Family holiday in Sri Lanka
Description of Family holiday in Sri Lanka
Introduce the kids to the Indian subcontinent and an authentic travel experience with this family holiday in Sri Lanka. This 12 day break is a well balanced and well paced mix of sightseeing, activities and free time. Explore the cave temples of Dambulla, climb to the top of the Lion Rock fortress in Sigiriya to admire the magnificent views and tour the tea plantations around Bandarawela. In Kandy, visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth before enjoying dinner and a dance lesson in the home of a local family. Meet some of Sri Lanka’s abundant wildlife, too, on safari in Udawalawe National Park, home to monkeys and leopards, then meet infant elephants at a local rescue centre. Finally, wrap up your holiday with some chill out time on the beautiful beaches of Mirissa.
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PlanetAs a global tour operator, we take our role in tourism extremely seriously. We recognise the impact tourism has on local communities and environments and we plan and travel with this at the forefront of our minds at all times.
We incorporate the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travellers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. We expect our staff and travellers to travel with the principles of responsible travel in mind and endeavour to demonstrate these values at all times - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.
This trip gives our travellers a chance to integrate into the local culture and get involved with the daily practices of Sri Lanka. We visit a locally family run coconut plantation and learn how the coconut is used from ‘nose to tail’. A main ingredient in almost all Sri Lankan dishes, we learn that the whole tree, the roots and leaves, as well as the husk are put to good use. Our visit encourages travellers to minimise their waste distribution by learning how to utilise every aspect of the locally sourced foods.
PeopleWe encourage deep and meaningful connections with the local people and on this trip we meet with local people and learn how their livelihoods were affected by the 2008 tsunami. The experiences our travellers have here give them a real insight into Sri Lankan culture and provide them with a snap shot of daily life after this disaster. We also spend time with a local family, joining them in preparation for the evening meal which we are invited to.
We use local restaurants and businesses wherever possible to support the local economy and this puts imperative financial resources back into the community. On this particular trip, we peruse the local seafood market for the ‘catch of the day’ and have it cooked up at a local seaside restaurant. Our travellers take a master class to learn the local way of cooking seafood and spend time and eat lunch with a local Tamil family, taking in the distinct flavours that the Tamil cuisine offers.
Our commitment to sustainable tourism doesn’t stop when our tour does. We use local transport wherever possible on our tours. We run and support a variety of projects, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and environmental and wildlife protection. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Donations come from our travellers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.