What Is The Weather, The Surf, The Water Quality Like?

Sri Lanka has a tropical climate and is therefore hot and humid all year long. May through to October is the SW monsoon with more rain, onshore winds and humidity with consistently large waves, often too large for many of our reef breaks but there bays and beaches which clean it up for surf . The peak tourist season in the area, and the dryest months, of December, January and February coincide with a smaller swell season but really good wind patterns. Still at this time it’s rarely smaller than shoulder high. The two months pre- and post-monsoon, November, March & April is when the swell is consistently larger and more challenging with waves averaging about head high or more. But there’s more chance of storms in these months.

Daytime air temperature ranges from 28º-34º dropping to around 22º-26º overnight. Check this government site out for specific information.

Water temperatures are pretty consistent at 27º-29º so you can surf in board shorts the whole season long. The water quality is pretty good except during storms when the rivers wash out into the sea bringing all manner of stuff with them.

Wear your rash vest (provided as part of your Surfer package), hat and decent sun-screen for sun-protection and for modesty in rural areas

What Is The Currency? Can I Get Cash?

Sri Lankan Rupees is the national currency. Check http://www.xe.com/ucc/ for current conversion rates. ATM’s and Exchange Facilities are plentiful, including in the airport arrival hall. All major currencies accepted.

What Isn’t Included?

Bed & Breakfast at Illusion Cove 

  • Daily Soul of Surf lessons
  • Daily rooftop yoga classes
  • 75Mins & 90Mins Massage
  • Treatments Bundle (3 x 75Mins)
  • Transfer

If you are planning to stay for 6 nights or more:

  • Surf Week: Six lessons
  • Yoga Week: Six Classes
  • Surf & Yoga Week:  6 Surf lessons and 6 Yoga lessons during your stay
  • Soul Week – (Six Yoga Lessons, 1 x 75 Mins massage of your choice,  a One-to-One 1hr Yoga Session)

Luxury Surf & Yoga Retreat at Tekanda Lodge

  • Deep Tissue & Therapeutic massage
  • One to one yoga classes
  • We can cater for 2 non-surfers a week loaded with extra yoga and massage amongst other things. Contact us here for more details.
  • Transfer

*But is very much available and can be charged to your room.

Will There Be WIFI?

Yes. It’s fairly reliable but we are in rural, village Sri Lanka so expect some drop outs, and slow downs.

Where is Soul & Surf Sri Lanka?

See our Location page for both Tekanda Lodge & Illusion Cove.

What Is Included In My Stay?

Luxury Surf & Yoga Retreat at Tekanda Lodge

  • Accommodation, bed linen and towels
  • Sunshine Food – tropical breakfasts, light healthy lunches, hearty evening meals
  • Afternoon tea & snacks
  • Tea & Coffee available throughout the day
  • Help yourself to as much fruit as you’d like
  • Filtered Drinking water
  • Wi-fi
  • 5 x Surf Lessons across the week (Sun-Fri, with a rest day on Weds)
  • 5 x Guided ‘free-surf sessions’
  • 5 x Soul of Surfing Workshops
  • Surf Video Analysis Session
  • 6 x Yoga classes (a mix of Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Pranayma, Meditation & Yin)
  • A bunch of great people on hand to make sure you have a good time
  • Two trees planted per person (via Mossy Earth)

NON-SURFER option:

  • 6 x Yoga classes (a mix of Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Pranayma, Meditation & Yin)
  • Treatments Package (2x75Mins)
  • A One to One Yoga
  • Daily transport to the beach (morning and evening)

Bed & Breakfast at Illusion Cove 

  • Accommodation, bed linen and bathroom towels
  • Tropical breakfast
  • Filtered Drinking water
  • Wifi
  • One or two trees planted via Mossy Earth per room*

*If your stay is for less than one week – one tree. If you stay for one week or more – two trees

What Voltage And Plugs Do You Use?

Electricity is at 220v in Sri Lanka. Our sockets are universal sockets which take pretty much every international plug type.

Elsewhere in Sri Lanka you find a mix of 3 pin round sockets and 3 pin square, UK-type, sockets.

What Food Can I Expect?

Our whole kitchen team is Sri Lankan, led by our head Chef Aruna. With 10 years of international experience Aruna has experience of cooking Sri Lankan, Western, Arabic, Italian, Indian & Thai food.

We have developed a menu with the inspiration being ‘Sunshine Food’ and then working with Indika and his team to develop this with local, fresh produce. Healthy eating, local produce, indulgent touches, Sri Lankan techniques, international combinations, beautifully presented.

What Else Is There To Do?

There’s loads to see and do in Sri Lanka, we can’t even begin to list everything you could do on a holiday here. Check Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet and Rough Guides, they’re better than we are at this kind of thing.

But there are some things you could do within day, local to us, whilst you’re with us.

