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School Trip to Sri Lanka

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A school trip to Sri Lanka is an educational experience your students will never forget!

Sri Lanka is an incredibly diverse island which lies in the Indian Ocean. Its rich culture has been influenced by the various different religions, ethnicities and languages prevalent on the island.

This spectacular country has a documented history spanning three millennia and harbours evidence of human settlement from even further back in time. This history has combined with the diversity of the people living here to create one of the world’s richest cultures. There are no less than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites to explore here, including the breathtaking Sigiriya rock fortress, which is believed to be one of the oldest examples of ancient urban planning in the world.

Suggested Itinerary (Based on 10 days/8 nights)

Horton Plains National Park

Visit Horton Plains National Park!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Horton Plains National Park is in Sri Lanka’s central highlands. Covered by montane grassland and cloud forest, the park is famed for its biodiversity and cool, wet climate.

It’s also famous for the spectacular World’s End. This is where the plateau comes to an abrupt end, with the escarpment suddenly plunging 880m.

There’s a wide variety of wildlife to see in the park, from monkeys to mongooses, sambar deer and leopards. And the park is even home to its own species of slender loris!

Did you know?

Horton Plains National Park is the perfect place in which to talk about man’s impact on the environment around him. This is the only national park in Sri Lanka which isn’t home to a herd of elephants, because the resident population was hunted to extinction by British colonialists.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Visit Sigiriya!

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sigiriya is an iconic symbol of Sri Lanka and an incredible example of ancient urban planning.

As far back as the 3rd century BCE, the rock was used as a Buddhist monastery. Then, in the late 5th century CE, King Kasyapa selected the site for his new royal residence.

Despite sitting on a huge rock 200m high, the complex boasts some incredible landscaped gardens, consisting of water gardens, cave and boulder gardens and terraced gardens. And there’s a complex hydraulic system to water them which include fountains that may well be some of the oldest in the world.

 

Did you know?

Sigiriya gets its name from the huge stone lion that formed the entrance to the complex. Sigiriya comes from the word Sihagri, which means Lion Rock. You can still see the lion’s feet today, although sadly the rest has been destroyed over time.

Kandy City Tour, Sri Lanka

Take a tour of Kandy!

The last capital of the ancient kings’ era and home to the Temple of the Tooth, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this tour will teach your students more about Sri Lankan history and culture.

Thanks to its location in Sri Lanka’s mountainous Central Province, Kandy remained fiercely independent after much of the rest of the country had fallen to European colonialists. Resisting the Dutch and then Portuguese colonists from the 16th century, Kandy only fell to the British in the 19th century. This allowed the city to preserve its unique culture and traditions. 

A highlight of the tour is a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - one of the holiest shrines for Sri Lankan Buddhists, who believe they must visit at least once in their lifetimes.

Did you know?

The tooth of the aforementioned Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic is said to be that of Gautama Buddha, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded. The tooth was retrieved from his funeral pyre by a disciple and eventually made its way to Sri Lanka.

Day 1

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Overnight flight to Sri Lanka

Day 2

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Group to be met on arrival and transferred to hotel

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Visit to Muthurajawela Marsh Land

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Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 3

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After breakfast, depart for Sigiraya

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Visit the palace complex

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Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 4

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After breakfast transfer to Kandy

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Visit the temples of Kandy

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Enjoy a cultural dance performance

Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 5

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Visit to Tea Factory

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Visit to Nuwara Eliya to see the waterfalls and the city

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Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 6

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Depart for Horton Plains National Park

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Continue to Udawalawe via Ella

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Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 7

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Visit Thanamlwila village and spend time at the local school, where you can interact with the students in some lessons

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Learn about the local agricultural economy with a tuk-tuk ride and canoeing on the lake

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Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 8

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Early morning jeep safari in Yala National Park

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Continue to Ussangoda via Galle Dutch Fort

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Evening meal at local restaurant or accommodation

Day 9

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Transfer from Galle to Colombo

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Colombo city tour

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Farewell dinner at local restaurant or accommodation

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Return flight to the UK

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Educational activities and visits

Degaldoruwa Cave Temple

Degaldoruwa Cave Temple

Built in 1771 by King Rajadi Rajasinha, the Degaldoruwa Cave Temple is located in the… Read more

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park

Horton Plains National Park, a World Heritage Site perched on the southern edge of the Cen… Read more

Kandy City Tour

Kandy City Tour

Former capital of the kings of Sri Lanka, make sure you see all the treasures of Kandy wi… Read more

Muthurajawela the Swamp of Royal Treasure

Muthurajawela the Swamp of Royal Treasure

Estimated to be around 7,000 years old, Muthurajawela is a large swamp in southern Negombo… Read more

Sigiraya

Sigiraya

The most visited historic site in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya, or Lion Rock, has been listed as a… Read more

Yala National Park

Yala National Park

Famous for the diversity of wildlife living there, Yala National Park, on the coun… Read more

Accommodation

Camelot Beach
Galway Forest Lodge
Grand Udawalawe
Kassapa Lions Rock
Paradise Beach
Camelot Beach

The Camelot Beach Hotel is in the former fishing village of Negombo, on Sri Lanka's western coast. Once an important trading post for the Dutch and Portuguese, the influence of the former is still prevalent in the city's architecture.

The hotel is right on the beach, with many of its 83 guest bedrooms offering a private balcony or terrace overlooking the ocean. All rooms benefit from air-conditioning and Wi-Fi is available in the lobby area. There are also two swimming pools, as well as a children's pool for younger kids.

Galway Forest Lodge

Galway Forest Lodge is located just 1.5km from the town of Nuwara Eliya, overlooking the Galway Forest Reserve which offers outstanding natural beauty.

The hotel offers 52 comfortable rooms, all of which benefit from an en-suite bathroom with shower. The main restaurant offers panoramic views of the lake and serves international dishes, as well as Sri Lankan specialities.

Grand Udawalawe

This 4* safari resort is 500m from an elephant orphanage and just 5 minutes' drive from Uda Walawe National Park and offers elegant accommodation.

The 53 guest rooms are all air-conditioned, with en-suite bathrooms. There is a lovely restaurant which serves both local and international dishes, as well as a fully-equipped gym. There is also a spectacular pool at the centre of the complex.

Kassapa Lions Rock

Stay at the Kassapa Lions Rock

Paradise Beach

Stay at the Paradise Beach

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