Family tour to Sri Lanka

“This two week, tailor made tour explores the never boring blend of culture, wildlife, food and friendly people that makes Sri Lanka ideal for families.”

Highlights

Negombo | Dambulla Caves | Polonnaruwa | Sigiriya | Kandy | Kithulgala rafting experience | train journey to Nuwara Eliya | Safaris in Yala National Park | Galle | pptions for whale watching or Udawalawe National Park

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Departure information

This trip can be arranged at a time to suit you for families of four or more
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Holiday type

Independent family adventure holiday

These family trips are designed for those of you who prefer to travel just with your family, and not in a group with other families. The itineraries are set but you can typically depart at a time to suit you.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Overall, the intention is to combine the well-known tourist sites with off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited, destinations so spreading tourist revenue and contact into areas not usually benefiting, as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited. Group sizes are deliberately kept small in order to limit impact on site and communities as much as possible. (Groups of 4 to 8 persons.) Small numbers also permit us to use local cafes plus street and market stalls for drinks, meals and shopping.

Hotels are, as much as possible, small and independently owned with proven responsible travel policies and our emphasis is on eating and drinking in local cafes and restaurants. All ground staff are fully licensed and trained in sustainable tourism practices.

With regards drinking water guests have a personal flask refilled from large, reusable water containers thus cutting out single-use plastic.

We include Kelanivally rainforest area and Horton Plains and Wilpattu national parks on this tour where entrance fees help park authorities finance upkeep, maintenance and conservation projects as well as providing employment and revenue for local residents as drivers, guides, park rangers and staff etc.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

All ground staff – drivers, guides and tour-leaders – are locally employed and fully licensed. Leaders and guides provide suitable, relevant information for our customers to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning; genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes.

They also make visitors aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and explain how to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions as well as having a respect for the ecology of areas visited.

By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.

Projects we support include the Elephant Transit Camp rehabilitation centre.

By limiting groups to a maximum of 8 persons we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. This helps to spread the ‘tourist dollar as well as in a small way relieving pressure on popular sites. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus offering a greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allowing us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators on a personal and friendly basis rather than dealing with establishments primarily equipped for larger groups.

Climate

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Definitely the elephant safari, we came out of the forest and saw one elephant is the distance having a bath in the lake, we stopped for a while and took a lot of photos. The driver then drove off to another part of the lake and there before us were about four hundred of them, mums, babies and young ones, absolutely breath taking and such a privilege.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pack well for hot and cold weather! We were taken by surprise by how cold and wet Nuriya Eliya was! Also be aware that tipping is the norm so get lots of small notes if you get the chance.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our guide was amazing and his local knowledge was invaluable, we also valued the despising made by the company to not support activities that were damaging to the environment and to wildlife. We did struggle in Kandy seeing the temple
elephants in their chains.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely amazing, the right balance of rest, sightseeing and activities. We have come away with lifetime memories and feeling very rested.

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