Sri Lanka highlights tour, tailor made
Description of Sri Lanka highlights tour, tailor made
This three week tailor made tour of Sri Lanka allows you to explore the country in the comfort of a private vehicle driven by an English-speaking tour guide. It’s up to you as to how much time you spend in each setting and which particular highlight or topic of interest you want to pay closer attention to.
Throughout the tour you’ll be staying within a series of small, locally owned hotels and guesthouses as well as being able to benefit from local recommendations and areas of interest that aren’t shown in the guide books.
Sri Lanka is a country rich in tea plantations, ancient temples and stunning natural landscapes and if you’re looking to visit the key UNESCO sites and the lesser-known cultural and natural gems then this tailor made tour is certainly one of the best ways to do just that.
From train rides past mountain waterfalls to wildlife watching in Yala National Park, this is your chance to experience the highlights of Sri Lanka before kicking back on the beaches of Balapitiya to rest and relax for the remainder of your holiday.
1 Reviews of Sri Lanka highlights tour, tailor made
Reviewed on 30 Jul 2018 by Kim Plumb
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Seeing leopards drinking at the waterside and sloth bears at Wilpattu National Park.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
We went on a wildlife tour of Sri Lanka and suggest you give yourselves a few rest days between safaris to recuperate as well as giving you more time to enjoy
the resorts where you are staying.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Safari guides and drivers were employed from the local community as were hotel staff. The hotels where we stayed were environmentally aware. The National Parks are governed by guidelines to support conservation.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Excellent, we saw lots of wildlife as well as learning much about the culture, history and day to day lives of the Sri Lankan people. Everyone was very friendly
and helpful. Finally our guide and driver were outstanding; they made our holiday very special as nothing was too much trouble and we were always joking
and having lots of fun with them. They have become true friends.
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.