Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 4-10
  • Wifi in public areas No
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box Yes
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower No
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection No

Program & Schedule

The beach program is meant for having both a cultural and a relaxing experience. For those who want to enjoy some quiet time and be part of several activities that involve getting to know a deeper level of the Sri Lankan culture. The location is on the beach city of Ambalangoda south from Colombo and close to the very popular dutch port of Galle.

Aims & Objectives

The purpose of this week is to have a series of pre organized as well as proposed visits through the south coast of Sri Lanka and to relax in the beach.

Schedule

Monday

After breakfast you will be visiting our Turtle Conservation Project and you can participate in the project by feeding and cleaning the turtles. You can also help the staff to clean the turtle tanks. While working you will have lot of fun and good memories with beautiful photographs to take away with you.

After lunch, at about 3.30 pm you will be having a special ice cream treat which you will be really enjoying with your fellow partners. After that you can choose to relax on the beach or organize fun activities at your interest and our team will happily help you with that.

Tuesday

After having the breakfast, we will take you on a River Safari, one of the Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist destinations.You will be going on a boat wearing lifesaver jackets and you will be guided by well experienced staff throughout the safari. You will observe Sri Lanka’s unique mangrove forests and many indigenous flora and fauna at its closest.You will also have the chance to observe water animals such as crocodiles, asian water monitors and several fish species.

In the afternoon after lunch, you will be visiting two buddhist temples where you can view South Asia’s longest sleeping Buddha Statue and also Sri Lanka’s largest wooden Buddha Statue.

Wednesday

Today we will take you to Hikkaduwa, one of the most popular coastal tourist destinations where you can mingle with Sri Lankan culture and traditions and enjoy the day.In the afternoon you will relax and enjoy delicious tropical fruit juice.

Thursday

After breakfast you will be taken a walk to a waterfall where you can swim and spend time admiring the beauty of the nature as well as having tea and snacks nearby.Today you will be having a special seafood dinner in a pleasant location away from your usual accommodation.

Friday

On the last day of the Beach Week you will visit the Galle City, one of the UNESCO world heritage cultural cities as well as Sri Lanka’s most popular tourist destinations. In Galle you will visit Olden Dutch Fort and sightseeing Colonial style houses and other Dutch architectural buildings. Today you will have your lunch in a restaurant on seaview.

After lunch we will take you to Unawatuna beach where you will be sea bathing and relaxing on the beach in the evening.

Transportation to locations will be by Tuk Tuk or a taxi depending on the availability.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                No

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

  • Participants below the age of 18 should have parental consent.
  • Participants above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.

Living & Location

Ambalangoda is a coastal town located in Galle District, Southern Province of Sri Lanka. This little town by the ocean is a sweaty, workaday town, and not touristic. Ambalangoda is known as a Buddhist city in Sri lanka. Ambalangoda is the place where "Masks" originated in Sri Lanka during the days of the kings and this is still thriving sometimes a bit modernized. In addition the place is reputed for its golden beaches, puppet shows, devil dancing, moonstone, and antique furniture. Plantations of low country tea, rubber, coconut and cinnamon plantations and factories.

You will be accommodated in our center which is located a few meters from the ocean.

The beach is located closer to the accommodation where you can hang out with fellow participants.

Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings. Please bring your own padlock to be used.

Food Arrangements

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are mainly Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Facilities

Our house is located 10 minutes walk away from the city center, where you can find anything you might need.

The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 10 minute walk away from our accommodation.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

Visit Sailatalarama Vihara which lies lies 7km inland from Ambalangoda. This temple sits on a domed hill with broad views over spice plantations and lakes towards the ranges of the Province of Sabaragamuwa. The temple has a 35m-long sleeping Buddha statue, built by donations. Pilgrims approach the dagobas and devale (a complex designed for worshipping a Hindu or local Sri Lankan deity) via 208 steps, but there’s also a road to the top.

