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Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort

Wadduwa,  South West Coast


Set on the waterfront where woodland and meadow give way to golden beach. 

Individual chalets are spaced around the large central swimming pool which is easily accessed from all rooms and is purified constantly by an attractive waterfall.

The ayurvedic centre is based upon 200 year heritage of the Siddhalepa family group. From generations of doctors, Deshabandu Dr Victor Hettigoda now chairs the centre.  Ayurveda, 'the science of life' uses a series of treatements, natural herbs from the Hettigoda estate and the spice gardens within the retreat, to prevent and treat disease and  balance the individual's body on energy and biological levels.

A team of 24 ayurveda specialists provide consultation and therapy for the duration of the stay. Two treatment centres comprising 40 rooms and guests are always attended by same-sex therapists in order to put all at ease.

The gardens are lush and tropical and 15 gardeners discreetly roam the gardens washing the sea air from the spice and herb garden plants, which fill the air with essence and karma.

Non-treatment guests and children are welcome and  the paddling boat, "treasure-hunt" island and well protected children's pool will ensure a relaxing beach holiday.  Wadduwa is well located for day excursions for those not wedded to a treatment schedule.






   Child Friendly
   Swimming Pool
   Beach Access
   Bird Watching


The accommodation consists of 50 private chalets of varying designs and all with "mod-cons".  Even hair dryers are suppplied so pack the bare minimum. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms with baths, a bidet and shower. Sitting areas, TV's, mini bars, radios and telephones are standard and the king size deluxe have a mini bar too.

There are two levels of chalet: deluxe and superior, which are sometimes located in one unit and can be interconnecting for groups. Set on 2-3 storeys these chalets are spaced out around the gardens amidst herbs and coconut trees. 

The deluxe chalets overlook the beach or the pool, whilst the superior chalets are dispersed amongst the dense foliage of the estate.

Each of the chalets has a distinct character and design , inspired by the healing properties of the many natural plants and materials used in Ayurvedic medicine.

King deluxe chalets (just a sample)

Balakotuwa represents an ancient Dutch House in a Dutch Fortress. Terracotta tiles throughout keeping the room cool.

Chandra Vasa- 'bathed in moonlight'. A kabook floor chalet overlooking the sea, whose moonlight rays are believed to promote longevity of human life

Gal Lena is a replica of a stone cave symbolising the living abode of the ancient Yogis and Rishis.

Indigoda watte Gedara constructed from mole-hill clay infused with juice of crushed leaves to maintain the balance of the body.

Deluxe chalets (just a sample)

Pingoda Gedera constructed from mole-hill clay impregnated with the juice of crushed leaves to ensure a close liaison with nature

Samanala Sevena constructed from special bricks portraying the natural beauty of the butterfly

All the above look out to the Indian Ocean.

Koon Sevana panelled with timber from the Kong tree whose properties balance the Three Doshas (3 body types Vata-air, Pitta - Bile, Kapha- phlegm).

Walawwa : 6 rooms on 3 floors with second floor balcony looking over the swimming pool & ocean. Ideal for family and friends.

Ath Demata Sevana , a tree providing the timber floors. The roots and bark of this plant are used medicinally. Barefoot contact enhances and strengthens the human bones.

Superior Chalets (just a sample)

Thun mahal Prasadya, a 3-storey chalet tiled in teracotta. Panoramic views from 2nd floor balcony over the ocean and estate. Ideal for family gatherings or a group of friends.

Nimba Sevasa, a 2 storey chalet, first floor panelled with 'health giving' timber of Mangosa

Gammalu Sevana, a 2-storey chalet with Gam panelled upper floor, whose cream is a cure for diabetes

Pihimbiya Sevana, a 2-storey chalet timbered in Pihimbiya, believed to bring good fortune.

Domba Sevana, 2 storey chalet overlooking the swimming pool

Mayura Villa, a 4 bedroomed house with panoramic views of the Ocean and neighbouring woodland.

Ayurveda Centre

Two treatment centres of 40 rooms are staffed by 6 Doctors and 20 therapists, all of whom are kept busy with the 2 1/2 - 3 hours treatments /day for each guest. The daily treatments are bespoke and constantly updated as the Doctors monitor your progress.

One treatment centre is steeped in history and adopts the charming design of yester year with wattle and daub walls, and ancient stone baths.  The treatment areas are separated but slightly more open plan when privacy is not essential evoking a community spirit (despite the silence). Old medicinal terracotta pots and tribal scripts adorn the courtyards and walls.

The newer centre is more modern in design and prefered by some customers who seek a minimalistic style. Striking batiks hang from the high ceilings and the relaxation lounge is more like a western spa. Each centre has a dispensing pharmacist where guest can appreciate the roots of their treatments.  You will greeted with a fruit and herbal wine - non-alcoholic but the absolute copy of a glass of port.

Heavy, dark oils are used for many treatments and guests are invited to purchase disposable underwear from the shop as the natural products often stain cotton clothing. 

All treatments are performed by therapistsof the same sex as the patient so there is no embarrassment.  Most guests shower after each oil treatment and sarongs and light  clothing are usually the attire of the day.  Sea swimming and intense sunbathing is not recommended after certain treatments but the doctor will advise the course of action.

