SRI LANKA

ROAD TRIP SRI LANKA

Adventure and cultural excursions around the country

Get to visit three very distinctive regions of this exotic country and experience their unique and exciting culture!

You'll visit the world-famous former Dutch colony of Galle, the beautiful botanical garden, tea factories, marvel at various architecture and famous relics, and much more. This road trip is guaranteed to give you an amazing and an unforgettable adventure!

SUMMARY OVERVIEW

The Sri Lanka Road Trip is an Eco-Tourism travel project. This means it's as environmentally friendly as possible. You'll visit various distinctive regions and explore their exotic, unique and exciting culture.

Price:
£1,795 (approx. US$2,295) for the 3-week Road Trip. Excludes flights. Please see Full Price List in other currencies
Duration:
Three weeks.
Requirements:
Minimum age 18. If you're 16 or 17, you'll need signed parental permission. If you're under 16, you'll need to be accompanied by parent or guardian.
What's included:
Arranging your Programme,
Full pre-departure support and assistance,
Payment Protection insurance,
Accommodation,
Food,
Meeting you at the nearest Airport,
All road-trip-related Transport,
Local in-country team support and backup,
24-hr emergency support,
Certificate of Completion
What's not included: Flights, Travel Insurance, Cost of Visas, Return to the airport (but we can arrange this for you).
Who can do this Programme?
SOLO travellers or travelling with friends.
GAP YEAR BREAKS from School or University.
GROWN-UP GAPPERS, career breakers and retired.
ANYONE interested in adventure, travel, cultural immersion
Also suitable as a summer placement or short break.
Can be done before or after a Volunteering project or internship.

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DESCRIPTION

The road trip includes the world-famous Dutch Fort in Galle, the Royal Botanical Gardens, a Tea Factory, the Bahirawakanda Buddha statue. You'll 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. You'll 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!

During the second week you'll climb the Ambuluwawa peak, visit the Lion’s rock and also visit the UNESCO World heritage site - the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. In Kandy you'll visit a few ancient temples and ride on the train enjoying the views of the misty hills.

During Week 3, we take you to the south eastern part of Sri Lanka where you will spend the remaining 5 days to visit ancient temples by tuk tuk or vans, relax by the pristine beach, go on a river safari. You'll also work at our very own turtle conservation project, visit Galle, and also visit a jewellery mine!

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SCHEDULE

You'll arrive on a Sunday, be welcomed at the airport and taken to the base centre where you'll be introduced to everyone. Your Trip Itinerary begins the next day (Monday).

Week 1:

  • Day 1: Monday
    Welcome/Introduction to the Program, collection of documents.
    Language Lesson, followed by Lunch
    A Cultural lesson, followed by a city tour of gorgeous Kandy!
    Finally you'll attend a Cultural Show.
  • Day 2: Tuesday
    The day will start with a Spice and Ayurvedic Garden visit.
    This will be followed by a visit to a Tea factory and to the the Gem Museum.
    Later, there's a Boat ride at the Kandy Lake.
  • Day 3: Wednesday
    Today's the day you learn how to cook Sri Lankan!
    And a self-defence lesson ... And then a Meditation Lesson to rebalance yourself after the food overload and the physical activity!
  • Day 4: Thursday
    An early morning visit to the famous Temple of the Tooth
    Sri Lankan breakfast
    A trip to the British Cemetery
    Followed by visits to a Batik factory and a wood factory, both of which are fascinating!
  • Day 5: Friday
    Today starts with a visit to a special temple in a small forest, also to a Hindu Temple
    Then we#ll have Indian Lunch in the city, followed by ... An Ayurvedic massage! Everyone loves those!
  • Day 6: Saturday
    Visit to Royal Botanical Gardens.
  • Day 7: Sunday
    A Free Day - you can relax, do chores, read, explore ... whatever takes your fancy.

Week 2:

  • Day 8: Monday
    We'll take the Train ride to Nanuoya (Nanu Oya), which is a quaint little village on the 27km long Nanu Oya River. Extremely beautiful. We'll return to Kandy by bus.
  • Day 9: Tuesday
    Day hike to Ambuluwawa Peak, a rock mountain discovered in the 14th century by the Sinhala King Buvanekabahu IV. 1,965 feet above the level of Gampola town, covered in forests, flowers and creepers. Beautiful scenery!
  • Day 10: Wednesday
    A fascinating temple walk called "the Loop Temple Walk"
  • Day 11: Thursday
    Today we'll visit the UNESCO world heritage site - the ancient city of Polonnaruwa - and return to Sigiriya.
  • Day 12: Friday
    Climbing Adventure Day: We'll climb the Sigiriya Rock (Lion’s Rock) and also Pidurangala mountain!
  • Day 13: Saturday
    We'll visit to Dambulla Cave temples and then return to the accommodation in Kandy.
  • Day 14: Sunday
    Early morning travel to Down South by train to the beach. Beaches in Sri Lanka are generally outstanding!

Week 3:

  • Day 15: Monday
    We start with a River Safari at "Madu Gaga" and the afternoon will be spent Relaxing at the beach.
  • Day 16: Tuesday
    This is "Temple Day": You'll have visits to South Asia's largest Sleeping Buddha statue and also to Sri Lanka’s largest Wooden Buddha statue.
  • Day 17: Wednesday
    You'll visit our Turtle Conservation Project and spend the morning there feeding the Turtles and learning about what goes into rescuing and conserving these gorgeous marine animals.
    You'll have a free afternoon to relax, explore or sightsee.
  • Day 18: Thursday
    We'll take a tour to an amazingly beautiful waterfall and the afternoon will be free at the beach.
  • Day 19: Friday
    Galle City Tour: Galle is a seaside city and, according to Lonely Planet, "Galle is a jewel. A Unesco World Heritage Site ... a delight to explore on foot, an endlessly exotic old trading port blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums. Wandering its rambling lanes you'll pass stylish cafes, quirky boutiques and impeccably restored hotels."
    Your afternoon will be free to relax, pack, say some goodbyes ...
  • Day 20: Saturday
    Departure.

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START DATES

2018
Sep 3rd
Oct 1st
Nov 5th
Dec 3rd

During 2019: Jan 7th
Feb 4th
Mar 4th
Apr 1st
May 6th
Jun 3rd
Jul 1st
Aug 5th
Sep 2nd
Oct 7th
Nov 4th
Dec 2nd

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