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 Yes
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection No

Program & Schedule

The Sri Lanka Road Trip is an Eco-Tourism travel project which means it is as environmentally friendly as possible. As part of this unique experience you will visit various distinctive regions and explore their exotic, unique and exciting culture. The road trip includes the world-famous Dutch Fort in Galle, the Royal Botanical Gardens, a Tea Factory, the Bahirawakanda Buddha statue and many sites of historical importance.

Enjoy a natural Ayurvedic treatment, a boat trip along the Madu Ganga, and a visit to the famous 14th century ‘Three Temples’ with their intricate hand-carvings.

The first week you will be introduced to Sri Lanka wherein you will witness cultural dance and music performances by artists, visit famous Buddhist and Hindu temples, learn Sri Lankan culinary, knowledge on culture and traditions and much more!

On your second week you will climb the Ambuluwawa peak, visit the Lion’s rock - where you can see the ruins of an old castle built on a rock, and also visit the UNESCO World heritage site - the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. In addition, you will visit a few ancient temples in Kandy to witness the beautiful architecture and ride on the train enjoying the views of the misty hills.

On the third week, we take you to the south eastern part of Sri Lanka where you will spend the remaining 5 days where you will visit ancient temples by tuk tuk or vans, relax by the pristine beach, go on a river safari, work at our very own turtle conservation project, visit Galle, and also visit a mine jewellery!

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this program is to bring you closer to the authentic Sri Lanka. Through different projects and activities, you will get to truly immerse yourself in the culture, customs and lifestyle.

Schedule

Week 1

Day 1: Monday

  • Welcome/Intro to the Program/collection of documents
  • Language Lesson/Lunch/Cultural lesson/Kandy City tour
  • Cultural Show

Day 2: Tuesday

  • Spice and Ayurvedic garden visit/Tea factory visit and the Gem Museum
  • Boat ride at the Kandy Lake

Day 3: Wednesday

  • Sri Lankan cooking Lesson/Self defence lesson/
  • Meditation Lesson

Day 4: Thursday

  • Early morning visit to the Temple of the tooth
  • Sri Lanka breakfast /British cemetery/ visit Batik factory and visit to wood factory

Day 5: Friday

  • Visit to a special temple in a small forest  and Hindu Temple visit
  • Indian Lunch in the city/Ayurvedic massage

Day 6: Saturday

  • Visit to Royal Botanical Gardens

Day 7: Sunday

  • Free Day

Week 2

Day 8: Monday

  • Train ride to Nanuoya and coming back to Kandy by bus

Day 9: Tuesday

  • Day hike to Ambuluwawa Peak

Day 10: Wednesday

  • 03 temple walk called "the Loop temple walk"

Day 11: Thursday

  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site - the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and return to Sigiriya

Day 12: Friday

  • Climbing the Sigiriya rock (Lion’s rock) and Pidurangala mountain

Day 13: Saturday

  • Visit to Dambulla cave temples and returning to the accommodation in Kandy

Day 14: Sunday

  • Early morning travel to Down South by train to the beach

Week 3

Day 15: Monday

  • River Safari at "Madu Gaga" and Afternoon relaxing at the beach

Day 16: Tuesday

  • Visit to South Asia's largest sleeping Buddha statue and Sri Lanka’s largest wooden Buddha statue "Temple day"

Day 17: Wednesday

  • Feeding the Turtles and afternoon will be free

Day 18: Thursday

  • Tour to a beautiful waterfall and the afternoon will be free at the beach

Day 19: Friday

  • Galle City Tour and afternoon will be free

Day 20: Saturday

  • Departure
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

A route from the Central province of Sri Lanka to the Southern part of the country, passing many historical sites. The focal point of the journey would be Kandy.

You will be accommodated in one of our centers which are located 2-4 kilometers away from Kandy center. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.

Food Arrangements

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

Facilities

Along the route - but not at all times - there are ATMs and small local stores. Please make sure you have enough money with you before starting the trip.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

You’ll be on a busy schedule.

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.