Sri Lanka highlights tour, small group

“Highlights come thick and fast on this fantastic two-week tour of Sri Lanka, from World Heritage treasures to temples, tea plantations and village visits.”

Highlights

Negombo | Dambulla | Sigiriya – climb Lion Rock | Village life | Polonnaruwa | Maduruoya National Park | Jeep safari | Dambana village | Time with Vedda indigenous community | Kandy | Peradeniya botanical gardens | White-water rafting on Kelani River | Belani Cave | Walk to waterfall | Dalhousie | Optional: climb Adam’s Peak | Nuwara Eliya | Horton Plains National Park | Scenic trail to Ella | Koggala | Optional: whale watching | Galle Fort | Colombo

Description of Sri Lanka highlights tour, small group

With beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife, atmospheric towns and numerous World Heritage gems, Sri Lanka is a fascinating and rewarding destination, and this small group highlights tour follows a looping course to take in its finest sites and quiet corners.

Sri Lanka has been the home of the Sinhalese since the 6th century BC, and the Portuguese, Dutch and British have all colonised it, leaving their mark in its architecture and exceptional cuisine. This small group tour visits celebrated highlights, including the Lion Rock fortress of Sigiriya and the UNESCO recognised delights of Kandy, Dambulla and Polonnaruwa. It also explores Sri Lanka’s lush landscapes, with an optional climb to the top of Adam’s Peak, some gentle rafting on the Kelani River and time in the misty tea plantations of the hill country. We will spend time in small villages, too, learning about rural life, and will meet the Vedda tribespeople of Dambana, Sri Lanka’s indigenous people.

This 14 day tour draws to an end on the south coast, where you can relax on the beach, take a whale watching tour and explore Galle with its historic Fort, before ending in Colombo.

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01 Dec 2018
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka highlights tour, small group

Environment

We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to each one of our trips, and as a responsible tour operator, it is something we are careful and steadfast about promoting. Each one of our guides are trained to uphold, promote and put into practice such responsible behaviour, especially in wilderness areas or whilst travelling to UNESCO heritage sites, which many of our trips undoubtedly do. We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable bottles. We understand this is not always possible in countries where tap water is not safe to drink.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.

When you take one of our tours, me make a contribution to ‘Carbon Clear’ – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flights. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on our behalf through sustainable energy or rain forestation.

On this particular trip, The Hill Club Hotel grows its own vegetables and herbs, reducing its carbon footprint.

We are very aware of the economic, ecological and ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures and fragile environments. We realise that taking clients through such remote regions may well have a negative impact on the environment if not handled responsibly. As such, on all of our trips we go to great length to minimalise the negative and accentuate the positive – after all, there also many beneficial factors that a traveller can bring.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit.

When you take one of our tours, me make a contribution to ‘Carbon Clear’ – an organisation devoted to ‘offsetting’ or ‘neutralising’ harmful greenhouse gas emissions caused by your flights. This is done by funding projects across the world that will reduce greenhouse gases on our behalf through sustainable energy or rain forestation.

Community

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that we have been committed to since our conception. It is part of our core sets of beliefs that these words are not simply scattered nonchalantly into our literature and on our website but moreover that they are central to each and every trip. Our adventures are therefore carefully curated celebrating all that is local from the people, to the culture. We believe that a successful trip delivers a unique and authentic journey for our clients, but furthermore benefits the people whose land we have the privilege of encountering.

On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.

On Day 5 of this particular Group Tour, we spend time with the local Vedda chief in his village, learning about the history and traditions of Sri Lanka’s last indigenous people. The tented camp accommodation is situated on the borders of the Dambana village, which uphold a traditional and virtually untouched Vedda tribal culture, as outsiders are not permitted to stay in the village. The Veddas are the last remaining tribe of indigenous Sri Lankan people and their ancestry and hunter-gatherer lifestyle traces back to 18000 BC. Only the chief of the Veddas, Uruwarige Wanniyaleththo, will be able to grant you permission to participate into the communal activities, as is tradition, so the upmost respect is required of travellers. If granted permission, you will enjoy a cultural performance and a barbeque under the stars. By staying in this tented camp, you are participating in the maintenance of Dambana village and the Vedda tribe historical lifestyle. We ensure jobs are sustained within an industry that supports cultural diversity.

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