19000 TRAVELLERS

SINCE 2000

Sri Lanka Experience Program

Sri Lanka

HIGHLIGHTS

Volunteering activities are available to all the volunteers during the program. Below is the description of
some of our projects:

Renovation and beautification activities: School and Day care centers are not attractive for children. It is said that children’s place and their educational centers should look like a garden of learning. We are working to make these centers attractive to create colorful stories, pictures and different other educational paintings. These activities are appreciated widely in the society.

Itinerary

Duration:29 Days

Country:Sri Lanka

Introduction

  • 1DAY 01: Arrive at Colombo

    You will be greeted by Idex representative at the exit gate of Bandaranaike International Airport. You will be then escorted to your accommodation and shall be assisted with check-in. He will explain the travel plan in detail and hand over the essential documents to you.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Colombo (Meals - as per arrival)

  • 2DAY 02: Sightseeing Of Colombo

    tour of Sri Lanka’s capital include the Fort – once a colonial stronghold, Galle Face Green – a seaside expanse popular for informal cricket games, the Pettah – a noisy oriental bazaar, a visit to Gamgarama temple, Cinnamon Gardens and Independence Square. We also visit the national museum (closed Friday)

    Later on visit, the Raja Maha Vihara, a temple graced by Buddha on one of his three visits to Sri Lanka. Continuing our sightseeing, we visit the zoological gardens at Dehiwela.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Colombo (Meals – Breakfast & Dinner)

  • 3DAY 3: COLOMBO – MIHINTALE - ANURADHAPURA

    After breakfast, you will proceed to Mihintale.

    Mihintale is therefore regarded as the cradle of Buddhism in Sri Lanka; as a result there are a number of pagodas, monasteries and caves worth visiting. To reach the site, you will need to climb 1840 stone steps, but you will be rewarded at the top with absolutely spectacular views over the surrounding plains.

    A 20-minute drive takes you to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, built in the 3rd century BC; it was the capital of the Sinhalese people for 1000 years from the 4th century BC, despite frequent invasions from southern India.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Anuradhapura (Meals – Breakfast)

  • 4DAY 4: ANURADHAPURA

    Visit Anuradhapura, the fascinating ancient city and one of Sri Lanka’s most important archaeological sites. It contains vast artificial lakes, temples, statues including the Samadhi Buddha, dagobas (solid hemispheres topped with spires), royal baths and museums. We also visit the holy Sri Maha Bodhi tree under which Prince Siddhartha attained enlightenment.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Anuradhapura (Meal- Breakfast)

  • 5DAY 5: ANURADHAPURA – DAMBULLA – POLONNARUWA - GIRITALE

    After breakfast drive to Giritale, we visit the stunning Aukana Buddha statue and the impressive Dambulla Rock Temple which contain beautiful frescoes of Buddha. Then we Visit Polonnaruwa the second capital of Sri Lanka from 1017 A.D to 1235 A.D. Polonnaruwa is also a UNESCO world heritage city. You will be able to see the ruins of Royal Palace king Parakramabahu, Audience Hall, the statue of king Parakramabahu, Watadage, the Galpotha, Parakrama Samudraya (Sea of Parakrama) which was built by King Parakramabahu I, covers an area of 5940 acres and the elegant Lotus pond was built in 12th century.

    The Gal Vihara also known as Gal Viharaya is a rock temple of the Buddha situated in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa in north-central Sri Lanka. It was constructed in the 12th century by Parakramabahu I. The central feature of the shrine is four images of the Buddha, which have been carved into the face of a large granite rock. The images consist of a large seated figure, another, smaller seated figure inside an artificial cavern, and standing figure and a reclining figure. These are considered to be some of the best examples of ancient Sinhalese sculpting and carving arts, and have made the Gal Vihara one of the most visited monuments in Polonnaruwa.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Giritale (Meal- Breakfast)

  • 6DAY 6: GIRITALE – SIGRIYA - KANDY

    After breakfast - Visit an ancient place Sigiriya.

