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Sri Lanka Discovery

Sri Lanka Discovery

A whistle stop tour and more of Sri Lanka, three weeks of exploration, culture, cuisine, history, wildlife and relaxation that will leave you in touch with the very essence of Sri Lanka.

Prices from $2,195

Discover Sri Lanka, a glittering jewel of an island nestled in the aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean.  Fringing the coasts are an array of gently arcing golden-sand beaches and vibrant colourful communities, making Sri Lanka is a country of exquisite cultures, landscapes and cuisines with a fascinating history that reflects this.


  • Three week exploration of the country, culture, history and society of Sri Lanka
  • Visit the mysterious tropical paradise of the island of Serendipity
  • Throw yourself into all aspects of Sri Lankan life


Location Sri Lanka
Activities Yoga / Ayurvedic Massage
Hiking through tea plantations
Boat trips
Temple meditation
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Local family homestays


Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Airport pick up
Local orientation
Project training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up


A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.


The Sri Lanka Discovery is designed for the traveller with a limited amount of time but who wants to explore the very essence of Sri Lanka. With cultural and historical exploration, the chance the visit the must-see sights of this fascinating country, as well as lessons in the more traditional everyday aspects of Sri Lankan society, you are sure to derive both knowledge and pleasure from your exploration of this fascinatingly unique country.


You will be given an interesting and varied timetable of activities including early morning yoga meditation sessions and afternoons scattered with temple visits, language classes and a weird and wonderful array of cultural activities including local dancing and fire walking. Some days could be spent strolling through tea plantations and rice paddies, visiting the local elephant orphanage or taking rustic train journeys through sweeping landscapes, and when it all gets too much there will be plenty of time for sampling the delights of Sri Lanka’s picturesque beaches and the odd jaunt into town for a leisurely shop. Your trip could include an unforgettable river safari or time on a local sea turtle conservation project, before culminating in a tour of the famous mask making factory which should prove a suitable present for loved ones back home.


Upon arrival at Colombo Airport you will be greeted by a representative of Frontier-Sri Lanka and taken to your accommodation, where you will be based for the duration of your stay.  Once acclimatised and settled into the Sri Lankan way of life, you will then begin your journey of discovery and exploration.

Please aim to arrive on the Sunday before your project begins and depart on the Saturday after your project concludes. If you decide to travel outside of these dates then you will be responsible for any associated costs.


Your accommodation will be in a local family homestay, the perfect way for you to learn about the Sri Lankan culture, improve your language skills and experience the Sri Lankan way of life.

You will live with a carefully selected host with experience of working with volunteers. Your accommodation will be clean, secure and comfortable, and you will be sharing a room with fellow volunteers and will have access to basic facilities.


Three meals a day are included in the programme and will be typical of Sri Lanka's cuisine, mainly consisting of boiled or steamed rice served with curry. Curries in Sri Lanka are typically made with meat, fish, vegetable and even fruit, and are made using coconut milk. A typical meal consists of a ‘main curry’, as well as several other curries made with vegetable and lentils and served with side dishes such as pickles and chutneys.

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During your free time why not explore some of the wonders that this incredible country has to offer? From ancient cities such as Anuradhapura, to tranquil beaches, or the Hill Country, where misty mornings adorn the idyllic landscape of pristine waterfalls and rolling tea plantations, Sri Lanka plays host to a huge variety of flora and fauna, including wild leopards. A range of National Parks and safari tours are available to choose from, not to mention a visit to watch the sun rise at The Worlds End!


3 weeks $2,195



Please check availability before applying for this popular project!


From 3 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt


  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Colombo Bandaranaike Apt (CMB)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .


For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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