Weddings in Sri Lanka
Description of Weddings in Sri Lanka
Arranging a wedding in Sri Lanka will give you a truly memorable start to married life. On this 15-day tailor made tour you’ll exchange your vows at Kahanda Kanda, a gorgeous boutique hotel set on a 12-acre tea estate just outside the heritage city of Galle. You’ll have a couple of days at leisure before the ceremony itself, so there’s plenty of time to explore the local rice fields and beaches, returning each evening to sleep in your plush suite, which comes complete with a private pool and garden.
Your wedding day can be tailored to suit your preferences, but it will include the ceremony and a private reception, including a photographer, wedding cake, champagne and dinner. All paperwork will be arranged for you.
After your wedding day you’ll head off to celebrate your vows, visiting Yala West National Park, Hill Country and Kandy, and staying in chic boutique hotels on beautiful grounds in each location.
The above is a sample itinerary. We specialise in bespoke tailor-made weddings in Sri Lanka, so you can choose from a variety of different locations and customise your ceremony according to you wishes. A Sri Lankan ceremony performed on a special decorative marriage dais (Poruwa) perhaps? Or celebrate with dancers and beating drums? After tying the knot, you can choose to spend your honeymoon in Sri Lanka or head to the Maldives for some island pampering.
PlanetWildlife Conservation and Rehabilitation
Sri Lanka has diverse habitats and a great variety of indigenous wildlife and plant life. To help maintain breeding populations of some of the more vulnerable animal species endemic to the island, conservation projects have been started. Through our tailor made Sri Lanka holidays we encourage travellers to visit some of these projects to support their conservation work.
The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild. We are an active supporter of Born Free and its animal welfare campaigns, and we encourage all travellers to be aware of potential animal exploitation while on their holidays.
For instance, we do not promote or visit Pinnewala Elephant ‘Orphanage’ following adverse reports from Travellers’ Animal Alert, the global animal welfare campaign of the Born Free Foundation we support, and some of our own customers who visited independently.
Also, we no longer visit the Turtle Conservation Project at Rekawa after feedback of the unprofessional and potentially harmful actions of local rangers as well as the irresponsible and insensitive behaviour of some visitors.
In addition, we no longer visit the Elephant Transit Home (ETH) at Uda Walawe since it was found that some handlers were mistreating the elephants. The Born Free Foundation has rescinded its endorsement of the rehabilitation centre until practices are improved and return to the standards expected by international best practice guidelines. Born Free is currently in negotiation with the ETH and hopefully we will be able to return there in the future.
Please contact us for more details.
Born Free Foundation
The Born Free Foundation is an international wildlife charity working throughout the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild. Born Free's Travellers’ Animal Alert campaign works around the world to generate a greater public awareness of animal suffering and exploitation, encouraging the public to report animal 'attractions' they encounter both in the UK and abroad, and to promote the philosophies of the Born Free Foundation.
We are an active supporter their Travellers’ Animal Alert and we encourage all travellers to be aware of potential animal exploitation while on their holidays.
In order to help Travellers’ Animal Alert, we promote the following guidelines as a provider of responsible tourism:
• Promote Travellers’ Animal Alert in our customer travel documents and on our website
• Pledge not to promote any exploitative animal 'attraction' through our company literature or website
• Encourage all our holiday service providers not to promote any activity that involves animal exploitation
• Encourage our staff and customers to look out for captive animal exploitation and report any suffering to Travellers’ Animal Alert
• Actively encourage compassionate and responsible tourism.
There is no need of generators at the mobile tented campsites since all energy required is produced via renewable sources. The campsites use photovoltaic cells to produce solar power for the lights in the tents to recharging batteries in the jeeps. Not only does this mean that there are no power cuts, it also means that there is no need for a noisy generator – solar power is totally silent – which benefits the environment and the safari experience by reducing noise and air pollution. We believe that for the perfect safari you should be able to enjoy the blissfully fresh air of the jungle and hear only the sounds of the wild, and in doing so we can fight climate change too!
Recycled paper is used at the campsites wherever possible to reduce paper waste and our safari camp specialist is working on going completely paper-free as it believes that trees belong with their roots – firmly in the ground. In the meantime, it ensures that as much paper as possible is recycled.
A range of organic toiletries are provided for showers and washing to ensure that unnecessary pollution is kept to a minimum around the nature reserves. The harsh chemicals found in certain soaps and shampoos can have a detrimental effect on the campsite and so all toiletries provided are 100% natural.
There is a serious attempt to reduce the amount of plastic used at the mobile safari campsites. Plastic bottles can be harmful to the environment as they are non-biodegradable and can be poisonous to wildlife. To cut down on plastics used within the park, our safari camp specialist provides stainless steel water bottles in tents as a re-usable and more sustainable alternative.