    Sigiriya is treated as one of the most remarkable creations in the world, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD). Path through the gardens along Stone stairways come to the Lion Gate. Only the rock carving and the brick structure is evident today of the lion’s mouth through which millions of people have walked to admire the beauty of this magnificent citadel.

    After the tour – Drive to Kandy, Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. It is the second largest city in the country after Colombo. It was the last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka.

    On the way –visit to the rural area and seeing life in the countryside. Enroute, enjoy the awesome site of lush green fields and experience a bullock Cart Ride. You get a chance to interact with the local farmers, understand their culture and their daily routine. You will also get to know how farming is done in this rich agriculture belt of Sri Lanka.

    After the tour drive back to Kandy. Arrive at Kandy and check in to your accommodation.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Kandy (Meal- Breakfast)

  • 7DAY 7: KANDY

    Mid-morning - visit the Peradeniya gardens. “The Royal Botanic Gardens Peradeniya is well known for its large variety of plant life. The great lawns highlight huge tropical trees and a variety of bamboo can be found in one place. The best know attraction of the garden is the orchid House. The area, nearly 150 acres in extent, is beautifully undulated, its average elevation above sea-level being about 1,540 feet. The Royal Botanic Gardens was established in 1821”.

    Later on - visit the Kandy temple and observe a cultural dance in the evening.

    “The Sacred Tooth Relic is the most venerated object of worship for Buddhists. Its present house, the Temple of theTooth Relic in Kandy, Sri Lanka is a sacred place for the Buddhists”.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Kandy (Meals – Breakfast)

  • 8DAY 8: KANDY – NUWARA ELIYA

    After breakfast check out from your accommodation and head further into Sri Lanka’s hill country surrounded by tea plantations. Nuwara Eliya is located at the heart of the hill country 6182 feet above from the sea level. It is still very much like an old English town with styled Bungalows and buildings. The cool calm climate, gorges rolling tea plantation which makes the best “Ceylon tea” and the breathtaking beautiful waterfalls makes Nuwara Eliya one of the most beautiful town in the world. Nuwara Ealiya also has one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia.

    You will have a free afternoon to do your own exploration - There are great views over surrounding hills and the town lies in the shadows of Pidurutalagala - Sri Lanka's highest mountain.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Nuwara Eliya (Meals – Breakfast)

  • 9DAY 9: NUWARA ELIYA

    We depart early for Horton Plains. Located on a high windswept saddle, Horton Plains offers the walker stunning panoramic views. We’ll hike to Bakers Fall passing en route the Gem Pit Pool, the Chimney Pool, and the Leg of Mutton Pool and then return to Nuwara Eliya.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Nuwara Eliya (Meals – Breakfast)

  • 10DAY 10: NUWARA ELIYA – YALA NATIONAL PARK

    In the morning – After breakfast leave for Yala for a half a day safari. Yala National park one of Sri Lanka's premier eco tourist destinations and is renowned for its variety of wildlife notably Yala Deer “One could sight Elephants, Leopard, Bear and Buffalo. Other mammals such as sambhar, spotted deer, jackal, mongoose and several species of monkeys could be sighted very frequently. The bird life is also very vivid and rich in numbers, especially during the months of November to April when thousands of migratory birds arrive in Sri Lanka. Arrive at Tissamaharama and check in to your hotel.

    In the afternoon commence a safari in the Yala National Park by jeep accompanied by a tracker.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Yala (Meals – Breakfast)

  • 11DAY 11: YALA NATIONAL PARK - COLOMBO

    This morning, we visit Bundala National Park – a bird sanctuary. We visit the town of Galle and its 17th century fort. Within the fort, are narrow streets filled with churches and colonial buildings. We then continue to Colombo.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Colombo (Meals – Breakfast & Dinner)

  • 12DAY 12: COLOMBO

    Morning after breakfast we have a half day of interacting with students at an English medium, school in Colombo. We visit the school, spend time doing activities with the students in the school and get to know of the various facets of life of a young person in Sri Lanka and learn about the challenges of the Sri Lankan education system.

