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Sri Lanka Road Trip

Sri Lanka Road Trip

Immerse yourself in the cultural wonders of this unique country whilst discovering idyllic landscapes and sampling the culinary delights of the ever smiling Sri Lankan people.

Prices from $2,045

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

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gain a lifetime of unmatchable memories
  • Experience Sri Lanka’s rich culture through adventure, exploration and volunteering
  • Make lifelong friends

FAST FACTS

Location Sri Lanka
Activities Yoga / Ayurvedic Massage
Learning about Buddhist philosophy
Exploring famous cultural sites
Turtle Conservation
Community volunteer projects
River safari
Visit stunning beaches
Transport Airport pick-up
Accommodation Local family homestays and guest houses
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support  & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Accommodation
3 meals a day Monday to Friday, 2 meals a day on weekends
Airport pick-up
Local orientation 
Project training
In-country emergency support 
24-hour international HQ back-up
 

QUALIFICATIONS

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.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Travel with us and explore the wonders of Sri Lanka, one of the top destinations for overland travellers and volunteers alike.

Sri Lanka provides a world of unimaginable beauty offering the perfect setting for an adventure that will take you across mountains, through bustling cities, remote villages, tropical forests and white sand beaches.

This adventure trail takes in the best sites of the country over four weeks as we lead you through the highlights of this unmissable destination.  Who could resist swimming in crystalline waters off perfect white sand beaches and sampling the incredible food of the region as you enjoy the company of your travel companions and new friends?  You will enjoy the exhilaration of travelling in a new land exploring exciting cultures.

What is so fantastic about this journey is that whilst travelling you will benefit from the leadership of a young, friendly, fun but also sensible and well-travelled guide who will take care of all the stress and organisation on the trip, whether it be recovering lost luggage, arranging bus tickets, booking hostels or extra activities, dealing with emergencies or even knowing the best places to go for a great night out! If you want to experience the beauty and adventure of Sri Lanka, travelling along with a young and friendly group of companions, without the hassle, then joining this Frontier road trip is the perfect solution!

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

A road trip that includes the world famous Dutch Fort in Galle, the Royal Botanical Gardens, a tea factory, the huge Bahirawakanda Buddha statue and the town of  Nuwara Eliya known as “Little England” for it's colonial British architecture. 

Enjoy an overnight stay at a temple with talks on Buddhist philosophy, natural Ayuverda treatment, a boat trip along the Madu Gaga, the famous 14th century ‘Three Temples’ with their intricate handcarvings and some yoga and meditation sessions. With volunteering options to choose from including work at the turtle centre, the elephant orphanage, beach work, teaching options either at local schools or in temples with monks,  medical or renovation options, work with the elderly, the disabled or in a  woman’s development centre. This road trip is guaranteed to be an amazing and unforgettable adventure.

First leg – Kandy

You will arrive in Kandy known as the “cultural capital” of Sri Lanka, where you will be given language and cooking lessons as well as some background on Sri Lanka’s rich history and culture.  After this you can enjoy a tour of the city with our staff where you will discover more about Buddhist philosophy and visit the Temple of the tooth relic where the relic of Buddha’s tooth resides. 

You will  see performances by traditional Sri Lankan dancers and  Kandyan fire walkers as part of a Sri Lankan Culture Show, you will visit the  Royal Botanical Gardens (with their lavish collection of tropical, exotic blossoms, plants, fruits and spices), explore some stunning 14th century temples and  gaze at the pearly-white “omnipresent” Bahirawakanda Buddha statue. Then why not relax with some guided Yoga and Meditation.

Second leg – Nuwara Eliyah

Welcome to the elephant orphanage which is based on an immense 24 acres of land and is home to over 100 elephants – the greatest herd of elephants to be kept in captivity in the world!  20 have been born here since 1984, which is a truly positive achievement. 
 
You can enjoy a talk by a Buddhist monk at his temple of residence in the Central Province, where you will be staying for a couple of nights. You can visit a tea factory in Kandy learning everything there is to know about the picking to the packing of tea, followed by an adventure in the picturesque central highlands at Nuwara Eliya, the “city of light”. With an abundant array of pineapple, jackfruit, mango, avocado and plantain offered fresh and tasty roadside stalls. You will find it hard to say no to this refreshing and natural life style.

Third leg – Galle 

Receive a relaxing Indian treatment known as “Ayuverda” before some shopping in the city of Kandy. Journey down to a southern province called Galle and visit “Ambalangoda,” famous for its nearby beaches, hand-carved, hand-painted masks and puppets. Where you are can enjoy a look around the mask and batik factories. 

You will also get the chance to walk around and explore Galle’s 300 year old world-famous Dutch Fort, furnished with exquisite colonial architecture. The Dutch atmosphere can still not only felt but seen with a great feel of hustle and bustle as locals and visitors navigate through the narrow, timeworn lanes, either on foot or ambitiously by Tuk Tuk.  An incredible eye opening experience that will bring a smile to your face each time you remember your adventures there.  

Fourth leg – Magu Gaga River

Enjoy a river safari on the Magu Gaga, a river glorified for its beautiful mangroves, home to many forms of aquatic wildlife including aquatic plants, crabs, shrimps, fish, various invertebrates, monstrous monitor lizards and crocodiles. Visit our turtle sanctuary to learn about the turtle conservation programme and hatchery project.
 
 

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be picked up from the airport by a friendly local staff member and transported to your scheduled location. Once you have had time to rest the local staff will introduce you to your project and the local area. Your in-country coordinator will be more than happy to help you settle in and acclimatise and you'll feel at home in no time in this friendly, vibrant country.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During your travels, you will stay at various guesthouses and hotels. During the volunteering and adventure parts, participants will stay in our centres which are based in the community. All will have access to the basic conditions. Our volunteer centres have 3-4 bedrooms which can house a maximum of 12 people. Rooms will be single gender in either the twin or dorm style.  All are comfortable and clean with adequate toilet and bathroom facilities including hot running water and showers. A DVD player, a fridge and a TV with SKY, and a computer with WiFi are readily available for use. Hand washing your clothes will be a necessity. Only vegetarian food will be served but there will be the option of both Western and Sri Lankan foods. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Three meals a day are included in the programme on week days and two at weekends 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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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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!

COSTS

21 days $2,045

DEPARTURE DATES

This trip departs on the first Monday of every month, please arrive on the Sunday.

Volunteers depart on the Saturday following the conclusion of your project.

July 2018 fully booked.

DURATION

21 days

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

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

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Food 3 meals/day Monday to Friday and 2 meals a day at weekends 
  • Local orientation
  • Project training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up

AIRPORT INFORMATION

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

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

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 .

Visas

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.

Insurance

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.


LEGAL STATEMENT
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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