Tea time in the rainforest
 

 
Overall experience (3 reviews)

Overall experience (3 reviews)

"Being in this so quiet and relaxed environment was for us a way to slow down and disconnect from the outside world."  

"Definitely the best trip I have ever taken! The family even started to call us their sister and brother - aka and ayja. ❤ It is the biggest compliment one can get."  Read more reviews

 

COMMUNITY

Very green, rural and idyllic 

LIVELiHOOD

Tea plantations and rice paddies

FAMOUS FOR

Sinharaja rainforest reserve, waterfalls

RELIGION

The village is Buddhist
 

LANGUAGE

Sinhalese and very limited English

TRAVELLERS

Very unlikely to meet other foreigners

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3 nIGHTS IN neluwa VILLAGE

120 EUR (norm. 150€)

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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 (pick and prepare the high quality tea the country is known for)

  • Taking a bath outdoors in a stream

  • Visiting waterfalls in rainforest (park fee of 4 euros to be paid separately)

  • Meeting the savings group

6 nights IN neluwa VILLAGE

200 EUR (norm. 250€)

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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 (pick and prepare the high quality tea the country is known for)

  • Taking a bath outdoors in a stream

  • Visiting waterfalls in rainforest (park fee of 4 euros to be paid separately)

  • Meeting the savings group

  • Going to the buddhist temple nearby

  • Following a lecture in the local school with Anil

  • Visiting a tea factory

DUARA CONTACT: anil

Anil is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Neluwa. He makes sure there is someone to meet you and introduce you to your host family. You can contact Anil in case you have questions before or during your stay.

 

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

There's a good road from Weligama or Matara and it takes only a bit more than an hour from there to Neluwa by a car.

You can take a bus to Neluwa from Galle. The ride is slow and safe, thanks to the tiny roads and old buses. Take your time to enjoy the picturesque journey. If you are not in the mood for a bus ride, you can always get a taxi.

Taxis are also available from Colombo. Ask Anil to organize you a lift. From Colombo it costs about 50€ and takes 2,5 hours.

OTHER things to do near neluwa village

Make a day trip to Sinharaja Forest Reserve and choose your hiking trails. 

 


traveller RATINGS (3 in total):

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traveller REVIEWS

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LAURI, finland
JANUARY 2017

"Didn’t really know what to expect from our first Duara stay. But truly amazing it was. We got accommodated at super nice family and our stay turned to be the one of the most culinary engaging of my whole life. Food was amazing. Our baby girl got taken care of when we were busy with something or when she was just running around the house. Village itself is really verdant. It got some tropical vibe because of all the birds, fruits and trees. I would recommend Neluwa to anyone who want to just kick back and enjoy good food and tea straight from the backyard. When we got back to place more popular among other travellers my first thought was that “actually, why wouldn’t we go back there right now”?"

 
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SONJA & JANIC, FINLAND
JANUARY 2017

"When I think about the experience it brings tears into my eyes. Definitely the best trip I have ever taken! The family even started to call us their sister and brother - aka and ayja. ❤ It is the biggest compliment one can get."

 
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HANNA, FINLAND
DECEMBER 2016

"Neluwa is an extremely beautiful village in the mountains. The houses are sparsely spead out so you really feel like being in a village, not in a suburb. The family was very friendly. Duara's contact person Anil took me to a local tea factory and a water fall, both definitely worth seeing. I also went to swim in a nearby river with a group of kids, which was a great experience. Despite my short stay, I came home with a lot of beautiful memories."

 
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Tony & Laetitia, FRANCE
SEPTEMBER 2016

"In addition of meeting so nice and caring people (especially for our 1 year and half daughter), we also met ourselves. Being in this so quiet and relax environment was for us a way to slow down and disconnect from outside world. Being in this family who live very simply but seems to be happy the ones with the others help us to reconsider the way we live and we consume, and how we interact with other people in our daily life. So, thanks to this family and to the people we met around in the village for letting us watch their life witch in so many points is so very inspiring for us."


THE VILLAGE SAVINGS GROUP

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One share of your payment goes to local savings group. In Neluwa it consists of (mostly) women who save money together in weekly meetings to keep an emergency fund for the community. The capital is spent to help victims of natural disasters, illness or poor luck.