Kandy and Beyond

  • Kandy is… “A buzzing Buddhist heartland set amid verdant valleys as far as the eye can see.”
  • Go on safari to spot wild elephants, and relax on  paradise beaches along the coast
  • Explore vast tea plantations across the country
  • Climb Sigiriya rock for a panorama that stretch to the mountains on the horizon
  • Local culture is steeped in tradition, and Kandyan people will be pleased to share it with you
  • Ayurveda Week: Spend an extra week in Sri Lanka learning about traditional herbal medicine in a remote village’s Ayurvedic clinic


Our Kandy house is situated in a secluded residential area. The large rooftop offers stunning views of green forested hills and Kandy Lake. The house is big and has an airy, open feel inside — perfect for socialising after placement, whether that’s over a meal in the dining room, or relaxing on the sofas in the lounge areas.

Your Programme Manager and their assistant run the house and will provide 24/7 support. You’ll also have a housekeeper, a chef who’ll cook you two incredible meals every day (weekly BBQ nights are a lot of fun), and a language teacher who hosts lessons twice a week.

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In addition to your main placement in Kandy, spending a week at our Ayurveda experience really is something you won’t forget. During your time in Kandy you'll notice that many people combine modern healthcare with more traditional treatments, such as Ayurvedic medicine. Throughout the week, each morning you’ll head to the small health clinic where you’ll learn the ancient art of Ayurveda. The doctor is a skilled healer who creates medicines from plants and barks.

Each afternoon you’ll take part in cultural activities such as canoe trips through dense jungle, ox and cart rides, wild elephant safaris and even full body massages at Ayurvedic spas.


Spices, dried food and cereals, Nepal

Electives in Sri Lanka - Kandy

"I saw both routine surgeries and those that were unique and challenging."

Samuel Jennings, University of Wollongong 2018

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"Patients shared beds and doctors carried out surgeries on multiple patients in the same room."

Lauren-Mae Pearson, University of Lincoln 2018

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"I saw the entire patient journey. From admission to investigation, through to the surgery itself."

Kirsty Marie Cockshott, Manchester Metropolitan University 2018

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"We met people in some of the most deprived parts of Sri Lanka, administering depot injections as we went. It was surreal."

Brooke French, University of Lincoln 2018

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"This whole experience puts your career and life into perspective."

Sophie Sheard, Sheffield Hallam University 2018

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