Khiri Travel Sri Lanka has rolled out six destination experiences that feature local personalities with interesting stories of their life in the country.
The brainchild of Khiri Travel Sri Lanka, general manager, Gonzalo Gil Lavedra, the experiences are delivered by an archaeologist, a Colombo street food expert, a Tamil native of Jaffna who has lived through civil war, a keeper of a garrison cemetery (with many tales to tell), an art scene expert in Colombo, and a leading Sri Lankan-Japanese chef who will prepare a private dinner for participants.
Citing an example of what participants can expect, Gil Lavedra said archaeologist Nerina will take guests to Kaludiya Pokuna and Ritigala – two sites in the Cultural Triangle that are off the beaten track. He said a visit to these sites is evocative of an “Indiana Jones experience”.
When asked how the six individuals were chosen as insights hosts, Gil Lavedra said: “We chose them for their personality and ability to communicate and show what they love. It is refreshing to meet people who are passionate and willing to share their insights with others. (Participants) feel like they are hanging out with a local friend and getting to know aspects of Sri Lanka that are beyond the regular, more traditional mainstream offerings. We love to travel and explore, and our insiders share the same passion for discovery.”
The experiences were developed for all types of travellers, including corporate groups. Gil Lavedra believes that business event delegates can benefit from “meeting the right personality (who will) bring the destination to light in surprising ways”.
Each experience can be delivered for groups of up to 18 people, and run for a few hours to a full day.
More insights hosts will soon be added to the offering, shared Gil Lavedra, as Khiri Travel Sri Lanka is “always on the lookout for more unique experiences that will put travellers in contact with the right people and showcase the destination”.