Destination management company Khiri Travel has launched four new ecotourism tours in Sri Lanka as the country reopens for quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated arrivals.
From Mirissa on the southern tip of Sri Lanka, guests can sail in a catamaran with a marine biologist to spot blue whales and dolphins.
In the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, the Trails of Matale trip allows guests to meet villagers and hike through pepper, cinnamon and coffee plantations.
In the Kandy hill country, Khiri has created an educational tour to show how spices such as cinnamon are cultivated. The trip includes a mug of locally grown ‘wild coffee’, a forest curry lunch and a donation to a reafforestation foundation.
Guests can also help with a seagrass restoration project in the Puttalam/Kalpitiya area in the north west of the country. The experience involves planting seagrass, in a lagoon which is an important breeding ground for sealife.
Since January 2021, Khiri has been offsetting guests’ holiday carbon emissions by charging US$1.50 per person per day.
The process is being carried out in cooperation with ClimateCare which helps companies such as Khiri Travel with the technical fulfillment of carbon offsetting.
“There has been a noticeable increase since September but since the 7 October announcement enquiries and bookings have picked up at an even faster rate,” said Mahiru Fernando, Acting General Manager of Khiri Travel Sri Lanka.