Home stay opens doors to experience day to day lives of the locals in the comfort of their own homes. Most visitors break time between visiting sites of natural importance to helping children at school or involving with women’s group activities while on holiday.
The north of SL is predominantly headed by single women or parent; later being the collateral damage of war; thus such income generated form home stays or tours guided by locals is a huge plus to their struggling economy.
Basic but comfortable family home, equipped with toilet and water bucket shower. Cold shower. Sleeping is in communal room or private room (depend of availability) with mattresses on the floor with full bedding. Abode hibernation is designed to accommodate either couple or family and equipped with self containing kitchenette, living area and a sleeping area that can be converted to lounge. The pavilion style structure mirrors people of north, where lose furniture is minimal but richly replaced by rugs, mats, bolster pillows and low raised benches.
You cannot find more authentic & delicious local food - vegetarians and special diets catered for.
Facilities & Services
Total immersion into a Tamil village & family accommodation.
You will be accompanied by your host throughout the entire duration of your visit, supported by other members of the community who partake in the tourism project/venture.
Day 1 (L-D)
Pick point will be either Anuradhapura or Puttalam. The drive time is much longer to the Island therefore visitors should be ready at above locations by 9.AM. En-route we will be visiting ancient Pearl fishery port of Marrichkudai and Arrippu or if the fair weather road through Wilpattu National Park is accessible from the bottom end to the top of park skirting the Dutch and Portugal Bays. We will arrive in Mannar Island around 4ish in the evening for a quick pit stop to refuel ourselves and head out to home stay another 30 km away. After arriving at home stay (Talaimannar majority of clients will be accommodated in local house where alternative ccommodation will be sought based on availability) we will be met by local hosts and shown to our accommodations and house rules etc. Head out for a dip in the Indian Ocean with few cold beers. Overnight will be at home stay; a group dinner in one of the homes with local dignitaries to throw bit of light on Mannar past.
Day 2 (B-L-D)
After your breakfast with your host family, we will depart for Island hopping. You will get to experience stunning sceneries each ways of Sufi temple, Adams’ bridge, toddy trails etc. Its day filled with activities with specifics to lesser degree. Those with a knack for fishing or go swimming in off shore bar reef, let us know on the day of your reservation, we will arrange it for you with prior arrangements with natives.
Day 3 (B-L-D)
Today, you will head out to mainland Mannar to explore holy Madu Church middle of Wani jungle, you will then jump into your bike and will ride into the vicinity of giant tank sanctuary. We will then get back to Mannar town and we will hit the streets on back of bikes passing by The Dutch fort, Palamuni fishing nets, Salterns and Vankali bird sanctuary are some of the highlights. By day end, we will head back to our home stay for farewell Mannar dinner
Day 4 (B)
After your breakfast, head out after saying good bye to our host for your next destination.
INCLUDED / EXCLUDED
What is Included?
Accommodation, full board meals, local guide, activities and all land and boat connexion/transfer within Mannar, community fee
What is Excluded?
Travel to the Pick up point, sodas and alcoholic beverages (none are available at site, need to buy by yourself prior arrival), tipping and gratuities to guide & the community
What to Bring?
Head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, binocular, dry bag, swimwear, money (no ATM around, the closest one is at Mannar Town 30KM south), comfortable beach appareil, water bottle, toiletries, basic first aid kit.
Daily based on a minimum booking of 2pax per departure. Solo traveller will incur single supplement charges. Couples, families and group of friends who are interested in discovering off the beaten places and local culture. This program also combines the experience of local interaction with alternative activities. Support a community-run tourism initiative in one of the poorest regions in Sri Lanka
Do we accept children
Children are very welcome and families tend to love rural experience. There are no specific facilities for children and we wouldn't recommend the retreat for very young children.