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.
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. **