Pharmacy in Sri Lanka

16 - 30 Jun 2024
  • Medical & Professional Tours
+ Optional extension: Galle extension

About the tour

Travel through an island brimming with historical treasures and natural beauty as you learn about pharmacy in Sri Lanka. Learn about education and training for pharmacists and gain real insight into Sri Lankan pharmaceutical practice and society, while experiencing the mouthwatering local cuisine.

A cultural programme includes visits to mystical ruins, jungles, tropical beaches, spice plantations and gemstone markets, national parks with huge herds of elephants and vivid green mountains. You will also stay in some beautiful hotels.

Professional visits encompass Colombo University School of Pharmacy, Siddhalepa Ayurveda Hospital and its herbal pharmacy, Trincomalee Hospital Pharmacology Department, and Peradeniya University and Faculty of Pharmacy, where you will meet staff and students.

There is an extension to the beautiful city of Galle after the tour.

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Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Hemant Patel

Hemant Patel

Since 1995, Hemant Patel has served on the local, national, European, Commonwealth and world pharmacy bodies.

Before retiring, he served the profession of pharmacy as President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain for four terms and was awarded in 2011 the first ever Charter Award for his contribution to the profession. He also previously served as the Secretary of North East London Pharmaceutical Committee, Chairman of the National Pharmacy Association, and Vice Chair of the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee.

Hemant has contributed to the role of pharmacists in medicine's safety and effectiveness in use, the introduction of public health services in community pharmacy, and the innovation of SelfCare Pharmacy practice.

Hemant is well known for his personal commitment to improving the profession of pharmacy and the changing needs of patients and the public.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Colombo (Sun, 16 June) Arrive Colombo and transfer to the Radisson Colombo to settle in before dinner.
  • Day 2: Colombo (Mon, 17 June) Visit the Colombo University School of Pharmacy to learn about pharmacy education and training. Visit the Siddhalepa Ayurveda Hospital and their herbal pharmacy. Enjoy a foot massage and travel by rickshaw back to the hotel. Welcome dinner.
  • Day 3: Colombo / Habarana (Tues, 18 June) Visit the Union Pharmacy. Drive from Colombo to Habarana. Arrive and check into the stunning Heridance Kandalama Hotel, where you will have dinner.
  • Day 4: Habarana (Wed, 19 June) Visit the legendary sky citadel of Sigiriya, famous for the ‘Lion Rock’ and its frescoes of ‘Celestial Maidens’. Visit a local village, including its local health clinic. Take part in a cookery demonstration using local spices, followed by a delicious lunch. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner at hotel.
  • Day 5: Habarana (Thurs, 20 June) Option to visit the ancient site of Ritigala, including the historic Ayurveda hospital, or at leisure. Later in the afternoon visit Minneriya National Park and see large herds of elephants and huge flocks of birds.
  • Day 6: Habarana / Trincomalee (Fri, 21 June) Visit Sri Lanka’s medieval capital, Polonnaruwa. Continue to Trincomalee, check into the lovely Trinco Blu by Cinnamon and at leisure.
  • Day 7: Trincomalee (Sat, 22 June) Visit Trincomalee Hospital Pharmacology Department and meet with their pharmacologist. Explore the town’s historic and cultural sites and visit the markets.
  • Day 8: Trincomalee (Sun, 23 June) Full day at leisure. Early morning option to view sea mammals. The ocean off Trincomalee is one of world’s best places to go whale watching, particularly for blue whales. Head out in search of blue and sperm whales, turtles, flying fish and sea eagles. Seeing whales in their natural habitat is a breathtaking experience that should not be missed. Dinner at the hotel.
  • Day 9: Trincomalee / Kandy (Mon, 24 June) Drive to Kandy, visiting the cave temples of Dambulla en route. Visit the spice plantations of Matale. Enjoy a delicious Sri Lankan lunch. Arrive Kandy and transfer to the Cinnamon Citadel.
  • Day 10: Kandy (Tues, 25 June) Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. See the blessing ceremony. Explore Kandy. Dinner at a restaurant.
  • Day 11: Kandy (Wed, 26 June) Visit Peradeniya University and Faculty of Pharmacy and meet staff and students. Continue to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya and visit their medicinal garden. Visit the gemstone market and gem workshops.
  • Day 12: Kandy / Nuwara Eliya (Thurs, 27 June) Scenic train journey to Nuwara Eliya. Check into St Andrew's Hotel and take an orientation tour of the hill station.
  • Day 13: Nuwara Eliya (Fri, 28 June) Visit the Somerset Tea Estate and its health clinic. High tea in the garden of the Grand Hotel. Dinner at the Hill Club.
  • Day 14: Nuwara Eliya / Colombo (Sat, 29 June) Drive to Colombo and check into the iconic Galle Face Hotel, one of of South Asia's grandest historic hotels. Farewell dinner.
  • Day 15: Colombo (Sun, 30 June) Depart after breakfast or take the Galle extension.

Extension to Galle

  • Day 15: Colombo / Galle (Sun, 30 June) Scenic drive along the coast to Galle. Visit the Lunuganga Estate and gardens en route.
  • Day 16: Galle (Mon, 1 July) At leisure.
  • Day 17: Galle (Tues, 2 July) At leisure.
  • Day 18: Galle (Wed, 3 July) Depart for the airport.

Tour cost

The cost of the tour is US $3,332 per person sharing. The cost of the tour with a room to yourself is US $4,024

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