Sri Lanka group tours, Hidden Sri Lanka
Description of Sri Lanka group tours, Hidden Sri Lanka
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe ensure our guides are mindful about protecting the environment in which you travel, and they do a fantastic job of promoting having a minimum impact whilst travelling, whether in natural or urban areas.
This trip supports the Gal Oya and Yala national parks as well as the Duwatta Kele Reserve. Across these three establishments, countless animal and plant species are protected, including elephants, leopards and many rare species of bird. Similarly, the parks and reserve consist of hundreds of acres of natural landscape which is protected under their status. Visitors provide an essential source of support that allows for the continued running, staffing and maintaining of these establishments, and ultimately, the protection of these natural areas and the animals that call them home.
We ask you to be vigilant about disposing of your waste and recycle where possible. During your trip you will be asked if you have any waste to dispose of when it is a suitable time in the itinerary. This ensures we make it as easy as possible for our travellers to be eco-friendly whilst traveling. We strongly advise all travellers to bring a reusable water bottle - this is an easy way to save plastic waste and is detailed in our ‘What to bring’ trip notes for all trips to all destinations. Your guide will remind you where and when you can fill up your re-usable water bottle. Similarly, we respectfully ask that you are eco-conscious in other areas, for example using climate control and electricity sparingly where possible. This is something we believe in strongly as an organisation, and something we try to pass on to our travellers.
PeopleAs regular travellers, one thing that never ceases to amaze and inspire us is the kindness and generosity of local people, often people who have very little to their name. We firmly believe that they are who make these places special and that they should benefit from our visit. Therefore, as first preference, we use local guides and drivers offered fair working conditions and pay, use locally-sourced supplies, and visit locally-owned lodges, shops and eateries. We do our best to ensure that the benefits of our tours reach as widely as possible into the communities where they operate. We believe these things are of particular importance when travelling in small communities, and we are proud to benefit these communities in any way possible, whether it be through economic growth or any other means.
This itinerary includes a number of fantastic sources of support for the communities visited that exceeds even the high basic degree that all of our tours offer purely through the previously mentioned logistics. On this trip our travellers visit a number of businesses which are at the heart of local communities and economies, such as a hair parlour, a spice merchant, Trincomalee’s famous Commercial Street, and even a cooking demonstration in Kandy. Supporting these businesses doesn’t only support the businesses themselves, but their communities at large. Similarly, many cultural and historical sites are visited on this trip, including temples, forts and monasteries. Ultimately, supporting these locations is supporting the preservation and exhibition of Sri Lanka’s rich culture and history.
When visiting the Vedda tribe, an indigenous group in Gal Oya, we rely on knowledgeable local guides to ensure that no negative experiences occur due to potential cultural differences and lack of understanding. It is of the utmost importance to us that our tours have only a positive impact on the communities they visit.