Equestrian Getaway/Horse Ranch

Our ranch is the perfect destination for a traveler looking to experience the beauty of nature and horses while still accessing modern amenities and attractions. It is located in a picturesque setting, surrounded by wide open spaces and the jungle outback, tranquil creeks, and serene lakes. The area offers outdoor activities, including horseback riding, fishing, and hiking. Visitors can also take advantage of the local culture and cuisine. With a variety of both natural attractions, the ranch has something for everyone, making it the perfect choice for an unforgettable vacation!

We offer delectable and nutritious dishes prepared with love using organic ingredients.

We are passion driven and love what we do. Volunteer accommodations are clean and tastefully designed for comfort. Work here is not hard but rewarding and enjoyable!

We have WIFI for reasonable top up rates. Kalkuda and Pasikuda are some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka and are within approximately a 20 minute tuktuk ride from the ranch. We have an arrangement with a hotel property near the beach for our volunteers to use their pool for a reasonable rate and use the beach while there.

Our horses are Sri Lanka's tallest and well kept and we are committed to ethical riding.

My name is Alfie and am committed to natural way farming, ranch style horse keeping in the tropics and syntropic agroforestry. I lived and worked in Florida after my engineering studies there. Am an alumnus of Saint Petersburg College, FL and worked as a senior manager/engineer in a Fortune 100 company in the US . I went on to becoming a Chief Technology Officer and retired from corporate career thereafter to become the first Sri Lankan to have owned and trained camels in the UAE. I now run Sri Lanka's only dude ranch positioning ourselves to become a premium and preferred option for equestrian getaways! We are a team of dedicated professionals who strive to provide a positive, supportive, and enjoyable experience for our volunteers. Our goal is to ensure that our volunteers feel respected, appreciated, and supported throughout their service. We strive to recognize each individual’s unique talents and strengths and to create an environment where volunteers feel valued, heard, and respected. We strive to provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. We recognize that volunteers come from all walks of life and strive to ensure that everyone is treated with respect, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or any other factor. Be assured you will depart with fond memories, invigorating experience and motivation, minus the stress you came in with!

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You can really can get in touch with nature! There was no wifi and you’re alone as a volunteer. I felt really alone. There were no task for me that I could do. You really felt that it is more about business than anything else. You’re not a part of the team. If you looking for a place where you can work and have some interaction with animals/nature, than it is your place. There is also good food if you’re a vegetarian but you have to listens to lots of comments how meat would be better for you. There were also other inappropriate comments about how woman should dress.

12 days ago

United Kingdom


I was warmly welcomed from the moment I arrived, with great communication in the lead up. The nature surrounding the ranch is truly breathtaking - I have learnt the names of so many birds and have seen all kinds of wildlife. I didn’t have much riding experience, but the staff at the ranch kindly helped me grasp the basics and I always felt at ease. The food was delicious and beautifully presented at every meal. Most importantly, Alfie was the most wonderful host and I am so grateful for this experience. It was truly an honour to stay at Vonfidel Ranch and be a part of this beautiful family :)

about 1 month ago

United States


Holistic Holliday with Horses is what I would use to describe this wonderful experience.

Allie’s ranch is the perfect retreat. The work is easy & the environment is so friendly. If you’re looking for a place to disconnect with busy city life & reconnect with nature & animals this is the place to do it.

100/10 recommend:)

about 1 month ago



Alfie is a really lovely,helpful and warmhearted, person! The range is a quite place in the middle of nowhere and perfect to get in real touch with the nature and the locals. I love it to sit at the terrace in the evening with Alfie, with a warm herbal tea and talk about the world, or just listen to the sounds of nature.
I really would recommend this host to everyone who loves the nature.
Thanks to you Alfie🌞

5 months ago

Alfie replied

It was our pleasure hosting Lea!
Lea has an attitude that is poised to make her successful in any endeavor she undertakes and it certainly benefited us for her positive attitude and grateful trait is energizing!
Lea, you are a life member here and are welcome to call it your second home. We wish you wellness and best wishes in your endeavors!

United States


I stayed at Vonfidel ranch for 2 months, and the experience was truly life changing. His property is absolutely gorgeous! Alfie is so kind and helpful. The food that we ate was not only delicious, but healthy and extremely medicinal. Alfie has a vast knowledge base on the plants and their health benefits! I learned so much about permaculture and sustainable living. This truly is my home away from home. I had the ability to travel around, meet locals, learn the languages and make friendships that will last a life time. He truly knows how to show you an incredible time. I will be coming back 💜

9 months ago

Alfie replied

Having you was an honor and I enjoyed my role as a host in your case and I wish every host gets to have a volunteer of your caliber at least once in their tenure! Wish you the best and you are always welcome here at the ranch 🙏⭐

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