With a strong commitment to small-scale sustainable tourism, we work with
our partner, the Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation, to support low-income
rural cooperatives in Sri Lanka: toddy tappers, mask makers, organic fruit
farmers and conservationists.
Our transport is by trains, buses, boats and bicycles; we stay as guests in
local homes; eat home-cooked Sri Lanka cuisines, and find plenty of time to
relax and enjoy ourselves on the way. There'll be the chance for mangrove
walks, forest treks, fishing in catamarans, spout baths, cooking and most of
all - absorbing the sublime atmosphere, and warmth and generosity of Sri
Ours is the antithesis of mass tourism - we don't churn people on and off
coaches. Founded and led by Kumar (who was born and brought up in Sri
Lanka), we're more concerned about giving you the chance to see Sri Lanka
for real and giving local people the respect and support they deserve.
Member since: 03 Jan 2003
How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
Kumar, the owner and tour guide, is Sri Lankan (although he resides in New York) and everyone involved in the tour is from Sri Lanka - both Sinhalese and Tamil.
Good, clean accommodation will be provided in the homes of local people or in local hotels. Delicious home-cooked curries and fresh tropical fruits will be prepared by your hosts or by our own cooks.
By staying with local Sri Lankans, travellers will participate in lifestyles that are themselves sustainable – we'll eat locally produced, and largely organic foods, bathe in spout baths and waterfalls; use local transport including three wheelers, bicycles and bullock carts; cook dinner with local fishermen; visit local environmental projects.
We operate from Kumar's house and don't own or use a car.
Our tours are designed in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation to ensure that we visit local projects and support the communities we are visiting.
All hosts and homestays are local, shopping will be done in local towns and markets.
Pre-travel packs will be provided in advance of each tour.
Kumar is an Indian-Sri Lankan based in the UK - he knows his destination and his travellers well. A childhood on a homestead followed by studies in sustainable agriculture brought him closer to S. Asia's land and people - his hands-on, ethical tours reflect this.