Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka holiday, small group
Our Group Tours are designed to provide excellent service while limiting damage to local communities and helping them to conserve and protect their heritage.
On our tours in Sri Lanka, we go to great lengths to limit our interactions with the local wildlife. In Unawatuna we visit the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, an important sanctuary that aims at rehabilitate orphaned elephants. The money from this goes directly back to the organisation.
A fantastic and delicate ecosystem, entry to National Parks is included in the cost of the tour with the funds going towards the maintenance and conservation of the wildlife native to Sri Lanka. We maintain the legal distance from animals at all times. Any feeding or touching of the wildlife is done so under strict controls and under the supervision of experienced conservationists.
Carbon Offset Scheme:
Working in partnership with international conservation charity World Land Trust in our continuing quest to establish and maintain our position as a leader in responsible travel, we are offering a new way for our travellers to make a real contribution to the health of the planet - the Carbon Offset Scheme. When you book your tour with us you will be able to offset a portion of your share of the carbon emissions created while you are on your tour. We will calculate what clients have donated, and donate an additional 10% of the total to World Land Trust. Your contributions will be made directly to World Land Trust and we will not receive any direct financial benefit or commission from these donations.
Our Sri Lanka Group Tours all include excellent guided tours of cities to areas off the tourist trail. At some sites including Anuradhapura, we use locally employed guides that have expert knowledge of the area. Travellers will visit fish markets and temples, learning about local communities.
Our tour leaders will make sure that passengers wear the correct clothing when visiting temples in order to respect beliefs. Visits to cultural shows and dances will give travellers a greater understanding of the local cultures while learning about them in a respectful and responsible manner. An example of this is when we have the sunset tour of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy. This included excursion features a traditional evening cultural dance show.