Cultural Introduction week- Sri Lanka
Lookf for a Sri Lanka holiday with a difference? Look no further. Immerse yourself in the wonderful culture of Sri Lanka in this excellently organised introduction week in Kandy! Steeped in Buddhism, the area is captivating with its array of ancient temples and mysterious beliefs. As you uncover the secrets of the area, you will witness a superb performance of Kandyan dance and experience for yourself how rejuvenating an Ayurvedic massage is. Language lessons will enable you to interact more freely with the locals allowing you to truly experience the culture and lifestyle.
Authentic Sri Lankan cuisine is mouth-watering, and you will enjoy learning to create some dishes yourself during a traditional cooking lesson. In order to keep you safe during your stay and help you to adjust to the changes in customs as well as scenery, an introductory meeting will give you plenty of information about acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, including how to keep yourself safe during your travels. There’ll be information about transport and some extra safety tips for female travellers.
Aims & Objectives
Introduce you to Sri Lanka’s diverse geographical and cultural environment by fostering a deeper understanding of cultural similarities and differences through experiential learning in Sri Lanka and to help you develop awareness and deeper understanding of cultural differences.
We start off the day with a welcome and introduction program and the collection of the necessary documents. A basic Language Lesson will be held thereafter. After lunch, we shall attend a cultural lesson and head out on the Kandy City tour followed by a cultural show and dinner thereafter.
After a good Srilankan breakfast, learn about the famous Srilankan Spices and Ayurvedic herbs in a herbal garden. Do you know what the acronym TEA stands for? And what is the national gemstone in Sri Lanka? Let’s find out when we visit a tea factory and the Gem Museum in Kandy. A soothing boat ride awaits at the beautiful Kandy lake later on.
A traditional Sri Lankan cooking experience awaits followed by a visit to a temple and learn a few of the Buddhist religious rituals practised by Srilankans and to practice meditation to soothe and calm your spirit and soul.
We start off early today with an early morning visit to a family practising traditional Batik painting. Have a fun-filled, creative workshop/lesson, challenge your creative side into producing an original Batik design of your own, or to try to master the detail of a traditional one. Work with vibrant colours, techniques, tools and dyes. Followed by lunch with the family, thereafter we visit the sacred ‘Temple of the tooth’.
Today we visit a sacred temple in a small forest and a holy Hindu temple thereafter. An Indian lunch awaits you in the city followed by a relaxing Ayurvedic massage later on.
This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
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 centre of independent Buddhist thought during colonial times.
You will be accommodated in one of our centres which are located 2-4 kilometres away from Kandy centre. The accommodation holds 4-8 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.
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.
Mandatory Orientation Day
On the Monday of your first week at this location, you will join our orientation day, to familiarize you with the surroundings as well as local culture. Your program will continue as usual from Tuesday onward throughout the rest of the week.
- Welcome, introduction to Sri Lanka and projects, House rules, Code of Conduct, and handling of documents
- Sinhalese Language Lesson
- Cultural Lesson
Our house is located 2 kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need.
The nearest ATM and supermarket are a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.
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.
Trip Country Info
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
|Under 18, Parental Consent is Required|
No requirements have been provided.
- 24/7 support in case of emergencies
- Airport Pick up
- English speaking coordinator
What's not included
- Departures/ drop offs
- Travel insurance