Global ecotourism is a growing niche sector, and travellers throughout the world are increasingly seeing Sri Lanka as a place where ‘sustainability’ is more than just a buzzword.
Whether it’s our most scenic mountains, best beaches, Buddhism and Hinduism, cultural heritage or amazing diversity of landscapes, Sri Lanka views them all in terms of ‘enhance and protect’.
Our ecotourism resorts focus on preserving the environment, culture and heritage while benefiting local communities, which, after all is said and done, are the key custodians of our natural resources.
When you choose to travel this way, you are not part of mass tourism, but part of up-market niche tourism that specializes in small groups and in-depth ‘in the field’ knowledge.
The objectives are to minimize your impact the environment, learn about and respect the local culture, ensure that your spending contributes to conservation, and help preserve special habitats for wildlife, farming, nature and water.
Ecotourism as an industry involves visiting fragile, pristine, and relatively undisturbed natural areas. Its purpose is to educate the traveler and help fund ecological conservation.
Since the 1980s, environmentalists have seen ecotourism as ensuring that future generations may experience destinations relatively untouched by human intervention.
Responsible ecotourism programs include those that minimize the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment and enhance the cultural integrity of local people.