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June at Talalla retreat

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Why not go indulge yourself with one of the many activities Talalla retreat as to offer? Go get lost in Yala national park with some friends and watch the beautiful sunrises from all the pristine and uncrowded beaches the south coast as to offer.       There is nothing like waking up to the gentle sound of the waves crashing and birds chirping on Talalla Beach. Get out of bed and go witness what life is truly about here, watch the Fisherman come back from there night out at sea or go catch some Lunch from the rocks at…

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Veska At Talalla Retreat

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We celebrated this year’s biggest Poya day, Veska, in style here at Talalla Retreat with some colorful traditional handmade lanterns giving a warm festive feel to our restaurant. The celebrations in the streets and in the surrounding temples have been quite the sight!    “Vesākha, also known as Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day, is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists on different days in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and Myanmar and in other places all over the world. Sometimes informally called “Buddha’s Birthday”, it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition.”   (Source: Wiki – Verified)

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Van Cleef & Arpels

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This Month we were very happy to welcome the team from the Dubai office of Van Cleef & Arpels for a Team building retreat. They had an amazing program with surf, yoga, themed parties and karaoke every night. We also had some elephants coming to visit us at the resort and everyone loved it! They had a Boat construction competition and released some sky lanterns to finish their retreat. WHAT A BLAST!   “We had a great time with you in Talalla! It was just an amazing team building!  The 34 participants enjoyed a lot the resort,  the service there…

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April at Talalla Retreat

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We are very happy to welcome our new resident yoga teachers! Sally, Jess and her son Gill. They fit right in with the team at Talalla and the feedback from the Yoga guests has been amazing! They have run their first 2 yoga retreats very successfully and all the participants had a lot of fun during the outings organized: – Visiting to the beautiful rock temple – The high tea in the old Galle Fort – Closing dinner at Jasper house and the coconut beach ceremony. We currently run two Yoga retreats twice a month at Talalla! As well as…

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Perahera

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Pomp and ceremony live on large in Sri Lanka, and never moreso than in Perahera across the nation. A celebration of Buddhist faith, the annual Kelaniya Duruthu Maha Perahera is held every pre-full moon day of January or ‘Duruthu Poya’ in commemoration of Lord Buddha’s visit to Sri Lanka. The service begins in the temple, but the crowd of hundreds of thousands is here to see the parade. It starts with the whipcrackers – boys as young as 5 cracking man-sized whips, the crowd looking on in a mixture of anticipation and amazement. Then, the dancers. Kandyan traditional dancers, dressed…

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Picture Perfect

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Some places seem to be too postcard-perfect to be real. Welcome to Tangalle. White sands, royal blue waters and – of course – palm trees lining the beach. Here, Talalla Retreat’s resident surf instructor, Richard, climbs a coconut palm for an image straight from a movie. James Bond, eat your heart out. No photoshop required! Image courtesy of D. Jones Photography and may not be reproduced without permission.

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Talalla Twitter(er)

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“Hello?!” This little guy is a Rose Ringed Parakeet. He lives in the gardens at Talalla Retreat and can often be found twittering with his friends, welcoming the morning with his happy little song. His bright green colour and rosy beak mean he easily blends in with the tropical gardens of Talalla. He lives on grains and seeds, found throughout the grounds, and loves to swish his wings about in the bath. He loves to eat wing beans, the very same ingredient that’s found in our dinner most nights of the week! While we love them stewed with tomato, or…

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Still warm samosa from Risara Bakers, Haputale. Heaven!

A Sri Lankan Picnic

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High in the tea-stained hills of Haputale, a delicacy awaits. First, the painstaking preparation. The vegetable curry is first delicately spiced then cooled. At the same time, roti dough is pounded and cooked. It sits waiting for its delicious inheritance. A boiled egg is peeled and the stage is set. The curry is spooned into the roti and the egg placed in the centre. It is lovingly wrapped, like a tiny present, and all openings are sealed. Finally, it is dropped into boiling oil, and cooked for a few seconds before your eyes. Then, magic. One bite and you’re hooked….

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Smoky Okra Curry at the Original Mama's Galle Fort. Sublime!

Keep Calm and Eat Curry!

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Curry glorious curry! Spicy or mild. Gravy or dry. Creamy or light. In Sri Lanka, a simple rice and curry is never a simple rice and curry. Fork over between 100 – 500 rupees and you’ll be awarded a gluttonous feast of up to 12 mouthwatering creations. Sour mango, creamy jackfruit, pungent beetroot, dry purple potato. Mixes of up to 15 spices, crushed and mixed by hand, and usually with a hero flavor. All served with red rice, husk still on, and eaten with the fingers or skillet-hot roti. Accompaniments abound – sambols of hot, sour or sweet goodness –…

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Buffalo Soldier

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Driving through Yala National Park, a clearing brings you to a muddy billabong. As your eyes come into focus, you realize with surprise that you’re not alone…. An army of wild buffalo are escaping the heat of the day by having a cooling mud bath. These are not the guys who make the ubiquitous curd, but wild beasts that can change mood at a moments notice. One turns to look at the car. A shiver runs down your spine. Luckily, the heat makes him too lazy to give chase, but he stares through you with a warning. The wild water…

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