NATURE AND NURTURE
Mahagedara, literally meaning “family home” in Sinhalese, offers a home away from home for the curious traveller seeking authentic cultural experiences in Sri Lanka. Lakmali Abeynayake, the founder of Mahagedara Wellness Retreat, celebrates traditional Sri Lankan culture and food, sustainable travel and holistic health. With an array of wellness experiences on offer including yoga, meditation, organic cooking classes, consultations with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor and healing spa treatments, the retreat takes an all-encompassing approach that benefits mental, physical and spiritual well-being.
“I wanted to create a place founded on sustainable tourism that simultaneously showcases the beauty and warmth of Sri Lankan culture and traditions,” explains Lakmali. “Anyone who comes to Mahagedara will leave better in themselves for the future. The guests can experience an alternative way to travel and a different approach to wellness that addresses the importance of land, sustainability, culture and health.”
The retreat is home to foraging wild chickens, rare geckoes and elephants roaming in neighbouring fields, and offers guests a chance to immerse themselves in a haven of wildlife. As confirmed by Colombo University, Mahagedara Retreat is home to over 150 species making it a biologically diverse seven-acre plot of land that supports local flora and fauna.
Guests can indulge themselves in a world of organic, homegrown delights including fresh papaya and pineapple, with a focus on Sri Lankan and Ayurvedic cuisine. Scattered amid the property are several beehives where guests can also learn about honey harvesting and the keeping of bees. There are endless vegetable gardens where guests can wander and sample native Sri Lankan plants, Ayurvedic herbs and fresh fruit and vegetables. Homemade delights include coconut vegetable curry, tomato and cucumber salad and onion sambal as well as some of the world’s best herbal teas, freshly brewed to savour and sip on.
With a holistic approach to wellness that celebrates the land, empowers local economies and supports sustainable tourism, Mahagedara offers an all-encompassing experience of culture, health, nature and community.