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ULPOTHA

A village in Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA - Ulpotha

Ulpotha has been a retreat site for thousands of years and remains a perfect place for a Yoga holiday or an Ayurveda retreat in the heart of Sri Lanka. It's a beautiful hide-away open to guests for holidays and retreats for part of the year and is a place of total peace. You may come here to experience Yoga holidays and Ayurveda retreats and the warm, generous and gentle hospitality the people of Sri Lanka love to offer.

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ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

Ulpotha has a living history over 5,000 years old and is rooted in the oldest continuously inhabited region on the island. Ulpotha's foundations are thus laid on the timeless grounds of nature, history, tradition and myth.

Photo: Sea Eymere

ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

The mountain directly above Ulpotha was also where Prince Saliya, the son of the island’s most storied king, Dutugemunu, married an outcaste legendary beauty woman Asokamala. Story is described in the Ramayana.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

Ulpotha, literally means 'water spring', due to the numerous underground springs throughout the land. Sri Lanka possesses a thousands of years old sophisticated network of such village tanks throughout the country.

Photo: Sea Eymere

ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

Ulpotha's surrounding hills continue to harbour cave-dwelling ascetics and practising shamans and the land remains infused with the still potent therapeutic spirits of the gods, kings, priests and romance of its storied past.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

Ulpotha, being in an area where intuitive, timeless knowledge seems somehow steeped in the land itself, is a place in which traditional lifestyle comes easily and naturally.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

The Yoga, Ayurveda and eco sensibilities are not central to its ethos, Ulpotha is there to be enjoyed as one wishes, and taken for what it is: an enchanting place that sprinkles its magic dust on those who pass through.

Photo: Sea Eymere

ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

Ulpotha is surronded by many Buddhists tempels and monuments. Sri Lanka is the oldest Buddhist country, Theravada Buddhism being the major religion in the island since its official introduction in the 2nd century.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

ULPOTHA

Sri Lanka, Ulpotha

A village in Sri Lanka

A small manor house, built a few hundred years ago, has been renovated and is now the centre of life in Ulpotha. Local lore has it that the house was sited where two elephant paths crossed; the spot was deemed an auspicious one.

Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

THE HISTORY AND LEGENDS OF ULPOTHA

Ulpotha has a living history over 5,000 years old and is rooted in the oldest continuously inhabited region on the island. According to legend, travelling mendicants from the foothills of the Himalayas came in search of the sacred site associated with the Lord Kataragama, an incarnation of the god-child Murugan and the son of Shiva.

They believed that Ulpotha was this sacred place, as its seven hills matched the description contained in ancient spiritual lore. After the head priest had a vision in which he was shown how to perform a special devotional ritual, or pooja, they built a temple dedicated to their tantric god at what is now the entrance to the village.

The mountain directly above Ulpotha was also where Prince Saliya, the son of the island’s most storied king, Dutugemunu, established his romantic court over two thousand years ago after he rejected royal life. He married an outcaste woman by the name of Asokamala, who is described in the 'Ramayana', the country's millennia-old mythological and historical epic, as a woman of peerless and legendary beauty. Prince Saliya, the only heir ever to have willingly forfeited his right to the throne, is said to have escaped the ancient royal city of Anuradhapura with his gypsy bride through a secret tunnel hidden in a local cave.

What is now referred to as Ulpotha was the ancestral land belonging to regional chieftains under whose patronage were twenty-nine villages. A small manor house, originally built a few hundred years ago, has been renovated and is now the centre of life in Ulpotha. Local lore has it that the house was sited where two elephant paths crossed; the spot was deemed an auspicious one as it was marked by a grove of untouched jak saplings, usually an elephant delicacy. It was the sacred duty of the chieftain to maintain the village temple to Lord Kataragama and to be the centre of the tradition of divine patronage and service, where the rules applied were that of serving the fertility gods and maintaining the rituals and traditions of indigenous Wanni (Dry Zone) culture.

Ulpotha's foundations are thus laid on the timeless grounds of nature, history, tradition and myth. The surrounding hills continue to harbour cave-dwelling ascetics and practising shamans and the land remains infused with the still potent therapeutic spirits of the gods, kings, priests and romance of its storied past.

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