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Wildcrafted Traveller

Sri Lanka

Ridge to Reef by Foot and Fin

Absorb Local life while discovering coastal and inland natural wonders. Let the surf take you for a ride on the pristine beach breaks.
From: £1795
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Key Activities Include:
  • Lagoon mangrove planting, beach clean ups and women's business aid

  • UNESCO National Park hiking

  • Surfing lesson and board hire

  • Blue whale watching

  • Hand-chosen homestays and lodges throughout

We are extremely excited to launch our new WFTO excursion alongside our local partners in Sri Lanka. We will have testimonials soon after January 2018
Founder, Kirsty Barnby June 1, 2017
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Where we will take you

Route Map

Landmarks Visited On This Trip
Brief Itinerary
  • Week One: Located near the beach you'll spend half days on a womens project and the rest doing a combination of local tours.
  • Week Two: Located in a nature reserve you'll concentrate on environmental programes including teaching and mangroving.
  • Week Three: A week of touring. Inland hiking and rainforest and cloud forest research and photography trips.
  • Week Four: Enjoy a well earned yoga and surfing break. Lots of day trips included.
Taste Of The Island

Sri Lanka is a food lovers haven. You will taste some of the freshest dishes and colourful cuisine on the planet! This will include:

- Fresh Sri Lankan vegetarian and seafood based curries
- Dhal curry (lentil curry) is the most basic and common of Sri Lankan curries, this staple dish consists primarily of lentils, tomato paste, cumin, and other spices.

- Locally made traditional "rotties" (similar to pancakes with different ingredients inside)
- Also "Hoppers" - Sri Lanka’s bowl-shaped answer to the pancake, made from a coconut milk batter and filled with whatever your heart desires!

- Sri Lankan smoothies, known as "lassies"
- Eggplant moju (eggplant pickle)
- Kale mallung (kale and coconut salad)
- Kottu, also known as Kothu is a Sri Lankan dish made from rotti and vegetables, egg and/or meat, and spices.
- Samosas
- Fresh seafood

You will also eat some western dishes on your trip. All food is generally not spicy and portions are big!

Prices And Availability
  • Start Date
  • 08/11/2024
  • 06/12/2024
  • 03/01/2025
  • 07/02/2025
  • 07/03/2025
  • 04/04/2025
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  • Hiking the most sacred mountain in Sri Lanka to see the sunrise, Adams Peak
  • Blue whale watching
  • Day trip to Sinharaja rainforest, Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Day trip to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle Forte
  • Two Surf lessons with Batu or Ama
  • Five days of board hire
  • Reef snorkelling to Hikkaduwa to learn about coral gardening
  • Snorkel with turtles
  • Traditional Sri Lankan curry cooking lesson
  • Five days of mangrove planting in a nature reserve
  • Two Yoga lessons (three more available at extra cost)
  • Lagoon based cinnamon farm day trip
  • Traditional fishing by local, lagoon kayak
  • Hike Horton Plains cloud forest
  • Beach clean ups
  • Hold a marine conservation workshop at a local primary school (optional)
  • One week of beach side relaxation in local village homestays
  • Locally cooked beach BBQ
  • Coastal walk and talk about the impact of climate change
  • Airport transfers if arrival in groups
  • Three hearty meals per day
  • All tuition and guides on the volunteering project
  • Domestic travel with Sadish by tuktuk and Danush by car
  • Hand chosen, authentic Sri Lankan homestays and lodges
  • General liability insurance
  • International airfare - between £380-600
  • Snacks
  • Vaccinations
  • If not arriving on the arrival or departure date, airport transfers
  • Visas (circa £30)
  • Additional Yoga lessons
  • Additional Surf lessons
  • Day trip to historical Galle
Accommodation Details

All our homestays are hand chose by the founder of Island Spirit. Most rooms are comfortable, private doubles unless you request otherwise.

We have chosen a colourful mix of different accommodation to give you a feel for what Sri Lanka is all about. Briefly you will stay.

  • One surf lesson with Ama and his team on Welligama beach, suitable for all levels, a super fun day in the warm Sri Lankan waves.
  • Daily surf board hire is available. If you have time and want to practise surfing, board hire is included.
  • One yoga lesson with talented local teacher in his newly built Yoga Shala on a hill overlooking Mirissa
  • Kayaking - Half a day spent exploring a calm Sri Lankan lagoon. Be at one with nature!
  • Cycling - Guided by local resident, you will live like a local and cycle along the peaceful country lanes around Weligama
Detailed Itinerary

Week 1 & 2 – Discover the local, coastal areas along with Hikkaduwa’s affected reefs. Mangrove planting, beach clean ups, coastal walks, whale watching and swimming with turtles.

Week 3 – inland hiking and photography trips.

Week 4 – Relaxing holiday! Take part in a surf lesson with local surf experts, enjoy a yoga lesson in Mirissa, snorkel the warm Sri Lankan waters, kayak in a lagoon and spend your well-earnt time sunbathing on paradise beaches.

Helpful Information


Return flights have been found at £393 (€456) via KLM, £456 (€530) pays for a direct route from London Heathrow with Sri Lankan Airways.


£200 | €250 – we will help you along the way to donate much needed funds which go towards the project equipment, logistics and a training program.

Fair Trade

By just travelling with Island Spirit you are already helping generate fair income for these tiny outer island villages. For example, each homestay host will receive a fair-trade price for their accommodation with three home-cooked meals. Other similar organisations don’t have to pay a fair wage.An example of how the smaller details go a long way.

Suggested Subjects

Students studying subjects such as tourism, photography, geography, business, entrepreneurship, biology, marine biology, anthropology, international development.