    After school visit transfer to host families (each customer family goes to one local family) or for an afternoon of visiting their home, going to the local market with the family, bringing and preparing ingredients and then an informally cooking their meal of the evening with the family.

    Then in the evening, have dinner with your local, middle class family to get a glimpse into the lives of the Sri Lankans that are in fact a major part of Sri Lanka’s social, economic and cultural engine. During the dinner, we can try to make conversations about how life is for people in Sri Lanka and can share about our own family.

    (A note about time with families: There is likely to be a language barrier for completely free flow of ideas and conversations and the travellers need to be aware of that. The idea is to experience seeing the lives of our counterparts in Sri Lanka. It is also important to note that each person will have different experience and one cannot be compared to the other. Experiences, unlike seeing monuments, are different for different people).

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Colombo (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

  • 13DAY 13: COLOMBO

    Take part in 2 hours of Sri Lankan Language class and after that learn the interesting forms of “Sri Lankan” dance by the professional instructor. The participatory dance class is more meant to be a form of fun, activity, interaction with each other and interaction with the instructors.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Colombo (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

  • 14DAY 14: COLOMBO

    It is a real adventure full of sound, smells and people watching just to walk around the streets of Colombo.

    Walk around to the old quarter Pettah, and plunged into the madness of shops, stalls and markets! Fun and exciting!

    Late afternoon - you will get detailed information about Volunteering Project & the work areas.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Colombo (Meals- B & D)

  • 15DAY 15 TO DAY 19: COLOMBO

    Start a fresh day in Colombo with a breakfast and head for volunteering work in the local communities as per the current requirement of the projects.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Colombo (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

  • 16DAY 20 TO DAY 21: COLOMBO

    You have free weekend – You are at leisure on your own activities.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Colombo (Meals – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

  • 17DAY 22: COLOMBO - NEGOMBO

    After breakfast drive to Negombo, an ideal tropical beach holiday with its sparkling warm blue seas and a lush fringe of palm trees, all bathed in warm golden sunshine.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Negombo (Meals – Breakfast)

  • 18DAY 23 TO DAY 28: NEGOMBO

    You are at leisure on these days to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Negombo.

    Overnight stay at accommodation, Negombo (Meals – Breakfast)

  • 19DAY 29: NEGOMBO – FLY OUT

    Morning - after breakfast transfer to Colombo airport for your flight back to home with wonderful memories of Sri Lanka.

Program Date

Monday
20/Feb/2017
Monday
20/Mar/2017
Monday
03/Apr/2017
Monday
17/Apr/2017

Program Service

Included:

  • 28 nights’ accommodation on entire trip.
  • Accommodation on sharing occupancy basis.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by AC vehicle.
  • All Meal as per the itinerary.
  • English Speaking Tour Guide as per the itinerary.
  • One class of Local Sri Lankan language.
  • Learn the interesting forms of “Sri Lankan” dance by the professional instructor.
  • A visit to countryside for observing rural life and riding a local bullock cart.
  • One family visit and cooking work shop with local Sri Lankan Family.
  • One Jeep Safari in Yala National Park.
  • Volunteer work as per the itinerary in Colombo.
  • All material required for various activities during the volunteer work like color pens, paper, sports equipment etc.
  • Services of an English speaking chauffer as per the itinerary.
  • Road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges, interstate taxes.
  • 24/7 on-tour assistance throughout the journey.
  • Representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers.
  • All currently applicable taxes.

Excluded:

  • Any personal expenses such as tips, laundry and drinks.
  • Any extra meals (other than those specifically laid down).
  • Entrance fees to the monuments.( approx. Euro 160 for entrances to monuments)
  • Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in trip program due to circumstances,weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc. Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods Personal Travel Insurance, visa etc. Camera fees (both still and video).
  • Miscellaneous.

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