Beach Week in Ambalangoda Sri Lanka
Participating on volunteer project is highly rewarding but it can also prove tiring. And that’s why a week at the beach is a perfect way to relax during or at the end of a project.
As well as the time at the beach, there will also be opportunities for sightseeing and shopping trips. You will also be further immersed into the Sinhala culture through a series of fun, organised activities. Most of these take place during the morning sessions allowing the volunteers free time in the afternoon to spend time at the beach or organise their own activities to visit further places of interest, with the coordinators’ help.
Located just south of Colombo at Ambalangoda, the beach city is close to the highly popular dutch port, known as 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.
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 really enjoy 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.
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.
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.
After breakfast you will go on 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.
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 sea view.
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.
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 touristy. 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 but 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.
Accommodation & Food
You will be accommodated at our centre which is located a few meters from the ocean.The beach is close to the accommodation where you can hang out with fellow participants. Safety lockers are available to store your belongings. Please bring your own padlock to be used. The rooms are based on single gender with 4-10 people per room. You may also request a private room, this is subject to availability.
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.
Our house is located a 10 minutes walk away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need.
The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 10 minute walk away from our accommodation.
Sights & Surroundings
Visit the Sailatalarama Vihara which lies about 7 km 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, give 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.
Trip Country Info
Population: approx. 20 million
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo
Language: Sinhalese, Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30
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.
Tru Experience Travel welcome people from all over the world to join ongoing Sri Lankan programs and you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.
Participant Criteria & Requirements
No requirements have been provided.
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Airport drop off
- Travel insurance