The village life experience is a great way to explore the local life in Sri Lanka, its culture, people, rituals and of course the food. This experience can be proposed to guests who are staying at the Bentota beach. Distant Frontiers created a village life experience for an Incentive Group at Kandagahvila, located near Kalutara City on the day of the festival of Pongal to highlight the village life and rituals of Sri Lanka. The experience started with a 10 minute tuk-tuk ride from the main road to an educational institute. This institute was started by a monk and provides free education to children and adults with a special facility to teach computers as well. At the school the children performed a folk dance for the group. The group members members had brought stationary and balloons for the children as a part of a CSR activity. The guests enjoyed fresh king coconut after the performance. At the school premises there is a beautiful temple which the group visited. Next the guests took a tuk-tuk ride to the rubber plantation. They went on to visit the spice plantation by local tractors. The Distant Frontiers team decorated the spice plantation for Pongal with banana leaves. Bullock carts were also stationed at the plantation to complete the visual experience. The group was welcomed with a traditional dance performance.
The group got a chance to walk around the spice plantation where they learnt about the different fruits and spices of Sri Lanka; cinnamon, aloe vera and got a chance to see Toddy tapping. After the
visit, the guests received a herbal drink made out of a golden apple. They tried their hand at cooking coconut roti at a local hut built especially for this purpose at the spice plantation. There was a demonstration for cinnamon peeling and weaving leaves followed by a workshop where the guests got an opportunity to try it by themselves.
After this experience guests had a chance to opt for dining at the spice plantation with a local family under the open sky. The venue was decorated with fire torches and dinner was served on lotus leaves. Traditional local food like string hoppers, fish, chicken curry, sambols and much more was served. The day ended with a drive back to their respective hotels.