Accommodation and transport to site

SL003 – Sri Lanka – GIS habitat mapping prediction – Life on site

Accommodation and transport to site

Accommodation on site is relatively basic and provided through a local guest house located 200m from the main project base. Rooms are fan-cooled private rooms with private bathroom. The great breezy verandas and the meals consisting of traditional recipes created using locally sourced organic ingredients will leave you an unforgettable memory.

Food and drink

Food and drink

Three meals a day will be provided by a local cook. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience the wonderful variety of tastes and colours of the local cuisine. Curries, kottus, “hoppers”, roti, are just a few of the dishes you will get to try.

How to get there

How to get there

By plane 

After flying into Colombo airport, you will be welcomed by a staff member of our local partner: Blue Resources Trust.

For flight information and reservations, please contact our partner STA Travel and make sure to mention EnScope. For every flight reservation made through them, they will make a 1% donation towards the development of our projects.

Local transport

As you arrive, you will be picked up from the Colombo Bandaranaike Airport by a local driver and will travel directly to the project site. All fees are covered as part of your project.

Life on site

Life on site

The project is based in the center of Pasikudah, a few hundred meters from the beach front.

Pasikudah is historically a small Tamil hamlet, but has received increasing attention from investors and is now an up and coming tourist area. This makes this location particularly interesting to work in, as anthropogenic impacts associated with coastal development and the affluence of tourists are currently still limited.

Outside of project work, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the local culture and cuisine.

Typical day

Typical day

5.30 am

Wake up just before sunrise to the relaxing sound of bird sing, and enjoy a good local breakfast. It’s an early wake-up call, but it’s important to get started before the sun gets too intense and the sea is generally calmer early morning.

6.00 am

Pre-departure briefing.

The project manager will provide you with the schedule and objectives for the day as well as the list of sites where ground truthing GIS data is needing.

6.30 am

Boat departure and travel to site(s)

All team members are on board, boat engines are started, site locations selected in the GPS and off we are for a day’s adventure!

11.00 am

Head back to the field station.

Grab a tuk-tuk back to the field station and meet up with the rest of the team for a well deserved local lunch!

12.00 pm


1.00 pm

Data processing and analysis

Compare existing GIS mapping with your ground truthed data, and prepare your the next day’s survey. This is also an opportunity to discuss data analysis strategies with local scientists and to start working on the project report.

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