Geography Dept Expedition to Sri Lanka

By Sarah Painter, Geography, 23 February 2016

Studying the impacts of tourism on Unawatuna beach

18 Geography students participated in a fieldtrip to Sri Lanka for 10 days during February half term.  The trip involved visiting an NGO called Sevanatha in Colombo to look at their role in improving the underserved settlements, as well as looking at the rebranding that has taken place in the city and visiting a tea packing company.  They then took a train ride to Ella and walked up Little Adam’s peak through the tea plantations. 

The students camped in Udawalawe national park where they visited the elephant transit home where the orphaned elephants are looked after, as well as having a safari through the national park.  They also visited the local primary school where the we were entertained with a number of performances and then took on the locals in a friendly international game of cricket.  The final few days were spent on the south coast at Mirissa and they visited Unawatuna beach to look at the impacts of tourism.