Way back in 2000, before Ayu in the Wild was dreamt of, we flipped a coin at every intersection and drove our trusted little two-door jeep across a Sri Lanka we had not seen before. With no reservations or route, this simple break from the corporate worlds of law and finance inspired our immersive brand of travel in 2012. The travels later became much less intrepid, but over the years, we connected with ordinary Sri Lankans who had extraordinary stories to tell in the most breathtaking corners of Sri Lanka.
Our itineraries are scattered with inspiring connections to locals we met on our travels, connections from childhood friendships or the corporate world, with local musicians, artists, village headman, architects, chefs, farmers and more. With Ayu in the Wild, you see the country through many local eyes and really get under the skin of the island, through the most unusual experiences that others haven’t even heard of.
We believe in curating only a limited number of journeys with transformational experiences. We avoid large group tours. We love properties that are low-carbon-footprint escapes and those that contribute to the economy of Sri Lanka. We strongly advocate against elephant-back safaris. For a biodiverse, small island with 21 million people, bespoke, conscious travel matters.
Our biggest strength is that we have no prior travel-industry experience. Everything we do is original, innovative and not ‘break-away’. Our small team of Travel Designers are here, on the ground and know our own country. We know which roads to avoid on the day, or who to call at midnight in an emergency.