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  • Adventures & Experiences - Classic Cultural Trips with a Twist - Wildlife Encounters with Specialists – Handpicked, small , unique accommodations - Meeting real local people – Lessor known highlights
  • Adventures & Experiences - Classic Cultural Trips with a Twist - Wildlife Encounters with Specialists – Handpicked, small , unique accommodations - Meeting real local people – Lessor known highlights
  • Adventures & Experiences - Classic Cultural Trips with a Twist - Wildlife Encounters with Specialists – Handpicked, small , unique accommodations - Meeting real local people – Lessor known highlights
  • Adventures & Experiences - Classic Cultural Trips with a Twist - Wildlife Encounters with Specialists – Handpicked, small , unique accommodations - Meeting real local people – Lessor known highlights
  • Adventures & Experiences - Classic Cultural Trips with a Twist - Wildlife Encounters with Specialists – Handpicked, small , unique accommodations - Meeting real local people – Lessor known highlights

Our Service Values

Exclusive  Experiences
It’s all about what you will be doing. 

We take pride in offering the exclusive and unique experiences going beyond just the tourist highlights. We believe that no two persons on this earth could be the same, so therefore no holiday created should be the same too. With our unparalleled access to all the hidden corners, we don't merely create holidays, we design experiences that money can’t buy.  

Genuine Encounters
It’s all about whom you are meeting.

Our tours are designed to grant you an intimate peak into the country and meeting real local people. With our special relationships cultivated over the years, our tours offer access into villages and homes to provide truly unique perspectives. This is something we are really specialized in. You do things together, share a meal or take part in a religious ritual; you become their guest but not a paid tourist.     

Spaces with Character
It’s about where you are staying. 

Our handpicked accommodations are way different to large chain hotels with conventional star ratings. We offers small properties with quality, character, ambiance and run by passionate people. The range does not limit to “hotels” and goes into Tented Camps, Lodges, Home Stays, Colonial Bungalows, Luxury Boutique Properties as well as Tree Houses that have won multiple awards and plaudits.


Passionate Sustainability
It’s about how we do things. 

We believe that the sustainability and conservation approach in tourism is not merely an option but a way of life. While offering you unique, unconventional experiences and encounters, we strive to stay conscious of the sustainability of our habitat, people and culture. You wouldn’t find the Elephant Orphanage, animal rides or shows, or any other experiences that exploit people or animals in our programmes.

 



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Our Locations

Sri Lanka is an island that promises many types of adventures to suit visitors with various interests, made possible by our diverse local people who act as guides and hosts.

Sri Lanka’s diverse topography and our connectivity with each location, our professionalism and our exceptional attitude towards service make us an outstanding provider of activities and experiences in the region.    

     

One of the many attractions of the country is that you can do many activities in a very short time span, without having to travel long distances from one activity location to another. For example, you could do a rainforest walk in the morning, a whitewater-rafting trip by noon, and do a leisurely stroll on the beach in the evening, all on the same day!

 

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Our Founder

Anuruddha Bandara, also known as AB, is an award-winning entrepreneur who has built a reputation as a niche tourism specialist, explorer, and management trainer.

He has travelled to all parts of Sri Lanka and approximately 13% outside of it. As Founder / CEO and Master Crafter of Experiences & Encounters, he has navigated Eco Team (Pvt) Ltd. to becoming the most diversified tourism specialist group in Sri Lanka – a parent company to 10 renowned, niche tourism brands. As the Founder and President of the Sri Lanka Wilderness Foundation, he has taken environmental conservation to a national platform.
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HAJ

Hajreen Juhara, popularly known as Haj, is a bubbly individual with immense experience in customer care and tourism spanning over two decades, locally and overseas.
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MIGARA

Migara is an IT professional, who later on found customer care to be much more exciting - than hiding behind a screen. But his true calling came soon after; sustainable tourism coupled with customer care.  
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Eshan

ESHAN

An adventure dreamer, Eshan is constantly on an adventure quest; travelling almost every “working day” - contributing immensely to develop the Adventure Product portfolio we offer today.
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SHIVANI

A founding team member of Eco Team, an avid traveller, Shivani’s ethos of experiencing destinations before talking about them, is what makes her so dynamic and exciting to speak to.
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Our Own Accommodations

 

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Why we do not promote following attractions

You may find that we have not included certain common tourist attractions that are generally found in other programme designs; namely, the turtle hatcheries on the southern coast, the Pinnawala elephant orphanage, the Habarana elephant rides and the Bullock Cart Trail. These are not included due to conservation and ethical reasons.

 

Turtle Hatcheries

We do not encourage our visitors to patronize the turtle hatcheries as this concept has serious negative aspects in terms of conservation. We encourage visitors to observe turtles in their natural habitats. For further information check the link below. 


Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

We do not encourage our clients to visit the above either. We do not agree with the concept of how the establishment is run. We are happy to see that even the Born Free Foundation has now taken a similar stand. 

Elephant back rides – Habarana
We have concerns about the way this is being done. However, there may be a few ethical operators but in general, we do not agree with the “working hours”, how they give rest to the animals, trails they use etc.

Traditional village tour with a canoe trip and bullock carts – Habarana
This is an extremely commercialized touristic operation where a lot is “staged”. We encourage the visitors to have less touristic experiences and instead experience the real Sri Lanka.