• 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

 

Book your dream holiday in Sri Lanka now!

Get discounts up to 15%

and

reschedule as many times as you like up to April 2021 without any cancellation charges.

 

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!

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

 

The Brands

Our brands are as diverse as you can imagine and we have successfully managed to extend our reach to virtually every facet in the specialized tourism segments. Under our parent company Eco Team's valued guidelines, all of our brands boast an experienced and dedicated team and encompass the same principles of unmatched customer service and firm policies on environmental impact and sustainable tourism. Some of our most popular brands include:

exjlogo2

 

www.ecoteam.lk for Eco & Adventure Experiences

This is the largest brand and is the most recognized in Sri Lanka, specializing in nature, adventure and eco tourism. Operating in 24 diverse and unique locations around the island and offering 26 eco and adventure related activities, we provide fantastic opportunities to stay in alternate accommodation options such as tree houses, eco lodges and bungalows.

One of the biggest strengths we possess is the ability to offer tailor-made tour solutions for specialized segments. We have conducted programs for groups ranging from butterfly to culinary enthusiasts and architecture to history buffs, with great successes. The most sought-after tours in our portfolio are trekking, mountain biking and cycling, birding and diving.

 

World Class Wildlife Viewing/ Experience

We have unique wildlife tours encompassing all that Sri Lanka offers from the 'Big Five' and 10 small miracles to 33 endemic birds, including specialized programs for mammal enthusiasts, dragonfly watchers and birders. Our wildlife tours use our own tented camps spread across 11 national parks or a handpicked set of unique partner hotels.

 

Mahoora Tented Safari Camps

The flagship product for Eco Team and one that is in operation in all Sri Lanka's major national parks and nature reserves, this unique product offer visitors the ultimate island safari experience while basking in the lap of luxury. To suit clients with different budgets, Mahoora offers three categories of mobile camps: Explorer, Premium and Elite.

Web: www.mahoora.lk

 

Big Game Camps and Lodges

This product offers semi permanent tented safari camps on the borders of the most popular national parks and nature reserves, with a more rustic feel. Featuring a more authentic jungle experience minus the frills, Big Game Camps and Lodges offers safari camps to suit to a more economically conscious traveler.

Web: www.srilankabiggamesafaris.com

 

Experiential Journeys

In keeping with the recent changes in our business strategy, Eco Team Pvt Ltd has decided to shift their DMC business to Experiential Journeys Pvt Ltd, a new associate company of Eco Team. Eco Team will focus on Eco Tourism, Adventure and Nature-related Excursions / Experiences and Tented Camps.

Everyone who was involved in DMC operations at Eco Team is continuing to work under the Experiential Journeys banner. With the enhanced focus on the DMC business using new people, processes, back-end systems etc., EXJ is hoping to work with their partners more closely.

 Web: www.exjourneys.com

 

Fly Sri Lanka

Fly Sri Lanka is a one-stop-shop for all domestic flights, enabling travelers to take care of all their inland flight transfers with the options of chartering a plane, travelling on a seaplane or even taking a scenic helicopter ride. It is also fully equipped to deal with film crews and VIP guests.

Web: www.flysrilanka.lk

 

Honeymoon Sri Lanka

Catering exclusively to newlyweds who wish to plan an unforgettable honeymoon, Honeymoon Sri Lanka focuses exclusively on promoting locations such as beaches, national parks and heritage sites as unmatched honeymoon destinations. We have carried out extensive research on the hotels we use and feature only the best properties that are suitable for honeymooners.

We know which wing of a hotel to offer and exactly which room to reserve to create the romantic and exclusive experience for our clients. Experiences like hot air balloon rides, private luxury safaris, and exclusive spa indulgences enhance the romance and richness of the tour.

Web: www.honeymoonsrilanka.com

 

Sri Lanka Day Tours

A recent addition to Eco Team's expanding portfolio, Sri Lanka Day Tours provide an exciting selection of nature, adventure and eco day activities and excursions. We offer almost all excursions possible in Sri Lanka under this brand.

Web: http://www.srilankadaytours.com/

 

SLWF 

Our social and conservation efforts are run in association with the Sri Lanka Wilderness Foundation(SLWF), an organisation dedicated to the conservation of Sri Lanka's most special wildlife through education and the development of sustainable tourism. Volunteer opportunities are available to work closely with our conservation units in the field and in partnership with local communities.

Web: www.srilankawilderness.org

 

Beyond Boundaries 

Comprehensive MICE DMC

Beyond Boundaries is the brand name of Eco Team's MICE arm, a leading service provider of 'Meetings-Incentives-Conferences-Events' in Sri Lanka for more than a decade, backed by an experienced management team which has ably handled over 650 programmes.

Beyond Boundaries is a unique and innovative outfit, always thinking outside the box, and our ability to be extremely flexible is one our greatest strengths. A 'one-stop-shop' capable of providing turnkey solutions, Beyond Boundaries offers tailor-made programmes to meet specific client needs and provides a myriad of choices to create an effective platform to deliver a value-for-money, refreshingly new and inspiring team building event, incentive programme or conference/meeting.

Web: www.bb.lk

 

Mobile Hotels

Marking the end of the era of planning tours to where the hotels are, we have created a 75 room 'mobile hotel' that could be set up anywhere in the country, within 2 to 3 weeks . We can accommodate up to 150 persons or more, together at one time, at any location in Sri Lanka, in luxury tents with 'rooms' that have a bedroom, a living area, attached toilet with hot and cold water. Giving guests the best of both worlds, these 'mobile hotels' can be set up at the heart of wilderness – on a location of their choice right across Sri Lanka. From a remote beach on the East Coast, arid scrub jungle in the North, an isolated reservoir in the central plains to lush forests in the South; the choice is as vast as our island's diversity.

 

CSR Efforts

As a company committed to sustainable tourism and social responsibility, Eco Team is involved in a number of CSR efforts, including varied conservation and community development projects. With a strong belief in embedding 'travelling responsibly' in all forms of travel, we minimize or offset the environmental impact created by our tourism ventures.

Eco Team established the Sri Lanka Wilderness Foundation in order to expand our efforts to wider spectrum. Under this purview, the Sri Lanka Wilderness Foundation has initiated new CSR programmes including Rainforest Reforestation and Carbon Offsetting, Human-Leopard Conflict Management, Marine Turtles and Elephant Conservation. Our partners and clients are able to be part of these exciting and noble projects.

Web: www.srilankawilderness.org

 

 

Our Team

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

MAP

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. 
More Information

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.