Village Experience

General Informations

Village experience by Boat, Cycling and Cooking demo

If you wish to embrace a true village experience of the local community this is the idea excursion for you! As you explore through the verdant green paddy fields, sun dappled Mangrove River banks be sure to observe as the villagers battle their daily tasks and the gentle pace of life as children play with pure laughter. Experience an abundance of wildlife and learn about the endemic species only found in Sri Lanka. We promise you a kaleidoscope of colours, vibrant new tastes and sensory experiences.


Start with a boat ride serenely floating down the Kapu Ela River accompanied by a local Naturalist. Observe egrets hunting for fish, eagles looking for prey, water monitors sun bathing on the banks and rare purple faced monkeys crashing through the tree canopies. Sit back and enjoy sailing through village life on either side of the river.


A glorious 9km or 15 km loop bike ride starting from the river banks, finishing in the midst of a local dwelling. Pass through stunning landscapes and scenery at your own pace whilst following your knowledgeable guide. All bicycles are lightweight mountain bikes and helmets, water and refreshments en route are provided. Further a support vehicle follows you at all time.


Finish the cycling in the midst of the paddy fields, in a village dwelling where you can sit back and watch a local village lady prepare and cook traditional Sri Lankan hoppers. Learn how it is done and then enjoy the chance to taste the scrumptious food straight off the fire. The perfect end to this rustic tour.
Experience Starting Times: 7am or 3pm
*Longer rides are available for keen cyclists, upon request


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SOS Children’s Village Initiative

Established in 1949, the SOS Children Village Foundation stands as the world’s largest non-profit organization committed to nurturing orphaned, abandoned, and vulnerable children. Their multifaceted approach, spanning family support, medical care, education, and emergency assistance, positively impacts the lives of countless children and families. 

Our commitment: 

Ceylon Roots is devoted to bolstering this cause by sponsoring the education and well-being of 10 children each month. Our aspiration is to progressively increase the number of sponsored children while also offering valuable exposure to those youngsters aspiring to pursue a career in the hospitality industry. 

Buddhist Roots

Embracing our rich cultural heritage and the profound influence of Buddhism on Sri Lanka’s cultural fabric, Ceylon Roots proudly presents the ‘Buddhist Roots’ project.  

The island’s connection to the teachings of The Buddha has shaped it’s identity and inspired the creation of temples and statues that embody our faith. However, the passage of time has left some of these rural temples in neglected states, depriving them of the rightful care they merit. 

Our commitment: 

With unwavering dedication, we have undertaken a vital commitment to revive and sustain temples island-wide. Through providing essential support for upkeep, nourishment, and sustainable living conditions, the aim of the Buddhist Roots project is to help ensure the lasting prosperity of these sacred sites. 

By joining hands with us, you are not only contributing to their well-being, but also getting the chance to explore these sites and personally experience the rich authenticity of Sri Lankan Buddhism.  

Brown Roots

In a dynamic effort to combat deforestation and bolster environmental conservation, we proudly present to you, the ‘Brown Roots’ Project, launched on World Environment Day, June 5th, 2017, undertaken in collaboration with Browns Tours. Working closely with relevant authorities and organizations, including Sri Lanka Forest Reserves, we stand united in preserving and enriching the beauty of our island home for generations to come. 

Our commitment: 

As part of our unwavering dedication, we have pledged to plant a tree for every traveler who embarks on a journey with us, and since its inception, the ‘Brown Roots’ project has already seen the planting of over 3000 trees in the central province of Sri Lanka by the end of 2018. 

Our resolve remains resolute, and with your invaluable support, we endeavour to further elevate this number in the years ahead. Join us in nurturing the very roots of nature’s grandeur.