Culture and history tour of Sri Lanka

“Tailor made ten day tour of Sri Lanka's cultural highlights. 1st class train tickets, 4-star accommodation, and your own private driver/guide - see Sri Lanka in style.”

Highlights

Guided tour of Colombo on a WWII Jeep | Dambulla Cave Temple | Elephant safari in Minneriya National Park | Have dinner with a local family in Polonnaruwa | Climb the steps to Sigiriya Rock Fortress | Temple of the Tooth, Kandy | 1st class train ride from Kandy to Ella | Tuk tuk tour through tea plantations | Beach time at Bentota |

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Culture and history tour of Sri Lanka

Environment

Having travelled extensively ourselves and witnessed first-hand how tourism can have either positive or negative effects on local communities and the environment, we always endeavour to leave a positive mark on all places we send clients and promote awareness of the local environment.

Our Sri Lanka itinerary has been designed with the intention of showing our travellers the beauty and wonders of this spectacular part of the world. A tour that combines the history of the country each rich in traditions, culture, history and unique nature as well as the beauty of the country. We take extra care and use different approaches in order to safeguard the diverse environments.

To begin with, we wanted to engage travellers in local activities with the aim of creating awareness about important environmental facts. During the stay in Sri Lanka, you will have the chance to go to a local village and get a cooking demonstration so you can see where the local food comes from and learn about how it is grown.

Where we stay: As a boutique travel company we strive to offer unique and authentic travel experiences in line with sustainable accommodation. Many of the resorts and operators we work with are eco-friendly and run their businesses in a more environmentally friendly manner. For instance, guests are offered free drinking water refills to minimise wastage of plastic bottles. While in remote areas, we carry rubbish with us and ensure we do not disturb anything in the natural environment. In Sri Lanka, our guests stay in boutique hotels which have been converted from a house into a hotel by a Sri Lankan family therefore we give back to the community of people that own these hotels.

While we are there: We ensure that our clients are given the correct guidance while visiting protected areas and/or heritage sites in order to minimise impacts on the environment and respect the natural wonders of the area. We collaborate with guides who are local to the area and have been trained, bettering their communities. Typically these areas also ask for a fee to appreciate the protected area. These fees go to conservation and infrastructure efforts directly supporting the reserve.

As a company: We strive to operate as a paperless company as far as possible, and recycle wherever facilities are available. We use toxic-free fair trade products whenever we can.

Community

Our tours are designed with the intention of maximising the benefits that our guests can have on the host community. This is the reason why we endeavour to follow responsible guidelines and teach guests about responsible tourism in order to encourage them to be mindful of the environment and respectful of local people and culture. With all our tailor-made trips we enjoy offering new routes and encourage travel to areas that are not on the main tourist trails and which further support smaller, local communities.

This tour will give you the chance to meet and engage with several communities. It will take you to a completely new world full of bright colours, delicious food and joyful people.

First of all, we believe that getting to know the locals and their daily life can dramatically help us to become better travellers and more respectful people. This is why we included cultural exhibitions and city tours where you will have the possibility to better understand the background of these counties, as well as meet and spend time and cook with locals to understand their daily lives and how they live.

We go out of our way on our tours to economically support the communities we visit. We use local drivers and guides from each city to make sure our clients get the true experience as well as giving back to each community we have the privilege to visit.

As A Company: We believe in the importance of showing respect for local people and their customs and try to emphasis this in the way our tours are arranged. Where possible we aim to create a bond between staff and traveller so our clients gain insight into the real life of local communities. We endeavour to keep our groups small, minimising the environmental and social impact that the participants have on the destination. Through travel with us, we aim to help meet an important local need by contributing to the area's economy, creating jobs and by eating locally sourced food and using locally sourced products.

Where we stay: As a boutique travel company we search for authenticity and uniqueness from the local suppliers and whenever possible, encourage our travellers to stay in privately owned accommodation. We believe that working with hotel/accommodation owners who source staff, products, services and produce from within the community gives the local people an opportunity to gain from the increase in tourism to the area.

While we are there: As previously mentioned, we work in partnership with locally employed guides who having been professionally trained, better their communities and provide insight into the local culture. We encourage interaction with local communities, however we keep our group sizes small and provide advice during the trip to ensure our impact on the indigenous way of life is minimised. Typically these areas also ask for a fee to appreciate the protected area, which go to aid conservation, employment and infrastructure efforts directly supporting the community and surroundings. We also encourage our clients to support the livelihood of the local community by purchasing locally produced crafts wherever possible.

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