Wellness travel is part and parcel of transformational holidays. But, feeling well on your vacation is just as important as considering the environmental wellness of your destination. At Sriseeker, we focus on crafting eco-wellness travel that aims at combining eco-friendly tourism practices with wellness trips that are rooted in authentic culture and tailor-made well-being. Our wellness journeys start where your transformation begins.
"Ayubowan" - may you live a long life!
Sri Lanka's ageless natural beauty and ancient cultural practices create an environment that is abundant in potent healing properties. The lush landscapes mesmerize, the devotional culture inspires, and the friendly local people open their hearts with their beautiful smiles. But, the warm hospitality of the locals is just as much a result of their welcoming island culture, as it is a direct manifestation of many centuries of environmentally-conscious living with the tropical climate. An emerging top wellness destination, Sri Lanka reveals its secrets of longevity to mindful travelers that seek a journey beyond the ordinary tourist routes.
Traditional eco-wellness that rejuvenates the soul
Step into a traditional village offering an eco-friendly retreat based on the ancient healing therapies of Ayurveda. The wise sages knew that nature possesses infinite possibilities for self-healing. Ayurveda is a traditional holistic science based on the principles that all living beings are governed by the same set of natural forces. Learning to maintain a healthy balance of your doshas is the key to leading a happy life. The Sriseeker traveling retreat offers unique possibilities to acquire fundamental Ayurveda & Yoga skills that will last you a lifetime.
Meditation is the "environmental wellness" of your mind
Mental well-being is a much sought-after luxury in our fast-paced reality. Learning to slow down our minds' activity is instrumental in establishing healthy boundaries and building meaningful relationships. Sri Lanka is home to one of the oldest forms of Buddhism practiced anywhere in the world. Having retained the original Dharma throughout the centuries, the sacred island is the focal point of our Buddhist Pilgrimage retreats. Studying with a living master is a rare opportunity to experience the transformational power of meditation. A meditative mind leads to compassion toward all living beings and creates the possibility of finding peace and refuge in the benevolent philosophy of loving kindness.
Affordable wellness retreats among friends
If wellness and affordability are important to you during your travels, you may want to consider joining a custom-designed wellness trip that brings together all the right components for a journey well-travelled. At Sriseeker, our signature traveling retreats are designed to awaken a deeper connection with the natural surroundings. These small group itineraries are packed with exciting discoveries and introspective experiences. The overall journey is well-balanced between active days and relaxation days allowing our wellness experts to meet each participants’ needs for self-reflection. We limit space to those individuals who seek awareness and self-cultivation within a collective of kind-hearted individuals. It is also a great opportunity to experience a lighter version of community living. You may find yourself enjoying a shared transformational experience among friends that doesn't take a fortune to consider.
Eco-wellness hotels that are inspired by nature
Last by not least your accommodations will have a lot to do with your well-being. Whether this is your first solo wellness journey, or you are a savvy eco-tourism enthusiast, expert guidance in selecting your stays will determine the underlying quality of your travel experience. Leave it to your local travel specialist to point out the lesser-known 'gems' offering exceptional service, proximity to select attractions and vetted "green" practices of your chosen lodging. With centuries of traditional eco-friendly practices, Sri Lanka is a rare destination lending itself naturally to an environmentally inspired wellness travel itinerary.
If you are anything like us, you're probably seeking an authentic travel experience that is affordable, and takes the impact on the environment into the overall consideration of greater global wellness. If nature is central to your personal well-being, then an eco-friendly wellness retreat in Sri Lanka is the perfect choice for your next eco-conscious holiday. Sriseeker specializes in curating unique travel experiences in Sri Lanka that lead you to establish a deeper connection to its nature, its people and their sacred island.
Family holidays are all about having fun and sharing stress-free quality time with the loved ones. But, we rarely get to enjoy the precious time away from home without bringing some regular family problems along the way. Striking the right balance between adventure and relaxation might be the best solution for your next family vacation. And, your Sriseeker travel specialist just might have some helpful tips on how to achieve it!
