Take in Sri Lanka’s incredible vibrant natural beauty on this ten-day eco-trip around the island. Sitting like a teardrop in the Indian Ocean, this special country gives us a variety of ways to explore its beautiful scenery and get up close and personal with its wildlife.
We will experience world class walking trails, outstanding wildlife safaris and unique bird watching in the heart of Sri Lankan nature. Meet people who are passionate about conserving the diverse animal and plant life found on this island. We will connect with rehabilitated elephants and watch turtles hatching on a protected beach.
Finish your travels out on the water with a chance to watch dolphins and blue whales swim before taking in one last historic UNESCO World Heritage site at Fort-Galle. This expansive trip supports the Jetwing Eternal Earth Program (JEEP) who develop and run community and nature-based sustainability programs across Sri Lanka, from local outreach initiatives and humanitarian programs to eco-projects and sustainable accommodation options.
The island nation of Sri Lanka offers an incredible range of natural and cultural diversity. However, much of the biodiversity that makes Sri Lanka so unique is at risk from threats posed by poachers, habitat lost and human wildlife conflict. In recent years rapid development has negatively impacted much of Sri Lanka’s wild plant and animal life and this is especially true for the Sri Lankan elephant. Human elephant conflict is one of the greatest environmental and socio economic crises facing communities in rural Sri Lanka.
This is where the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS) comes in. For the past 21 years the SLWCS has worked to form partnerships between local communities and policy makers to create solutions to end human wildlife conflict. The SLWCS carries out a range of projects from conducting field research, working with local communities to create alternative livelihoods and mitigating human and wildlife conflict. The SLWCS has one of the longest running community based human elephant conflict resolution projects in the world.
The donation component of this trip goes directly towards supporting the establishment of the New Life Elephant Sanctuary (NLES). In response to the horrific treatment of elephants used in circuses and the tourist industry, the SLWCS aims to establish the first sanctuary in Sri Lanka for captive elephants. The NLES will provide veterinary care and offer a place of healing for these elephants who have spent their entire lives shackled in chains.
As always, by participating in responsible tourism that respects and honours the people and places you visit, you are also helping to support the local communities in maintaining their way of life. Your travel time in places that focus on environmental preservation and your interest in their sustainability practices helps bring money to the community, supports local guides, fishermen and artisans, and allows them to take pride in their efforts.
* Travellers are responsible for valid visas throughout the duration of the trip