Grand tour of Sri Lanka, tailor made
Description of Grand tour of Sri Lanka, tailor made
Sri Lanka is a teardrop-shaped island paradise just south of India. Popularly known as "The Pearl of the Indian Ocean", Sri Lanka is indeed a gem. Its golden sandy beaches, majestic rainforest-covered mountains, cascading waterfalls, UNESCO heritage sites, sacred rock temples, tea plantations and ancient royal cities offer something for everyone. Our bespoke tour gives you the chance to encounter herds of wild elephants, elusive leopards, endangered sloth bears and hundreds of bird species in the company of a local guide or ranger. Cultural, natural and historic attractions are unsurpassed in this authentic Grand Tour of Sri Lanka which includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites, national parks, beautiful beaches and some of the key cities that make up Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle.
Transported in the comfort of your own chauffeur-driven vehicle, you can sit back and enjoy a bespoke itinerary that is as unique and individual as you are. The beauty of booking a tailor-made itinerary with your own driver/guide means you can stop where you please for refreshments, photograph wildlife or stop for unscheduled opportunities as part of your customised holiday in Sri Lanka.
Anyone can visit Sri Lanka, but not everyone gets to the chance to chat over a welcome dinner with a local host, take a safari at dawn with a knowledgeable ranger and get the best seats on one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world. You need a local specialist to provide you with insider information, make arrangements using local contacts and advise on the best times of year to visit different areas. Our family-operated company has been doing just that since 2004 and 50% of our business comes from personal referrals and repeat business. We strongly believe in responsible and sustainable tourism and are proud of the fact that 95% of your tour fee stays in Sri Lanka.
Why not contact us today and allow us to design a unique, tailor-made Sri Lanka holiday to suit your specific interests and ideas. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
4 Reviews of Grand tour of Sri Lanka, tailor made
Reviewed on 02 Jul 2018 by Laura OrganesThe tour itself is a perfect balance of nature, history, culture, and adventure, providing the traveler a well-rounded and thorough overview of the country's rich and diverse offerings. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jun 2017 by Beth HankinsonThe highlight was seeing a tribe of elephants crossing our path to go swimming on our Minneriya Safari, the surprise gorgeous view at Dambulla Cave Temple, and the warmth of the Bay of Bengal waters at Trincomalee. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Feb 2017 by Phil BarberWe were lucky enough to park within 20 yards of a herd of wild elephants who were just enjoying themselves. Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Sep 2016 by Jane TosettiWe were looking for a holiday to remember as a family and a country to explore which would provide a treasure of memories and we were not disappointed. Read full review
The round ticket purchased to visit the most popular sites is a levy collected by the central cultural fund. This levy is used by the fund to maintain and preserve the existing archaeological ruins, rehabilitate existing ruins and fund archaeological expeditions around the existing cities. Some of the individual fees collected by the smaller temples and sites are channelled through their caretakers to the upkeep of the facilities.
Entrance fees to wildlife parks are used for the maintenance of the parks including border and anti-poaching control and for the funding of various conservation projects like the “Elephant Transit Camp”
The “Uda Walawe Transit Camp” is a true elephant conservation project organized by the Department of Wildlife with the sole intention of caring for orphaned elephants with minimal human contact and releasing them back into the wild when they are weaned. We encourage our guests to make a contribution to this project. We also make contributions to this project from time to time based on revenues.
Respecting of Local Cultures and the Environment:
Sri Lanka is a culturally diverse nation and as such there are cultural sensitivities which are best respected. For this we meet with all our clients on the first day during which we brief them on the common ‘do’s’ and ‘don'ts’. Even while on tour our guide will brief the clients when visiting sites about general etiquette and norms if required.
Some of the parks that are visited on our itineraries are extremely sensitive ecosystems and as such our guides always forewarn clients about littering, smoking etc. We do not allow smoking in the vehicle at any time.
Poaching is illegal in Sri Lanka however there are many eateries which sell this type of meat. Commonly poached meat includes wild boar and venison. We do not patronize any restaurants that we know sell game meat of any sort.
Environmental Responsibility at the office:
We realize that saving the environment can make financial sense as well. We have streamlined our operations in our office to an almost paperless office where everything from bookings to faxes are received in soft copy and stored. We only print what is absolutely necessary.
PeopleOur itinerary is designed to help the local community wherever possible.
Sri Lanka Holidays Accommodation:
All of the hotels we use for the itinerary are owned by establishments or individual where the owners or shareholders are Sri Lankan or control a large majority.
Sri Lanka Holidays Guides:
Our chauffeur guides are an important part of our team and we consider them our most valuable asset. We pay all our guides a fair price for their work above industry standards. We believe that this would translate to a better service to our clients on the long run. We ensure that all our guides are properly licensed.
Sri Lanka Holidays Restaurants:
We actively promote eating at local restaurants and establishments. We also make it one of our priorities to support the roadside vendors. Wherever possible we aim to stop for sampling of fruits or for a refreshing drink of King Coconut with the intention of supporting the vendors.
Sri Lanka Holidays Activities:
This tour involves visits to a village and a dinner with a Sri Lankan family. Both these activities are designed to encourage interaction between the guests and the locals. This gives our guests an understanding of local life, the history and also what typical days are in a Sri Lankan household.
These types of activities further go towards are commitment to the support of local entrepreneurs and their ventures.