Therapy and Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka

24 Feb - 8 Mar 2025
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Welcome to Sri Lanka, a small island crammed full of treasures. It boasts no fewer than eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites; mystical ruins, jungles, gleaming white tropical beaches, national parks with giant elephants and fleet leopards, seas with blue whales, and mouthwatering cuisine.

Gain unique insight into its physiotherapy and occupational therapy and meet your Sri Lankan counterparts. Examine rehabilitation, mental health, childcare, the elderly, and disaster rehabilitation, and traditional rehabilitation. Professional visits range from large hospitals and smaller clinics to NGOs. Many visits are complemented by a range of talks and meetings with local therapists.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​Kit Sinclair

​Kit Sinclair

Kit Sinclair PhD is an international education consultant in the areas of occupational therapy service and curriculum development. As a founding faculty member of the occupational therapy education programme in Hong Kong, she has played an active role in occupational therapy professional development in Hong Kong, and continued in senior academic and research posts for over 35 years.

Since the 1980s, Kit has been passionately involved in the development of rehabilitation and occupational therapy in the People's Republic of China. Teaching and consultancies have taken her to China's principal cities, provincial capitals and rural hospitals and clinics where resources and expertise are often extremely limited. She was involved in rehabilitation for survivors of the 2008 SiChuan earthquake and continues her commitment in international disaster management.

Kit served as President of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists from 2002-2008 and retains the title of WFOT Ambassador. She is an Honorary Fellow of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists and Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is editor of the prestigious WFOT Bulletin.

A leader in the field, Kit has given many guest lectures and workshops around the world and has been instrumental in global and national policy development in relation to rehabilitation and disability in collaboration with WHO and national governments.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Colombo (Mon, 24 Feb) Arrive Colombo and transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner.
  • Day 2: Colombo (Tues, 25 Feb) Visit the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Tour departments and meet with physio and occupational therapists from the Sri Lanka Society of Physio and Occupational Therapists. Talks: “Global Therapy and Rehabilitation – The Context” and ‘A Background to Therapy and Rehabilitation in Sri Lanka.’ Visit the Siddhalepa Ayurveda Hospital and their herbal pharmacy. Enjoy a foot massage and travel by rickshaw back to the hotel.
  • Day 3: Colombo / Sigiriya (Wed, 26 Feb) Visit The Rainbow Centre. Visit the National Institute for Mental Health. Drive to Sigiriya and overnight.
  • Day 4: Sigiriya (Thurs, 27 Feb) Visit the archaeological site of Ritigala and explore the site of an ancient Ayurvedic hospital on a walking tour. See traditional medicinal plants. Visit Minneriya National Park and see large herds of elephants, sambhur deer and huge flocks of birds.
  • Day 5: Sigiriya (Fri, 28 Feb) Rise early to visit the legendary sky citadel of Sigiriya, possibly the most spectacular site in Sri Lanka. Climb up in the cool of morning for dramatic views. Built in the 5th century on top of a vast 200m granite rock, the rock fortress is famous for its ‘Lion Rock’ and its ‘Celestial Maidens’ frescoes. Descend the rock and visit a nearby village and its local health clinic before enjoying a Sri Lankan cookery demonstration using local spices, followed by a delicious lunch. Return to the hotel and afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 6: Sigiriya / Kandy( Sat, 1 March) Drive to Kandy via Cave Temples of Dambulla. Visit the spice plantations of Matale en route. Enjoy a delicious Sri Lankan lunch. Arrive in Kandy and visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, which houses one of Buddhism’s most sacred relics – a tooth of Buddha, collected from his funeral pyre. See brightly robed monks performing the blessing ceremony with drums and trumpets. Transfer to hotel.
  • Day 7: Kandy( Sun, 2 March Visit Sirimavo Bandaranaike Children’s Hospital, Peradeniya departs of Physio and Occupational Therapy. Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens and the orchid house along with medicinal herbal section.Continue onto the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya to see crops such as coffee, tea, nutmeg, rubber and quinine, as well as its excellent orchid house and the medicinal herbal section. Later that day visit Kandy’s gemstone market to see Sri Lanka’s famous sapphires being cut and polished.
  • Day 8: Kandy / Nuwara Eliya (Mon, 3 March) Scenic train ride to Nuwara Eliya. Check into the hotel and explore this colonial hill station - built by the British in the 19th century - with its half-timbered mock-Tudor houses containing inglenook fireplaces and billiard tables, a golf course, racetrack and clubs.
  • Day 9: Nuwara Eliya (Tues, 4 March) Visit the Somerset Tea Estate and tour the planation and tea factory. Continue to their health clinic and learn about their work. High tea in the garden of the Grand Hotel. Step back in time with dinner at the Hill Club, founded in 1878 by British planters.
  • Day 10: Nuwara Eliya / Galle (Wed, 5 March) A beautiful drive to Galle from the highlands to the coast. Check in to hotel and at leisure.
  • Day 11: Galle (Thurs, 6 March) Visit the Karapitya Hospital and hear of the lessons learnt in disaster management and rehabilitation following the tsunami and to the present day. Take part in a discussion group with local physio and occupational therapists. Lunch on the city walls followed by a tour of the old city of Galle.
  • Day 12: Galle (Fri 7 March) Day at leisure – relax on the beach, visit the Geoffrey Bawa Gardens or further explore Galle. Option to go whale watching for sperm and blue whales and dolphins. The waters off Mirissa have the largest concentration of blue whales in the world. Farewell dinner.
  • Day 13: Galle (Sat 8 March) Depart hotel after breakfast or extend on the coast.

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