This week you will be led by an experienced guide through the Hill Country in the central region of Sri Lanka, famous for its flora and fauna. We will take a trek to Ambuluwawa Hills, visit the Riverstone mountains for a day full of adventure and have an overnight camping trip. You will trek through the lush forests, searching for natural waterfalls to swim in and also visit the popular Sigiriya Rock. We will enjoy a morning hike to Pidurangala to view the stunning and magical sunrise.
Program Duration & Availability
Min duration (weeks):1
Max duration (weeks):1
Aims & Objectives
To explore the central hills region of Sri Lanka on a week of adventure and learning more about the culture.
We take a hike to the Ambuluwawa Peak and admire the lush green valleys all around. At the top of Ambuluwawa hill, you can climb the white giant tower, making you feel you are floating in the sky. At the top of the hill there is also a Buddhist temple, a Hindu temple, and Islamic Mosque.
We then transfer to Ulapane and set up at a camping site near the river Mahaweli. After dinner, we enjoy a bonfire before camping overnight.
Get ready for an adventurous day! You start with a physical training work out and a morning trek through a lovely tea plantation. After a rest following the morning activities, we prepare for water sports and kayaking. You can kayak or take part in water rafting along the beautiful Mahaweli river, which is the longest and the most scenic river in the country. You can also cliff jump and go swimming in the river.
After lunch we will head back to camp for some climbing activities. You can try abseiling, repelling, and wall climbing. You will stay overnight at the camp.
After breakfast, you will go trekking for waterfalls. We embark on a short train ride along one of the most scenic railway routes in the country. Then we trek through the forest to find the beautiful Galabada falls.
After your trek, you will transfer back to Kandy by train.
Today we take another adventure by hiking to Riverstone mountain, set amongst green rolling hills. You will discover a hidden waterfall and a freshwater pool where you can take a swim. You will also visit the cliff called the mini world’s end, providing stunning views.
After the hike you will transfer to Dambulla for an overnight stay.
Today would be another exciting day, as you will complete a morning hike to Pidurangala to see the enchanting sunrise. Pidurangala Rock lies adjacent to Sigiriya Rock, which you will also get the chance to climb. Commonly known as ‘Lion Rock’ this hike will take you up the huge rock, past ancient paintings, old palace ruins and leading to stunning panoramic countryside views.
This program starts every week.
This program starts every week.
Volunteer Criteria & Requirements
Minimum English level: Basic
CRB required: On Signup
Passport copy required: On Signup
Resume copy required: No
Required qualification: None
- Volunteers below the age of 18 should have parental consent.
- Volunteers above the age of 65 should have medical clearance.
Shoes and clothing suitable for hiking
Dry clothes and swimming suits
Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka is a popular tourist destination, known for its tea plantations, sacred temples, spice plantations and cultural dance shows. It’s around 115 km from Colombo and sits at 465 meters above sea level. Famous for the Temple of the Tooth, it has a nickname as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. This bustling market town has a rich cultural diversity and plenty of things to for tourists, from handicraft markets to ancient temples and adventure activities. It also hosts the Kandy Esala Perahera festival each year.
Accommodation & Food
About the Accommodation
You will be accommodated in one of our volunteer houses, which are located 2-4 km away from the centre of Kandy. There is a refrigerator for volunteers to use to store food and beverages.
Available Room Types
|All meals included||Yes *|
|Free beverages||Yes **|
|Persons per room||4-10|
|Wifi in public areas||No|
|Laundry facilities||Yes ***|
* Three meals per day during weekdays and two per day on weekends
** Water, tea, coffee and milk
*** At an additional fee
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals will be a mix of Western and Sri Lankan style food, including mainly vegetarian dishes of rice and vegetables. You can also eat out at any of the local restaurants.
The volunteer house is located 2 kilometres away from the Kandy city centre, where you can find anything you may need.
The closest ATM and supermarket to the accommodation are a 15-minute walk away.
Mandatory Orientation Day
On your first Monday, you will join our orientation day, to get acquainted with your new surroundings, as well as local culture. Your project continues as usual from Tuesday onwards.
- Welcome meeting, introduction to Sri Lanka and the various projects, general/ house rules, code of conduct and organising important documents
- Sinhalese Language Lesson
- Cultural Lesson- learn more about the do’s and don’ts
- Kandy City Tour
Activities & Events
No scheduled activities outside the project.
Sights & Surroundings
Royal Botanical Gardens
The Botanic Gardens are situated around 5. km to the West of Kandy. Once being only for the Kandyan royalty, they are now open to the public to wander around at their leisure. There’s 60 hectares of beautiful garden to explore, where you will see a huge Javan fig tree, pretty orchids and even monkeys!
Knuckles mountain range
This stunning mountain range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and hosts many walking trails. You will find small villages, beautiful waterfalls, numerous native wildlife and rice fields. This is the perfect place for people who love the outdoors and adventurous hiking trails.
Sigiriya (Lion Rock)
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, this ancient rock is situated around 91km North from Kandy and is very popular with tourists, who can climb up to the top for some seriously stunning views. Along the way you will see antient rock carvings and paintings on the walls of this sacred rock. It will take roughly just over an hour to climb up.
Yala National Park
Located on the South coast of Sri Lanka, this stunning park hosts one of the highest leopard densities in the world. Not only that, you can also spot elephants, monkeys, birds, buffalo and more. There are numerous tours in Yala, from day tours to over several days of safari.
Around 91km South of Kandy you can climb to the top of this sacred sight, just as the locals do for pilgrimage. It’s a bit of a trek up in the dark but totally worth it to see the sun coming up over the clouds, mountains and lush forest. You will be greeted by stunning views to reward your efforts!
Hortons Plains National Park
You can trek through this beautiful national park to ‘World’s End’, a 9.5km round loop trail, taking around 3 hours. This is a pretty easy walk, but you will be greeted with amazing views out over the countryside and above the clouds! It’s best to visit here early (before 10am) as the clouds can roll in after that and block the incredible views.
Udawatta Kele Reserve
Situated near the Kandy lake, this nature reserve is complete with monkeys and birds- fantastic for wildlife and nature lovers. Here you will find wooded forests, over 400 species of plants and 70 bird species. You can trek through the forest for a relaxing break away from the city.
Kandy and Nuwara Eliya are both popular places to visit a tea plantation, for a refreshing taste of some of Sri Lanka’s best fresh tea! Not only do they produce great tea, the landscape is stunningly green, with endless hills rolling off into the distance.
From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.