Sri Lanka Explorer
Sri Lanka in a meaningful way
The Sri Lanka Explorer is a travel, adventure, cultural & volunteer combination. Get to visit three vastly distinctive regions of this exotic country and experience their unique and exciting culture!
Start Dates 2018 : 5 February, 5 March, 2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 Augustus, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 3 December
Arrival: Colombo International Airport on Sunday
Duration: 3 weeks
Age: From 18 years old
About the Sri Lanka Experience
On this road, trip visit the world-famous former Dutch colony of Galle, the beautiful botanical garden, tea factories, marvel at various architecture and famous relics. This road trip is guaranteed to give you an amazing and unforgettable adventure!
The Sri Lanka Road Trip is an Eco-Tourism travel project which means it is as environmentally friendly as possible. As part of this unique experience you will visit various distinctive regions and explore their exotic, unique and exciting culture. The road trip includes the world-famous Dutch Fort in Galle, the Royal Botanical Gardens, a Tea Factory, the Bahirawakanda Buddha statue and many sites of historical importance.
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.
The first week you will be introduced to Sri Lanka wherein you will 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!
On your second week you will climb the Ambuluwawa peak, visit the Lion’s rock – where you can see the ruins of an old castle built on a rock, and also visit the UNESCO World heritage site – the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. In addition, you will visit a few ancient temples in Kandy to witness the beautiful architecture and ride on the train enjoying the views of the misty hills.
On the third week, we take you to the south eastern part of Sri Lanka where you will spend the remaining 5 days where you will visit ancient temples by tuk tuk or vans, relax by the pristine beach, go on a river safari, work at our very own turtle conservation project, visit Galle, and also visit a mine jewellery!
Aims & Objectives
The aim of this program is to bring you closer to the authentic Sri Lanka. Through different projects and activities, you will get to truly immerse yourself in the culture, customs and lifestyle.
There is no +Learning add-on available for this program.
Day 1: Monday
Welcome/Intro to the Program/collection of documents
Language Lesson/Lunch/Cultural lesson/Kandy City tour
Day 2: Tuesday
Spice and Ayurvedic garden visit/Tea factory visit and the Gem Museum
Boat ride at the Kandy Lake
Day 3: Wednesday
Sri Lankan cooking Lesson/Self defence lesson/
Day 4: Thursday
Early morning visit to the Temple of the tooth
Sri Lanka breakfast /British cemetery/ visit Batik factory and visit to wood factory
Day 5: Friday
Visit to a special temple in a small forest and Hindu Temple visit
Indian Lunch in the city/Ayurvedic massage
Day 6: Saturday
Visit to Royal Botanical Gardens
Day 7: Sunday
Day 8: Monday
Train ride to Nanuoya and coming back to Kandy by bus
Day 9: Tuesday
Day hike to Ambuluwawa Peak
Day 10: Wednesday
03 temple walk called “the Loop temple walk”
Day 11: Thursday
Visit the UNESCO world heritage site – the ancient city of Polonnaruwa and return to Sigiriya
Day 12: Friday
Climbing the Sigiriya rock (Lion’s rock) and Pidurangala mountain
Day 13: Saturday
Visit to Dambulla cave temples and returning to the accommodation in Kandy
Day 14: Sunday
Early morning travel to Down South by train to the beach
Day 15: Monday
River Safari at “Madu Gaga” and Afternoon relaxing at the beach
Day 16: Tuesday
Visit to South Asia’s largest sleeping Buddha statue and Sri Lanka’s largest wooden Buddha statue “Temple day”
Day 17: Wednesday
Feeding the Turtles and afternoon will be free
Day 18: Thursday
Tour to a beautiful waterfall and the afternoon will be free at the beach
Day 19: Friday
Galle City Tour and afternoon will be free
Day 20: Saturday
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
During your travels, you will stay at various guesthouses and hotels. During the volunteering and adventure parts, participants will stay in the volunteer centres which are based in the community. All have access to the basic conditions in shared rooms will be single gender.
You will receive three meals a day from Monday to Friday and 2 meals per day on weekends.
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Prices of the Sri Lanka Experience
Prices in Pounds
3 weeks : 1395 Pounds
Prices in US$
3 weeks : 1855 US$
Prices in AU$
3 weeks : 2425 AU$
Prices in Euro
3 weeks : 1560 Euro
Not included : flight, travel insurance, visa, criminal background check, vaccinations, transport back to the airport at end of the program, personal expenses
Why Book with GapXperience
How to Book your Program
Fill out the Application Form. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within 24 hours.
Pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: £95, US$135, AU$185 or €125.
Pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, six weeks before your start date of your program.
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