Learn to milk a cow and play Corona with locals

 
 Overall experience (3 reviews)

Overall experience (3 reviews)

"We started to feel like part of the family since the day two and it was really hard to leave this place. 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!" 

"It was a deep experience, to reconnect with a slow life, linked to the Nature, the meaning of work. It sure changed our way of seeing our life here, and it questioned our own way of life.  Read more reviews

 

COMMUNITY

Very rural farmer village
 

LIVELiHOOD

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

No other foreigners around

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

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

  • 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

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Jayasiri is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Alagollewa. He contacts you with further instructions and makes sure you find your way to the village and 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? Annika from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: annika@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Annika from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: annika@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.

 

 


traveller RATINGS (3 REVIEWS):

Communication with the local contact:

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Hospitality of the host family:
 

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Sense of the security in the village:

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traveller REVIEWS

 
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FRANCE AND HER FAMILY, CANADA, JANUARY 2018

 Overall stay

Overall stay

"Nous avons séjourné une semaine en famille au village d’Alagollewa avec nos deux enfants de 4 ans et 9 mois. Cette semaine fut en plusieurs points mémorable. Nous en retenons particulièrement une gentillesse et une douceur extraordinaire de nos hôtes malgré leur timidité qui parfois fut un frein a certains contacts.

Tout d’abord l’arrivée fut un petit choc. Nous avions réservé le séjour sans trop se renseigner sur l’endroit, de toute façon, le village est si petit qu’il y a peu d’infos disponibles sur le net. Minimaliste est le mot décrivant le mieux l’endroit. Toute petite habitation sur le ciment, pas d’eau courante, toilettes et douches a l’extérieur, cuisine sur le feu. Nous sommes loin du confort de notre quotidien. Le peu de connaissance de l’anglais de notre famille nous a aussi inquiété au début, les parents et la petite sœur ne le parlent pas du tout et la grande sœur se débrouille un peu. Sincèrement, nous nous sommes demandé un peu dans quelle galère on s’était embarqués.

Passé les premières heures et les malaises du début, nous avons réussi a prendre nos aises et vivre pleinement notre séjour. Merci a notre petite Billie grâce a qui le contact a été plus naturel. Le temps s’est arrêté pendant une semaine, pas de contacts avec l’extérieur, tranquillité du village, sourires jeux avec les enfants. Nous en retenons beaucoup de positif. Nous avons accepté toutes les offres d’activités proposées par la famille et ne le regrettons pas. A chaque jour une activité avait lieu et c’était parfait avec les enfants. Nous étions toujours de retour pour le repas du midi et faire dormir les enfants en après-midi, idéal pour se reposer, plonger dans des lecture et découvrir les environs.

En vrac, plusieurs éléments de notre voyage sont a souligner, dont ceux-ci : Les moments passés en cuisine avec notre maman d’accueil furent marquants. Ce qu’ils peuvent cuisiner avec les moyens et les installations est tout simplement phénoménal. Nous retenons particulièrement les croustilles frites dans l’huile sur le feu, faites a base de riz transformé en farine au mortier. Nous avons des leçons a recevoir, nous occidentaux sur l’utilisation des ingrédients de base, avec lesquels on peut cuisiner tellement de plats savoureux (parfois un peut trop épicé pour notre Clovis de 4 ans, disons-le!) Les douches et les bains en plein air avec pour compagnons les poules, les coqs les vaches sur le terrain. Nous avons eu le sentiment de vivre en harmonie avec la nature et ça nous a fait un bien fou.

La beauté des environs, les champs de riz, les montagnes, les cours d’eau. Le son du balai sur le sable de notre terrain, signe du réveil de la maisonnée, du début de la journée, son si caractéristique du Sri Lanka. Les enfants des environs qui passaient régulièrement faire leur tour, jouer avec Clovis ou avec nous de façon toute simple.

Nous conseillons ce séjour si vous souhaitez sortir du parcours typique du touriste. Le Sri Lanka est un pays plutôt balisé, la plupart des voyageurs font plus ou moins le même itinéraire, Nous sommes très heureux d’avoir vu autre chose et en conserverons un souvenir mémorable. Nous tenons tout de même à mentionner que le peu d’anglais parlé par la famille et leur timidité ont été des obstacles importants aux liens que nous avons pu développer avec eux. Sans notre bébé de 10 mois, ces liens auraient été encore plus minces." 


 
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Mélanie, her family & her friend's FAMILY
France, October 2017

 Overall stay

Overall stay

"It was amazing and a real revelation, this way of spending time with local people by sharing their way of life, learning their culture and beliefs, we fit in easily thanks to our host family, they were kind and really thoughtful. Always eager to share, and discuss even with only basics English, luckily no need to speak the same language to understand each other.

It was a deep experience, to reconnect with a slow life, linked to the Nature, the meaning of work. We had the feeling to be part of a community, a feeling that we don’t really have in our occidental country, in which we live separate lives, apart from each other. So it was a real revelation for us, and the we touch something really profund, true, and real, with a lot of sense. We have the feeling that we were able to bond with the people here, despite the different culture, and we were really sad when it was already the time to leave.

We chose to travel with our children from 4 months to 6 years old, and they also had a great time in the village. My baby was feeling really well, with a lot of care from everyone. Children were playing, laughing, drawing. They were really well adjusted to this way of life. We cherish these moments in our heart. It sure changed our way of seeing our life here, and it questioned our own way of life. We enjoyed so much that as soon as we left, we were looking other village for next time :-) We cherish these moments in our heart.


 

LAURI & HIS FAMILY,
FINLAND
FEBRUARY 2017

 Overall stay

Overall stay

"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.