Sri Lanka vacation, wild escapes

Taking in well-known highlights and lesser-known gems, this eight day tailor made tour provides a tantalising taste of this magical isle.
Colombo Habarana Sigiriya Rock Fortress Minneriya National Park Kandalama Kandy Nuwara Eliya Sinharaja Rainforest Ranweli Vacation Village
£850 excluding flights
8 Days
Tailor made
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Prices are based on traveling in August 2015.
Prices are subject to change and availability. Flights are available and will be based on traveling with Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow.
Flight prices are approx: £550pp available upon reqst
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Description of Sri Lanka vacation, wild escapes

Price information

£850 excluding flights
Prices are based on traveling in August 2015.
Prices are subject to change and availability. Flights are available and will be based on traveling with Sri Lankan Airlines from London Heathrow.
Flight prices are approx: £550pp available upon reqst
Make enquiry

Departure information

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

Vacation information

Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.


1 Reviews of Sri Lanka vacation, wild escapes

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2015 by

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

Rainforest, elephants and monkeys

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

Avoid kandy for any more than one night. Stay longer at the rainforest. Don't stay at the citrus...alledgelly a superior
room. Not! Take your paperwork with you so you can prove what you have booked as this happened 4 times. Be firm with
your driver and not to be taken to mates places! Also avoid spice off

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

Not really. The amount of miles we did in the car was underestimated by the itinerary. Local people are employed in the
tourism business...and they just want money. There was no encouragement of local peoples well being. Environmentally
there was support esp conservation, however not sure how true it was.

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

enjoyed it, but could have been much better by attention to details....better organisation...swap one night in kandy to an
additional night in the rainforest and not bother with nuweva elliya....and go to Ella instead.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


Sinharaja Forest Reserve is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique primary lowland rain forests in Sri Lanka, covering an extent of over 11000 hectares. Of international significance and declared a Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) in 1978 when UNESCO included it in its international network of Biosphere reserves. Of Sri Lanka's endemic birds, all 22 rainforest species are seen here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. Local expert guides ensure that guest understand the fragile nature of the environment and respect the wildlife, observing from a suitable distance so as not to infringe upon their habitat and upholding a 'leave no trace' policy while visiting.

Our accommodation in the forest is part of the Rainforest Ecolodge company, a joint effort at creating an idyllic vacation retreat that strives to conserve the environment and benefit the village community. It follows strict eco-friendly policies that aims to re-use, re-design, and recycle. The unique partnership of the Tourism Cluster was formed in April 2000 under the USAID Competitiveness Initiative. In August 2003, with support of an international ecotourism expert, local biodiversity experts and other specialists from USAID's Competitiveness Initiative, the project feasibility was completed and presented to the industry of investment. A number of companies subscribed to the offering and the Rainforest Ecolodge Company was set up to implement the project.

Other accommodation on the trip also adhere to strict environmental criteria:

"The Other Corner" hotel is the vision of Rahula Dassenaieke, a lover of nature in his own rights and a keen photographer. Rahula came up with the concept of “The Other Corner” as a place to relax with the idea of maintaining an unsullied environment for other avian and nature lovers to enjoy what is frequently termed the abundance of nature.

Ranweli is well known for its Corporate Environmental Policies and commitment to conservation and environmental practice. Their environmental conservation initiatives for example include the following:
Solar energy for water heating
Solid/liquid waste treatment technology
Maximum use of recyclables
Organic vegetable gardens

Ranweli company directors and officials fulfill their obligations to society by lobbying provincial and central governmental authorities whenever possible to introduce environmentally friendly and sustainable tourism principles in policy making.

During nature tours, clients are introduced to eco-friendly facilities and a detailed explanation of the eco-system is provided. Scientific information, written and verbal interpretation programs are provided to enhance the learning experience. A knowledge-based vacation with focus on conservation and sustainability of resources is thus achieved.


Your Sri Lankan driver guide will become not only your local insider to the country but also your best friend. Clients always provide incredible feedback about all of our guides and knowing that they are supporting someone that lives in Sri Lanka is always really important for local knowledge and experience to get the best from your time in Sri Lanka.

All of the accommodations we use during the trip employ local staff and have a n active commitment to their local communities:

For example, Ranweli has been able to establish a relationship with the local village by use of primary building materials, contracting skilled and semi-skilled labour and purchase of vegetables and fruits, artifacts and arts and crafts.

In July 2004, Ranweli received a €500 grant from Ecoclub The Ecoclub Project, to create an organic vegetable plot and greenhouse in a neighboring girls' school. This encouraged the community to initiate home gardens and grow organic vegetables.

Ranweli believes that the degradation of the environment the vital resource base of tourism can be protected if the younger generation is actively involved in the protection of our natural and cultural resources.

Rainforest Ecolodge community development include:
empowering the tea worker community consisting which lived in extremely poor conditions at the time the ecolodge project began. It was imperative that the project initially invested in upgrading their basic facilities of the families on the estate while considering a longer term strategy to empower them to access opportunities that would be available once the ecolodge began operations.

By staying in places with an active community programme, guests can in turn gain a deeper understanding of both town and rural communities and are directly contributing to projects by staying at these carefully selected ecolodges.

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