Sri Lanka expeditions

Sri Lanka at a glance

Population: 20 million

Terrain: Jungle and coast

Get in touch to find out more about expeditions to Sri Lanka.

Ideas for your students' expedition to Sri Lanka

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Sri Lanka.

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Destination and itinerary planning.

Fundraising ideas and events.

Budgeting and money management.

Preparation, fitness and nutrition.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:


Reconstruct a playground

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.


Knuckles Range

4 days

Get off the beaten track and challenge yourself by trekking Knuckles Range. 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!

4 days

Rest & Relaxation

Explore the cultural capital of Kandy

Kandy is a lovely city to spend a few days in. Make sure you have a leisurely stroll around the beautiful lake and nearby gardens before visiting one of Sri Lanka's most sacred sites - the Temple of Buddha's Tooth. Don't miss the Kandyan Fire Dancers who perform near the temple in the evenings.

In-Country Agent 

Lasanda Ratwatte

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.


Languages spoken: Sinhala, Tamil and English

Time zone: GMT +5:30

Interesting fact: Sri Lanka is the world's largest tea exporter, but tea was only introduced in the country in 1867.



Trek the 'City of Light'

3 x 1 day trek

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.

3 x 1 day trek


Project types

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.

In 2012 we sent

4 teams

to 3 sites in Sri Lanka to help renovate schools and playgrounds to help enrich the lives of the local children.

Rest & Relaxation

White water rafting

All white water rafting has been suspended until further notice. 

Rest & Relaxation

Adam's Peak

1 Day

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!

1 Day

Sri Lanka is home to stunning scenery, from the ancient Buddhist cities in the northern Golden Triangle, to the lush green tea plantations of the central Hill Country and the magnificent southern coastline. Sri Lankans are among the most hospitable people in the world and their food and many varieties of home-grown tea are delicious.
Aysha, our Sri Lanka Expedition Planning Manager

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