What to Expect From Ecotourism in Sri Lanka?
Ecotourism in Sri Lanka is fast gaining popularity and as a part of this experience, your holiday will be transformed into a learning experience while enjoying the ultimate beauty of nature. Ecotourism specializes in small groups and immersion into field knowledge. When you choose to travel this way you will be expected to be more conscious of the environment and ensure that every activity you engage in has minimal impact on the environment.
What are the Different Types of Eco-Tourism Available in SL?
As we move away from conventional traveling, Sri Lanka is a great place to learn an authentic culture and adventure tour to explore the magnificent outside natural world. There are a number of different types of eco-tourism experiences available in Sri Lanka. Some of them are,
- Rainforest exploration
- Wildlife Safaris
- Bird Watching
- Staying with a local family in a Home-Stay
- Rural Village Walks
- Farming and Agro Tourism
- Staying in Eco-Lodges
- Staying with the Indigenous Tribe
Popular Locations for Ecotourism Experiences in SL?
Sri Lanka as a country is blessed with unparalleled natural resources, wildlife, unique cultural heritage, and warm and friendly citizens. Starting from coastal areas right up to the hill mountains, there are plenty of exciting eco and adventure destinations to choose. There is something novel to explore at each and every destination you visit.
Sinharaja Rainforest is an ideal example to experience the incredible diversity of flora and fauna landscapes, climates, etc. It is a world heritage site and major ecotourism destination, which has Sri Lanka’s endemic species found nowhere else in the world.
The Bundala National Park, situated in the Southern Province, close to Hambantota was declared as a wildlife sanctuary and also considered the most important birding destination in Sri Lanka. This park is home to thousands of migratory birds, some long-distance migrants flying all the way from Euro to Asian destinations to winter in the park.
The Knuckles mountain range is another major Ecotourism venue in Sri Lanka and it has been declared a conservation area, now known as the Knuckles National Heritage And Wilderness Area. It is a real paradise for those who love to hike or cycle. You’ll find yourself traveling across clear rivers, past flowing waterfalls and lush tea plantations, and alongside green paddy fields.