source:, Samanera S. and Helge Latzina 2004


Nilambe Meditation Centre
Galaha Road, Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Tel: 0094 -(0)777804555 | E-mail:


Nilambe was founded by laypersons for laypersons, is one of the best known centers in Sri Lanka and is beautifully situated in a famous tea plantation area about 30 km south of Kandy. It is well-known for its pleasant and friendly atmosphere.

Teacher and Tradition

Upul Gamage, Theravada, Vipassana meditation.


English and Singhalese.

Course Duration and Dates

Individual guidance, hence no particular dates. In December/January and April/May, the centre may be full.

Rules and Daily Schadule

The day begins at 5 a.m. with a sitting period. After that yoga, breakfast and working meditation. Then sitting and walking alternatedly until lunch. Afternoons, sitting and walking, yoga and a chanting period (reciting). Evenings, a snack and a Dhamma discussion. Breaks for walks in beautiful landscape.

Lodging and Food

For men and women simple single and double kutis (bungalows). A sleeping bag is very useful. Food is vegetarian and can be very hot. If you want to be on the safe side regarding the potable water, bring disinfectant.


Meals and lodging are 400 rupees per day (exchange rate 2004: 1 US = approx. 120 rupees).


Very pleasant, sometimes cool (bring sweater/sleeping bag).


Good conditions and well suited for beginners. Small library. For an extended stay, you will be supported in the visa application process. Since there is no electricity, bring sufficient supply of spare batteries for torch (we recommend the use of LED-torches – they are much more economic). During and after rain there are plenty of leeches, so bring Autan against these and the few mosquitoes.

From Kandy take the bus to Galaha to Nilambe Office Junction. Then continue on the main path towards the peak. Walk takes about 45 minutes. In dry weather, you can also use the stairs through the tea plantation (follow white arrows). Taxi or Three-Wheeler from Kandy 700-800 Rs.