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Introduction to Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is truly a magnificent country with a diverse cultural heritage, unspoiled tropical landscape and miles of deserted beaches.
A 30-year civil war, a conflict between the ethnic majority Buddhists and Hindu Seperatists has brought Sri Lanka to a complete freeze and standstill in economic development. The conflict has killed an estimated 100,000 civilians and many have fled the country.
Six years after the end of the Tamil tigers, Sri Lanka has developed into a peaceful and well organized society. Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians are now living peacefully next to each other.
Sri Lanka has also showcased remarkable economic growth and picked up in all aspects of modern life. Tourism is booming and its relative geographical proximity to India has made Colombo one of the fastest growing MICE destinations in South-Asia.
From large varieties of culturally significant sites to modern beach resorts with a turquoise blue sea to a well-developed infrastructure for meetings and conferences, Sri Lanka is the perfect getaway for organizational development and team building trips in South-Asia.
Best time to travel to Sri Lanka
Sir-Lanka, located only 50 km from the most Southern tip of India, is a tropical island state with an area of approx. 1.5 times the size of Switzerland. Its tropical climate is influenced by the Yala and Maha Monsoon and the climate varies depending on the city you wish to travel to.
While Kandy, the tea country and Nuwara Eliya experience rain for almost ten months a year, the Yala monsoon brings heavy downpour to Colombo and Bentota from June to September and the Maha Monsoon keeps the West and North coast (Batticaloa and Jaffna) wet from October to January.
The weather for outdoor team building in Colombo and Bentota is best between November and April while the UNESCO heritage sites of Dambulla, Anuradhapura and Sigiriya are best visted in June and July.
Flight connections to and from Sri Lanka
With only two international airports (Colombo & Hambantota ) and various domestic flight routes, Sir Lanka is undoubtedly the most popular destinations for corporate travelers from Bengaluru / Bangalore in India. Spice Jet, an Indian low cost airline, Air India and Sri Lanka Airlines service the one hour and twenty minute flight between India and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka may become an interesting destination for organizational development and team building programs for large corporations from oil rich countries in the Middle-east, such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Kathar. Both Emirates and Sri Lankan Air connect Dubai with Colombo in four hours and twenty-five minutes.
Colombo is ideally located for cross country meetings and large conferences with participants from India, South-East Asia and the middle-east.
Sri Lanka has reasonably well established domestic flight routes and a highlight is undoubtedly the sea plane service between Colombo and Nuwara Eliya.
Sri Lanka's unique features
Sri Lanka is best known for its fertile soil growing almost everything from fruits, herbs and vegetables. Most famous are tea and Aruywhedic herbs. Sri Lanka exports approx. 340 million kilogram of black tea, about 23% of the world’s consumption. The most expensive Ceylon tea comes from the hilly regions between Nuwara Eliya and Kandy at an altitude of up to 2000 m above sea level and the journey along tea plantation both by car or train is a scenic highlight.
Sri Lanka has seven UNESCO world heritage sites which makes it one of the most culturally significant countries on the planet. From Kandy Esala Perahera, a word famous Hindu ritual to the ruins of Polonnaruwa, to the Sigiriya Rock where ancient kings resided, Sri Lanka is full of cultural wonders and surprises.
The Singhalese and Tamils are also proud of their protected nature reserves and their endemic wildlife. Beside wild elephants and leopards, about 23 endemic species of birds can be spotted in the Singharaja Forest and over 200 wild living elephants observed on a safari at Minneriya National park.
Nearly 600 km of unspoiled beaches however, are most likely Srin Lanka’s most precious natural asset. Large beach resorts are under construction throughout Sri-Lanka turning this mystic island state into a hot spot for tourists and corporate travellers.
Unique team building events in Sri Lanka
Beunite offers a series of unique team building events and organizational development programs in Sri Lanka. The Ceylon Tea Project takes delegates on an unforgettable journey from growth over harvest to production of their own tea label, which includes creating a catchy logo and producing the suitable packaging. The Ceylon Tea Safari is a CSR and cultural awareness team building event encouraging planning communication and execution of a culturally significant project.
Similar to The Ceylon Tea Project, The Aryuwhedic Potion Project is a similar event with ancient herbal medicine.
Beunite recommends Saman Villas for executive outings, top management strategy meetings and outdoor team building events in a luxurious yet relaxed setting.
For medium to large groups of over 60 participants, the walk rally at Amaya Lake Hotel in Dambulla is an experience on its own. The hotel features over 60 acres of unspoiled garden adjacent to the scenic lake Dambulla. The walk rally includes cultural challenges, time management, organisation and leadership challenges. This team building event is ideal for the more introverted executive as well as the outgoing adventure lover. It encourages technical skills, interpersonal skills and leadership skills.
Jetwing St. Andrews
Staying at The St. Andrews hotel when visiting Nuwara Eliya is the perfect blend. At an altitude of nearly 2000 m above sea level and due to its climate, Nuwara Eliya is called little England. St. Andrews is a romantic hotel built by the British in the colonial style. The rooms are spacious and rustic with a small balcony overlooking the English flower garden and nearby hills. The highlight of your stay is sitting in the bar on the fire place drinking a bottle of 2010 Riesling.
Saman Villas in Bentota is the number one hotel in Sri Lanka for executive outings and outdoor team building for small groups travelling from Colombo. The flat and spacious lawn overlooking the white sandy beach and turquoise blue sea is perfect for outdoor team building. Although there is no conference room at Saman Villas, strategic meetings and team development courses can be arranged in informal settings in some of the villas. A note for the budget conscious, perfection has its price!
Amaya Lake hotel in Dambulla is undoubtedly the best venue for team development courses for medium and large groups. The garden is fantastic, the lake a true highlight and the available space both indoor and outdoor unbeatable. Its relative proximity from Colombo (four hours by car) makes Amaya Lake hotel the ideal location for local organizations to hold their upcoming team building programs.
Recommended hotels in Sri Lanka.