1. Choosing a destination that will inspire everyone
Choosing a stress-free destination is synonymous with a stress-free holiday. Sri Lanka is blessed with a wide range of landscapes, climates and localities. From the high-ranging mountains and waterfalls, through the lush rainforests, down to the friendly local countryside, all the way to the shimmering golden beaches - there is enough natural variety to satisfy the most avid traveler. This also means that everyone in the family will get to experience at least one truly inspiring destination while on holiday. The easy tropical weather may not be for everyone, but the cooler tea plantations may be just the right "cup of Ceylon tea". The cultural riches of the Golden Triangle and the extensive amount of bio-diversity that you'll encounter will make for a memorable family journey with lots of tales to recount back home.
2. Designing flexible itineraries for all ages
You might want to pack a lot in your family adventure in Asia, but when it comes to "keeping up with the babies or the boomers," not everyone in the family might share your enthusiasm. It is always wise to keep your itinerary open and to plan for "slower" days when everyone can catch up. Fewer stops with more days in between might be the ideal scenario to take in the local history as well as account for unexpected changes in the weather. It also helps with finding time to do laundry and avoid having to pack your bags every other day, which can be a real downside of tedious family packing. Ask your trip specialist to recommend the locations best designed for longer stays, so you can take real advantage of each stop. And remember, disconnect your devices to reduce unnecessary "screen-time" - quality family time is all about making time first-and-foremost for the family.
3. Requesting family-friendly accommodations that won't break the bank
A family villa on the beach sounds like your type of family vacation? Why not make it a regular accommodation feature throughout your trip? You can experience a variety of family-friendly stays from high-end hotels featuring large family suites, to budget-conscious homestays with a charming local family that will be the highlight of your entire adventure. One key ingredient to keep in mind is the availability of a swimming pool - a big lifesaver for those rambunctious 3-year-olds. Sri Lankans are very family-oriented and you can find a large selection of affordable family accommodations throughout the island. But, if you want to go for that premium experience - a kid's club or a babysitter with a five-star resort - Sri Lanka has many tantalizing stress-free family solutions to offer. Simply make your request for family-friendly accommodations and mention your kids' ages to get the best out of each stay.
4. Setting aside one-on-one time
Whether it is booking a spa session for your over-worked mommy, or getting your dad surfing lessons with a pro - make sure that you plan for "alone" time for every adult family member on the trip. There is nothing like having an amazing adventure all-to-yourself, while sill being able to share the excitement with the rest of the family. It also gives you the much-needed downtime away from family dynamics, and factors in important moments for self-reflection. If you are a single parent juggling a demanding career with family obligations back home, setting aside one-on-one time with each child can be instrumental in improving communication and overall child-parent relationships. You might even want to consider traveling with asolo-child, it is amazing how kids open up when they step outside the usual sibling dynamics. Overall, consider your family holidays a time for reconnecting and renewing important bonds, and don't be afraid to step outside your family's comfort zone.
5. A group activity to remember
A shared memorable family activity will be the highlight of your trip that everyone will remember for years to come. Sri Lanka is an ideal destination for fun-packed family-friendly excursions featuring treks in the rainforest, dolphin and whale watching, white water rafting, hot air balloon flights and lots more. But, the most iconic of them is the famed elephant safari featuring large herds of pachyderms grazing on tall grasses in one of many national parks. Watch the babies playfully imitate the adult elephants and spot many more other wildlife species in the distance. Observing wild animals in their natural habitat is a rare educational adventure for every member of the family, no matter how old or young. Ask Sriseeker for recommendations on environmentally friendly options to visit a protected wild zone in Sri Lanka.
Are you ready for an exciting family adventure that brings you a peace of mind and doesn't cash our all your savings? With Sriseeker you'll experience a hassle-free holiday that takes in account all your family's needs for a comfortable and memorable vacation. We'll make sure to plan a few surprises along the way, but only of a good kind!
