Buddhist quietness in the valley water falls

 
 (3 Reviews, avg. 4,7/5)

(3 Reviews, avg. 4,7/5)

"Nowhere else in Sri Lanka did we have such a unique local experience. We were really part of the family and were able to experience the simple and traditional life in the Sri Lankan countryside."

“One of the surprises was the surrounding landscapes. Simply wonderful, I venture to say the most beautiful we saw in Sri Lanka.”  Read more reviews

 
 

COMMUNITY

Very rural and close to nature
 

LIVELiHOOD

Villagers grow rice and tropical fruit

FAMOUS FOR

Rathna waterfalls and rice terraces

RELIGION

The village is Buddhist 

LANGUAGE

Sinhalese and very limited English

TRAVELLERS

Unlikely to meet other foreigners

see pictures from OUR TRAVELLERS FROM HASALAKA


3 nIGHTS IN hasalaka VILLAGE

150 EUR

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking together with your host family (in Sri Lankan culture hosts do not usually eat with their guests)

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (visiting rice fields and see how it grows, depending on the season)

  • Hiking to the waterfalls and taking a bath

  • Visiting the local temple

  • Meeting the savings group

6 nights IN hasalaka VILLAGE

250 EUR

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking together with your host family (in Sri Lankan culture hosts do not usually eat with their guests)

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (visiting rice fields and see how it grows, depending on the season)

  • Hiking to the waterfalls and taking a bath

  • Visiting the local temple

  • Meeting the savings group

  • Visiting the buddhist Mahiyanagana Raja Maha Vihara temple

  • Visiting the Hasalaka tank or candle island for picnic

DUARA CONTACT: JAyasiri

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Jayasiri is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Hasalaka. He contacts you with further instructions and makes sure you find your way to the village and your host family. You can contact him in case you have questions before or during your stay.

“I am Jayasiri. I have a generous heart and I’m willing to help others in need. I also have an ability to face challenging situations, which is something I learnt from the Seminary as I was doing Philosophy.”

 Are you hesitating to book directly? Salia from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email (in English, French, Spanish and Finnish): salia@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Salia from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email (in English, French, Spanish and Finnish): salia@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

The bus ride to Hasalaka from Kandy takes about 3 hours. By private car or taxi the ride takes 2 hours. The ride from Ella takes about the same time, but there is no direct bus route - you need to change a couple of times. Jayasiri will be happy to help you with the details!

OTHER things to do near hasalaka village

Ask your hosts how to get to Sorabora Wewa, an ancient irrigation reservoir nearby Hasalaka.

The famous view point of Corbet's Gap is located in the mountains 2 hours from Hasalaka, it's worth of a day trip! 

You can also visiting the buddhist Mahiyanagana Raja Maha Vihara temple during your 3 night stay but then you should cover some transportation costs.


TRAVELLER RATINGS (3 REVIEWS)

Communication with the local contact

 Avg. 4,7/5

Avg. 4,7/5

Hospitality of the host family
 

 Av. 5/5

Av. 5/5

Sense of security in the village
 

 Avg. 5/5

Avg. 5/5

Facilities in the home you were staying at

 Avg. 5/5

Avg. 5/5


TRAVELLER REVIEWS

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RICARDO & CAROLINA,
PORTUGAL, AUGUST 2018

“Me and my girlfriend recently stayed in Hasalaka's family house in Sri Lanka. It was all very good experience since we got there until the last day.  

We were treated very well. The family is super friendly, as well as their relatives that lives in the neighborhood. The food was the best we had during the whole trip.

One of the surprises was the surrounding landscapes. Simply wonderful, I venture to say the most beautiful we saw in Sri Lanka.

I believe that this is the sustainable way of tourism. Congratulations once again on your efforts and continue the good work. We hope to make a new trip, with your project again.”

 
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GELLERT, FRANCE,
JULY 2018

“Mon expérience dans le petit village d'Hasalaka a été en un seul mot" incroyable". Malgré mon jeune âge et la barrière de la langue ( que nous avons très vite dépassée) je ne me suis sentie à aucun instant seul ou mal à l'aise .Je me souviendrais tout particulièrement de la gentillesse des membres de ma famille qui ont veillé sans relâche à mon bien-être quotidien, aux sourires de ces villageois qui m'ont chacun leur tour invité avec fierté chez eux pour partager un moment autour d'une tasse de thé. Des copieux et délicieux repas préparés avec soin .De cette première douche en extérieur entourée de la nature et des vaches . De ces enfants curieux et bienveillants avec qui j'ai eu la chance de me promener, de jouer ...

De cette journée ou ma famille m'a fait visiter en "tuk tuk" la ville alentour, son temple, son marché typique . Mais surtout je n'oublierais pas le courage et le bonheur de ces hommes vivant en toute simplicité . Cette semaine m'a fait prendre conscience du confort et de la chance de notre mode de vie occidentalisé. Mais surtout m'a fait rencontrer des personnes magnifiques avec qui j'ai pu créer des liens forts et avec lesquelles je compte rester en contact . J e recommande à tous cette expérience des plus enrichissante loin des sentiers touristiques.”

 
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MARTIJN,
THE NETHERLANDS,
MAY 2018

"The location and the people where wonderful. It was an fantastic experience!"

 
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MARIEKE & MAAIKE,
THE NETHERLANDS, FEBRUARY 2018 

 

"This was really a highlight of our trip! Nowhere else in Sri Lanka did we have such a unique local experience. We were really part of the family and were able to experience the simple and traditional life in the Sri Lankan countryside."