Sri Lanka is hot! These hidden (but upcoming!) treasures show why
The time when many tourists overlooked Sri Lanka is passing rapidly, and that’s no surprise. This diverse and exotic country, otherwise known as ‘Jewel of the Indian Ocean’, offers literally everything an eco-traveller can dream of.
No matter how much or how little time you have, the relatively small size of the island makes it possible to combine a visit to many diverse and hidden treasures in one trip.
Alternate between sundrenched beaches and natural parks with ecosystems that range from lush jungle to mountain grasslands. Wildlife is abundant with – among others – elephants and leopards living both in the wild and in various responsible orphanages. As if this isn’t good enough yet, you can find magical cultural sites everywhere. Plus, not to be missed are the culinary and wellness scene that will send you home as a new person.
From sun-drenched beaches to lush jungle
If you are all about exploring the diverse and stunning national parks and the splendid wildlife that lives there, the Hill Country Retreat Tour is right up your alley. It takes you through mist-laden mountain ranges, tea plantations, and wetlands. Plus, to complete the adventure you even get a chance to try wild water rafting!
If you have a heart for animals, you’ll be excited to read that you might get to see Sri Lankan leopards, elephants but also langurs and macaques during a safari or hike. Not all of them are fortunate enough to live in protected areas, but luckily ethical orphanages and conservancies are on a rise.
The Discover Ceylon tour takes you on a visit to responsible Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. They shelter orphaned unweaned wild elephants and take care of them.
If you want to make a real difference and participate in conservation efforts, then a volunteer experience at the Great Elephant Project is a unique opportunity. For example, you’ll learn to track and observe elephant populations on the fringes of the Wasgamuwa National Park. The memories of such an experience will without doubts last a lifetime.
As a former colony with a rich Buddhist, Tamil and Hindu culture, Sri Lanka is an incredible cultural melting pot where past and present often merge. Journey through time on the Jewels of Sri Lanka tour. You will get a taste of what multicultural heritage looks like.
During this 15-day tour you can climb to the clouds in Sigiriya, the Lion’s Rock; sip tea at colonial-era tea plantations and visit the worshipped ruins of Anuradhapura, a long lost kingdom.
Extraordinary Eco Lodges
Do all the above activities and hidden treasures sound great, but are you not keen on joining a tour? Then a stay at the wonderful Rainforest Eco Lodge might be exactly what you need to create your dream holiday. This hidden eco-gem combines the best of both worlds. You get to wind down in the middle of the jungle while you can still go on day trips to explore various cultural, natural and wildlife highlights.
A Surfer’s Paradise
Not all the excitement is to be found on the land; Sri Lanka is a true surfers’ paradise. Catch the best waves all along the coast in the South. If you’ve always wanted to give surfing a try, this is your chance.
If you prefer to be on the water rather than in the water, this ‘Teardrop Island’ has it all. At its most Southern point, you can go on a responsible boat excursion to spot blue whales. Chances are quite likely you will see some. Not only because they are the world’s largest mammal, but because the group of blue whales living there is one of the largest worldwide.
The finishing touch
Whether Ayurveda does or does not ring a bell, you can’t go home without having experienced an Ayurvedic sauna or massage. It’s just one of the treatments of this ancient healing system that’s over 2500 years old. It’s still here for a reason, so find out for yourself the enormous (positive!) effects on your body.
Do you feel like you want to get a taste of not one but every aspect of this diverse little paradise? Then the Grand Ceylon Tour is exactly what you are looking for. From culture to nature, from action to relaxation, this tour has it all.
Has reading about this wonderful island sparked your interest and you have some ideas about what you’d like to explore? Or you have some questions about the needed budget for your plans? Get in touch with our eco experts! They will help you put something completely unique together.