Sri Lanka walking vacation
Small-group guided trekking through the lush, historic heart of Sri Lanka, with private transport between routes and comfy accommodation.
Colombo Dambulla Sigiriya rock fortress Knuckles mountain range Ranamuregama Corbetts Gap Orutota Kandy Temple of the Tooth Nuwariya Eliya Horton Plains World’s End Ella Ravana Waterfalls Tissamaharama Yala National Park Galle
US $3199ToUS $3449excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £576 - £592.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 15 Jan, 19 Feb
Description of Sri Lanka walking vacation
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
3 Reviews of Sri Lanka walking vacation
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 05 Jan 2020 by Kate ConneryThe most memorable part of the vacation was the village walks. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Feb 2019 by Karen CarringtonSri Lanka is definitely a beautiful and friendly country. I thoroughly enjoyed all the walking I was able to do with the group. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Mar 2018 by Nicolò TassoniThe highlight was the Knuckles Ranges and train journey from Ella to Badulla. Read full review
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This being a trekking trip, we have a very low impact on the environment. 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 contributes to their upkeep e.g. Yala N.P., Dambulla Caves, Lion Rock Fortress and Dickoya tea plantations.
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.
PeopleLocal Craft and Culture:
There are plenty of opportunities to engage with local culture on the several visits to towns, villages and historically important sites and events. 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 too. In Ella, we also offer the authentic cultural experience of eating a home-cooked meal in a local house. Clients can learn to prepare the meal or lend a hand, purchase handicrafts and painted postcards here.
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. 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 traditional spicy curries to stalls selling tasty sweets and deserts.
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.
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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