Experiencing a homestay in a Bataduwa Galle is perhaps one of the fastest and easiest ways to get to know the real Galle.
You will discover that things here move at a slower pace than in the city, and for those who relish the quiet calm of the rustic life, this is possibly as good as it gets. Homestay guests will not just be immersed in the lifestyle of the locals; they will also quickly establish a bond with their warm and welcoming families who will treat them like their own.
Visitors will experience the full spectrum of village life. Start with home-cooking lessons, where the wide variety and sumptuousness of painstakingly prepared dishes can sometimes be enough to confuse most people! Learn how to prepare the food, which might include gathering vegetables fresh from the backyard, washing and cooking them.
You will also have the opportunity to harvest Paddy field fruits that are in season or try your skill at plucking coconuts out of coconut trees 30–40 ft.
Experience the charm of Sri Lankan traditions that have been preserved throughout the ages. And when you return home, take with you a memorable cultural experience, and the friendships of a family happy to welcome you whenever you return to Sri Lanka Galle.
- Approach the homestay experience with an open heart and mind. This cultural experience is likely to be very different from anything you have experienced before.
- Sri Lankan remove their shoes before entering their homes. To be polite, you should do the same.
- Although your hosts eat with their hands, you are welcome to use cutlery – just ask your host for a fork and spoon (knives are usually only used at Western restaurants).
- In Srilanka , men and women who are not related do not hug and kiss each other.
- The Bataduwa Galle, or villages, that are involved in the homestay programes are committed to ensuring that you experience village-style living first-hand and are used to welcoming a variety of foreign guests from around the world. These Bataduwa Galle have been carefully selected and conform with strict guidelines set by the Ministry of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.