Sri Lanka highlights vacation

“A two week, tailor made vacation of Sri Lanka, with national parks, wildlife, railways, great archaoleogical sites and amazing food. And, of course, beaches. ”

Highlights

Negombo | Sigiriya | Polonnaruwa | Dambulla| Kandy | Nurwara Eliya | Ella | Yala National Park | Overnight stay in safari tents | Unawatuna beach | Galle | Colombo | Private chauffeur guide

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Fancy a Sri Lanka vacation with a twist? Explore breath taking landscapes, stroll along endless golden shores and sample delicious local cuisines and flavourful tea. Undiscovered, stunning and full of friendly locals, now is the time to pioneer Sri Lanka.
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Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka highlights vacation

Environment

When you embark on this itinerary you get several chances to spot wild animals, including elephants. We support the protection of the Sri Lankan environment by only visiting national parks which are responsible, and are in fact protecting the Sri Lankan wildlife. This includes the Minneriya National Park, Kaudulla National Park and Yala National Park. When in the Yala National Park you stay in tented accommodation which has little impact to the local environment. At the beginning of this itinerary when met by our local partner, our clients are also briefed on protection of flora, fauna, and cultural heritage.

Our local partner in Sri Lanka also shares the same values as us in terms of using as little energy in the office and also recycling. We both use minimal paper in our offices and have all paper used recycled. They also have strict times at which they use the air-conditioning in their office.

Community

During this itinerary you will be staying in a mix of authentic small-scale accommodation including a family-run hotel in Kandy. By using this type of accommodation we support local families and local people who are employed by these hotels.

Throughout the trip you will be traveling around with your private driver. Our drivers are trained by our local partner and then given a permanent contract offering reliable work which earns them a wage higher than the national average.

Our local partner also runs a lot of charity projects in Sri Lanka and supports many local communities. In 2008, they provided emergency lights and installed lights at a girls home in Nugegoda. In 2013 our local partner bought 40 new mattresses for an retirement home near Colombo. Other projects that they have funded include providing food and rations to local charities, helping restore the homes of some of Sri Lanka's most needy, and paying for cancer drugs for patients at some local hospitals.

1 Reviews of Sri Lanka highlights vacation

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Reviewed on 17 Feb 2017 by

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


Difficult to choose one - probably the visit to Sigiriya rock - unlike anything I have seen anywhere else. Probably followed by seeing the local fishermen
working on the beach at Negombo.

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


Make the most of any opportunities to look around, take part in things, talk to the local guide to tell them what you are interested in. (For instance we talked
about food, and ended up spending an evening at a cookery demonstration, which was very interesting). Also be aware that entrance charges, (including
national parks) are not cheap, and tipping adds up.

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


It seemed that most of our spending etc. was going to support the local economy, so benefiting local people, the time in the national parks helped with
conservation. Don't think flying out, then driving round helped reduce environmental impact.

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


We had a great time, having a dedicated guide meant that we could relax and let him do the organisation.

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Christine,

I am so glad you had a great time in Sri Lanka and that you mostly enjoyed visiting the famous Sigiriya Rock and also watching the fishermen working in Negombo. The cooking demonstration that you did sounds amazing, I would love to do that myself.

Thank you so much for your good review, it was lovely helping you organise your trip and great news you had a wonderful time.

With Kind regards,

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