IMG_9254Aarunya is not just a travel company that guide you through sri lanka, but will make you to see, understand and feel the country in a more meaningful manner. Most visitors find it difficult to make good sense of the places they visit to appreciate the diversity and fragility of the environment since they do not have the background knowledge. International visitors are very much handicapped in this respect as they are not very familiar with local conditions, terrain, biodiversity or the language. We can comprehend our diverse clientele very well and therefore, at Aarunya Vacations, we are planning activities continuously to upgrade knowledge and capacity of our  Front Runners .

Dr Prithiviraj Fernando of CCR
Dr Prithiviraj Fernando of CCR

In this process, we use in-house resources of our sister company, SquareRoot Consulting or the services of the best experts in the country of particular field. In the series of such workshops planned for 2016, the second was successfully conducted during July 10 – 11, at Udawalawa National Park with the active participation and support from Center For Conservation and Research and its Chairman Dr Prithiviraj Fernando.

Dr Fernando conducting a session
Dr Fernando conducting a session

The workshop was attended by Dr Prithiviraj Fernando of CCR, Malinda Ekanayake and Rahula Perera from Aarunya Vacations and all Lead interpretes associated with Aarunya. It started with an open forum discussion in the usual relaxed manner, and then proceeded towards more serious subjects of elephant ecology, behaviour, ranging patterns and the conservation of elepha

Participants in attendance

nts in Sri Lanka. The event coincided with the birthday of Tiran, one of the lead interpreters. So all joined up in the celebration in the evening.

IMG_9142The second day was totally a field day, traversing the park watching elephants while discussing and elaborating what learnt in the theoretical setting in the previous day. The importance of habitat
quality management and conservation priorities in hand  too were discussed in this field setting.The IMG_9365field visit was  concluded with a  to ‘Eth Athuru sevana’, the Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

Aarunya Vacations
believes that nature interpretation is a valuable component of conservation and communication and is an indispensable tool in meeting expectations of knowledge seeking travelers.


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