Gap Year in Sri Lanka

One of the most beautiful countries to travel to in the entire world, Sri Lanka has rightfully come to the center stage of the backpacking in South Asia. A perfect destination for gap year travel, get to work at an Elephant Orphanage, trek Adam’s Peak, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, rainforests, and palm-fringed beaches of Sri Lanka during your trip. Also get the golden chance to participate in Sea Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka with Team Go Discover Abroad.

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Sea Turtle Conservation Project in Sri Lanka
Sea Turtle Conservation Project in Sri Lanka

Volunteer for protecting the endangered sea turtles and taking care of them, while living here.

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Elephant Camp & Community Volunteering Project in Sri Lanka GDA
Elephant Camp & Community Volunteering Project in Sri Lanka

Designed for animal lovers and those who wish to get the taste of rural life in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka

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Backpacking Trip Across Sri Lanka with GDA
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Backpacking Trip Across Sri Lanka

Are you excited to go for a backpacking across Sri Lanka?

Budget Travel, Travel Abroad, Tours, Adventure Tours, Group Tours, Trekking and Hiking Tours, Cultural Tours

Sri Lanka

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Kerala and Sri Lanka On A Shoestring with GDA
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Kerala and Sri Lanka On A Shoestring

In a span of 18 days, explore the southernmost state of India, Kerala, before heading off to the tiny island nation, Sri Lanka.

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General Questions

Can I know a little more about the VISA requirements?

If you are traveling to Sri Lanka, then you need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to your arrival or on arrival in Sri Lanka. You can apply for ETA online and the approval of the same will be communicated via email. You can obtain a Visa on Arrival in Sri Lanka for 30 days. We shall provide you the necessary documents if required. For further information, you can directly get in touch with your point of contact, who can assist you better.

Can I join the program as a solo traveler or do I have to be in a group?

It's your choice! You can explore the country as a solo traveler or hop around with your favorite people if they are willing to join you as well. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.

Will I get to know others in my group before I go?

You might come here alone, but you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Sri Lanka, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!

Can I get some help with buying a Medical and Travel Insurance?

You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.

Do I need to take any vaccinations?

It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.

How much extra money will I need during my stay in the country?

You'll need money for your personal expenses, additional tour costs, weekend meals (at times, if you are heading out for lunch or dinner) etc. It'll be sufficient if you keep $40 - $50 for each day.

How safe will it be for a solo traveler in Sri Lanka?

As tourism is flourishing in Sri Lanka at a rapid rate, it's pretty safe for solo travelers. We believe that your safety depends on you to a large extent, hence you need to be a little cautious. We'll have our coordinators who'll be there at your service, 24/7. So you need not worry about safety.

Will I get to attend any festival during my journey?

If you plan your trip accordingly, you can attend the festivals of Sri Lanka and enjoy the authentic charm. You'll be totally moved by the madness of the people during the festive seasons. The main festivals are Sinhala New Year (April), Bak Poya (April), apart from Pongal, Ramadan, Christmas and Good Friday. Check your dates and our coordinator will guide you about the festivals you can be a part of.

Will there be any language barrier?

Sinhala, or Sinhalese, is the official language of Sri Lanka. But a huge population speaks in Tamil as well. You'll be surprised to know that English is the 3rd most spoken language of the country, and that's the effect of the colonial rule in the country. You'll also find people speaking in Dutch and Portuguese. Your coordinator will be well versed in English, so you need not worry about language barrier!

Can I know more about all the things that I need to pack for my Sri Lanka trip?

Carry light and comfortable clothes for your trip. If you have plans to explore the hill districts, then getting a jacket would be advisable. The best time to visit the west and south coasts and hill country is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April/May to September. It's wiser to travel light and pack only the essentials. Don't make your luggage too heavy, as you'll get almost everything in Sri Lanka.

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