Trekking Week

Kandy - Sri Lanka

Trekking Week

Kandy - Sri Lanka

Only 600€ per week!

The Trekking Week is an adventure-packed week interspersed with treks and other exciting activities!

Take time off for a week to experience the flora and fauna, take in amazing sights and surroundings from hilltops, taste local cuisine, kayak along the rivers surrounded by the greenery and immerse yourself in this island culture. The Sri Lankan forests are beautiful and give you all the space you need to find yourself in the tranquil nature and its beauty.

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Program Description

You will be led by an experienced guide through the Hill Country i.e. the central province of Sri Lanka, renowned for its flora and fauna. The week includes treks to Ambuluwawa Hills, Riverstone mountains and the a day full of adventure and nature and a camping night. To add up to the adventure, you will go on a waterfall hunt in the wild. You will also visit Sigiriya Rock and take a morning hike to Pidurangala to witness the mesmerizing sunrise.

Aims & Objectives

To wake up the spirit of adventure in you while getting exposure to Sri Lankan culture and nature.

Schedule

Monday

Hike to the Ambuluwawa Peak and witness the beauty of the green valleys around. On the top of the Ambuluwawa hill, you can climb the white giant tower to make you feel you are floating in the sky. Ambuluwawa is a multireligious centre with a Buddhist temple, a Hindu temple, and Islamic Mosque among the sites on top of the hill.

After Ambuluwawa hike, you will transfer to Ulapane for your next adventure at a Camping site near the river Mahaweli. Enjoy a Bonfire after your dinner and spend the night in a camping tent.

Tuesday

Today is full of exciting activities for the adventure lovers. Your day will start with a physical training work out and a morning trek through a tea plantation. Once you are back from your morning activities, you will have a rest. Then you will get ready for water sports and kayaking. You will kayak or do calm water rafting along with the beautiful river call the Mahaweli. It is also the longest and the most scenic river in the country. You will do Kayaking, calm water rafting, cliff jumping, swimming in the river.

After lunch, you will rest and then you will do tower activities at the camp. Among the activities we have, you can do abseiling, repelling, and wall climbing. You will stay overnight at the Camp.

Wednesday

After breakfast, you will embark on a waterfall hunt. You will take a short train ride along one of the most scenic railway routes in the country. And then you trek in the wild until you find this beautiful waterfall called Galabada falls.

After your trek, you will transfer back to Kandy by train.

Thursday

Today you would have a little adventure by going on a hike to Riverstone mountain. You will find a hidden waterfall and a freshwater pool where you can take a swim. You will also visit the cliff called the mini world’s end.

After the hike, you will then proceed to Dambulla for an overnight stay.

Friday

Today would be another exciting day, as you will do a morning hike to Pidurangala to see the mesmerizing picture-perfect sunrise. After that, you will be climbing the Sigiriya Rock or Lion’s Rock where you will be able to see the ruins of an ancient palace built on the top of this giant rock. Lion’s Rock is a rock castle dating back to the 5th century BC and it is also considered the eighth wonder of the world.

 After the climb, return to the accommodation in Kandy by Bus.

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

  • Participants below the age of 18 should have parental consent.
  • Participants above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.

Additional Equipment

Shoes and clothing suitable for hiking

Towel

Blanket

Insect repellent

Dry clothes and swimming suits

Sun cream

Location

Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a major tourist destination. About 115 km from Colombo at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth and many other temples the city could be called the cultural capital of the island. This bustling market town is rich in cultural diversity and has plenty to offer to the tourists from songs dances and handicrafts to ancient temples and adventure activities. Kandy was a royal capital and the last stronghold of the Kandyan kings against foreign powers, holding out against them for about 300 years. The two main Buddhist Chapters are based here and formed the last center of independent Buddhist thought during colonial times.

About the Accommodation

You will be accommodated in one of our centers which are located 2-4 kilometers away from Kandy center. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.

Food Arrangements

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Sri Lankan food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Facilities

Our house is located 2 kilometers away from the city center, where you can find anything you might need.

The nearest ATM and supermarket are a 15-minute walk away from our accommodation.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

The places to visit during your weekends or on your project holidays are the Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles mountain range, Udawatta Kele sanctuary, Hortons plains national park and the railway museum.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Population: 20 million

Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo

Language: Sinhalese, Tamil

Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)

Time zone: UTC +5:30

Country Information

Sri Lanka’s over 2000 years of history and culture can still be seen in every corner of its cities and the details of its ever-beautiful ancient temples. With eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and its short distances between the main sights, Sri Lanka is a country that, despite often being overlooked in itineraries, has left travelers filled with awe.