Yoga & meditation centres are a key part of ayurvedic life in bringing the body to optimum balance and strength. Lessons are provided  by trained mentors whilst an open air theatre in the gardens provides a forum for guests wishing to meditate in absolute serenity.  At night there are Sri Lankan cultural pageants with performances of Kandyan dancing and citadel music to enrich your experience.



According to Ayurveda, Stomach- Agni, is the energy centre of our body. Selecting a suitably balanced diet will help to balance the 3 Dosha and aid disease prevention.

The six tastes recognised by Ayurveda : sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.  The taste of each herb is directly responsible for much of its therapeutic values.

Experienced chefs follow the guidelines of ayurveda to prepare delicious meals which also comply with the recommended diet for each patient each day.

Fresh vegetables, salads, fresh seafood, fresh fruit are staple foods but the menus exude style and appetite appeal and are a far cry from strict diets.  Traditional Chinese, Indian, and western dishes all feature on the menu of the main dining room.  Guests can request to eat on their balconies on occasion.

A typical dinner might include :

Seafood Wonton and spring roll with sweet chilli sauce                                                                           Fresh garden greens and roasted pumpkin soup                                                                                      Lamb cutlets with wafer potatoes and steamed vegetables or pan-fried fillets of river fish in garlic and tomato jus                                                                                                                                                            Chocolate mousse  and Brandy Cream, so no compromises here.

The dining room is split level indoors and out  and with /without A/C to suit your mood and condition. The neighbouring lounge bar attracts many guests wishing to capture some social atmosphere after a day's treatments in solitude.

The in-house and pool bars do serve alcohol, but many patients refrain in order to maximise the effects of their treatments. The fruit cocktails and therapeutic effects of the king coconut make a refreshing alternative for many guests.

Afternoon and morning herbal teas play a key role in treatment and your prescription will be monitored and adapted throughout your stay.  The remedies are derived from a variety of leaf juices, herbs, fruit, plant roots and essential oils. The ritual becomes a way of life but initially, it may take a strong will to enjoy the tinctures.

Non -ayurvedic guests can select freely from an ala carte menu including Asian , seafood dishes and a Butchers Choice.


Things to do & local tips

Other entertainments for the non- ayurvedic guests

  • Most guests usually succumb as their imagination and pride get the better of them and thoroughly enjoy the treatments, even on a small scale.
  • The coast is quiet with wide sandy beaches. Mornings and evenings are busy with fishermen and trips out are invited, though you may prefer to take a more organised fishing boat trip from Bentota
  • Bentota (40 minutes South) offers a wide range of water sports, turtle hatcheries and waterfall picnic spots.
  • Geoffrey Bawa's architectural museum and home are open for viewing 3 days a week and his equally famous brother Bevis Bawa's home is open to display his talent in landscape architecture and sculpture : Brief Gardens. Both are in Bentota region.
  • Kalutura temple is one of great importance and beauty. The many Mosques of the southwest are beautiful but sadly not open to tourists.
  • Colombo City is about 40 mins away (depending on the traffic) and is full of holy temples, Mosques, the bustling Pettah market, and western arcades with bargain designer clothing.  Colombo is also home to many fabuous and cosmopolitan restaurants and bars.
  • River trips can be enjoyed at Bentota and Kalutura, and as you travel inland you will see crocodiles, endemic birds and many water monitors.

Treatment procedures and modules practised at the Health Centre

Treatment procedures

  • Neutralising or detoxification
  • Cleansing or elimination
  • Weight Control
  • Augmenting the body's resistance to illness
  • Yoga & meditation
  • Specific Medicament - for minor and uncomplicated disorders

Treatment Modules

  • Head massage
  • Shirodhara or Shiraseka - To induce sleep and release stress
  • Picchill - To sooth and to relieve inflammatory conditions of scalp
  • Full body massge - To impart strength, good complexion and longevity. Relieves fatigue and induces good sleep.
  • Massage of upper/lower limbs - To relieve aches and pains, eases muscular spasms and muscular rheumatism
  • Face massage- to nourish the facial muscles and improve complexion
  • Face Packs- to cleanse, moisturise and soothe the skin
  • Akshitarpana- the special eye-bath nourishes the eyes and enhances eye sight
  • Netraparisheka -  cleanses the eyes and soothes irrated eyes.  It is also cooling.
  • Netrapindi - placing of special medicated eye-packs. It soothes irritated eyes, nourishes and relaxes tired eyes.
  • Pinda Sweda - a special procedure of sudation.  It induces sweat, removes stiffness of joints and  makes the body supple.  Cleanses the body channels.  It is invigorating and restorative.
  • Parishheka Sweda - a type of sudation.  It induces sweat, removes stiffness of joints and makes the body supple. Cleanses the body channels. It is invigorating  and restorative.
  • Parisheka Sweda - to produce sweat and cleanse the body of its toxins.
  • Avagaha Sweda - this type of sudation is indicated for lumbago, sciatica and to relieve renal pain.
  • Naadi Sweda - similar to sauna. Used to reduce weight.  It is used with care under the supervision of the physician.
  • Steam bath - the body is made to sweat in a special chamber. It is indicated to reduce body weight and fat.
  • Herbal bath - to alleviate certain skin disorders, remove toxins and relieve pain. It refreshes and invigorates the human body.
  • Sun bath - to invigorate your body
  • Fasting - to clean, detoxify and augment the "agni" pebble walk to enhance reflex reactions of the sole and to stimulate and tone-up internal organs.