A fun, entertaining and very instructive experience
The visit to the Rural Village is a fun, entertaining and very instructive activity that will teach us how Sri Lankans live in the small towns of Sri Lanka.
We will also know how it is cooked, what food is eaten and other issues related to the day to day life of a large part of the inhabitants of this small and beautiful country.
It is an ideal activity for children and for family trips in general. And, of course, for all those people who like to know more closely the popular culture and way of life of a large part of the country’s population.
Let’s get a closer look at what life is like in any rural village in Sri Lanka!
Where is this rural village?
This rural village that we are going to visit is in the Cultural Triangle area, very close to the Sigiriya Rock.
What does the visit to Rural Village consist of?
In this small town they will teach us what and how they cook in this part of the country.
For this, some farmers will explain how rice is planted and collected. This food is of utmost importance to Sri Lankans. And it is that in SriLanka, as in much of Asia, rice is eaten every day. Once, two or three times a day.
They will also teach us how rice is milled.
On this visit, we will also cook some delicious rottis together with the inhabitants of a small town.
Rottis are small cakes of rice or wheat flour. There are several types of rottis, but the richest are undoubtedly the pol-rotti. Pol means coconut and rotti is the cake itself. So pol-rotti are made from flour, fresh grated coconut, and coconut water to make the dough more workable.
The rottis are accompanied by a very special and spicy salad called sambol. The sambol is based on fresh grated coconut, onion, a little green chili pepper (optional) and some salt. Exquisite! you are going to lick your fingers … Guaranteed!
And, of course, always accompanied by the star fruit of Sri Lanka: the banana. Here we use the banana or banana as an energy bar to eat between meals. Or, also of support to take with the famous Ceylán tea and some sweet cookies.
To make the experience even more authentic, we will go by tuk-tuk to the village. We are going to meet several peasants who will explain their day to day.
Then we will take some canoes and we will venture into the town lake. It is a unique experience to cross this great lake with views of the Sigiriya Rock. A real pleasure if it is done at sunset with that special light between pink and yellow that illuminates the Rock on sunny days.
Which are the vast majority!
And finally, and to the delight of the little ones, especially, we will take a cart with Indian oxen. Yes, yes, one of these with a hump and a large antler. This car will give us a tour of the jungle, which is the type of forest that we find in this part of the Cultural Triangle.
If you are one of those curious travelers in search of adventure, you will undoubtedly enjoy visiting a rural village on your trip to Sri Lanka!
Sri Lanka is indeed the perfect place for children and for people who like animals and nature.
This country is incredibly green.
It is impossible not to find elephant herds on safari or even on the same road traveling.
It is also very easy to see leopards, macaques and other types of monkeys, giant squirrels, jackals, etc. etc
Furthermore, walking with children and adults through the Peradeniya Botanical Garden is a delight. Along with the giant trees and millions of plants, we will also find monkeys and other animals in this immense place.