BORN, BRED AND LIVING IN SRI LANKA WE KNOW OUR ISLAND INTIMATELY. YET, WHAT MAKES OUR BESPOKE TOURS EVEN MORE SPECIAL, IS OUR CONNECTIONS WITH LOCALS
“Long before we started Ayu in the Wild Holidays in 2012, we explored our home country whenever we could take a break from our careers in finance and law.
Decades down the road, we have uncovered breathtaking places across Sri Lanka, handpicked the island’s most luxurious lodges, villas and unique stays, curated the most immersive experiences and met some fascinating local people who now work with us as experience hosts! Our travels to Africa, Europe, the USA and Australasia have unearthed wonderful insights into experiential luxury travel which we weave into each customized private holiday for curious visitors, for families, honeymooning couples, wellness seekers, bird watchers and even golfers!
Whether you are a first timer to Sri Lanka, or a super fan looking for a new side of the island you haven’t explored before, each customized tour we curate is guided by our unique travel ethos:
You explore each location with a specialist community-based guide. Although an excellent driver navigates our roads and makes your bespoke tour even more special, we also connect you to experiences hosted by ordinary Sri Lankans who have some extraordinary stories about cooking or crafts, wildlife or walking, birdwatching or beaches, Ceylon tea, temples or trains. These Sri Lankans are delightfully insightful. We know them all personally.
We respect nature and wildlife. We #sayno to elephant back safari rides and to displaying captive wild animals who are tamed in the cruellest way. We reduce our plastic foot-print, we stay away from mass tourism, and our guides are highly skilled in interpreting animal behaviour and ecology.
We give back. Your private bespoke holiday provides a source of income to our Sri Lankan hosts and benefits the local communities. Our ‘Classrooms in the Wild’ outreach project empowers rural children, and our new ‘Sustainable Sri Lanka Travel’ initiative will unite travel industry businesses across the country to ensure that tourism revenue benefits Sri Lanka and Sri Lankans.
We know people. From poets to farmers, artists to conservationists, top chefs, architects, hoteliers and writers. We’re a DMC with friends on the ground who we can draw on to curate extraordinarily exclusive luxury experiences on our island, making us one of Sri Lanka’s top travel specialists for holidays beyond the ordinary.
We’re small (three dogs and four Travel Designers). We’re here, on the ground. A 100% Sri Lankan luxury travel company and proud of it.
And that’s our story…
Ayu, means life in Sanskrit. And we love when our guests leave our shores inspired by life on this beautiful island that we call home. We look forward to welcoming you soon.”
Chamintha and Rajindra Jayasinghe, Founders and Chief Explorers
AYU IN THE WILD HOLIDAYS is owned and operated by WILD ISLAND SAFARIS (PVT) LTD – a licensed Tour Company with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). Our operations are insured under a Tour Operators Commercial General Liability Policy. Wild Island Safaris (Pvt) Ltd also owns and operates Africa by Ayu – Sri Lanka’s first and only Africa specialist Travel Agency.