Trip Details

Are you looking for an incredible, unforgettable experience? This road trip around Sri Lanka is guaranteed to be just that! Taking you to four distinctly different regions, you will experience the true beauty of each aspect of this exotic country. In four weeks you will explore the absolute best things Sri Lanka has to offer. Beginning in Kandy you will start adapting to the cultural differences, even learning some of the language! A useful introductory meeting will tell you all you need to know about keeping safe during your stay and behaving appropriately according to the do’s and don’ts of the culture. Learning about the customs and beliefs of Buddhism is guaranteed to capture your interest, as will visits to precious temples. You’ll also have a taste of the delights of Sri Lankan cuisine, even making your own during a traditional cooking class. An Ayurdevic massage and a Kandyan dance performance should give you an idea of methods of relaxation in Sri Lanka. For the last three weeks of the project, you’ll be able to choose the activities you take part in. Your first choice is between a week of trekking or working with majestic elephants, while your second choice could see you either trekking or enjoying a week at the beach. With all these fantastic experiences on offer to you, the experience really will be unforgettable!

Please Note: Projects start on a Monday, however you should arrive over the weekend on either Saturday or Sunday.

 

Trip Itinerary

Week 1
Monday
Welcome and introduction to Programs and collection of documents
Language Lesson followed by Lunch. Attend a cultural lesson and go on a Kandy City tour
Cultural Show

Tuesday
Visit to Spice and Ayurvedic garden, Tea factory, and the Gem Museum
Boat ride at the Kandy Lake

Wednesday
Sri Lankan cooking lesson, self defence lesson and Buddhism (meditation) lesson

Thursday
Early morning visit to the Temple of the tooth, visit to a Batik factory and the wood carving factory

Friday
Visit to a temple in a small forest and visit to a Hindu Temple
Indian Lunch in the city and get an Ayurvedic massage

Week 2
Monday to Friday
During this week, you could choose between participating in Trekking/ Elephant Experience or Body & Mind week.

If you choose trekking:

  • Short introduction into the week’s activities. Proceed to Sigiriya Rock for a nature walk.
  • A beautiful walk through the local villages to visit three historic (more than 700 years old) loop temples in Kandy.
  • Visit to the first tea plantation in Sri Lanka
  • Hike to the Riverstone mountain
  • Travel to the Ambuluwawa Hills to do a trek, return to the our house in the evening
  • A trip to the Royal Botanical gardens.

If you choose Body and Mind:

  • Early Morning Yoga on some days
  • Breakfast
  • Meditation
  • Varying massages
  • Meditation – Walking meditation
  • Lunch and a relaxed afternoon

If you choose Elephant Experience:

Morning comes early at this working elephant camp, and the animals need to be fed and bathed before the day visitors start pouring in. Bath time is in the river, and it’s a pure joy for elephants.

The mahouts are a fun-loving lot, and they’ll see to it that you have as much fun as the elephants do. Your duties will vary during the afternoon. Sometimes, you will have the opportunity to help children with their studies on request or to go for an excursion.

However, some of the typical activities you will be doing throughout the day may include,

  • Feeding the elephants
  • Cleaning the elephants
  • Cleaning the elephant enclosures

Week 3
Monday to Friday
Beach week: Explore Ambalangoda through its most important temples, visit sleeping Buddha statue, and also Ambalangoda oldest temple.

Go on a River Safari, see Sri Lanka’s jungle flora and fauna at its closest and relax at the beach or organize a new activity.

Be a part of the Turtle Conservation project by working along with other participants at the turtle centre. This includes working at the project from 9:30 and help with the feeding and cleaning of the turtles or cleaning the water tanks and centre. You will enjoy a break time from 12:00 to 14:00 and be back at the turtle centre from 14:00 until 15:30 when all activities finish for the day.

Visit the famous city of Galle, the Tsunami Museum, Natural Silk Factory.
On the last day of the Beach Week Program you will visit the Moonstone mine where you will be shown the process of cutting and shaping precious stones, go to a waterfall walk where you will be able to swim and spend time admiring it as well as having tea and snacks nearby.

Week 4
Monday to Friday
Participate in a week of turtle conservation.

The activities change according to the beach weather conditions and to the number of participants but the time spent with this marvellous creatures is the main aim of our participants involvement.

This program requires hard working and willing to support in the cleaning of the turtles, the tanks and the turtle conservation centre. It is vital to have a clean and hygienic centre for these animals. Typical activities during the week will include,

  • Feeding the turtles (every other day)
  • Cleaning the tanks
  • Cleaning the turtles
  • Cleaning the beach
  • Helping with the weekly release of over 100 new born turtles into the ocean (Please note that this may change depending on the season and the weather).

Saturday & Sunday

Weekends are free to relax or do more exploring in Sri Lanka 🙂

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

Trip Accommodation

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.

Accommodation & Food

You will be accommodated in one of our centres which are located 2-4 kilometres away from the city centres. The accommodation holds 4-10 people per room on a single gender basis. Private rooms can be requested and are subject to availability, please contact us before hand if you would like a private room.

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
Our houses is located 2 – 4 kilometres away from the city centres, where you can find anything you might need.

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.

Trip Country Info

Sri Lanka

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

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa