Dear Visitor - Kindly be advised that we have re commenced accepting Volunteers but on a limited scale due to prevailing dry weather in the area. You are welcome to contact us and we will do our best to respond. Thank You for your understanding and we wish you a fantastic holiday in Sri Lanka.
I own and operate a 15 acre estate in the Uva Province of Sri Lanka. The land is located on Colombo / Wellawaya main road 185 KMs away from Colombo in the village of Nikapotha / Beragala. Beragala is a small town famous for it’s natural beauty and scenery.
Since 2009, We have been working towards turning this beautifully located jungle land to a more habitable exclusive holiday location without disturbing it’s character.
We have introduced Tea and Black Pepper. We had to scale down the Dairy due to high cost of manpower and shortage of grass. The jungle is still intact. We have been investing heavily to develop infrastructure and in the process, built adequate and basic facilities essential for comfortable accommodation. We plan to introduce Solar power in order to reduce cost of Electricity.
We welcome guests from all countries but we kindly request that you stay with us for a minimum of 3 days so that we have the time to get to know you and make your stay a great experience for you and for us. This will enable you to visit other tourist locations in the province and also make your stay mutually beneficial. You will have space for a calm and comfortable retreat with breathe-taking views of sunset and sunrise. The jungle is full of birds with a few resident bird species.
Other activities recommended –
Hiking & Trekking
Nature Trails and countryside walking
Photography and Filming
Beragala is centrally located with easy access to many well known tourist hot spots in Sri Lanka.
A few locations are given below for your guidance. Transport could be arranged via a 3rd party service provider.
To Haputale and Railway station – 5 minutes
To Diyatalawa – 20 Minutes
To Bandarawela – 20 minutes
To Ella – 30 minutes
To Horton Plains – 45 Minutes
To Udawalawe National Park – 1 ½ hours
To Arugambay Beach – 2 ½ hours
To Yala National Park Entrance – 2 hours
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
We need help with weeding, planting, tree care, harvesting, composting / landscaping and general property care. If you are willing to attend to typical tasks of maintaining a dairy, that will be of great help. The Dairy is non operational as at present but we are taking care of two 4 legged ladies in their retirement.
We would like to and do our best to limit the number of guest to two (2) at any given time to ensure you enjoy your stay without much disturbance.
Please contact us to check availability within one week of your arrival and or if you are calling from Sri Lanka then 48 hours before you plan to visit us. Accommodation will be strictly on the basis of accommodation for work only.
For inquiries from overseas, it is important that you make your reservations atleast 30 days ahead of your planned visit as we are fully booked most of the time.
Host reserves the right to limit your accommodation or decline your offer due to operational or any other concerns which host feels would impact your stay and will fall short of your expectations.
Host - Your Host does not live on site and the Estate is managed by a caretaker. However the host is contactable 24 x 7 and will meet you during your stay. Please take note of this aspect as this limits your interaction with the local team to some extent due to communication limitations.
Transport - We are about 4 hours away from Colombo by car and about 6 hours by train. We are easily reached by public transport and the main line rail access is approximately 8 km away at Haputale. If you plan to travel to Beragala from Colombo, then we would recommend you seriously consider travel by train which is cheaper and much more fun.
In response to a few inquiries, We recently introduced a pick up from the airport to the estate through a 3rd party service provider. The taxi fare is to be paid by the volunteer.
Meals – A fully equipped kitchen is available. We recommend you keep your meal requirements flexible considering many options available to you, especially if you decide to explore the area during your stay with us. The resident care taker will assist in preparing your meals and do the purchasing if required. The nearest town is approximately 4 KMs away.
Your host will provide you two meals a day (Breakfast and Dinner) free of charge.
It is extremley important that you take note of the typical weather conditions in this part of the island when planning your visit.
Dry - February / March / June / July / August / September / October
Wet / Windy / Tropical Monsoon Rain / Lightning and Thunder in the evenings etc - April / May / November / December / January
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
5 hours per day