Beach vacation & tour in Sri Lanka

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements although we do not offer trips for under 10 days
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Tailor made vacation

This trip can be tailormade to create a unique vacation for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort in some of the best and most characterful local accommodation! Quality and value are the hallmark of these trips.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Beach vacation & tour in Sri Lanka

Environment

Conservation projects
The Elephant Transit Home (ETH) in Uda Walawe NP is an excellent way of seeing baby wild elephants at close quarters in their natural environment.

This conservation project (supported by the Born Free Foundation) takes in baby wild elephants that have been separated from their mothers and cares for them until they can be returned to the wild. They spend their days roaming freely in a section of the park, being observed at a distance by a few members of the ETH staff. They are fed at 3hr intervals in a specially constructed feeding yard where they can be seen by tourists from a viewing platform separated from the yard itself.

At no point can the tourists have physical contact with the animals. The sight of feeding time is very popular with local and foreign tourists alike as the elephants are enthusiastic, relaxed and full of character, unlike the elephants at Pinnewala Elephant 'Orphanage'.

Transportation
Our small group sizes (up to 8 persons) allows us to use cars, small vans or jeeps when traveling around the island and when visiting rural areas and national parks, where use of larger vehicles in such areas often results in widening and ‘blacktopping’ of rural paths for coach access. The resulting effect on the environment can be devastating. We feel that our small group sizes also lead to less impact both on the environment and the people that we visit as well as allowing for more supervision, advice and explanations with the high ratio of guides to travelers.

Community

We actively encourage responsible and sustainable travel to Sri Lanka. By working closely with our associate company in Sri Lanka and other partner organisations, we are endeavouring to promote cultural exchange, social awareness, self-employment and self-development.

Guides
We only employ English-speaking Sri Lankan chauffeur guides who are all licensed by the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. Experienced guides for trekking, safaris and other specialist activities are hired locally and have extensive knowledge of their chosen area of expertise.

Accommodation
We actively promote locally owned hotels that employ local workers. This policy contributes directly to the local economy and provides local employment while enhancing the visitor’s experience of Sri Lanka.

Restaurants
Embracing local cuisine is an essential part of any vacation if the visitor is to understand the country’s culture and savour its culinary delights. We encourage travelers to eat at traditional restaurants, roadside eateries, street vendors and market stalls in order for them to enjoy and experience authentic Sri Lankan food.

Community-led projects
The Asian Tsunami highlighted the plight of coastal communities in Sri Lanka and our initial projects were targeted at Sri Lankan individuals and communities devastated by the tsunami (please ask us for details). However, many other communities away from the coast also lack essential materials and services and our objective is to offer long-term support to such Sri Lankan individuals and communities. By channelling all donations received by Forgotten Village Sri Lanka (an independent charitable organisation) into community-based projects on the island, we hope to provide sustained assistance to these communities in their endeavour to improve their lives. We make a contribution to Forgotten Village Sri Lanka for every vacation booked.

Reviews of Beach vacation & tour in Sri Lanka

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 06 Jan 2016 by

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


Whale Watching and Wildlife Safari.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Spend the majority of your time on the coast and taking part in sea based activities.

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


The whale watching company were very respectful to the whales and dolphins, keeping their distance as not to disturb.

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


A great vacation, but we would certainly not use this tour company again.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback, which is disappointing regarding the chauffeur guide. I am sorry to hear that you found the chauffeur guide to be unsatisfactory and an incompatible match for your honeymoon. I can only apologise for the effect this had on the enjoyment of your trip, which seemed to have met most of your expectations otherwise. It is a pity that you didn’t raise this issue with us immediately it became apparent so that we may have ameliorated the situation by changing your chauffeur guide. The chauffeur guide is central to the vacation and not everyone is compatible with each other. As you can see from previous customers’ feedback, your chauffeur guide is respected, appreciated and liked.

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2010 by

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


Walking the Tea Trails in Sri Lanka. The accommodation - Castlereagh Bungalow - was the most luxurious, most welcoming, most helpful place we have ever stayed in; and the walks through the tea estate with idyllic views of the reservoir and surrounding hills, both relaxing and inspiring.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Can't generalise. The aspect we most appreciated of the tour operator was that we said what we personally most wanted from the vacation - in our case, cultural interest, the opportunity to meet Sri Lankans, absence of crowds, high level of comfort, empty beaches where we could walk unmolested, wonderful scenery, and a leisurely itinerary - and they tailored the vacation the trip to meet our requirements exactly.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes definitely for the first; to be honest about the second, I'm not sure that any long haul vacation is particularly environmentally friendly.

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


Excellent - it was surpassed our expectations.

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