Our Focus on Responsible Tourism

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You may find that we have not included certain common tourist attractions that are generally found in other programme designs; namely, the turtle hatcheries on the southern coast, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the Habarana elephant rides and the Bullock Cart Trail. These are not included due to conservation and ethical reasons. However, though we do not promote these attractions, if required, we have no objections to clients making their own arrangements for the same. Our chauffer could even drive you to the destination if required.

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Turtle Hatcheries

We do not encourage our visitors to patronise the turtle hatcheries as this concept has serious negative aspects in terms of conservation. We encourage visitors to observe turtles in their natural habitats.

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

We do not encourage our clients to visit the above either. We do not agree with the concept of how the establishment is run. We are happy to see that even the Born Free Foundation has now taken a similar stand.

Traditional village tour with a canoe trip and bullock carts – Habarana

This is an extremely commercialised. This is an extremely commercialised touristic operation where a lot is “staged”. We encourage the visitors to have less touristic experiences and instead experience the real Sri Lanka.

Elephant back rides – Habarana

We have concerns about the way this is being done. However, there maybe a few ethical operators but in general we do not agree with the “working hours”, how they give rest to the animals, trails they use etc.