ACTIVITIES FOR THE FAMILY
Polwaththa is ideal for families that wish to spend some quality time together in the nature. Get away from the technology and enjoy the simple things in life. Over the past few years we have been entertaining many families who wish to learn about our nature, culture, meet our people and see how families live in a traditional village. Kids have the opportunity to swim in a river or waterfall, visit a local school and even challenge the local kids for a game of volleyball.
Village Walk and River Swim/or Waterfall
This is one of our most popular activities, and to many, the highlight of their stay. One of our trained Village Guides will take you through quaint villages, show you the traditional village lifestyle and how they attend to their household chores. The walk also includes a look at the different vegetables, fruits and spices that are locally grown such as Cocoa, Pepper, Cloves, Nutmeg, Vanilla... and how jaggery (local sugar) is made from the flower of the Kithul tree. The village walk ends with a river swim where you can mingle with locals washing their clothes and dipping their heads in the water or chose to swim in what some may call your private natural swimming pool. A new addition is a newly found waterfall which includes a 1km walk through a jungle. This can be quite challenging so children have to be supervised at all times.
Rice cultivation Experience
Visit the ancient village of Mediwake (36km) where you will be taken through terraced rice fields and be shown how rice is cultivated and harvested. For those who dare to get down in the mud, you can take charge of the water buffalo and experience traditional farming, hands-on. The best time to trek through the rice fields is between July-September and February-April when there is a wonderful tint of green all round. Rice is mostly planted in June/July & December/January and harvested in October and May where water buffaloes are still used, as done for centuries.
There is also plenty to do for the children. Collecting fire wood for cooking and for the hot-water bath, swimming in the river or playing Board games both indoors and outdoors could be arranged by our child-friendly staff…. while you look for some relaxation. If they like pets, there are 6 dogs and 3 cats to play with!