Forests, water and ancient sites…they are our past, our present, our future. They are sacred. Treat them as such
Golden Rules Of Sensitive Travel
DO NOT LITTER. Take ALL Your Garbage Home
Keep a ‘shopping bag’ with you and put ALL your litter (including bio-degradable garbage) in it. At the end of the day, dispose of it in your guest house, or take it home
DON’T leave YOUR garbage all along the road, where you had a picnic and bath. Leave it ONLY in your garbage bag, or in YOUR pocket.
Be Respectful, Be Civilized
In a place of worship, in a forest, in a village, in an ancient place…behave with respect. A civilized person is sensitive to others in terms of noise, words, behavior, and dress. Insensitivity is a sign of an uncivilized person
Don’t smoke or consume liquor in PUBLIC SPACES
If you cannot do without alcohol and smoking, do it privately in your guest house or room. NOT in public places. CONSUMING ALCOHOL AND SMOKING IN PUBLIC PLACES IS PUNISHABLE BY LAW.
There are Beautiful Natural and Ancient Sites in Sri Lanka. So REMEMBER
In the Forest and Nature Reserves
I. If everyone takes home a plant, a flower a fruit. What will be left in the forest? Take only memories and photos.
II. Do not speed in vehicles; do not drive off the trail. All this destroys fragile nature.
III. Keep quiet, listen to the sounds of nature…it’s what you came to hear.
At Archaeological Sites
I. Do not scratch your name on anything except your own note book.
II. Avoid standing on ancient walls, pushing and moving ancient stones and bricks.
III. Be respectful if photographing people near shrines and statues, even if they are ruins.
IV. If there are resident Bhikkus, get permission from the head priest before proceeding.
V. In functioning monasteries please visit at allowed times, do not disturb the meditating monks.
At a Wewa or Stream
I. Be respectful towards villagers that use the water.
II. Be mindful of animals that use the water.
III. Be sensible and consider your own safety. Check with locals regarding particular dangers of the location.