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Unique Experiences:

•  Work alongside a local farmers’ co-operative.
•  Trek through the dense forests and picnic at a solitary waterfall.
•  Experience Kandy through the eyes of the locals by staying in their home.
•  Local train ride through the mountains from Colombo to Kandy.

Participants:

Small Group Exploration with Shared Group Experiences – This tour typically departs with more 2 or more people and you should expect to share the experience with up to 8 people.

Trip Length: 5 Day(s) 4 Night(s)
Tour Departure Dates: Every day
Travel Season:

Sri Lanka is a comfortable destination during all times of the year.

Type of Transportation: Car/Train/Tuk-Tuk
Type of Accommodation: Dorm room / shared rooms with fan and common bathroom
Physical Rate: 3/5
Child Policy:

Child Age: We welcome children and families.

Children 0 to 4 years of age travel free of charge and share seat or bed with parents.

Children age 5 and above will be considered as adults and will sleep in a separate bed.

This trip focuses on local community and culture with close encounters with the local people. To avoid culture shock, we recommend this trip for children age 10 and above.

Included in Price:

Meals: 3 breakfast, 2 lunch, 3 dinner.
Accommodation: Shared room with fan and common bathroom
Transport: Private car / van for one-way airport transfer. Train ticket, and local transfer in non-aircon tuk-tuks.
Guide/Driver: Guide during local excursion who speaks basic English.
Others/Activities:
Day 2 - (morning) half-day excursions (visit to waterfall)
Day 2 - (afternoon/evening) Participate in traditional cooking
Day 3 - 3 hour excursion to rice-fields or village school (school visits during school days only)


There is no overall guide on the tour. There may be English-speaking tour guides on the pre-organized day tours (only) according to the itinerary.

Train tickets are made available for sale only thirty days prior to your trip, so we are unable to guarantee availability. If we are unable to procure your ticket, we will make alternate arrangements

Excluded from Price:

•  Entrance tickets / fee at monuments and sights
•  Personal travel insurance (compulsory)
•  Tips to guide and driver
•  Drinks and personal expenses
•  Transfer on last day
•  All other expenses not stated as included in the above

Map

Locations Visited:
Colombo, Kandy
Start City:
Colombo
End City:
Kandy

Itinerary

Day 1: Colombo
On arrival, you’ll be welcomed by a Go Beyond representative and transfer to your Colombo hotel. Check-in at the hotel, refresh yourself with a welcome drink and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Colombo.

Day 2: Authentic train ride through the mountains from Colombo to Kandy.
After breakfast, check-out and depart to Fort Railway station by 07:00 am. Board the train for a ride to Kandy in Sri-Lanka’s “local” class train car. The train winds its way through small villages and stations, admire the village station masters waving their green and red flags and flowers all around. Up through the mountains you’ll venture, past waterfalls and towards the clouds. Upon arrival at Kandy’s station, you’ll be picked up by a friendly tuk-tuk driver and travel to a local homestay. Get comfortable in your new surroundings and gather in the evening for dinner. Overnight stay at local homestay.

Day 3: Kandy: Nature trek to a solitary waterfall and picnic.
You’ll walk through quaint villages on the way to a waterfall about 12 kilometers away. The walk is mostly uphill. If you do not want to hike to the waterfall, you can choose to ride by tuk-tuk (for an additional cost of approximately LKR 250). Although the villagers live modestly, they are very friendly and will gladly invite you into their homes and experience their way of life. During the last kilometer of your hike to the waterfall, you’ll travel through unexplored forest and when you arrive at the waterfall you’ll think you’ve walked onto the set of a classic King Kong movie! We expect no other tourists will share this experience with you, so swim at your ease and enjoy a picnic lunch by the water.

Travel back by tuk-tuk or jeep and enjoy some free to relax in the late afternoon. In the evening, you’ll participate in preparing a traditional meal, which you’ll enjoy later as your dinner! Overnight stay at local homestay.

Day 4: Visit to Kandy Farmers’ Co-operative: 
Next to the community homestays is a large area where independent farmers struggle to cultivate their lands. They have formed a farmers’ co-operative, funded partly by us and partly by the groups who visit us. You too can participate by working side-by-side in the rice fields and vegetable plots with the local farmers!

There are other opportunities to interact with the locals which can be arranged on the spot if you are interested. For example, you can visit a nearby village school to volunteer for a few hours when school is in session.

Day 5: 
Departure after breakfast to Kandy city by bus for the onward journey. Continue on your own.

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