Our Story

Ceylon Expeditions is a Registered locally own Sri Lanka Tourist Board approved Destination Management Company especially handle wheelchair accessible holidays / educational holidays / wild life photography tours and luxury tailor make family holidays.

Ceylon Expedition is a tour operator beyond normality. With our motto of “Redefining Ceylon” we are all geared to provide you the unique and exclusive experience of Sri Lanka you never know. Our expertise and passion to explore the unknown treasures of tourism let you unleash the essence of our country. Whether its adventure, history, spiritualism or natures we will provide you the unmatchable experience, customized tours and personalized service on its best and world class.

Obviously, our tours are not generic and off the shelf, instead we provide exclusive and personalized service at its best. Let us invite you to experience the infinite luxury of Sri Lankan expedition with us. Our aim is not only to pamper you with legendary Sri Lankan hospitality but to create the insight of you about this unique Island.

John M Anthony

John M Anthony
Chief Executive Officer

Sri Lanka draws visitors from an increasingly diverse range of attractions to its pristine beaches, historical landmarks and adventure packed outdoors. The pandemic, did bring in a lull to the tourism industry, but with the easing of the spread, and with vaccines in the offing, there is a renewed interest among travelers to hop on the next flight and to be greeted –AYUBOWAN which just means “may you be blessed with a long life”

I take great pleasure in personally inviting you, to this beautiful island nation, to come and listen to the wind, tread lightly on the earth, and to immerse yourself in nature’s symphony and let your senses burst with joy. Wilderness is a necessity – for going to the mountains is like going home. Whether it is heritage, cuisine, landscape, architecture, culture or people – It is all there in this paradise island nation.

Being a wildlife and nature photographer myself, for more than a decade, and with being a member of a dozen National Geographic Expeditions, I fully understand what makes a trip to a destination memorable.

It is our goal and commitment to make your visit to Sri Lanka, memorable and enjoyable by providing the hospitality and service that surpasses all your expectations.

We look forward to serving you as your host and friend in Sri Lanka.
Come immerse yourself in the wonders around you. SO SRI LANKA

Our Team

Chandrika Premarathne

Operations Manager

After serving 16 years in different industries, Chandrika finally landed as our head of operational team and serving to Ceylon Expeditions since 2012 taking care of entire operational matters from the time of enquiry until departure.Having been in travel for close to a decade now, Chandrika is keen to share the beauty of the island she calls home. She loves tented camping / train journeys and enjoys reading translations during her spare time.

Shani Jayamanne

Finance Controller

Having previously worked in the Finance sector in freight forwarding & banking sector, Shani joined with Ceylon Expeditions Team as a Finance Controller who is taking are of entire finance matters while supporting in fully to the day to operation. She loves exploring the wildlife and explore the unexplored treasure of Island Sri Lanka.

Dr. Mahesh Priyadarshana

Senior Consultant – Wildlife & Nature

Dr. Mahesh PhD did his BSc. Degree in Natural science and then did his MPhil and followed with a PhD in Paleo-Biodiversity He did his doctorate degree program at post graduate institute of archaeology and research. He also got a MA. (Buddhism, Ayurveda & Psychology) and a Pg. Dip (Buddhism, Ayurveda & Psychology). Dr Mahesh followed a Dip in Paleo-Biodiversity and a Certificate in Wild Life Management & Conservation.

Sunil Gunathilaka

Senior Travel Consultant

Sunil (The Monkey Master) is originally from southern part of the country and finally landed in Polonnaruwa with all necessary professional qualifications to be a naturalist including Bachelor of Science Degree in order to research and live with primates. Sunil is specialize in Botany, Zoology & Geography from University of Peradeniya and also he has completed course in wildlife Conservation and Management course at Makerere university field biology research station at Kibale National park, Uganda and a Diploma in Environmental Journalism conducted by the Asian Journalism forum, Sri Lanka.

Isanka Gunawardhana

Travel Designer

Having previously worked as an Asst Director in Film Industry, Isanka is now firmly landed in the travel industry and she is a BSc graduate of Travel & Tourism from University of Colombo. Also she has served as a National Tourist Gide for UK market with few leading Travel Companies in Sri Lanka. She is an expert of adventure / hiking / camping / rafting & snorkeling.

Dr. Nishantha Hettiarachchi

Senior Consultant

Dr. Nishantha is having a vast knowledge in climatology and vegetations types of Sri Lanka. His expert knowledge of geology, geography and vegetation of knuckles range is hard to match. An analysis of the role of cultural tourism on regional development of the North central province of Sri Lanka shows his deep understanding of this less privileged province of Sri Lanka. He served as a lecturer at Rajarata university some time and currently working as a senior lecturer at University of Sri Jayewardenepura.

Sujan Weerakoon

Tour Consultant

Sujan is a Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTDA) approved, qualified National Tourist Guide with over two decades of experience in diversified areas such as nature & wild / soft adventure / archeology / Buddhism & Sri Lankan culture tours under top level tour operators.

Dharmin Samarajeewa

Travel Designer – Wildlife

He is breathing with wild for decades while serving as a professionally qualified nature based travel designer. He has started to distribute the knowledge he grabbed to the Nature Tourism industry by working with Ceylon Expeditions as a consultant / Naturalist and Nature guide as well. Dharmin is a Tourist Board approved National Tourist Guide Lecture.

Bop (Thanuja Bopearachchi)

Tour Designer

Bope is one of the Ceylon Expedition’s Top grade Tour Designer for Sri Lanka adventure and nature area and he is having a sound knowledge of bird watching and Butterflies. He is an all-round Naturalist with over 12 years’ experience in field. Bope is a qualified National Tourist Guide Lecturer who passed out from Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management & was an ex hotelier who was a Graduate from SLITHM (Later Ceylon Hotel School).

Operational Team of Ceylon Expeditions

Ceylon Expeditions Travels enriched with professionally qualified staffs in different areas and we are well confident to plan & execute a comprehensive expedition trip while maintaining extreme “Service Quality” which is our prime objective. We are strong enough to support you, and through focused segmentation we ensure to give a personalized attention to all our clients.

We strongly believe that the “Tour Leader or Guide is the Gateway” to the successful tour. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll learn things, Ceylon Expedition maintains Sri Lanka Tourist Board Licensed, carefully hand-picked team of Naturalist / Guides.

“Guide makes the trip” so in addition to masterful natures / wildlife or tracking skills, our Tour Leaders possess a wealth of knowledge about their own fields biology / adventure / tropical wildlife / Sri Lankan Culture / archeology and wide knowledge on the tour handling.

Responsible Tourism

“Take only photographs and leave only footprints”

Ceylon Expeditions has been seriously committed to responsible travel and true sustainability since we began in 2008. Almost one decade of pioneering adventure / wildlife expeditions has proved the positive conservation outcomes when travel is managed for sustainability. We strongly believe a responsible, long-term vision can ensure true sustainability with the participation of our clients and stake holders.

Service Quality

We always focusing on Superior Service Quality and Value for Money to all our guests and the company with its strategic partners offer the highest European standards in terms of Booking Conditions, anti-fraud measures, and financial security and safety measures.

Transport Fleet

Expeditions has very young fully owned fleet of vehicles, ranging from luxury coaches to mini & micro coaches, luxury cars , 4 wheel drive luxury jeeps etc. The vehicles themselves are all less than a year old and have been maintained to the highest standards.

Our fleet of eco-friendly vehicles and our hand-picked team of drivers, ensure that our guests travel in utmost comfort / security and they are well aware of destinations and ancient sites, as well as knowing the best and most scenic routes, and the locations of the most suitable refreshment and comfort stops.