A service worthy of an award in Nature and Adventure tourism


Nature Odyssey, the adventure and wildlife arm of John Keells Hotels Group and Walkers Tours, won the prestigious Presidential Awards for Travel and Tourism for ‘Best Nature and Adventure Operator’ for the second consecutive year.

The team, which specializes in catering to niche nature and adventure seekers, are on a continuous pursuit of ‘new experiences’ that better showcase the amazing natural heritage of Sri Lanka to its guests. Nature Odyssey operates travel counters at most John Keells Hotels, offering wildlife and nature based excursions ranging from village treks, bird watching excursions and leopard and elephant safaris. Currently the most popular activity is whale watching off the coast of Mirissa. Nature odyssey also initiated whale watching in the East Coast with the launch of Chaaya Blue Trincomalee.

The team continues to understand the needs of its market consisting of adventure and wildlife travellers and providing them with unforgettable, authentic wildlife or adventure experiences. According to Manager – Marketing Development, Chitral Jayatillake, "the closly knit team was instrumental in winning this award with the outstanding work that they have done in relation to wildlife and adventure based tourism in Sri Lanka."

Nature Odyssey was established with the sole purpose of developing, designing and operating nature and adventure travel. The company mission is "to be the best nature, adventure, sport and special interest tour operator in the region, to take nature and adventure enthusiasts from around the world to the many remote and breathtakingly beautiful biodiversity hotspots in Sri Lanka." The award winning performance of Nature Odyssey at Presidential Awards for Travel and Tourism for the year 2009 manifests the accomplishment of their mission statement.

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