Trip Leader: Mr Clayton Heggie
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Arrival day. Welcome to Sri Lanka! On arrival at Colombo Airport we head to nearby Negombo. This old fishing town is a great place to meet our guides for the week, and have an introduction to the culture, language and history of Sri Lanka.
Depending on arrival time we will have chance for a walk around with our guides, and enjoy a beautiful Sri Lankan dinner.
We head East this morning to the stunning jungle region of Kitulgala. On arrival we break into teams for our introduction to rafting and the region.
Will your team win the sprint, or are you more likely to excel in the fire drill challenge? We use games and challenges to learn important rafting techniques before we hit the rapids tomorrow.
Overnight we set up camp and tell stories round the campfire.
We take to the river today in rafts, paddling down the river through the stunning lush jungle. We see the local wildlife along the way – keep your eyes out for elephants travelling down the elephant corridor, and negotiate the rapids with your crew – as well as the obligatory river bathing stops where we all jump in.
We also negotiate the river without rafts, as we enjoy the high adrenaline activity of canyoning. We jump, bodyslide, swim and clamber our way down the river.
In the evening after an active day we relax with an introduction to yoga.
It is time to get active again this morning as we abseil down a waterfall. Are you brave enough to lean back and enjoy the ride as the water powers around you?
We also hike through tea and rubber plantations to discover a 35,000 year old cave.
After a busy few days we say goodbye to this stunning region, and head south to Embilpitiya.
Starting the day in Udawalawe National Park, we have time for a stunning drive to see the wildlife in the park. We learn about the incredible intelligence of elephants as we see them interacting and going about their day, and keep your eyes peeled for leopards and other animals too.
We also visit the fantastic elephant transit home, where orphaned elephants are fed and raised in safety. We then drive down to Unawatuna where we arrive in time for some beach games in this little area of paradise. We enjoy learning cricket. We find out how to play cricket from the Sri Lankans who treat it almost as a religion, and have the chance to run around as we learn this complex and exciting game.
This morning we have our first surf lesson on the beautiful Sri Lankan coast before we relax amongst the coconut trees in this sleepy little paradise. We aim to have everyone standing up on the board by the end of the lesson.
In the afternoon we visit the turtle rescue centre to learn about the plight of the sea turtle, and see the new babies who have just been hatched. The centre rescues eggs from the black market and hatches them to release the turtles into the sea. Be prepared to get wet as we offer to help with jobs around the centre, which may include cleaning the tanks, washing the turtles, or perhaps even releasing baby turtles into the sea.
We start today with our second surf lesson, developing the skills we learned the previous day. The more adventurous may be ready to head “out back” into the larger waves, or perhaps you want to stay in the breakers and perfect your technique first. Either way fun and adventure are guaranteed.
In the afternoon we enjoy a bike ride through the villages around Unawatuna. Keep your eyes peeled for families going about their daily life, and some new sights including a coconut factory.
In the evening we have a cookery class, where we learn how to make some delicious Sri Lankan dishes.
This morning we see the uniquely Sri Lankan sight of the stilt fishermen going about their business using techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. We speak to the fishermen and learn about their skills.
We then stop in Galle for a wander around the famous fort, and enjoy a stop for ice cream by the water.
After an amazing week we head back up to Colombo for our departure.