Immerse yourself in the rich culture and beautiful scenery of the remote Sri Lankan tea-growing region for a 14-day voluntour experience. Work alongside local people and give back to the community before discovering some of this amazing country’s natural and historical gems.
Colombo Airport Pick-Up & Transfer to Negombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Upon arrival at the Colombo Airport, you will be picked up and transferred to Negombo for check-in. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to relax, explore, and get settled in. You’ll be spending tonight in Negombo.
Train to Ohiya (B/L/D)
It’s an early start the next morning! You’ll take the train to Ohiya from Colombo Forte Railway Station, passing through Kandy. The ride from Kandy to Ohiya is the most famous stretch of train travel in Sri Lanka, and is a tourist attraction in itself. Travel in comfort with the ability to walk around the train cars whenever you want, grab a snack in the dining car, meet other travelers and locals, and watch the landscape go by. Grey stone cliffs and rivers will flash past your window with occasional views of enormous waterfalls cascading down the mountainside. At each train station along the way, the train cabins will fill up with locals selling treats like freshly cut pineapple and mango, and other traditional snacks. Upon your arrival in Ohiya, you will be transferred from the station to your new home - a mountain lodge in the tea plantation of a very remote village.
Final Volunteer Session & Horton Plains National Park Day Trip (B/L/D)
This morning you’ll continue with your volunteer project. After lunch, we will head out from the lodge to make our way to Horton Plains National Park. Horton Plains is Sri Lanka`s highest plateau at 3,250 meters above sea level, making it an amazingly scenic region with an astounding variety of landscapes from mountains to grasslands. We will take a 3-hour walk to the most famous part of the park, World`s End, and its beautiful Bakers Falls. We will take a tuk tuk back to the accommodation.
Bandarawela Falls Hike (B/L/D)
After breakfast in the lodge, we will head out for a hike to Bambarakanda Falls, the highest waterfall in Sri Lanka. We’ll take a mountain path with panoramic views of the tea plantation the local villages. On the way we’ll go to a small and beautiful waterfall in the forest where we can take a refreshing swim and have a picnic. After lunch and a rest we’ll continue to the towering Bambarakanda Falls. The walk is about 4 to 5 hours. After seeing the stunning falls we’ll be transferred to Bandarawela village to stay the night stay with a local family. Share the experience of preparing a traditional Sri Lankan meal with rice and vegetable curries.
Dambulla Cave Temple - Habarana (B/L/D)
This morning we will drive to Dambulla to visit the famous cave temple. Dambulla is a part of the UNESCO-designated Cultural Triangle. There are over 80 caves in the surrounding area, and some of them have been used by the monks as meditation locations. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves containing amazing statues and the paintings. Since its founding in the first century BC by King Valagamba, many improvements and additions have been carried out to the sculptures and paintings over the years here. The temple is a perfect location to view evolution of the ancient Sri Lankan arts.
This afternoon, you’ll visit the 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya, rising two hundred meters from the jungle floor. Another World Heritage Site, the fortress is now one of Sri Lanka`s major attractions. During our visit to this unique complex, we will see water gardens, ancient frescoes, and more. Dinner and overnight in Habarana or close by
Polonnaruwa Sightseeing - Transfer to Negombo (B/L/D)
This morning we will visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which served as Sri Lanka`s capital city from the 11th to the 13th century. Here we can admire the remains of sprawling temple estates, three enormous Buddha statues, and other historic temples. After, we will drive to Negombo.
Negombo Free Day (B/L/D)
After a long and action-packed journey, enjoy a full free day to relax on the beach! Soak up the Sri Lankan sun and explore the city at your leisure. Overnight in Negombo.
Colombo Airport Drop-Off (B)
All good things must end. Today you will be dropped off at the airport in time for your outbound flight. Happy trails!
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Trip Name: Voluntour - Sri Lanka Highlands Voluntour CMB
Duration: 14 Days
From Price: ₤1,906
Supplier Tour ID: BAMCMB/250668
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