Learn to milk a cow and play Corona with locals

 
Overall experience (1 review)

Overall experience (1 review)

"We started to feel like part of the family since the day two and it was really hard to leave this place. We got the most heartwarming welcome and company during our stay. Father, Silvester didn’t speak english at all, but that didn’t stop us joking and laughing. He even taught me how to climb in coconut tree! "  Read more reviews

 

COMMUNITY

Very rural farmer village
 

LIVELYHOOD

Cattle, rice, chili and other produce

FAMOUS FOR

Pilgrimage hill & Ritigala Mountain
 

RELIGION

The village is mostly Christian 

LANGUAGE

Sinhalese and very limited English

TRAVELLERS

Very unlikely to meet other foreigners

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3 nIGHTS IN alagollewa 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 and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (milking cows or helping in the rice fields or chili plantation, depending on season)

  • Hiking to the pilgrimage hill

  • Playing Corona or Volley ball with locals or going for a swim in the lake (depending on season)

  • Meeting the savings group

6 nights IN alagollewa 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 and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (milking cows or helping in the rice fields or chili plantation, depending on season)

  • Hiking to the pilgrimage hill

  • Playing Corona or Volley ball with locals or going for a swim in the lake (depending on season)

  • Meeting the savings group

  • Going for a picnic by the Huruluwewa lake

  • A clay pot workshop in the pottery village

  • Visit the church on Sunday with locals

DUARA CONTACT: JAYASIRI

Jayasiri is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Alagollewa. He makes sure there is someone to meet you and introduce you to your host family. You can contact Jayasiri 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? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

Alagollewa is located between Dambulla and Anuradhapura. By car it takes about 45 minutes from each of those destinations.

If you’re coming from Kandy or Dambulla by bus, take a bus towards Anuradhapura and get off at Kekirawa town that is 15km away from Alagollawa. Also the train going to the east coast stops there. From there continue on a bus to Alagollewa (direction Galenbidunuwewa). There are three buses per day.

The bus ride from Colombo takes about five hours. Hop on a bus towards Anuradhapura (via Dambulla) and get off at Kekirawa. From there continue to Galenbidunuwewa to reach Alagollewa.

 

OTHER things to do near alagollewa village

Visit the ruins of the ancient city in Ritigala mountain and spot monkeys. You might even see wild elephants on the way there.

Get yourself a new haircut at the local barber.

Have a walk to the modern forest monastery and see the caves where monks used to live back in the days. Don't expect any decorations or ceremonies though, the place is very simple and ascetic.

 

 


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traveller REVIEWS

LAURI & HIS FAMILY,
FINLAND
FEBRUARY 2017

"This was my second Duara stay and I almost have no words to describe it. We spent four nights there, me, my wife and our baby girl. But as time slows down when you are on the countryside without internet and the other attractions it felt like a week or two. And still, we would have wanted to stay longer.

So what can I say. We started to feel like part of the family since the day two and it was really hard to leave this place. We got the most heartwarming welcome and company during our stay. Father, Silvester didn’t speak english at all, but that didn’t stop us joking and laughing. He even taught me how to climb in coconut tree!

Village itself is really beautiful and kind of dreamy place but you won’t get bored there even if you do not want just to relax and drink tea. Just pick up activity you prefer: go fishing or swimming or hike on some mountain for the view or invite yourself to play volleyball with locals.

We’re all missing those truly heartwarming people and definitely planning to go back there, if not sooner then later. I have been thinking that expression “life changing experience” is just some pretty words, but actually, maybe that’s the way I could describe our stay!"

 

" The best thing of the visit was to experience humanity of all the people have world wide. We learned ways to understand and help each other.

With the future savings we will complete the rest of the work of our house."

THE HOST FAMILY FOR LAURI AND HIS FAMILY


THE VILLAGE SAVINGS GROUP

One share of your payment goes to a local savings group. In Alagollewa there are three savings groups sharing the received funds. One group consists of elders of the village spending capital to buy seeds for plants they sell forward. The two other groups consist of women giving out micro-loans to each other for self-employment.