For veteran Australian traveller Kylie Mitchell-Smith, pictured right, her search for the world’s best health and wellness retreats has brought her to Samadhi Centre in the Sri Lanka Hill Country capital of Kandy.

She writes in the Tweed Daily News: “I arrive after a six-hour train ride from the mountains of Ella, which is spent gazing out the window at some of the most picturesque mountains and tea plantations this intrepid traveller has ever seen.”

She was immediately smitten. “From the moment you step through the impressive rock face entrance and old, carved wood doors you are transported into a rustic wellness setting that feels deliciously authentic. A hidden sanctuary awaits.”

She loves the antiquities and the private waterfalls at the bottom of a lush gully, and “the welcome dinner is abundant in flavour, served buffet-style and includes dahl, house-made roti, coconut sambal, spicy mushroom soup, gotu kola with lemon and garlic and an array of traditional vegetarian and chicken curries”.

“Ayurvedic treatments are the real deal, set up in traditional mud houses, they include a shirodhara massage which features the gentle pouring of hot oil through a copper funnel onto your head to awaken your third eye and get your energy flowing.

“There are options to suit all wellness needs in Sri Lanka, whether you practice yoga at the Prana Lounge in Colombo, head south to a surf retreat at Talalla beach or take one of the guided yoga retreats by ‘Step through the Door’ hosted by an Australian local, Helen Langston.”

Read her full report here.

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