Veddah Village Tour in Sri Lanka

What is “Veddha” community ?

Veddha also often spelled as Vedda, in simple terms are Sri Lanka’s Aboriginals – that island’s inhabitants prior to the 6th Century BCE. They are the minority indigenous community. At the moment, just around 2,000 Veddhas remain, maybe as few as two hundred of whom still live their ancient lifestyle; the island’s oldest human civilization is fading away, with far too many Veddhas relegated to putting on a show for interested tourists.

Mahiyanganaya, Dambana is the infamous habitat of the Veddha community in Sri Lanka. Its
significant in many ways even for fellow locals as it feels like a walk back to centuries like time travel. The Blue Lanka Tours’ Veddha Village Tours also captures, the veddhas of Gal Oya who used to live in caves sheltered by the area’s woods, who also now live in mud huts inside the forest.

The Itinerary

The itinerary focuses on indulgence with nature by giving a taste of how our aboriginal
communities lived in harmony. The Hunter Gatherer taste of life, the animistic beliefs, all in one itinerary. The Veddha Village Tour with Blue Lanka Tours is also a one-of-a-kind
experience that may be incorporated in a tailor-made trip for individuals who want to engage deeply with Sri Lanka’s history, culture, and people. This tour provides an opportunity to receive an unparalleled glimpse into this intriguing vanishing community, which has persisted for many years but is now on the verge of extinction.

From many travellers who already took the Veddha Village Tour with team Blue Lanka Tours
made remarks of it being “ like being transported back in time – truly intriguing”. And in same words, but elaborated, this itinerary is a glimpse of how you may be a part of an experience of a lifetime.

We believe our Veddha Village Tour Itinerary gives you the opportunity that will not be around forever. With the fast paced developments the authentic inhabitance of the aboriginal community is bound to head towards a hybrid existence or worse, extinction in years to come.

Therefore, simply, experience it while it lasts and Blue Lanka Tours is ready to give you this unforgettable, unique trip.

At a glance

Trip length

9 days


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When to go

All year around


Airport – Hotel – Tour attractions – Airport

Picture your self

Watching the ways of the Sri Lankan Aboriginals

Enjoying a jungle stroll with the Chief of Gal Oya Tribe

On a boat in Gal Oya National Park

Taking a dip at Rathna Ella

Not to miss in this tour

HandicraftsThe stories of our Tribal Community

ElephantNature – unharmed and untouched

GemsSpotting Swimming Elephants in Gal Oya National Park

souvenirsThe Camp Fire at the Vedda Village

Day 1 BIA to Colombo

• Airport Pickup & Transfer to Colombo
• Overnight stay in Colombo

Day 2 Colombo to Kandy

• Transfer to Kandy
• Check-Into The Hotel and Relax
• Evening Witness Cultural Dance Show
• Take Blessings at Kandy Tooth Relic Temple
• Overnight stay in Kandy

Day 3 Kandy to Mahiyanganaya

• Morning Transfer to Mahiyanganaya
• Learn and Experience Clay Pot Making Process
• ‘Pan’ Weaving Experience in a Village House
• Enjoy an Authentic Rice and Curry Lunch at Rathna Ella Village
• Trek to See Two Beautiful Hidden Waterfalls – Rathna Ella and Kaluwa Wetuna
Ella. Take a dip if you wish!
• Overnight Stay in Mahiyanganaya

Veddah Village in Dambana
Day 4 Mahiyanganaya

• A Full Day Experience at Dambana Vedda Village
-Take a Bush Walk in The Jungle with Veddhas. During this walk, Vedda’s
-Will Demonstrate Their Hunting Methods which is Very Interesting!
-Walk In the Mountains to See Caves with Veddhas
-Visit a Veddha Dwelling
-Enjoy a BBQ Dinner Amidst Roaring Camp Fire and Veddha Dances
• Overnight Stay in Mahiyanganaya

Elephants Gal Oya National Park
Day 5 Mahiyanganaya to Gal Oya

• Transfer to Gal Oya
• Enjoy Picnic Lunch in the National Park
• Afternoon Jeep Safari in Gal Oya National Park
• Overnight stay in Gal Oya

Elephants in Gal Oya National Park
Day 6 Gal Oya

• A day of exploration with the Gal Oya Vedda Tribe.
-The Gal Oya Vedda Village Chief to take you on a walk through the jungles of his ancestors
-Explore and know the ancient hunting grounds
-Listen to songs of the native tongue as you walk through
-Indulge in the jungle as you listen to the hunter-gatherer folk tales
• Return back to Gal Oya Lodge to relax and enjoy the accommodation
• Overnight Stay in Gal Oya

Day 7 Gal Oya to Ella

• Morning Boat Safari in Gal Oya National Park
• Transfer to Ella
• Cooking Experience at a Typical Local Place along with dinner
• Overnight stay in Ella

Day 8 Ella to Weligama

• Morning Hike to Little Adam’s Peak
• Visit Nine Arches Bridge
• Transfer to Weligama
• Check-Into The Hotel and Relax or Unwind in a restaurant by the beach
• Overnight stay in Weligam

SriLankan Airline 02
Day 9 Weligama to BIA

• Airport Transfer

Trail on the ground


Q. How far is from Kandy to Mahiyanganaya?
A. Around 78km away from Kandy and it does take about 02 ½ hours’ drive time.

Q. What traditions or cultural celebrations do Veddah people have?
A. Ritual performances, especially possession Ceremonies that include dancing, chanting, instrumental music making, and the construction of temporary shrines, provide some of the principal occasions for artistic expression among all Vedda groups.

Q. What is the best time to visit Gal Oya National Park to witness swimming elephants?
A. Ideally from March to July to catch glimpses of the elephants swimming from one island to another across the reservoir.

Q. How will I recognize the chauffeur who will pick me up at the airport?
A. He will be holding a paging board with your name on it, and waiting to greet you on arrival at the visitor’s lounge of the airport.

Real people, real views

How they experienced it

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Insightful Tips

  • Always take clothes that are very comfortable and easy
  • Carry your Sun Screen with you wherever you go
  • Remember to carry your cameras with you at all times
  • Relax & Enjoy learning the way of our aboriginal inhabitants

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