Sri Lanka Walking Holidays
Description of Sri Lanka Walking Holidays
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetThis trip takes you to both the urban and actual jungle. We are proud of the wildlife in our country and we want to bring you as close as possible without stressing the wildlife. We do not promote any “animal centres” during our trips. We only do small groups into these forests and take special care to not distress the flora or fauna here.
Obviously we have a leave no waste behind policy and also encourage our guests and guides to clean up the places they visit. On this tour we will be providing fruits and other refreshments during the walks. Our guides will segregate the waste. The organic waste would be deposited in the surrounding farms, while the plastic waste would be carried with us till the next recycling collection point. We don’t use plastic water bottles. There will be a 20L can where you can refill your water bottles.
Water scarcity is a major problem for Sri Lanka. Our drivers and guides are trained to use minimum water while still keeping the vehicles and cycles clean. We also encourage the hotels to use water conservation techniques. There are signs to guest to use less water is just one small step towards reducing our water foot print.
We try and use hybrid vehicles whenever possible and will always have the right size vehicle for you.
PeopleOur trips our designed, planned and operated by us, the locals. We operate in areas where our guides grew up. Eat in restaurants we enjoy. Use the services of friends and family. All our local guides are from the area where we are operating. The guides on our trips started out with humble beginnings, but now are proud to represent our company and country.
The whole point of a walking holiday, is to be able to stop and engage with the local communities. Are guides will stop whenever they see something interesting en route. Stop and talk to the farmers, fishermen and vegetable sellers. All the fruits and refreshments provided on the trip are bought from the local vendors en route. This provides additional income to them.
Sri Lanka is on the brink of suffering from over tourism. In order to fight this we try and spread out tourist both in terms of timing as well as destinations.
We try and support local charities when we can. We organise an annual cycling event that generates funds for children suffering from Cerebral Palsy.
We do not promote commission based tourism, instead we promote shops run by local cooperatives. Look out for the “Hela Bojun” restaurants, run by the local women’s cooperatives. Some of the guided walks are designed and run by local residents and the cost of these walks go directly to them without us taking any commissions on top.