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Featuring a swimming pool, a shared lounge, a tennis court and views of the lake, Rukgala Retreat is located in Digana and has accommodations with free WiFi.

Some units are air-conditioned and include a balcony and/or a terrace, as well as a seating area.

Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a à la carte or a vegetarian breakfast.

A car rental service is available at Rukgala Retreat, while cycling can be enjoyed nearby.

Kandy is 12 miles from the accommodation, while Matale is 13 miles from the property.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 10 for a two-person trip.

Rukgala Retreat has been welcoming guests since Oct 11, 2018

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Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.6)

Breakfast Info

Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free


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Managed by Rukgala Retreat

Company review score: 9.6Based on 18 reviews from 1 property
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Company info

’Rukgala’ translates, according to Sinhala spelling, as ‘house’ or ‘shelter on the rock’. We like both but the latter feels particularly apt. The main house was built in the 1970s as a private home and played host, from that point on, to some of the grander Sri Lankan families visiting as an escape from the heat and hustle of Colombo. In 2008 the property was bought by David Swannell, a financier leaving London behind. For some years the house sat unoccupied before the decision was taken to fully renovate, extend and offer Rukgala as a space for group retreats and peaceful private stays. That renovation work started in 2016 and, with a focus on keeping as much as possible of the original buildings (as well as the name), completed in early 2018. Rukgala remains a family-based project - with David and his nephews and cousins very-much involved.

Property info

Rukgala Retreat is a small, yoga- and wellness-focused 'hotel' on the shores of the Victoria Lake in Digana, near Kandy. We've worked hard to fashion a beautiful space from an old crumbling house and, with just 8 bedrooms, take a lot of pride in offering our guests a warm and enriching time. We are not a strict retreat-centre but have found that guests keen to practice yoga, as well as explore this beautiful part of Sri Lanka, get the most out of time at Rukgala. For that reason we only offer packages that include group yoga classes, massage, hiking and all the delicious food we serve. We hope that appeals for you and look forward to seeing you at Ruk.

Neighborhood info

We love this part of Sri Lanka, not just for its natural beauty but, equally, for the variety of rich and warm cultures it plays host to. Rukgala sits wonderfully close to lesser-known temples, lush green tea estates, the untouched mountains of The Knuckles and secluded villages that dot the shores of the Victoria Lake.

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Restaurants & cafes
  • Restaurant Bougainvillea
    1.2 miles
  • Restaurant Victoria Golf & Country Club
    1.2 miles
Natural Beauty
  • Mountain Bambaragala Rock
    2.5 miles
  • Lake Victoria Lake
    0.1 miles
Closest Airports
  • Bandaranaike International Airport
    59.5 miles
How to get to Rukgala Retreat from Bandaranaike International Airport
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Amenities of Rukgala Retreat
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Private Bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Linens
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Mountain view
  • Lake view
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Cleaning products
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Drying rack for clothing
  • Clothes rack
  • Tour or class about local culture Additional charge
  • Bike tours Additional charge
  • Walking tours Additional charge
  • Personal trainer
  • Yoga classes
  • Full-body massage Additional charge
  • Hand massage Additional charge
  • Head massage Additional charge
  • Couples' massage Additional charge
  • Foot massage Additional charge
  • Neck massage Additional charge
  • Back massage Additional charge
  • Cycling
  • Hiking Additional charge
  • Massage Additional charge
  • Golf course (within 2 miles) Additional charge
  • Tennis court
Living Area
  • Sitting area
  • Desk
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Concierge
  • Car rental
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Adults only
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Private entrance
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
  • Entire unit located on ground floor
Outdoor swimming pool
Free! All pools are free of charge
  • Open all year
  • Adults only
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Pool/Beach towels
Languages Spoken
  • English
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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Until 12:00 PM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children over 16 are welcome.

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Crib and extra bed policies

Adult (18+ years)
Extra bed by request
$45 per person, per night

Additional fees are not calculated automatically in the total cost and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

The maximum number of extra beds allowed depends on the room you choose. Double-check the maximum capacity for the room you selected.

All cribs and extra beds are subject to availability.

Age restriction

No age restriction for check-in. (Only children 16 and up are allowed)

Mastercard Visa Rukgala Retreat accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

FAQs about Rukgala Retreat

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Rukgala Retreat by:

    • Car 4h

  • The prices at Rukgala Retreat may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Rukgala Retreat offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Massage
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Tennis court
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    • Head massage
    • Bike tours
    • Foot massage
    • Walking tours
    • Full-body massage
    • Swimming pool
    • Neck massage
    • Personal trainer
    • Hand massage
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Couples' massage
    • Back massage
    • Yoga classes

  • Check-in at Rukgala Retreat is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 12:00 PM.

  • Rukgala Retreat is 1.8 miles from the center of Digana.

  • Room options at Rukgala Retreat include:

    • Double
    • Twin
    • Family

  • Guests staying at Rukgala Retreat can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 10.0).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free
    • À la carte