Sri Lanka vacation including the north

“All-encompassing 18 day small group tour of Sri Lanka featuring the lesser-visited north alongside beaches and cultural highlights further south.”

Highlights

Colombo | Anuradhapura | Wilpattu NP | Mihintale | Jaffna | Tantirimale | Nainativu and Delft | Keerimale and Dambakola Patuna | Nilaveli | Sigiriya | Kandy via Dambulla | Ella | Udawalawe jeep safari | Galle |

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Sri Lanka vacation including the north

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
We are very conscious of the environment and try to limit our impact on our surroundings as much as possible. All of our vehicles used on this tour are subject to annual eco testing and we monitor this closely in order to reduce our carbon footprint. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants and use markets to purchase traditional crafts. We also leave a positive impression by visiting important National Parks, ruins and museums- our entrance fees to which contribute to their upkeep. For example, our game drive in Wilpattu N.P. promotes animal welfare and financially contributes to conservation projects in the area.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
All of the hotels we stay in are dedicated to hiring local staff and using freshly sourced produce wherever possible. This helps to benefit the surrounding community by providing employment opportunities and income alternatives where they may be otherwise hard to come by. We also try to select accommodation which has strong environmental policies. Where meals are not provided, we suggest that clients spread their commerce to small local businesses and try some authentic food. The local cuisine is predominantly vegetarian, with lots of rice. You can enjoy everything from stalls selling traditional spicy curries to tasty sweets, deserts and fresh fruit. On the biking day, lunch even comes with a cooking lesson, so clients can get some hands on experience with Sri Lankan food.

Local Craft and Culture:
There are plenty of opportunities to engage with local culture on the several visits to towns, villages and historically important sites. During the summer months our visit to the Temple of the Tooth may coincide with the Buddhist Kandy festival, which is a long honoured celebration of a relic thought to be found on the island. We may be able to see a performance of traditional Kandian dancing and fire walking here. There is also a Gem Museum at Kandy, where clients can learn about traditional methods of gem extraction. There are many places to buy handcrafted souvenirs along the way e.g. Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Delft Island, where locals sell palm products and homemade sweets.

Charity:
We have financially co-sponsored a local Tsunami relief project, which has enabled 25 families to be rehoused and for two schools to be equipped with toilets, running water and outdoor swings. In collaboration with a German operator and the village temple, we have helped towards 10 large water tanks and an eye clinic in a remote village with a donation of 200 pairs of glasses. We also assisted a principal agent of Unicef in development of day care and education of school children of the estate sector labourers in the hill country.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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


The whole 3 weeks were memorable and exciting. Very varied itinerary with everything from local colour, living temples and wildlife.

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


Take UV umbrella

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


Certainly benefitted local people as we stopped at many cottage industries and rewarded them for showing us their work. South India and Kerala in particular is surprisingly, for me, very environmentally aware.

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


Fantastic, a roller coaster 3 weeks of wonderful experiences.

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