  • Whale Watching, mainly from November to April
  • Tea Plantations tour
  • Yala National Safari Park visit (a very long day, but do-able)
  • Galle – historic for town, now a cosmopolitan arty hangout.
  • Sport Fishing trips

Ask us in advance and we can help arrange a day trip or you could tag some extras days before or after your stay with us.

What Do I Need To Bring?

You really can travel light but here is a quick reminder list of some basics to bring.

  • Warm water surf wear, shorts, bikini, leggings (if you are prone to a rash) etc.
  • Reef Boots for those surfing reefs (not necessary if you are a beginner)
  • Swimwear
  • Beach Towel
  • Waterproof sunblock and Zinc
  • Sun Hat
  • Yoga gear
  • Light clothing, it’s hot!
  • Some long sleeved and leg-covering clothes to protect from the sun.
  • A personal first aid kit containing disinfectants, band aids, perhaps some antibiotics.
  • A decent deet based mosquito repellent
  • Bring plenty of Vitamin C against infections. You might also take some general vitamin supplements plus calcium and magnesium to keep your immune system boosted.
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance including watersports.
  • Stuff for your kids. You can get the basics here, but it’s worth bringing your usual items and preferred brands.
  • Specialist food-stuffs. If you have special food requirements it is best to bring what you can, as many specialist western products are just not available in Sri Lanka.
  • Plastic is a huge problem in Sri Lanka, we encourage all of our guests to bring a reusable water bottle. If you don’t have one, you can pick up one of our bottles HERE
  • A mask
What Are The Local Medical Facilities Like?

We are pretty much equidistant, about 30 minutes depending on time of day,  between two pretty good hospitals in Galle and Matara. Although the administration and organisation can be fairly hectic the standard of medical care is good. People tend to visit hospitals for all but the most minor or illnesses.

For very minor issues we have a good English speaking Doctor nearby in Habaraduwa, about 15 minutes from us.

What Are The Arrival & Departure Details?

Please note that our check in time is at 3pm and check out time is at 11am

See instructions on how to get to us <here>.

What Amenities Do You Have?

Air conditioned rooms, WIFI in communal areas, a swimming pool, a fully functional kitchen, two living areas and an outside verandah.

How Do I Get To You?

It’s most convenient to fly to Colombo Airport, Bandaranaike International Airport which is served by flights from the UK, The Gulf, Singapore, KL and most major European airports. From Colombo airport it’s about a 3 hour drive to us.

Flights from Europe to Colombo typically range from £450 return to about £650 if you book ahead and avoid the school holidays! Check out these sites to help you find the right flight:  Kayak / Skyscanner

From the airport

See instructions on how to get to us from Colombo airport <here>.

Do You Supply Towels?

Yes we supply towels for your room and towels for the swimming pool, but please bring your own beach towel.

Do I Need A Visa?

Almost all citizens visiting Sri Lanka for less than a month can get a Visa On Arrival. This can be pre-arranged and prices checked by visiting this website: http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/.

Can I Use My Phone?

International networks work in Sri Lanka but charges will really stack up if you need to use your phone regularly. (As we write this) foreign tourists receive a SIM card at immigration which you can use during your stay in Sri Lanka, otherwise SIMs can be easily and cheaply bought locally.

Can I Bring My Children?

We very much welcome families coming to stay with us and do what we can to make it affordable and workable with the kids. But we have to be realistic too, we’ve got a small number of rooms so we need to get income from them when they’re being used.

So if we can add extra beds or a cot to your room we can keep things very reasonable, if the kids need their own room we have to charge the normal rate.

We’re not allowed to recommend or offer baby-sitting or childcare as a service as our UK insurers advise us not to since the local mums from the village aren’t qualified, registered or insured. But we can introduce you to some of the Sri Lankan ladies from the local village that look after Ed & Sofie’s baby and our friend’s kids and if you feel comfortable you can arrange child-care whilst you surf or practice yoga directly with them at very reasonable rates.

We love the kids to join in with whatever we can reasonably allow them to do. Surfing is inherently dangerous activity so we have to have some limitations. Talk to the yoga teacher when you arrive if you’d like your kids to try yoga. It has the be at the yoga teachers discretion and not to the detriment of our other yogis experience. There’s plenty of other stuff we can fully allow the kids to get involved with.

Are There Surf Shops Nearby?

Yes, there are a handful of little surf shack shops springing up in the area for your basic surf equipment requirements, including some pretty good repair shops. We will also stock a careful chosen selection of surf equipment and accessories in our shop.

Guest Reviews

I loved every single minute of every single day. The hosts Adam & Rachel were amazing. They are both very friendly, approachable, happy, positive & willing to interact with us all. Nothing was ever a problem for them. Adams teaching style for surfing was patient & thorough while still being funny & entertaining. Rachel is also […]

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