Cultural Introduction week- Sri Lanka
Immerse yourself in the wonderful culture of Sri Lanka in this excellently organised introduction week in Kandy! Steeped in Buddhism, the area is captivating with its array of ancient temples and mysterious beliefs. As you uncover the secrets of the area, you will witness a superb performance of Kandyan dance and experience for yourself how rejuvenating an Ayurvedic massage is. Language lessons will enable you to interact more freely with the locals allowing you to truly experience the culture and lifestyle.
Authentic Sri Lankan cuisine is mouth-watering, and you will enjoy learning to create some dishes yourself during a traditional cooking lesson. In order to keep you safe during your stay and help you to adjust to the changes in customs as well as scenery, an introductory meeting will give you plenty of information about acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, including how to keep yourself safe during your travels. There’ll be information about transport and some extra safety tips for female travellers.
Aims & Objectives
Introduce you to Sri Lanka’s diverse geographical and cultural environment by fostering a deeper understanding of cultural similarities and differences through experiential learning in Sri Lanka and to help you develop awareness and deeper understanding of cultural differences.
Introducing you to the culture and customs of Sri Lanka, the meeting on your first morning will give you plenty of information to help you settle in and keep safe. You’ll need all your official documentation with you at this meeting as all the paperwork will be completed leaving you free to enjoy your experiences. A language lesson will help you to build up an appetite for lunch as you learn useful words and phrases to help you socialise with the locals. In the afternoon you’ll be taught about the fascinating Sri Lankan culture before embarking on a tour of Kandy. Closing your day, a cultural show will provide you with a visual treat.
Today has incredible experiences in store for you, sending your senses reeling with a visit to a Spice and Ayurvedic garden, a Tea Factory and Gems Museum. Giving you time to fully absorb the sensations, you’ll take a relaxing boat trip on the Kandyan lake to finish off your day.
Time to try out your culinary skills in a traditional Sri Lankan cooking class. Then it’s onto a self defense class, essential for personal safety across the globe! A Buddhism lesson in the afternoon will begin to unlock the secrets of the mysterious mythologies and calming beliefs of this interesting Religion and culture.
An early wake up call that you don’t want to miss! Today you’ll start your day in awe, watching the sunrise at the Temple of the Tooth. From there you’ll visit the British Cemetery, the Batik factory and later on in the day a Wood Factory, giving you an insight into the industries present in the culture.
Today you’ll visit significant landmarks. Beginning with the spectacular Bahirawa Kanda – the White Buddha. As it glistens in the sunlight, it will undoubtedly captivate you but also strike a chord of lament with its memorial to the Tsunami victims. After visiting a Hindu Temple, you’ll be treated to an Indian lunch in the city and enjoy an Ayurvedic massage.
** Please note: This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances. **
Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. About 115 km from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity and has plenty to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handicrafts to ancient temples and adventure activities. Kandy was a royal capital and the last stronghold of the Kandyan kings against foreign powers, holding out against them for about 300 years. The two main Buddhist Chapters are based here and formed the last centre of independent Buddhist thought during colonial times.
Accommodation & Food
You will be accommodated in one of our centres which are located 2-4 kilometres away from Kandy centre. 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.
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.
Our house is located 2 kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need.
The nearest ATM and supermarket are a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.
Sights & Surroundings
The places to visit during your weekends or on your project holidays are the Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles mountain range, Udawatta kele sanctuary, Hortons plains national park and the railway museum.
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
- Departures/ drop offs
- Travel insurance