Sri Lanka vacation, island explorer

“World Heritage sites of Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Galle and the Central Highlands plus jeep safaris in national parks and an unspoilt coastline”

Highlights

6 World Heritage Sites | ‘The Cultural Triangle’ | Dambulla Caves | Polonnaruwa | Sigiriya | Ritigala | Hill Country Train Ride | Horton Plains National Park | ‘World’s End’ Hike | Flora and Fauna | Jeep Safari in Yala National Park | Tangalle | Kandy | Galle | Negombo

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31 Oct 2021
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21 Nov 2021
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Trip type:
Guided small group tour 2-12 persons
Included:
Accomm., transport, local guides & tour leader, activities & entrance fees as per itinerary
Accomm:
13 nights 3-4* hotels & resorts
Solos:
Single room supplements available
Meals:
13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 dinners
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation 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 less than 12) Small numbers also permit us to use local cafes plus street and market stalls for drinks, meals and shopping.

We include Horton Plains, Kalametiya and Udawalawa national parks on this tour as well as Ritigala Nature Reserve 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.

Projects we support include the Elephant Transit Camp rehabilitation center.

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.

Group Sizes: By limiting groups to a maximum of 12 persons we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. 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.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

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 – drivers, guides and tour-leaders – are local 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.

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12 Reviews of Sri Lanka vacation, island explorer

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Reviewed on 08 Mar 2020 by

Excellent guide, lovely people and perfect blend of hotels. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2020 by

Very good. Beautiful country, charming people, an interesting itinerary brought to life by Rumania, our guide Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jan 2020 by

Excellent. Varied activities and a good pace. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2019 by

The richness of Sri Lanka's wildlife, natural environment and culture have been rightly praised by travelers to this lovely island... This was a very special vacation. A big thanks to the tour company for making it possible. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Feb 2019 by

Our tour leader was a superb birder which added value. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Feb 2019 by

This was the perfect vacation for us, comfortable, reasonable hotels, right balance between traveling time in the bus, visits to sights, free time Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Mar 2017 by

Getting up early to climb Sigiriya and the visits to the national parks. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Feb 2017 by

Too many memorable moments to mention. Apart from all the amazing places we visited, we had some very interesting evening discussions with our tour leader which further enhanced our understanding of Sri Lanka and its people. Excellent. Very varied and well organised with a charismatic and informative tour leader. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2017 by

The most memorable was the people :-) Especially our fantastic tour guide Indika who went beyond the call of duty and made Sri Lanka come alive. The best run tour we have ever been on. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Feb 2015 by

Sri Lanka had everything we love in a vacation, Culture, Wildlife, lush contryside and beautiful beaches. The forest lodge in Habarana was excellent off the beaten track with wonderful hosts. Seeing the baby turtles hatching at Rekawa and the leopard at Yala was also an exciting experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2014 by

Most memorable was the variety of landscape in Sri Lanka, the cave temple at Damballa, the train journey from Kandy, the views from Ella, the night stay in the tree house camp in Yala national park and seeing leopards, elephants and beautiful birds on safari in the park. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2013 by

We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Sri Lanka and the tour aspect was well organised. We particularly enjoyed the variety of activities and accommodation. Best bits were the trip to the rock fortress and Yala where we saw leopards and a big black bear which apparently was very rare. Read full review

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