Red Dot’s Sustainable Sri Lanka tour has been specially designed for travellers who are conscious about minimising their environmental impact as they travel around Sri Lanka. During this tour, you will explore Sri Lanka extensively, experiencing the island’s diverse landscapes through a range of activities which allow you a glimpse into the daily routines of local communities, enable you to support local conservation projects and keep your carbon footprint to a minimum. For your accommodation, we have selected high-quality properties which strive to promote sustainable tourism practices, both through their day-to-day operations and via long-term solutions. As always with Red Dot, this itinerary can be altered in any way you wish, or our talented team can make suggestions of how it can be tweaked to make it more personal to you.
Our classic Sri Lanka tour with a focus on being environmentally-friendly.
- Stay in a hotel that used to be a working tea factory
- Trek through the picturesque Knuckles Mountain Range
- Cycle around Anuradhapura to see ancient ruins in the Cultural Triangle
- Go on a tranquil boat safari which ends with a viewpoint breakfast
- Spend time focusing on mind and body wellness
- Venture into the jungles of Yala in search of Sri Lanka’s wildlife
- Explore a 50-acre coconut plantation by bullock cart
- Accommodation in a shared double / twin room
- Chauffeur-guide and vehicle for the duration of the tour (including leisure days)
- Both airport transfers
- Expert advice and support prior to and during the tour
TERMS & CONDITIONS
- Price shown is a starting price and is subject to change, depending on travel dates / the number of people travelling etc.
- Price shown is based on two people sharing a double / twin room
- See our Booking Conditions for more details
Day 1 & 2 Horathapola, North-West Coast
On arrival, head straight to Horathapola Estate. This old-style villa houses seven uniquely-designed rooms and sits in the middle of an idyllic 50-acre plantation devoted to growing coconuts, fruits, vegetables and spices. Enjoy a morning walk through this extensive estate and then head out to explore the village and watch the locals go about their work. Cooking demonstrations, using fresh produce from the plantation, are also on offer. End your day with a sunset bullock-cart ride around the property.
Day 3, 4 & 5 Kandalama, Cultural Triangle
Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, home to the island’s ancient cities and most astonishing heritage sites, is a must-visit during a tour of the country. Climb Sigiriya Rock to set your eyes on the wondrous views from the top; explore the expansive 2,000-year-old ruins of Anuradhapura by bike with a guide, and traverse Minneriya National Park by jeep to spot wildlife, the highlight being the large herds of elephants. For the duration of your time in the Cultural Triangle, you will be staying at the much-loved Heritance Kandalama, Geoffrey Bawa’s ‘austere jungle palace’ which has won many accolades for its sustainable practices including conservation and reforestation.
Day 6 & 7 Kandy
A relatively short drive today takes you to the Hill Country capital of Kandy, which you will be passing through on your way to your next stay. You have the option of exploring Kandy, which as Sri Lanka’s last royal capital and a centre of British colonial rule has many interesting historic attractions. Your hotel, which sits in the Knuckles Mountain Range about an hour out of the city, was designed to have as little impact on the environment as possible with minimalist features and no air-conditioning. Whilst you are here, you can indulge in some Ayurvedic treatments, yoga, healthy food and trekking.
Day 8 & 9 Kandapola, Hill Country
Head deeper into the island’s central hills, which have been covered in rolling tea fields for 150 years, until you reach your hotel that was previously a tea factory in all its glory. Enjoy the cooler weather and blissful scenery of this region: go on gentle walks through the fields surrounding your hotel; head into nearby Nuwara Eliya, the hill country retreat of the British during their period of rule, and make sure to visit one of the area’s old but fully-operational tea factories to learn about the process of producing a drink which is popular the world over.
Day 10 & 11 Yala National Park, Yala
A few hours’ drive takes you to Sri Lanka’s most well-known national park, renowned as having the highest density of leopards of anywhere in the world. Yala National Park can be quite a busy spot in popular tourist months, but your expert guides at Ceylon Wild Safaris know where to go to escape the crowds as they cleverly track the animals in the park on your twice-daily jeep drives. Ceylon Wild Safaris is a venture that strives to promote sustainable tourism in all areas of its operation: the campsite runs solely on solar power, and its owners do much to support wildlife conservation projects and the local community.
Day 12 & 13 Ambalantota, South Coast
Wind along the idyllic south coast road to Ambalantota, the last stop of your holiday which lies away from the tourist trail. Your accommodation is a unique boutique hotel that prides itself on its sustainability efforts, boasting naturally-ventilated rooms and an organic vegetable patch. Enjoy a beautiful boat safari that culminates with breakfast on a rock, and walk along the breath-taking red cliffs of Ussangoda. Birders may wish to head to nearby Bundala National Park which is home to over 200 species of birds – visiting between December and March is particular rewarding.
Horathapola Estate is a tranquil colonial-style plantation hotel that offers a perfect first stop for those seeking peaceful boutique accommodation after a long flight. It has been termed 'jet-lag heaven'. This beautiful four-bedroom British planter’s bungalow is situated on a working estate which grows coconut' mango, pineapple and spices.
Heritance Tea Factory
Kandapola, Hill Country
Heritance Tea Factory lies alone and unique on the steep slopes of the tea plantations in Kandapola in the sparsely-populated hills to the east of Nuwara Eliya. The Tea Factory was once exactly that, before it was painstakingly converted into a four-star resort.
Ambalantota, South Coast
Ravana Garden, nestled in Sri Lanka’s deep south, is a sustainable luxury boutique hotel that will appeal to the most conscientious environmentally-committed traveller. From dining options to power sources, it follows a strictly eco-minded approach whilst providing a luxurious tropical getaway.
Following are recommended optional activities