Best of Sri Lanka 21 day holiday

“This three week tailor made tour of Sri Lanka features the island's 'must see' favourites as well as a few local recommendations, curtesy of your personal guide/driver.”

Highlights

Anuradhapura | Great Nallur Temple | Jaffna Dutch Fort | Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth | Polonnaruwa ancient ruins | Sigiriya rock fortress | tea plantation and tea tasting | boat safari in Gal Oya National Park | scenic high altitude train ride | elephant transit home | safari drive in Wilpattu National Park | Dutch Galle Fort |

Description of Best of Sri Lanka 21 day holiday

This three week tailor made tour of Sri Lanka takes travellers from north to south to provide an all-encompassing introduction to the island from the comfort of a private car driven by a knowledgeable local guide. Starting in Anuradhapur you’ll be invited to experience some of Sri Lanka’s best national parks and ancient temples where everything from wildlife to waterfalls becomes a daily part of life just as readily as tea plantations and crumbling citadels.

From spotting sloths and leopards on safari in Wilpattu National Park to gazing offshore for signs of blue whales, this 21 day holiday is all about discovering Sri Lanka at a pace that suits you with classic highlights and lesser-known sites adding to an awfully exotic adventure.

UNESCO sites also come thick and fast in Sri Lanka with Anuradhapura, the Temple of the Tooth, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya all adding to an itinerary that’s as exciting as culturally enlightening. Stunning natural landmarks are commonplace too with a boat ride through Gal Oya National Park and a train journey to Jaffna both conjuring a look at life in Sri Lanka from a whole new perspective.

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Departure information

Tailor made: Available all year where everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way.
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Responsible tourism: Best of Sri Lanka 21 day holiday

Environment

We love our planet. Our philosophy is that the holiday you take shouldn’t be at the cost of the environment. A commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism is part of our DNA and your holiday will be designed with this in mind. Our local partners are very well informed about the standards we have set and we ensure that they closely adhere to them. Our responsible tourism promise aims to ‘ creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit’. Our specialist team designs each and every holidays with responsible holidays and ethical tourism approach. We give many opportunities for our clients to experience what the ‘real’ Sri Lanka is.

Environment and sustainability is high on our list of concerns. We take pride in the achievement of a healthy balance between environment, local people and YOU, the tourist.To ensure environmental awareness of our clients we provide them with detailed environmental information about places they visit, and how they can help. Visits to nature reserves and national parks are popular among holidaymakers to Sri Lanka. We give instructions to both our clients and guides on how to minimise impact on environment disturbance to the wildlife.

During this tour we promote visits to National Parks, that includes Yala. We encourage our customers to read about wildlife in Yala before visiting and spread awareness of environmental problems, including declining of animal species. When people are aware of these problems they are tent to care more about the environment. When visiting protected area we inform our clients to respect the environment and to ensure minimum impact.

You will also be visiting Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawa National Park. This place is very important for elephants protection. Elephant Transit Home (ETH), where the orphan wild elephants are treated, raised and released back to the wild, also is located at Udawalawe. Visitors to this place can observe how the elephants are taken care of, twice a day. Total number of orphaned elephants exceeds 40, of which most of them are calves and juveniles. Unlike other places in Sri Lanka this elephant orphanage is genuinely helping animals. Here you will also learn about elephant-human problem and you can help by donate directly to the place.

We ensure that the hotels that we choosing for our holidays are doing something good for the environment, from recycling through growing their own fruits and vegetables to using solar power. These practises reduce impact on the environment. Our clients are informed of how they can contribute to protect environment financially or if they would like to get involved in some local projects.

Community

We provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues. We are a responsible travel company and has confidence in our capacity to operate as one because we do know the country well. We can truly give you detailed advice about the places you want to visit that would be of benefit to locals and to the environment, whilst serving your need to realise your holiday aspirations.

One important area for sustainable tourism that we wish to highlight is ‘tea and spices’. Tea and spices are often purchased by tourists in Sri Lanka and taken home as a gift for friends or family. During this tour you will have a chance to visit tea plantations and spice gardens where you can buy the products directly cutting the middle man and giving better income for farmers. We also inform and advice our clients where they can buy products that have been fairly-traded. We encourage our clients to eat at least one meal per day in local restaurants. This is beneficial for both local businesses and for tourists. Local businesses will gain the economic benefits through income and tourist will get unforgettable experience by interacting with local people.

Our promises to support communities in this tour show that we implement responsible tourism wherever is possible in this program.
You will have an opportunity to visit local village where you can purchase craft and art directly from the craft man. You will also have many chances to try delicious, traditional food from small restaurants. Local communities will greatly benefit from the income. Local economy will also benefit as products are grown locally. On this tour you have the option to a stay with a local family. This is a great opportunity to learn about the country. You can learn how to make traditional rice and curry from the locals!

Visiting temples will help you to understand local traditions, culture and religion. Having knowledge about these will help you to understand and respect their life. We inform our clients about local culture, customs, how to behave, and what to wear whilst visiting places so as not to not offend local people and their culture. When visiting Kandy you will see a cultural show. The income from the ticket sale help to preserve local traditions and culture alive.

We provide a list of places as well as local communities and institutions if you would like to leave donations.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sri Lanka is an island of diversity from world heritage sites, amazing coastline to an abundance of wildlife and conservation. It's impossible to highlight one particular place or part of the holiday as being special as each has its own appeal and memories. It was just the right mix for us.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take time to absorb each place and experience. It just can't be rushed.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Tourism is a major economy in Sri Lanka and therefore many people work in the industry. Sadly they are not always employed in their immediate neighbourhood.. There was much environmental awareness especially in hotel accommodation and conservation was much in evidence.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


An excellent experience overall. Must say we've never encountered such 'smiley' people.

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