Eating sustainably doesn’t have to be at a sacrifice of the dining experience. Our safari camp specialist truly believes that it serves up some of the finest food you can find in Sri Lanka. All of the food is locally sourced, which means that it is not only supporting the local community and economy, but it is also reducing gas emissions and energy consumption caused by industrial farming and long-distance produce transportation. Over time, locally-sourced products help contribute to healthier soils, fresher air, and better water quality, as well as supporting small businesses and fighting climate change. Knowing that your food comes totally fresh and at no detriment to the environment means that you can enjoy our award-winning alfresco dining with the satisfaction that you are helping to save the environment, one bite at a time!
Reducing water consumption
• Less than 20% of the world's water is fresh water.
• Acute water shortage has become a recurring problem in many parts of Sri Lanka and the rest of the world.
• Conservation is the greatest resource when it comes to water supply.
Sri Lanka, like many countries around the world, suffers from acute water shortages at certain times of the year. Even though the island experiences two monsoons a year, the reservoirs and tanks are not of sufficient capacity to supply the country’s requirements. This not only causes water shortages in villages and towns – in some areas they are limited to only one hour’s supply a day during these periods – but also contributes to power cuts since much of Sri Lanka’s electricity is generated by hydroelectric power. Reducing water consumption while travelling in Sri Lanka will contribute directly to conserving essential water supplies. Much of the Sri Lankan population wash in rivers and lakes and so supplied fresh water is used mainly for cooking and drinking.
Limiting non-degradable waste production
In previous times many of the goods and products sold in Sri Lanka were packaged in natural biodegradable materials. Today, however, much of the packaging is non-degradable and this waste pollutes the environment, particularly when it is not disposed of correctly. Limiting the amount of non-degradable waste generated helps to preserve the environment and reduces the potential negative impact on wildlife.
• Try to buy goods and products in biodegradable packaging. For example, many pharmacies in Sri Lanka dispense medicines in paper bags rather than plastic bags.
• Limit the number of plastic carrier bags acquired when shopping by putting your purchases directly into your own bag without extra packaging.
• Reduce the number of plastic water bottles used by storing your drinking water in a re-usable water container. (Bringing a water filter, potable iodine solution or water purification tablets with you will help limit the number of water bottles required.)
• Always dispose of non-degradable waste carefully since it can have a detrimental effect on the environment and wildlife.
PeopleThrough our Sri Lanka weddings we actively encourage responsible and sustainable travel to Sri Lanka. By working on our Sri Lanka weddings closely with our associate company in Sri Lanka and other partner organisations, we are endeavouring to promote cultural exchange, social awareness, self-employment and self-development.
Sri Lanka weddings guides
We only employ English-speaking Sri Lankan chauffeur guides who are all licensed by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. Experienced guides for trekking, safaris and other specialist activities are hired locally and have extensive knowledge of their chosen area of expertise.
Sri Lanka weddings transportation
We offer private, bespoke holidays to Sri Lanka and Maldives for individuals, couples, families or groups of friends of up to eight persons. Our small group sizes allow us to use cars, small vans or jeeps when travelling around Sri Lanka and when visiting rural areas and national parks, where use of larger vehicles in such areas often results in widening and blacktopping of rural paths for coach access. The resulting effect on the environment can be devastating. We feel that our small group sizes also lead to less impact both on the environment and the people that we visit as well as allowing for more supervision, advice and explanations with the high ratio of guides to travellers. The vehicles used for our tours are all regularly serviced to maintain safety and comfort, and to reduce pollution levels.
Sri Lanka weddings accommodation
We actively promote intimate and authentic boutique hotels that employ local workers with a flair for hospitality, showcase traditional architecture and design, and excel in offering the true flavours of Sri Lankan cuisine - with a twist!
Sri Lanka weddings restaurants
Embracing local cuisine is an essential part of any holiday if the visitor is to understand the country’s culture and savour its culinary delights. Consequently, we encourage visitors to eat at traditional restaurants, roadside eateries, street vendors and market stalls in order for them to enjoy and experience authentic Sri Lankan food. This contributes directly to the local economy and provides employment in the local food industry, as well as helping to counter the opinion that tourists only eat Western-style fast food.
Local goods always make interesting souvenirs to take home for family and friends. Sri Lankan craftsmen are renowned for their jewellery making, metalwork, wood carving and weaving, and visits to artisans may be incorporated into this holiday at various points in the itinerary, particularly in Kandy and Galle. We encourage visitors who would like to take souvenirs home with them to buy locally produced goods since this helps to preserve traditional crafts while at the same time contributing to the local economy. On the other hand, we are totally against the illegal trade in endangered species and their products and therefore actively discourage visitors from buying such goods. We also do not condone the use of wood that does not originate from well-managed plantations independently certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council or that is illegally logged from ancient forests.
Sri Lanka community-led projects
The Asian Tsunami highlighted the plight of coastal communities in Sri Lanka and our initial projects were targeted at Sri Lankan individuals and communities devastated by the tsunami (please ask us for details). However, many other communities away from the coast also lack essential materials and services and our objective is to offer long-term support to such Sri Lankan individuals and communities. By channelling all donations received by Forgotten Village Sri Lanka (an independent charitable organisation) into community-based projects on the island, we hope to provide sustained assistance to these communities in their endeavour to improve their lives. We make a contribution to Forgotten Village Sri Lanka for every holiday booked.