Eco Tourism

Travelling with responsibility, without harming the sustainability of the destinations and its inhabitants but at the same time enjoying the visit is about being an environmentally friendly and conservation conscious traveler. Eco tourism had made it possible to meet the challenge of transporting millions of tourists to their destinations while maintaining the pleasure without harming the existence of the destinations. Sri Lanka is in the forefront of this endeavor and is an ideal destination of eco tourism with a wealth of activities for the whole family. From nature trails, hiking, cycling, bird watching, photography or wild life safaris are just the beginning of the list. Ecotourism has been known by other names: alternative tourism, sustainable tourism, community-based tourism, volun-tourism, among others. Definitions and criteria vary widely. Ecotourism and alternative tourism are umbrella expressions however alternative tourism does not necessarily prize responsibility. Sustainable tourism is more specific, focusing on economically, socio-culturally and environmentally sustainable tourist activities. Community-based tourism necessarily implies the participation of local communities as the planners, managers and primary beneficiaries and Volun-tourism is a relatively new concept that sees visitors volunteering with local organizations, making sure that they give back as much as they can to the land offering them temporary hospitality.