• 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
  • 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

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Experiences

Our expeditions are curated to make sure exploration and travel to remote and exotic destinations is engaging and challenging whilst immersing one in cultural exchanges and most importantly creating a relationship with local nature and lifestyle. With the country’s massive contrasts, ranging from topographical to ecological and cultural diversity in its compact 65,610 square kilometers, it’s truly a ‘small miracle’ with endless nature, wildlife and adventure-ready to be explored. Sri Lanka is blessed with a range of natural resources including virgin rainforests, misty mountains, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, wetlands, national parks and sanctuaries, sandy beaches and coral reefs offering countless opportunities for adrenaline junkies many reasons and related activities which are all made possible in this little exotic island.

We have lined up a diverse expedition for adrenaline junkies that are blended with a variety of experiences that create moments of excitement and opportunities for celebrations to reach the status of self-achievement by successful completion of these expeditions.

Should you want to trek, cycle or even go on a river expedition; we extend all our capacities to ensure your desire is made into a reality. The wilderness of Sri Lanka welcomes explorers who love to find hidden treasures whilst experiencing the glamour of the local countryside. So come challenge your limits, conquer your expeditions and celebrate your achievements!

 

Welcome to a world of jungle glamping and safari experiences!

Deep inside a National Park or on the border, is where the magic happens. Choose from a wide range of all-inclusive experiences on offer or custom design your own. Eco Team offers an immersive glamping experience, whilst remaining absolutely respectful of nature & wildlife. 

A pioneer in the mobile tented safari camp concept in Sri Lanka, with its history dating back to 1998, Eco Team has 4 unique glamping brands under its wings, and is the largest and most awarded tented camp operator in the country.

Let the adventures begin!

 

Mahoora by Eco Team
Mahoora by Eco Team

Situated on the border of Sri Lanka’s most popular National Parks - Yala, Udawalawe & Wilpattu - are private mini reserves with all-inclusive glamping experiences that are pure safari magic! Private safaris, your own guide and naturalist, suite tents with a bedroom and a separate living room tent as well as an attached bathroom and more blend the essence of camping with modern splendour.  www.mahoora.com

Explorer by Eco Team
Explorer by Eco Team

 Live inside the National Parks that have been forgotten by the world at large and intimately experience the jungle and its wildlife. These lesser visited locations have wonderfully unique wildlife and landscapes, and are discoverable through bespoke mobile campsites set deep inside the Parks.
https://www.mahoora.com/camps.html

 

Ahaspokuna by Eco Team
Ahaspokuna by Eco Team

Set in Savannah-esque grasslands up in the hills, Ahaspokuna Bush Walks Camp presents a beautiful conundrum - meditate as you soak in your Bush Bathtub, fall asleep on your Star Bed under the night sky or… take an adventurous ramble over the hills, meet the wildlife and explore the untamed wilderness. Whichever it is you choose, this luxurious glamping experience will leave you with lasting memories. www.ahaspokuna.com

 

Big Game by Eco Team
Big game

Glamping… on a budget? Of course it's possible. Created especially for the cost-conscious traveller, the Big Game campsites pack luxury into a tight budget but keep the wildlife encounters unlimited as you live on the edge of popular National Parks such as Yala, Udawalawe and Wilpattu!
www.srilankabiggamesafaris.com

 

Funky Leopard by Eco Team
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The cool cat’s lair! If backpacking is your thing and you’re on a super tight budget, the Funky Leopard’s going to show you a good time! Perched on the border of Yala National Park, this experience gets you up close to the action whilst being very pocket friendly. But if bunk beds are not your thing, don’t worry, this cool cat has you covered with private rooms as well. www.safarihostels.lk

The terrible truth behind Commercial Turtle Hatcheries in Sri Lanka

Anuruddha Bandara, Founder of Eco Team, argues that Commercial Turtle Hatcheries can do more harm than good to Sea Turtle Conservation.

In theory, it’s like a fairytale with a happy ending. Unsuspecting sea turtle mothers lay eggs in the southern beaches of Sri Lanka, but suddenly their babies are stolen by poachers for turtle egg omelettes! Luckily, turtle hatcheries swoop in and rescue the eggs, by purchasing them from poachers. They safely tuck the eggs into their protected nursery, far away from poachers and predators - like feral dogs and water monitors- until they’re ready to hatch. At the end, the hatchlings are released into the sea at sunset.

However, the reality is the terrible truth behind the fairytale most believe. These are the repercussions of Commercial Turtle Hatcheries in Sri Lanka stepping in to ‘save the day’:

 

Hatching rate decreases

Collecting eggs from the sea turtles’ natural nest for relocation, decreases hatching success rates from 90% in natural nests to 50 – 70% in hatcheries.

 

Relocating eggs could create a gender imbalance

According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy, cooler sand has a tendency to produce more males, with warmer sand producing females. The potentially higher temperatures in our hatcheries, due to overcrowding, may produce an unnaturally high ratio of females to males, which overall affects with the survival of the species.

Adversely interferes with the hatchlings’ critical stage of development

As soon as hatchlings are born, entering the sea should be allowed without interference. Many existing commercial hatcheries in Sri Lanka do not provide these conditions; they keep the hatchlings in cement tanks for weeks during tourist season.

Energy depletion in tanks decreases their survival rate

Keeping hatchlings in small tanks, swimming in circles for days or weeks, consumes their stored energy and makes them weak. After they’re eventually released, the energy they would have to swim out to the deep ocean and survive predators, is low.

Overcrowding and the spread of disease in tanks

In addition to the generally weakened state of captive hatchlings, some hatcheries don’t regularly change the tank water, leading to the spread of diseases due to unhygienic conditions. On top of that, most commercial hatcheries allow tourists to touch the hatchlings, which further increases the risk of contamination and disease.

Disrupts imprinting

Sea turtles have an imprinting mechanism when they hatch, helping them return to their natal beach to lay their own eggs someday. However, being in tanks and swimming in circles, instead of freed during that critical stage, will likely disrupt imprinting.

Profit as priority and not conservation

Hatchlings who survive the tank are usually released out to sea by the tourists who pay the hatchery to do this! Unfortunately this happens mostly during the daylight hours or in places with artificial lighting – both situations disorient and adversely affect the hatchlings.

Today, nearly all species of sea turtles are classified as endangered by the IUCN Red List High, but demand from the tourism sector abets the continued operation of commercial turtle hatcheries that do more harm than good. Though ethical and not-for-profit turtle hatcheries can contribute to real turtle conservation, we do not see any such efforts amongst the current commercial operations in Sri Lanka.

References:

http://www.ft.lk/columns/Sea-turtle-conservation-Is-it-up-to-the-hatcheries/4-684619

http://www.seaturtle.org/mtn/archives/mtn60/mtn60p19.shtml

 

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.

 

Experiences Sri Lanka

Destinations Sri Lanka

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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!

 

 

Our stories in motion 


 

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. 
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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.