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.
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.