Visit the sacred home of the world’s oldest living tree in Anuradhapura, wander around the colonial architecture of Colombo, get sun-kissed at the untouched beaches that enclose the territory, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, head to the hills for a cooler temperature and get surrounded by lush natural vegetation, visit two thousand year-old temples or get overawed at the sight of hundreds of elephants in Minneriya.

While traveling through Sri Lanka you will experience adventures from the highest and chilliest mountains like the famous Adam’s Peak – a stairway mountain considered sacred in three different religions, through the elephant shelters, to the most peaceful beaches up north near Trincomalee and their tiny- one floor- hostels facing the calm sea.

Climate

Sri Lanka is one of the best destinations to visit year-round as the rainy seasons hit the island in opposite locations at different times of the year. That being said, Sri Lanka is a country that can be visited if you know where to go in search for the best weather.

Southwest

The southwest monsoon hits between May and September and the dry season occurs from December to March.

North and coastal regions

The monsoon season happens between October and January while the dry seasons takes places between May and September.

Culture

Sri Lanka is known for its distinct cuisine, indigenous holistic medicines, cricket practices and prestigious export of tea, cinnamon and gemstones. Moreover, the country boasts of a rich artistic tradition which includes music, dance and the visual arts.

Sri Lanka has been shaped by many aspects. The first and most obvious being the heritage of Theravada Buddhism passed on from India. Furthermore, the colonial period left a big mark in the country’s traditions and culture, with British elements being featured in every corner as well as Dutch and Portuguese elements.

Sri Lanka, better known as the “nation of smiling people”, is a paradisiac island that Napoleon described as a world-like biodiversity in a tiny piece of land on the Indian ocean. Multicultural, multi-religious and multi-coloured country, formerly named Ceylon, is known for its delicious black tea, it’s heartwarming inhabitants and its history-filled corners.

The festival of Duruthu celebrates the Buddha’s first visit to Sri Lanka. During Duruthu, thousands of people attend colorful parades, which consist of three processions on the nights before the full moon. The processions consist of fireball performers, drummers, dancers, decorated elephants and the most important – a gigantic tusker treading a white carpet.

On April 13th or 14th Avurudda celebrates the Sinhalese New Year. According to Sinhalese astrology, the new year begins when the sun changes from Meena Rashi (Pisces) to Mesha Rashi (Aries).

During June the Poson Festival takes place on the full moon day of June and celebrates the arrival of Buddhism, which occurred when Arahat Mahinda, the son of the emperor of India, converted King Devanampiyatissa to Buddhism.

During October or November, Diwali the Festival of Lights is celebrated. Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, hope over despair, and good over evil. It is celebrated with millions of lights shining over houses, temples, and buildings. Diwali is celebrated between mid-October and mid-November, on the darkest, new moon night of Karitika.

In Sri Lanka, it is tradition to take an oil bath in the morning, wear new clothes, exchange presents and sweets and visit the Koil, a Hindu Temple. In the evenings, oil lamps are lit to invite the blessings from the goddess of wealth.

Transportation

Plane

Flying between major locations in Sri Lanka such as Galle, Colombo, Nuwara Eliya and others is possible with Aero Lanka and Srilankan Airlines. Moreover, Srilankan Airlines runs small seaplanes, which give you a great aerial view of the island.

Bus

Buses are a option to get around Sri Lanka, albeit quite uncomfortable. For instance, for less than a Euro you can get almost halfway around the island in a bus without air conditioning. Luxury buses with air conditioning also exist at a higher price which are still very inexpensive.

Train

Sri Lanka boasts of an extensive railway system that will get you almost anywhere around the country. Moreover, Sri Lanka is known for its picturesque scenery that can be best viewed in a train journey. In fact, there are observation carts in most trains for tourists that will allow you to better take in the beauty of your surroundings.

In most cases, getting around by train is the cheapest option. There are three classes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd class. In most Intercity and Express trains, however, only 1st and 2nd are offered. Do keep in mind that trains from one popular destination to another (i.e. Colombo – Kandy or Galle – Colombo) often get overbooked, so it is best to reserve a seat much in advance.

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