Sri Lanka is an island off the southern tip of India. Geographers have compared its outline to a teardrop falling from the tip of India or to the shape of a pearl.

Many schools in Sri Lanka have extremely basic facilities and there is plenty of scope for World Challenge teams to really make a difference to schools and communities during their Sri Lanka expedition. Projects in Sri Lanka will give teams the opportunity to make a contribution to projects in a wide range of schools in the hill country around Kandy. With a huge variety of landscapes ranging from wildlife-rich lowland jungles to hilly areas in the centre of the island swathed in tea plantations, it also offers some great trekking options.

Sri Lanka’s population are largely Buddhist Sinhalese with 18% Hindu Tamils. The main language is Sinhala. However, in more touristy areas, much English is spoken. A school trip to Sri Lanka will take you to a culturally rich destination where colourful religious festivals occur virtually all year round.


Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your Sri Lanka expedition:


Trek the ‘City of Light’

Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lanka’s highest town (1,868m above sea level). It is surrounded by lush green tea plantations and forest, and provides endless opportunities for exploring the local countryside. One of the most popular treks is the 10km trail leading to the famous World’s End Viewpoint located within the Horton Plains National Park.

Community Projects

Making a difference

In previous years, teams have renovated school classrooms, painted a boys’ dormitory at a school for deaf and blind children and constructed children’s playgrounds. All of the projects World Challenge organises always have the community’s best interests at heart.

Sri Lanka Project Case Study –

Glenanore Tamil School

World Challenge started working with the Glenanore Tamil School in 2012 when two teams were sent to help fence the playground and repair the broken equipment, set up new playground apparatus and help establish a safer working environment for the children.

Last year, World Challenge sent 4 teams to 3 sites in Sri Lanka to help renovate schools and playgrounds to help enrich the lives of the local children.


There are many short trek options in Sri Lanka. Horton’s Plains and World’s End will give you views over an otherworldly landscape, whilst Adam’s Peak is a great challenge to work up to.

If you’re feeling really energetic, then tackling the Knuckles Range is another great option. Camp overnight in tents and cook your evening meal on camping stoves. Local guides know a lot about the local area, so be sure you ask them lots of questions!

Rest & Relaxation

Depending on where teams have spent their project phase, the R & R phase may be best focused along the coast enjoying some of the white sandy beaches, white water rafting, or in the hill country. Options include visiting Kandy and the temple housing Buddha’s tooth, or visiting tea plantations.

White Water Rafting

Increase the adrenaline and go on a rafting adventure on one of Sri Lanka’s biggest rivers, the Kelani Ganga.

Adam’s Peak

Adam’s Peak is 2,243m high and has been a point of pilgrimage and worship for thousands of years. There are 5,200 steps to climb!


Sri Lanka Expedition Factfile

  • Sri Lanka, south of India, Central Asia..
  • Population: 20 Million.
  • Languages spoken: Sinhala, Tamil and English.
  • Time zone: GMT +5:30
  • Terrain: Jungle and coast.
  • When can I travel there?: All year around.
  • Climate: Sri Lanka’s tropical climate generally offers warmth and sunshine throughout the year. In Colombo and the west coast, noon temperatures range between 28°-32°C and peak in April before the monsoon rains. Daytime temperatures average about 10°C cooler in the hill country. The south-west monsoon (Yala) brings most rain to Colombo, the south, and west coasts during May/June. The north-east monsoon (Maha) affects the far north and east between December and February. In this dry zone, the monsoon makes up the vast majority of its rain for the year.
  • Expedition Physical Rating: Low to moderate.
  • Expedition Duration: 21 to 28 days.
  • Culture Shock: High.
  • Typical accommodation: Tents and hostels.
  • Ideal for: Teams looking to give something back to the community.

Things to Know

  • Sri Lanka is the world’s largest tea exporter, but tea was only introduced in the country in 1867.
  • Tea really does taste better in Sri Lanka!
  • Sri Lanka hosts an impressive 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Sri Lanka was the first country in the world to have a democratically elected head of state who was a woman.
  • Sri Lanka is often known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

In-Country Agent

Lasanda Ratwatte is the World Challenge In-Country Agent for Sri Lanka. She is incredibly passionate about helping those less fortunate than herself and really enjoys the process of setting up new projects.


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call 1300 728 568.


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Rest & Relaxation


Every World Challenge starts long before your students step on a plane. With our support, develop life skills and take ownership of:

  • Destination and itinerary planning
  • Fundraising ideas and events
  • Budgeting and money management
  • Preparation, fitness and nutrition
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