Also visit The Ariyapala Mask Museum, with its dioramas and explanations in English, gives an excellent insight into Sri Lankan masks and the meanings behind them. It also sells the booklet The Ambalangoda Mask Museum, a useful publication if you want to delve into the mysterious world of dance, legend and exorcism, and the psychology behind the masks.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Population:        20 million

Capital:        Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo

Language:        Sinhalese, Tamil

Currency:        Sri Lankan Rupee

Time zone:        UTC +5:30

Country Information

Sri Lanka’s over 2000 years of history and culture can still be seen in every corner of its cities and the details of its ever-beautiful ancient temples. With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and its short distances between the main sights, Sri Lanka is a country that, despite often being overlooked in itineraries, has left travelers filled with awe.

Visit the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, wander around the colonial architecture of Colombo, get sun-kissed at the untouched beaches that inclose the territory, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, head to the hills for a cooler temperature and get surrounded by lush natural, visit two thousand year-old temples or get overawed at the sight of hundreds of elephants in Minneriya.

While traveling through Sri Lanka you will experience adventures from the highest and chilliest mountains like the famous Adam’s Peak - a stairway mountain considered sacred in three different religions, thru the elephant shelters, to the most peaceful beaches up north near Trincomalee and their tiny- one floor- hostels facing the calm sea.

Climate

Sri Lanka is one of the best destinations to visit year-round as the rainy seasons hit the island in opposite locations at different times of the year. That being said, Sri Lanka is a country that can be visited if you know where to go in search for the best weather.

Southwest

The south-western monsoon hits between May and September and the dry season occurs from December to March.

North and coastal regions

The monsoon season happens between October and January while the dry seasons takes places between May and September.

Culture

Sri Lanka is known for its distinct cuisine, its indigenous holistic medicines, its cricket practices and export of tea, cinnamon and gemstones. Moreover, the country boasts a rich artistic tradition which includes music, dance and visual arts.

Sri Lanka has been shaped by many aspects. The first and most obvious being the heritage of Theravada Buddhism passed from India. Furthermore, the colonial period left a big mark in the country’s traditions and culture, with British elements being featured in every corner as well as Dutch and Portuguese.

Sri Lanka, better known as the “nation of smiling people”, is a paradisiac island that Napoleon described as a world-like biodiversity in a tiny piece of land on the Indian ocean. Multicultural, multi-religious and multi-coloured country, formerly named Ceylon, is known for its delicious black tea, it’s heart-warming inhabitants and its history-filled corners.

Gastronomy

Sri Lankan cuisine has been heavily influenced by many factors such as the British colonization, its closeness to southern India and more. Some stables of Sri Lankan food are rice, coconut and spices - many spices.

Kottu Roti, a blend of chopped roti, vegetables and meat is a unique dish served in Sri Lanka and one that everyone must try while here! Another staple dish are hoppers (appa), based on batter, coconut milk and spices.

Sri Lankans eat with their right hands, which can be hard to adjust to at first. However, many restaurants will provide cuttery if requested.

Key Dates

January: Duruthu

Celebrates the Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka. During Duruthu, thousands of people attend colorful parades, which consist of three processions on the nights before the full moon. The processions consist of fireball performers, drummers, dances, decorated elephants and the most important - a gigantic tusker treading a white carpet.

April 13th or 14th: Avurudda (New Year)

Avurudda celebrates the Sinhalese New Year in Sri Lanka. According to Sinhalese astrology, the new year begins when the sun changes from Meena Rashi (Pisces) to Mesha Rashi (Aries).

June: Poson Festival

Poson Festival takes place on the full moon day of June and celebrates the arrival of Buddhism, which occurred when Arahat Mahinda, the son of the emperor of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism.

October or November: Diwali (Festival of Lights)

Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair, and good over evil. It is celebrated with millions of lights shining over houses, temples, and buildings. Diwali is celebrated between mid-October and mid-November, on the darkest, new moon night of Karitika.

In Sri Lanka, it is tradition to take an oil bath in the morning, wear new clothes, exchange presents and visit the Koil a Hindu Temple. In the evenings, oil lamps are lit to invite the blessings from the goddess of wealth.