Sri Lanka luxury beach holiday

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka luxury beach holiday

Environment

We work with selected local providers who are very committed to give guests the most authentic and original travel experience in Sri Lanka while leaving a lighter footprint on your trip. Our excursions maintain small-group sizes to limit the negative environmental impact in accordance to the carrying capacity of the visited site.

When traveling to Sri Lanka, you support a country that puts a lot of effort into sustainable tourism and good environmental management practices related to energy, water, waste water and solid management practices. For example, around 70 to 88% of Sri Lanka’s hotels use solar power and energy efficient lighting methods.

- Accommodation & Environment
For your tour we have chosen responsible resorts like the Teardrop Group, a family-run, personal, small and single use plastic-aware hotel company. Your stay at Wallawwa for example will support a resort that uses LED lightbulbs and filtered water to cut down on plastic water bottles. They monitor their energy/water usage and use solar water heating. The Wallawwa’s own extensive fruit and vegetable garden supplies fresh produce where possible to the hotels’ restaurants.
Also the Why House, where you will spend 4 nights, recycles all plastics, composts their vegetable waste and uses solar power to heat the hot water. The pool uses ultra violet to cut down on chlorine and grey water is used for the gardens. Over the coming months they will replace nearly 600 light bulbs with LED.

We are trying to keep the extra unneeded waste to a minimum in all our tours through our “bring it in, bring it out” policy for litter and rubbish such as food packaging and recycling wherever possible. In our UK and local offices we re-use or recycle the information booklets we provide to every client on arrival wherever possible. We also concentrate on providing information online via our website and electronically rather then producing a glossy brochure, hence reducing the use of paper and inks.

- Transport
Wherever possible we will try to include non-motorized ways of transport to limit your impact. In this trip, you will go on a bike ride through the paddy trail, on a guided walk at Galle Fort and you can take a boat trip on Koggala Lake. For our vehicles, we make sure that sizes are as small as appropriate and proper licensing on vehicles and certifying to national emission standards are maintained.

- Culture & Buildings
Your entrance fee to visit the Mulkirigala temple will contribute to the conservation of this ancient Buddhist temple site on 205 meter high rocks. Also visiting the home and gardens of Lunuganga by important architect Geoffrey Bawa will contribute to the Geoffrey Bawa Trust whose mission is the advancement and promotion of education and knowledge and the furtherance of interest in ecological and environmental studies, architecture, fine arts and more. The Trust has set up a national award scheme to recognise and reward significant examples of contemporary Sri Lankan architecture. The aim of the scheme is both to foster the production of good architecture and to encourage its wider appreciation in the community. The scheme is generally acknowledged to have had a very marked effect on architecture in developing countries.

You will receive personal history lessons with a specialized guide on your visit to Galle Fort. This historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, maintains even after more than 423 years a polished appearance, due to extensive reconstruction work done by Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.

- Nature
Sri Lanka is full of bountiful beaches, wildlife and natural areas. You will experience the wild Mawella coastline and maybe be able to swim with giant turtles at Dalawella Beach. You have the chance to meditate with the birds in the Mutharajawela Wetlands that cover over 6000 hectares. The mixing of seawater with wetland over thousands of years has led to an integrated coastal ecosystem that is biologically diverse and teeming with life. A variety of mangroves and other types of flora including medicinal plants are found alongside mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and 102 species of birds, 48 species of butterflies and 40 different species of fish, some of which are endemic.

You can visit the Yala National Park and see animals in their natural habitats. Yala has one of the world's densest leopard populations (less than 50). Expect to see elephants, sloth bears, sambar deer, spotted deer, wild boar, crocodiles, monkeys and buffalos. Or you can spot wild Sri Lankan Elephants in its natural habitat at the Udawalawe National Park, that covers almost 31,000 hectares.
Your visits at these National Parks will contribute to the Department of Wildlife Conservation, who is the primary entity responsible for the maintenance of the national parks and wildlife reserves and the Sri Lankan Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe.

Community

We strive to help our clients connect with Sri Lanka and its local population in interesting and insightful ways. Our partners have a reputation for possessing an intimate, in-depth knowledge of Sri Lanka, with purposeful dedication towards enabling guests meaningful experiences. This has benefited not only clients and operators, providing more fulfilling trips, but is also positively impacting our host communities, providing immediate income and making their lives more sustainable and productive.

- Supporting the community
Our local partners have helped many hosts to develop their experiences from a product development and pricing perspective, elevating their experience and its value. They have developed experiences from scratch with many hosts and communities to provide jobs and income to local populations e.g. The Sri Lankan Garden (also incredibly sustainable operation) and most recently with the new East Coast Project., working with an Australian NGO to develop experiences on the East Coast of the Sri Lanka, employing local staff and hosts in an area where there is a significant need. We choose our partners carefully and are constantly on the lookout for grassroots conservation projects and fair trade initiatives.

There are many of the hotels we work with that employ the majority of their staff from the local area, many have community initiatives in place and offer lucrative employment options in comparison to other trades.

- Campaigns & Charity
For many years our partners have worked with a small collection of schools where they have arranged for clients to help construct toilets, paint classrooms and have worked with charities such as The Foundation of Goodness and Child Action Lanka.

When staying at the Wallawwa, you can contribute to the gift shop, whose sales go to Wallawwa CARE, that raises funds for the local community; this includes donating to schools, sponsoring the education of local children, donating medicines and helping families with losses.

Also your hotel The Last House has built and continues to fund Santhosa, an award-winning primary school in Seenimodera, near resort. Following the damage and destruction of local schools by the tsunami, and in memory of the owner’s late wife Sarah, money was donated to build this school in 2005. Generous funding from benefactors in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and other countries has helped the school grow into a shining example of Montessori methods; it recently won a government award for ‘Best Pre-School’ in the Hambantota/Southern Provincial District. Manor House Concepts continues to fund the school and every time a guest stays for two or more nights, US$5 from their bill is donated to the school.

- Local culture, tradition & connection
You will visit the Ambalangoda Mask Museum, an institution that has remained in the Wijesuriya family for five generation and serves as a cultural center with a small library, mask workshop and mask museum. Your contribution will help the family to uphold the tradition of mask making and cultural plays in Sri Lanka, and sustain local employment.

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