Sri Lankan Airlines, Air Canada, Qatar Airways and others currently fly to Sri Lanka from major hubs such as London, Frankfurt, Paris, Doha, Singapore and Toronto.
Tour operators in Sri Lanka have already seen a strong uptick in bookings. “There has been a noticeable increase since September,” said Mahiru, acting general manager, Khiri Travel Sri Lanka. “But since October 07, announcement enquiries and bookings have picked up at an even faster rate.”
Khiri Travel Sri Lanka has created four ecotourism tours in Sri Lanka for visitors interested in respecting nature, going local and giving back.
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. The trip includes swimming, stand-up paddling (SUP) and a seafood lunch on board.
In the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, the Trails of Matale trip lets guests talk to villagers and hike through pepper, cinnamon and coffee plantations followed by a delicious banana leaf lunch.
In the Kandy hill country, Khiri has created an educational tour of herb gardens in the forest 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 getting muddy and wet in a lagoon planting seagrass, which is an important breeding ground for sealife. As is often the case, a delicious Sri Lankan lunch follows.