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Budget Travellers at Talalla

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Are you the budget conscious traveler? Talalla Retreat now has two alternative budget room options….

Set among Talalla’s beautiful landscaped gardens and tropical jungle, our lovely Sri Lankan bungalow consists of seven rooms for single or double occupancy, four shared bathrooms  and a mixed dormitory room of three bunks, just footsteps away from the crystal clear waters of Talalla Beach.

Guests are welcome to enjoy all that Talalla has to offer including use of the swimming pool, day spa and the daily yoga and surf classes.

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Posture of the week: High Skandasana

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High Skandasana
A great posture for building strength in the knees and thighs…
Reconnect with muladhara chakra (the root chakra) to feel grounded and strong!
Great to incorporate into your practice around the full moon when the energy is scattered and the mind is busy.
Make sure your knee is in line with your ankle your core is engages and your foundation is strong.

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Posture of the week: Wild thing pose

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Wild Thing Pose “Camatkarasana”
Opens the Chest, shoulders, throat, hips and hip flexors.
A beautiful elegant and invigorating posture, when done correctly can strengthen the spine.
It is important to move into and out of this posture slowly and with caution engage mula bandha and breath…
Drink up the posture and feel the entire bodys reaction to this super yummy pose.

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Five tips for the Ultimate Sri Lanka Surf Holiday

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5 Tips from Sri Lankas Best & Longest Running Surf Camp -
Talalla Surf Camp

1. Avoid the Crowds and still get Great Surf

It is said that the best time for surfers to go to Sri Lanka is from April through to October. This is true in many ways. Ocean swells are consistent 4-7 feet and wind conditions are ideal. However, during this time, surfers from many nations flock to Arugam Bay on the East Coast of the island and also called the surf Mecca of Sri Lanka.

 

If you do not count to those who love the hassle of surfing with 70 plus people in the water, then you might want to consider the south and south western coastline of Sri Lanka which has plenty of secret and undiscovered surf spots on offer that work during its peak and off season alike.

 

2. Come to Sri Lanka in the Off Season

Apparently the Off-Season for surfing in Sri Lanka is somewhat between November and April, which I think is a myth or even a lie. During this period swells hit the island from the south west and of course are not as consistent as the swells coming from the south east during the peak season, but if you want to catch cool and fun 3-5 feet waves with off shore winds almost every day and some bigger swells every now and then – this is the time to go. A big wave spot was also discovered by some Australians on southern tip of the island which has world class potential. If it’s flat there is plenty of other cool and beautiful things to do.

 

Make sure you go further south than Mirissa and Hikkaduwa, as these places can get crowded during the off season as well. Mirissa and Hikkaduwa are great places to have a fun night out.

 

3. Cheap Ways to Get Around in Sri Lanka

Many of you might be on a budget just not wanting to spend much money on transport. Thus hiring a car for a few weeks or even months might be out of question. Another option would be to stay in one of the more crowded surf spots like Mirissa or Hikkaduwa where there is plenty of accommodation close to the surfing beaches. Further south of Matara you can find good accommodation also right on the beach.( pleaase check out: http://www.surf-lanka.com/Welcome.html )Hardly anyone knows about it and you might get some epic waves to yourself. Some of the slightly more expensive places have surf guides who know the area very well .They conduct surf checks every morning which are included in the price.

 

 

4. What to Bring to Sri Lanka

In terms of the quiver I would say your standard board will do. Perhaps take aslightly bigger board in case you travel south-east-east during the big swell season. Waves breaking on sand are powerful but still easy to get into. I have surfed some reef spots which can get challenging but the drop is definitely makeable with your standard board.

 

Also prepare a first aid kit containing disinfectants, band aids and perhaps antibiotics. I can also strongly recommend bringing some decent mosquito repellent. Although you can buy some good stuff here, you might get something more effective in your country. Also make sure you bring plenty of Vitamin C against infections. I have seen some nasty infected mossy bites and Vitamin C is definitely a great remedy. You might also take some general vitamin supplements plus calcium and magnesium. Sri Lankan food is actually quite versatile in fruit and vegetables but for some, this still seems to cause some deficiencies, especially when surfing a lot.

 

5. Do not Get Ripped Off in Sri Lanka

It can feel strange sometimes travelling in a foreign country where you have no clue about general travel, food and accommodation prices. And as Sri Lanka is still considered a third world country along with the majority of people living on the minimum of existence, you might face yourself paying tourist prices rather than local prices. My suggestion is to make some Sri Lankan friends who you can trust. They can help you get the local deals for food or transport.

 

Taxis from the airport to Colombo train station should not cost you more than Rs. 2000- 3000. The train is an experience not to miss out on and is only ridiculous 230 Rs. to most destinations. Buses or Taxis are usually quite pricey, I would say about 80-100$ for a 3-4 hour ride but you might be a good negotiator! Foods in supermarkets are fairly expensive, especially imported stuff, so buy your fruit and veg at the weekly markets or the little shops on the street sides. Perhaps also ask some locals about local grocery prices.

 

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Cost of living in Sri Lanka

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The choice is yours. Eat local or eat international.

You can stay at an AmanResort and spend up to US$600 a day or a backpackers hostel and pay US$30 a day.

We believe that out of all resorts in Sri Lanka Talalla Retreat offers the best value for money and the coolest accommodation available.

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Staying in touch: Communications

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To enhance the escape from the stress of everyday life, we do not offer in room telephones or internet access.

However, wireless broadband is available in our restaurant, mobile telephone reception is good, and fax and telephone facilities are available in our office.

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Undiscovered Surf Spot

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Australian surfers of Talalla have discovered a great big wave surf spot about 15 minutes from the resort.

Clearly the wave gets very big and is very powerful, thus for advanced surfers only.

The wave is an A-Frame and needs the right conditions; otherwise it is only a big drop with two or three turns. When the conditions are right this wave reaches 6-8 feet plus Australian measurement. In these conditions, up to 8 good turns are possible on this massive wave. We guess its size and the fact that nobody knows about it makes it a rare object for surfers who come on their surf holiday, especially on the southern tip of Sri Lanka.

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The wave works best from the end of April through to September. You can check on magic seaweed -Marissa (http://magicseaweed.com/Mirissa-Surf-Report/922/) and if the swell forecast says over 7 feet it will most likely work

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Religion in Sri Lanka

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There are many and varied, but all spectacularly colourful, religious and cultural festivals all year round.

Be immersed in Buddhist culture at one of the Perahera’s around the country, visit sacred Kataragama or ascend Adam’s Peak with the Pilgrims at dawn.

Right next door to Talalla Retreat, the Rev K Upali is a wonderful source of information about the beauty and peace of the Buddhist faith. You can learn more about him here.

For a full roll call of religious festivals and events, we suggest you visit http://www.srilanka.tourism-asia.net/festivals-in-sri-lanka.html

Sri Lanka supports a diverse cultural and religious population. Different faiths live harmoniously toghether in a supportive environment.

Sri Lanka’s main religions can be roughly divided into:
Buddhism- 70 per cent
Hinduism – 16 per cent
Christianity – 7 per cent
Islam – 7 per cent

Each month on the full moon, those that practice the Buddhist faith celebrate poya. Be aware that if you’re in Sri Lanka on a poya day, most shops will be closed. In the evening, keep an ear out for chanting and drumming at your local temple.

On Fridays, please note that most of the shops in Galle Fort will be closed due to a midday service at the Mosque, in respect to the local Muslim community.

The closest Christian Church to Talalla is located approximately 15 minute tuk tuk drive away in Matara. The Our Lady of Matara Church has a website with full service.

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