by Joe Jamieson

Travel Experiences

Nestled in the centre of Sri Lanka, the bustling city of Kandy is your gateway to adventure. Undertake your placement with Work the World, and you can explore this stunning island nation to your heart’s content.

In this article, you’ll discover two captivating weekend itineraries that will paint a picture of the experiences you could have if you choose Sri Lanka. Get ready to embark on a journey filled with scenic train rides, tropical beaches, and cultural wonders.

Weekend One: Ella — A hillside paradise

After wrapping up a rewarding week on placement in Kandy, it's time to hop on a train early on Saturday morning. And not just any train — the iconic Kandy to Ella train. The journey isn’t just a way of getting from A to B; it's a mesmerising train ride that winds through lush green tea plantations and mist-covered mountains.


As the train snakes its way through these landscapes, you'll find yourself lost in thought, captivated by the awe-inspiring scenery.

One of the highlights of this train ride is the Nine Arch Bridge. This architectural marvel seems to defy gravity as it spans a deep ravine. As the train slowly approaches the bridge, I'd like you to have your camera ready to capture a unique photo. If you want to see the bridge up close, you can even get off the train and walk along it to snap one of the most impressive photos you're ever likely to take.

By mid-afternoon, you’ll arrive at Ella — a small but profoundly charming mountain town with a bustling backpacker scene. Once you've settled into your accommodation, you can explore Ella's traveller-friendly restaurants and bars.

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The following morning, make the journey up to Little Adam's Peak. The hike takes around half an hour, leading you to a mountainside viewpoint, where you’ll get panoramic views of Ella's rolling hills and valleys. Go early enough, and you'll catch the sunrise where golden hues paint the landscape — a sight to behold.

Ella and the surrounding areas are famous for their sprawling tea plantations, and no trip to Ella is complete without visiting one. So, you can spend the rest of your day touring a tea factory to discover how some of the world's most famous tea is made.

The distinct aroma of freshly plucked leaves will accompany you as you explore the lush gardens. Tours typically end with a tasting session; seeing how it’s made, you’ll appreciate the flavours even more.

DestinationWeekend Two: Trincomalee — Beaches, Wildlife, and Culture

Another weekend, another adventure. This time, you’re heading to Trincomalee, Sri Lanka’s northeastern coastline.

First on the agenda is Nilaveli Beach, a paradise for beach lovers. The soft, powdery sands stretch as far as the eye can see, inviting you to unwind and soak up the sun. The crystal-clear waters are perfect for a refreshing swim, and make sure you hire a snorkel — plenty of undersea wildlife just offshore.

Depending on what time of year you travel to Trincomalee, you might have the opportunity to go whale watching. Head out early in the morning and set off on a boat adventure, upon which you will see humpback and blue whales in their natural habitat. Have your phone ready because you can take breathtaking shots of these mysterious, majestic creatures breaching the surface.

Pigeon Island off the coast of Sri Lanka

Pigeon Island is also a must. It’s just a short boat ride from the coast and a haven for fish lovers. Snorkelers and divers can explore the vibrant coral reefs teeming with a kaleidoscope of fish species. Watch for sea turtles gracefully gliding through the water, making this experience magical.

As you wind down your weekend in Trincomalee, go to the Sri Pathrakali Amman Kovil, a stunning Hindu temple along the coastline. The intricate architecture, vibrant colours, and spiritual atmosphere create an aura of tranquillity. Whether you're religious or not, this temple is a testament to Sri Lanka's rich cultural tapestry.

Sri Pathrakali Amman Kovil Temple

During both weekends, you’ll have the chance to sample Sri Lankan cuisine, from flavorful curries to delectable street food. Don't miss out on trying hoppers, a local favourite made from rice flour and coconut milk, typically served with a spicy sambol.

Embrace the Magic of Sri Lanka Beyond Kandy

As a Work the World student, your time in Sri Lanka is not just about your hospital placement; it's about immersing yourself in the wonders of this captivating country. These two weekends in Ella and Trincomalee offer a glimpse into the diverse landscapes, cultures, and experiences that Sri Lanka has to offer.

KANDY DESTINATION PAGE - slider imageFrom Ella's misty hills to Trincomalee's sun-kissed shores, you'll create memories that will last a lifetime. The train rides, breathtaking vistas, encounters with wildlife, and cultural exploration will stay with you forever.

If you're ready for the adventure of a lifetime, filled with unforgettable moments and cultural immersion, please ask now and start on a life-changing journey with Work the World.

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