Sri Lanka wildlife and culture holiday
Description of Sri Lanka wildlife and culture holiday
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.
1 Reviews of Sri Lanka wildlife and culture holiday
4 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 24 Jan 2022 by Caroline Sweeting
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Getting within touching distance of wild Asian elephants in one of the National Parks, and seeing them interact with each other, magical!
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Beware of the leeches if you go to Sinharaja forest for the bird watching walk. Wear long pale coloured trousers tucked into long thick socks, so you can see
them and remove them before they bite hopefully.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Everywhere I went local people were employed and I would hope that the entrance fees to the various National Parks supports the conservation work
within. I made a point of doing a beach clean at my last hotel on the coast and talked to the hotel staff about it encouraging them to take responsibility for the
rubbish which ends up in the ocean.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Amazing! If you like history, wildlife, spicy food, friendly people and beautiful scenery then Sri Lanka is the place to go.
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.
PlanetWe 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’. 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.
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 you will have a chance to visit Wilpattu National Park, Minneria National Nark, Sinharaja Rain Fores. and also Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home. Purchasing tickets to these places helps financially to conserve these environments. These places depends on tourism and therefore flora and fauna have to be maintained. We work with guides that are aware of environmental issues of the places, including elephant-human conflicts. They instruct our clients how to behave to not disturb the natural environment.
We offer many opportunities for our clients to experience what the ‘real’ Sri Lanka is.
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.
To ensure environmental awareness of our clients we provide them with detailed environmental information about places they visit, and how they can help.
We know our product well. We give instructions and training to our employees so they can provide the best and in-depth knowledge about the places that we are promoting.
Our clients are being inform how they can contribute to protect environment financially or if they would like to get involved in some local projects.
PeopleMy promise to support my community:
Our specialist team designs each and every holidays with responsible holidays and ethical tourism approach.
We organise ethical & responsible holidays to Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius and Maldives.
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.
One important area for sustainable tourism that we wish to highlight is ‘tea and spices’. In this tour you will have a chance to experience spice gardens and visit tea factory. Tea and spices are often purchased by tourists in Sri Lanka and taken home as a gift for friends or family. In our tours around Sri Lanka we encourage our clients to visit fairly-traded and organic tea and spices plantations. We also inform and advice our clients where they can buy products that have been fairly-traded. You can buy the products directly cutting middle man and giving better income for farmers.
When you will be touring there are many opportunities to stop for refreshment. We advise to stop in small places and try something unique: you have to try a king coconut drink! It is the best refreshment while travelling in and about Sri Lanka. It is always cool, and refreshing. It is full of minerals. Most importantly, this small purchase will contribute to the small local businesses.
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.
On this tour you have the option to a stay with a local family. This is a great opportunity to learn about the country and the culture. You can learn how to make traditional rice and curry from the locals. What a great cultural exchange!
Our promises to support communities in this tour show that we implement responsible tourism wherever is possible in this program.
For example, you will have an opportunity to visit local villages where you can purchase craft and art directly from the craft man. In Cultural Triangle, especially near Sigiriya there are many places to stop. 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.
When visiting Kandy you will see a cultural show. The income from the ticket sale help to preserve local traditions and culture alive.
Visiting Temple of Tooth in Kandy 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 attractions, like Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Parks we will use a local guides. They are self educated guides who depend on tourism financially.
We use many small, locally own accommodations. You will support communities by staying in these places.
Your visit to Elephant Transit Home (ETH) will be very nice experience. The orphan wild elephants are treated, raised and released back to the wild, also is located at Udawalawe (not to be confused with Pinnawella, which we do not promote as there are proofs of animal cruelty). Purchasing ticket will help to maintain the place but you can also donate money.
We provide a list of places as well as local communities and institutions if you would like to leave donations.
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.