Lanka

On a recent adventure to Sri Lanka I had an extremely fun week staying in Soul and Surf. In the beginning there was 24 strangers from all corners of the earth, all under the one roof participating in daily yoga, eating all meals and surfing together. By the end of the week we were no longer strangers and I was lucky enough to have this lovely bunch along with all the crew at Soul and Surf sing “Happy Birthday”, to me with a freshly made Banana cake.

Kabalana Beach

Kabalana Beach at Sunset, Sri Lanka.

“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”, (Jack Keroauc, On the Road).

The Activities

Actvity BoardSoul & Surf Daily Activity Board

Each day commences with a 6:45am Vinyasa Flow Yoga session, followed by a light snack. Surfers head off to catch some waves whilst Non Surfers (Me) visited tea plantations, had one to one private yoga session tailored for pregnancy, learned how to cook delicious Sri Lankan food and relaxed with pregnancy tailored massages. These Non Surfer activities were spread throughout the 7 day trip over the course of the day.

Yoga ViewView from the Yoga Studio.

Handunugoda Tea Plantation

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Once all the Surfers returned there was a communal area for breakfast and it was served at 11:30am. This was a nice time to catch up with the group. Lunch was served around 2:00pm. There was time to chill out, soak up the vitamin D or read a book when the rain showers appeared.

Lounge AreaLounging Area to chill out and catch up.

In the evening around 4:30pm Surfers would head off for an evening surf and upon return snacks were provided followed by dinner at 7:30-8:00pm. As a Non Surfer I was able to chill out on the beach, dip my toes in the sea and take some snaps.

_DSC6867Fisherman at Kabalana Beach, Sri Lanka.

Processed with VSCO with b2 presetStilt Fishermen, Sri Lanka.

SunsetEvening Sunset and Surf, Kabalana Beach.

Final SunsetAnother magnificent Sunset, Kabalana Beach, Sri Lanka.

_DSC6961Local Woman in Sri Lanka.

The Fuel 

Below are a colourful display of the delicious food served at Soul and Surf, Sri Lanka. If you have special dietary requirements, email beforehand and they will accommodate meal requirements. There was a mix a vegetarian and meat based options mainly chicken and fish.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetArt work in the Dinner Lounge.

_DSC6970Coconut Porridge.Fruit PlatterBreakfast Fruit Platter.

Salad OneLunch Salad usually served with Chickpea Burgers or Wraps.

Cookery ClassDinner and the Sri Lankan Cookery Class included Sri Lankan Dahl Curry, Coconut Sambol and Tempered Potatoes. There was fresh prawns served too.

_DSC6860Coconut Sambol is a traditional Sri Lankan dish made with coconut and spices.

How to get to Soul and Surf?

Airport pick up is organised with Soul & Surf Head of Vibes prior to departure. The drive is between 2.5hr -3hrs depending on weather conditions.

The Packages

Being six months pregnant I opted for the Non Surfer Package. There was ample activity planned throughout the day and massages and yoga session were tailored for pregnancy, I found this extremely helpful.

There’s plenty of surf, yoga, and activities for everyone.

STANDARD PACKAGE
7 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast, Light Lunch and 2 Course Dinner
Unlimited Drinking Water
Snacks & Water During Surf Sessions
 5 Morning’s 2hr Surf Coaching or Guide (Sun to Fri but not Weds)
 5 Evening’s Sunset-Surf Sessions (Sun to Fri but not Weds)
 1 Video Feedback Session
 1 Surf Theory Lesson
 7 Day Surfboard Hire
Complimentary Soul & Surf Rash Vest
5 Vinyasa Flow Yoga Classes
2 Yin Yoga Classes
1 Pranayama Session
1 Guided Meditation
A Group Photo
1 Guided SUP Session or Canoe Ride down the River on Weds morning

Our Non Surfer Package is specifically designed for and only available to someone who is sharing a room with a standard package guest.

NON SURFER PACKAGE
7 Nights Accommodation
Breakfast, Light Lunch and 2 Course Dinner
Unlimited Drinking Water
5 Vinyasa Flow Yoga Classes
2 Yin Yoga Classes
1 Pranayama Session
1 Guided Meditation
A One to One Yoga Class
An Extra Non-Surfer specific Yoga class (max. 3 people)
A Tuk Tuk trip to a nearby white tea plantation
Two 1hr 15min treatment with our in-house therapists
A Group Photo
A Guided SUP Session or Canoe Ride down the River on Wednesday
A Sri Lankan Cooking Demonstration

The Day Off

On Wednesday you are free agent and you can plan your own activities. We headed to Galle Fort in a tuk tuk, the drive took about 40 minutes. Galle Fort has hotels, restaurants, boutiques and jewellery shops. Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. You can arrange your travels plans with the Head of Vibes.

_DSC6932Mode of Transport in Sri Lanka a Tuk Tuk.

Galle FortGalle Fort Lighthouse.

Processed with VSCO with c2 presetSchool Children in the rain, Galle Fort.

_DSC6936Art work in Galle, Fort.

To eat in Galle Fort, visit Poonies Kitchen and try the infamous Salad Thali:

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On the final day the group heads to the beach to surf, watch the sunset and enjoy a beer. Followed by this there is a BBQ back at the Villa. Throughout the day you will need to settle any outstanding bills. This can be done with the Head of Vibes.

One leaves Soul and Surf refreshed and revitalised to take on the next challenge life presents. For further information regarding prices, please visit the Soul and Surf website 

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