Trip Details

What a privilege to be a part of the project restoring to glory ten precious temples in Hanguranketha! According to a recent survey, there are 119 temples in need of renovation and repair in the area. As a volunteer on the project working on just 10 of those temples, you will have the honour of repainting detailed artwork in and around the buildings.

This really is a fantastic way to spend some free time during your gap year. In the mornings, your time will be spent in the wonderful company of young monks, sharing with them your knowledge of English and developing their skills in that, and other, subjects. Situated approximately an hour’s drive from Kandy, the project will take you away from the hustle and bustle of city life into the quieter rural areas.

The number of temples at Hanguranketha suggests some of the historical significance of the area, although a large number of its buildings were destroyed during invasions in the early 19th century. There are many difficulties facing the local residents, such as poorly staffed schools, dilapidated temples, a lack of clean drinking water and regular power cuts. Renovating the temples is just one of the projects taking place in the area, aimed at raising the standards of living.

Aims & Objectives
To bring back the lost glory of these ancient temples such that more and more

Trip Itinerary

Take part in renovating to bring back the glory of ancient temples, painting and relics. To top it off, you will get chance to teach young monks in schools!

This project will give you the opportunity to participate in efforts to bring temples in the village of Hanguranketha back to their previous glory. Moreover, you will be spending your mornings teaching young monks at schools.

Monday to Friday

  • Breakfast
  • Each of your mornings will be spent teaching the young enthusiastic monks. They are eager to learn but will need you to prepare and deliver interesting and fun activities to fully engage them in the development of new skills.
  • Lunch
  • After lunch, you will spend time carrying out tasks to renovate a temple. You’re guaranteed to have immense satisfaction from the work you carry out at the project.
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday

  • Free time to relax or explore Sri Lanka 🙂

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

Trip Accommodation

Hanguranketha is an ancient city that had been a thriving paddy field in ancient times and was named “Sangaruwan ketha”, later the name changed to the present name Hanguranketha. The city was very useful for the kings of Sri Lanka, especially during the Kandyan period. It was used as the camp city during the troubled period for the kings and the country, due to the south Indian invasions. Many kings had abandoned the royal capital of Kandy in the past and used Hanguranketha as the temporary capital of the island. The city came to being mainly due to the temporary occupation of kings in the past. The city was also known as “Diyatilaka” in the past.

Accommodation & Food

You will be accommodated in our centre which is located few kilometres away from the town centre. There is a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow participants.The accommodation holds 4-10 people per room on a single gender basis. Private rooms can be requested and are subject to availability, please contact us before hand if you would like a private room.

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.

Our house is located few kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need.

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

Sights & Surroundings

  • Gala Uda fortress: Diyatala Kanda is located near the city of Hanguranketha is a well known mountain with historical value. The summit of the mountain commands a panoramic view over the surrounding region.
  • Potgul Maliga Maha Vihara: This Buddhist temple is one of the most visited religious sites in Hanguranketha. Some of the materials used for the construction are recovered from the Hanguranketha Palace, which was destroyed by the British.
  • Kitulpe Ranpatge Vihara: This Buddhist temple is one of the several temples that date back to the Anuradhapura (4 BC to 11 AD) period.
  • Panchanari Getaya: Panchanari Getaya is an example of fine craftsmanship of the ancient Sri Lankan artisans. It is a stone carving depicting five female dancers. This rare piece of stone carving is located near the Vishnu Devala.


Trip Country Info

Sri Lanka

Population: approx. 20 million
Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte and Colombo
Language: Sinhalese, Tamil
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)
Time zone: UTC +5:30

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 inclose the territory, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, head to the hills for a cooler temperature and get surrounded by lush natural, 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, thru the elephant shelters, to the most peaceful beaches up north near Trincomalee and their tiny- one floor- hostels facing the calm sea.

Tru Experience Travel welcome people from all over the world to join ongoing Sri Lankan programs and you can even compose your schedule the way you like it. With this flexibility it enables you to say when you are on site and when you spend time with the new friends you have made from all over the world.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Participants with body tattoos need to be cover them and those who have visible piercings must take the ring/studs/etc. out while at the placement.
Under 18's must have parental consent

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa