Tour of Sri Lanka – July 2011

This trip is now sold out. Thank you for your interest! To be added to the waiting list in case of a cancellation, please email Adam Stone via the Contact page.

Join our travel group as we explore Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Famous for its beautiful jungles and beaches, its austere Buddhist temples and monuments to ancient kings, the island has had many names in the past: Serendib (from which the word serendipity is derived), Ceilão, Lankadweepa, Pa-Outchow, Taprobane, and Ceylon. The New York Times has called Sri Lanka the #1 place in the world to visit in 2010!

Your tour will be led by two Deaf Sri Lankans and Adam Stone, a former volunteer teacher in Sri Lanka. The tour will be conducted in both American Sign Language and Sri Lankan Sign Language. To learn more about why I’m doing this, read the Tour Vision.

Highlights

Trip highlights will include the following:

  • Visit Sri Lanka’s famous Buddhist temples, statues, and ruins in Kandy, Polonnaruwa, and Dambulla
  • Ascend the ancient rock fortress of Sigirya, also known as “the 8th Wonder of the World”
  • Learn about Sri Lankan Sign Language and meet deaf people working in various professions
  • Plan and conduct an all-day arts & crafts and sign language workshop for deaf children at Rohana Special School. You will design the workshops and activities, purchase inexpensive supplies, and have a great time with the students.
  • Purchase exquisite devil masks and Sinhalese art in Galle and Colombo
  • Meet pachyderm families at the world-famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Ooh and ahh at the picture-perfect floral landscaping at Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
  • Luxuriate for days at Unawatuna – voted the world’s best beach by Discovery Channel
  • Taste the fiery rice and curry dishes and wash it down with a cup of Ceylon milk tea
  • Stay in luxurious four- and five-star hotels in Colombo, Dambulla, Kandy, and Weligama

Dates

July 13-26, 2011

Price

$2,400.00

Activity Level

Parts of the tour can be physically demanding with two sites involving long periods of climbing uphill and downhill uneven steps. You will be seated for long periods in the minibus as we transverse the country. Therefore, this tour is not recommended for older persons or senior citizens. All travelers need to be in good health and physical condition. You should also like spicy food! If you are not sure, please contact us.

Pre-Trip Preparation

When you register, you’ll get weekly e-mails with tidbits about Sri Lanka and selected posts from the Found in Ceylon blog. By the time you depart, you’ll have learned a lot about what it’s like to live in Sri Lanka and the challenges Deaf people face there! A pre-trip preparation guide (what to bring, basic information, etc.) will also be distributed.

More Information

Please download the Trip Itinerary and the Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions or need more information, email Adam Stone via the Contact page.

Tour Reservation

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