This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka family adventure holiday
ENERGY: We use small boutique hotels in Sri Lanka with a focus on responsible practices. The Mudhouse is a hotel particularly focused on environmental sustainability. It is an eco-lodge built with local materials and extensive know-how in traditional Sri Lankan style.
Electricity in the various Mudhouse huts is generated by solar power and the design of the open hut structures allow breezes to flow through the buildings – a natural coolant. A private reservoir in keeping with the artificial tanks of the cultural triangle allows guests to swim or kayak within the hotel grounds. The Mudhouse has its own organic farm where a variety of rice, herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables are grown. All waste is recycled into compost and guests are welcome to join in at any stage of the farming process.
WILDLIFE: Wilpattu National Park is one of the more undiscovered reserves in Sri Lanka. There are fewer cars than the more popular Zone 1 of Yala and so the wildlife within is less disturbed by human activity.
Minneriya National Park is arguably one of the best places to see elephant groups in the wild during the natural phenomena ‘The Gathering.’ It allows visitors to see troupes in their natural environment and will certainly top any experience with a captive elephant.
FRIENDS & NEIGHBOURS: At the Mudhouse all meals are made by hand in the open kitchen where guests are welcome to learn traditional Sri Lankan cooking methods. The buildings are all maintained by locals and for any extra building work, villagers are employed with their traditional construction knowledge. All staff are trained in hospitality and activities on offer are largely carbon neutral, including walking, cycling, swimming, kayaking and yoga.
The Abode has a particularly special impact on a local community. It is a creative community tourism project aiming to preserve a village community that has shrunk to just six people. Staying in a remote village accessible only be a three hour trek, holidaymakers will live among the remaining indigenous inhabitants. Visitors stay in a village house with a local couple with basic accommodation and assimilate with their way of life.
A FAIR DEAL: We offer our chauffeur guides a wage that is much higher than the national average. We also provide yearly training as well as recognition programs for the guides who secured the best client feedback.
LOCAL CRAFTS AND CULTURE: We encourage our clients to eat like a local, staying on breakfast board basis in hotels so that there is more choice to support local restaurants and eateries. We encourage our guides to show our clients the best small family run eateries and to avoid heavily commercialised outlets.