- Polonnaruwa by bike
- Knuckles Mountain trek
- Yala National Park
- Indian Ocean beach
Culture, nature, activity and beaches - Sri Lanka has it all! Cycle around the well preserved Buddhist ruins of Polonnaruwa, an ancient city of great historical significance where playful monkeys roam free.
Get in touch with your spiritual side at the holy Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, and in Galle explore the ramparts of the Old Fort. Stretch your legs as you climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya, the remnants of an ancient capital city which dominates the plains below. Walk to 'World's End' and trek through jungle-clad villages in the Knuckles Mountain Range, home to much of Sri Lanka's bio-diversity. There's also time to explore a tea plantation and go in search of leopard in Yala National Park before unwinding on one of Sri Lanka's beaches.
Please note: This trip has had a name change for 2013 season, the trip was formerly called: Sri Lankan Adventure
What makes this trip responsible?
Exodus Projects in Sri Lanka:
Back to Life Project
After the devastating Tsunami of December 2004 Exodus helped set up a project to rebuild some of the areas that our clients had been visiting for years. This included rehousing some of the families who had lost their homes in the Tsunami. The project has now been completed and we are looking forward to giving continued assistance to community projects in the area. If you would like to read further information about this project please visit the project page.
Yala Leopard Project
This a relatively new project set up in 2010 by Paul Goldstein. The dense population of leopards in Yala has pushed young leopards outside the park's boundaries to look for new territories. As the Chena cultivations and cattle farmers live adjacent to the park's buffer zones, the predators often come into contact with villagers and their livestock with casualties on both sides. Leopards prey on young cattle corralled in flimsy wooden pens for overnight protection. There are instances where a single leopard can cause multiple kills on young calves which leads to revenge attacks by farmers. This conflict is estimated to claim up to 20 leopards around the periphery of Yala Park annually, to say nothing of the financial loss to the farmers. Exodus has pledged to raise enough funds to supply the cattle farmers with steel pens that will safeguard their cattle through the night. For further information please visit project page.
TAC Projects in Sri Lanka:
Elephant Transit Home
During your holiday you will visit the Elephant Transit Home (ETH) at Uda Walawe National Park. The ETH is run by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation and supported by TAC's charity partners, Born Free Set-up in 1995, it provides shelter for 30 orphaned or abandoned baby elephants, releasing them to the wild when they are strong enough to survive in their natural habitat. You will see the elephants during feeding time from a viewing deck approximately 10 metres away. TAC (who operate this tour) donates USD5 per every passenger who travels with us to the maintenance and upkeep of the ETH.
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Families group cycling in Sri Lanka