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Sri Lanka Elephant 3 week Adventure Trip

Imagine discovering the beautiful tropical climate of Sri Lanka, soaking up the culture and seeing incredible sights, then spending two volunteering weeks looking after beautiful elephants! Sound good to you?

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At a glance:

One week tour and working with elephants in Sri Lanka 

Accommodation: Shared volunteer houses

Meals: Most meals provided

Dates: Dates below

Minimum stay: One week tour, two weeks with Elephants

 

About the Sri Lanka Elephant Adventure Trip:

This amazing journey across this beautiful country is one you’ll remember for a lifetime.
It’s split into two parts; a week-long tour, and then two weeks volunteering with Wild Elephants!


What will I be doing?

Our specially curated Sri Lanka Adventure & Sightseeing Tour packs the best of the island’s beauty and diversity in a week

Week One: The Sri Lanka Tour

Day 1:

  • The tour begins in Galle (usually 8 am pick up) with a leisurely 3-4 hour drive across the beautiful southern coast of Sri Lanka towards the wilderness of the Deep South.
  • Head out on a 4WD jeep for a half-day safari at Yala National Park in pursuit of elephants, leopards, sloth bears, crocodiles, wild buffaloes, monkeys, deer, wild boars, peacocks and various other species of birds!

Day 2:

  • Checkout around 9 am for a 2-3 hour drive to Ella, a laid-back town in the Sri Lankan highlands, surrounded by scenic hills and serene tea plantations.
  • Along the way, make a stop at the cascading Rawana Waterfall to take in the scenes.
  • See the majestic Nine Arches Bridge, a colonial-era railway construction marvel. Watch the afternoon train go by from close proximity for an unforgettable memory that will take you back in time!
  • Afterwards, climb up (45-minute uphill hike) to Little Adams Peak for spectacular views of the mountain and valleys of the region.
  • Choose an optional activity: hiking Ella Rock (4 hours) or visiting Uva Halpewatte Tea Factory for a guided tour about the history of Ceylon Tea.

Day 3:

  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Ella sunrise from the hotel through the Ella Gap, followed by a relaxed breakfast (included) soaking in the fresh mountain air.
  • Take a picturesque 4-5 hour train ride from Ella to Hatton through tea carpeted hills and lush green mountain jungles that define these majestic highlands. This is an epic journey not to be missed!
  • After lunch, drive 1.5 hours to Kitulgala (a small village) to a river eco lodge for a late afternoon arrival. A unique living experience in harmony with nature awaits you at the lodge, which is located on the banks of the Kelani River. 

Day 4:

  • Today you choose optional activities:
  • #Option 1: Enjoy a 60-90 minute session of white-water rafting in the white waters of the Kelani River at an additional cost of USD 25 per person plus tips (weather and water conditions permitting).Lunch (at your own expense) recommended at the Garden Café inside the gardens.
  • Option #2: Visit the many craft centers (e.g., wood carving, gem craft centres, batik manufacturing sites, silk and hand craft shops, etc.), which Kandy is famous for.
  • Around 5:30 pm, visit the Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic, a famous Buddhist temple and UNESCO world heritage site located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha.

Day 5:

  • Visit Balana Village, for a historic village walk (2-2.5 hours long) to get a taste of Sri Lankan village life. Local guide included.
  • Drive towards Sigiriya. On the way stop at a local spice garden. Have lunch (at your expense not included) at the restaurant there followed by an insightful tour of Ceylon Spices and Ayurveda. Local guide included (approximately 1-1.5 hours long).
  • After the spice garden (leave by 3:15 pm latest), optional visit to Golden Cave Temple in Dambulla, another UNESCO World Heritage site regarded as the largest and best- preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Explore the impressive series of caves full of paintings and images of the Buddha in many different postures and styles!

Day 6:

  • Visit Sigiriya and “Lion Rock” - an ancient rock fortress located in the Central Province - a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres high.
  • Explore Sigiriya , a fortified city complex, walk through its beautiful gardens and climb up to the summit to see the remains of the palace complex and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding plains. 
  • Visit Negombo, a beach-town near Colombo airport and enjoy the last night of the tour with a relaxed and comfortable stay by the beach. 

Day 7:

  • In the morning, after breakfast, check out and be driven to Colombo International Airport to catch your flight
  • OR carry on to your second and third weeks and volunteer with the Elephants!

Week Two and Three: 


What will I be doing at the conservation project?

There is an urgent need for strategic action designed to mitigate human-elephant conflicts to save the endangered wild elephants of Sri Lanka and enhance the welfare of captive elephants. 

Daily work hours will depend on activities but it will be from early mornings till early evenings.

Some of the activities you’ll be doing include:

  • Gathering information on elephants and other wildlife and tropical ecosystems.
  • Collecting essential environmental and socio-economic data to help develop community-based conservation programs.
  • Participating in discussions with local villagers to help identify practical solutions to human- elephant conflicts.
  • Observing, assessing and documenting human-elephant conflicts. Teaching environmental education to local school children.
  • Building and mending fencing to protect agricultural crops and homes from damage by wild elephants.

   Accommodation:

On the Sri Lanka tour, you’ll stay in a variety of accommodation, including:

  • Sky Lake View Hotel Includes Air-conditioned room (single or shared), dinner & breakfast (next day).
  • Sky Green Resort Includes non-air-conditioned room (single or shared), lunch & breakfast (next day).
  • Ceylon Adventure Eco Lodges Includes non-air-conditioned room (single or shared), dinner & breakfast (next day).
  • Oak-Ray Serene Garden Hotel Includes air-conditioned room (single or shared), dinner & breakfast (next day).
  • Oak-Ray Elephant Lake Hotel Includes air-conditioned room (single or shared), dinner & breakfast (next day).
  • Rani Beach Hotel Includes air-conditioned room (single or shared), dinner & breakfast (next day).

Accommodation info:

  • Group of 4+ Participants: (10% discount)

Optional add-ons:

  • Double room guarantee:  (in case couples or people travelling in pairs want their own double room)
  • Single room upgrade available supplement:

During your volunteering time, you’ll stay at a shared Guesthouse with other volunteers.

Optional extras on the Elephant Project :

  • One yoga class per week
  • Monthly bike tour around Galle Paddy fields
  • Monthly local cooking class

 

Meals:

  • Most of your meals are included in the first week; except on some aspects of the tour, where we will inform you of costs beforehand.
  • All of your meals are included in week two and three.

Dates:

  • 1st Dec 2018
  • 9th February 2019
  • 02 March 2019
  • 23 March 2019
  • 13 April 2019
  • 04 May 2019
  • 15 June 2019
  • 13 July 2019
  • 03 August 2019
  • 24 August 2019
  • 21 September 2019
  • 12 October 2019
  • 09 November 2019
  • 07 December 2019

  • Things to note:

    • Each tour will be done with a minimum of 2 people (and a maximum 16 people) per trip. If we only get one person for a given trip, we can either 1) work with that person to find an alternative project tour for the budget available or 2) cancel the trip and refund the fee. 
    • The standard tour price is based on triple (or double) room occupation depending on number of participants. So, for example, if there are 3 participants on the tour, and if neither pay a supplement, then they will be put in a triple room with a shared bathroom (with their own beds of course). If there are 4 participants, it will be two double rooms.
    • This tour can be done on a standalone basis if desired.
    • The elephants week can be swapped for our Sri Lanka Teaching week instead, or our Sea-Scovery week.

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