Responsible travel in on the rise, but what does it really mean to visit a destination with the aim of leaving a positive impact? From environmental projects to eco-tourism to local "green" sustainability, there are many ways in which an intrepid traveler can engage meaningfully with the community on-site. Sri Lanka offers an authentic blend of hospitality and sustainability drawing from centuries of traditional holistic living.
Sustainable holidays in the heart of Sri Lanka's countryside
If you are a traveler looking for sustainable holidays, Sri Lanka has the perfect combination of traditional lifestyle customs that draw their wisdom directly from nature. In many rural areas, the homes are still constructed with mud clay and ventilation is sustained through upper openings in the walls. Of course, the tropical climate is a big help for easy living. But, the monsoon season often presents its challenges and demands annual renovation with eco-friendly materials, such as thatched roofs and clay tiles. Choosing homestays or eco-lodges as a mode of accommodation during your travels supports the community directly as they are often owned by the locals themselves. This also means that you'll be staying with a community focused host, who more so than any hotel will be conscientious about excess uses of water, electricity and plastics, as they impact the owner's immediate living environment.
No water waste here
Living on an island surrounded by the salty sea means that the only way to get drinkable water is through an intelligent design of rainwater reservoirs. The ancient kings of Ceylon knew all-too-well that the survival of their people and their kingdoms depended greatly on complex systems of irrigation. Their glory and mark in the chronicles of history are often recounted in the number of reservoirs that they were able to produce during their reign. Today, the hydro-power dams are the primary source of electric energy supplied throughout the island. Water remains a key conservation initiative in Sri Lanka and throughout your travels you will encounter a proud population who to this day remembers its leaders for their water sustainability contributions.
Volunteer with a nature conservation project
For many people holidays are synonymous with doing less, eating more and getting away from the daily routine back at home. But, often times the best way to reset your mind is to get involved with a completely different set of objectives. Volunteering for a nature conservation project is not only beneficial to the society or environment in question, it is the most immersive travel experience that one can imagine. Working side-by-side the local people, being motivated through common goals and interacting with the nature on a much deeper level -- creates unparalleled opportunities for long-lasting friendships and overall health benefits. Your body remains active, your mind experiences full immersion and your heart rejoices in making meaningful connections. For a quality "voluntourism" project, ask Sriseeker for advise on the best qualified volunteer programs that will make your travel experience much more memorable!
Choose the right local guide
We all know that so much of our travel experience depends on the quality and personal disposition of the local guide accompanying us on tour. We seek out knowledgeable, friendly and caring guides to accompany our Sriseekers. Sri Lanka is still in its budding stages of establishing a reliable travel industry and this can often present its challenges. But, with the right approach to guest satisfaction and clear objectives in creating magical travel experiences, we aim to strike the right balance of matching up our intrepid travelers with the suitable local guide. The right guide often means getting insider access to "hidden gems" and authentic places, as well as a surpassing of expectations beyond an ordinary travel experience. Whether you are on a solo adventure or looking for a family group trip, It is often the case that our local guide is the best representative of the local culture and its people.
Find a responsible approach to your travel experiences
Activity-packed itineraries are part and parcel of experiential tourism, or travel rooted in authentic experiences that drive at the heart of local culture. Stepping into a local baker's home for an immersion into the daily operations of a small-scale bakery; spending an afternoon learning traditional dance and drummingtechniques from a practicing local teacher; or dropping in on a cricket game practice with talented players for an active bonding experience with the local youth -- these are the type of experiences that elevate a regular tourist attraction to the level of immersive travel. They also contribute to community development and intercultural exchanges that are only possible through informal curation of local cultural treasures.
Beyond ordinary tourism
Taking positive initiative on a holiday means that spending time away from home is another opportunity to render life more meaningful. Leaving a destination knowing that our interactions have contributed to a mutual expansion, a kindred feeling of shared humanity and a positive impact on everyone involved -- makes for a satisfying journey filled with acts and memories that have touched many hearts. Finding ways to expand beyond the mold of conventional tourism is a creative way to encounter new cultures and ultimately to encounter yourself.