This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka bespoke holiday, south west explorer
Our qualified driver-guides take pride in their work and enjoy educating our clients as to the best way to behave in order to protect the environment and in particular, avoid encouraging the exploitation of animals, for example, by not taking pictures of chained up animals which encourages locals to capture wild animals to be used as tourist attractions. Our local partner in Sri Lanka was one of the first tour operators to boycott these attractions, preferring to recommend opportunities to see wildlife in its natural environment, such as in Yala or Bundala National Parks. Our local partner provides annual training programmes and a strict set of rules and regulations with regards to responsible tourism and the environment which staff and suppliers are expected to adhere to. These include, safari jeeps maintaining the correct distance from wildlife and not exceeding a speed limit when in Yala and Minneriya National Parks. Vehicles are well maintained and run with minimum impact to the environment and all vehicles used need to pass an annual MOT and Green test. We encourage taking any opportunity to explore locations on foot, by bicycle or by public transport, such as hiring bicycles in Polonnaruwa or taking the train in the hills.
Where possible, we stop at local tea houses and farm houses for local delicacies, strong sweet teas and coconuts. The train journey through the hill country provides a fantastic opportunity for our clients to mix with the local people. By sharing the same carriages and conversing with the Sri Lankans, visitors can really get an authentic taste for life in the area. Our driver-guides take pride in imparting their knowledge to our clients, and will ensure that you are informed of the best way to behave in certain situations, such as at holy sites, in order to avoid inadvertently causing offence to the local people. This tour provides you with the opportunity to really see Sri Lankan culture, both historic and present, through interacting with the local people, exploring ancient cities and temples, and watching the cultural show in Kandy, getting a glimpse of the fantastic Kandyan Dancing and Drumming. We always try to ensure that our tours benefit the local communities, one way that this can be seen is through the income provision through visiting tea factories int he hill country. We also recommend local restaurants, as not only is Sri Lankan food delicious, you are helping to support the local economies too.