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review 9 Sep 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Safari in Willapatu and seeing elephants, leopard and a sloth bear.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

To take plenty of insect repellent and take extra money for tips.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes our travels defiantly helped support local people by seeing and doing activities along our trip and buying things along the way.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We had an excellent honeymoon from start to finish. Great country full of lovely friendly people and awesome wildlife everywhere. We would definitly go back in the future.

review 16 Aug 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Going to visit Trincomalee and all the places my parents lived many years ago. The Temple of Sacred Tooth, the Perahara Festival, The elephant Safari - all amazing.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Give yourself some relaxation time at Trincomalee beach or another beach depending on time of year. Remember the road journeys will take time / far more than you realise.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

I felt that by having a local guide we benefitted enormously as we learnt so much about the history, culture and local customs. We also stopped off at additional places, at our request. It was good to support the monuments and World Heritage sites and I have no issues with paying for that from a conservation perspective. As someone who has travelled extensively and lived abroad I am not keen on being taken to wood carving places and getting the sales patter. I felt uncomfortable; I appreciate some may like it but personally I liked going to local shops in smaller villages to spend my money. The visit to the spice farm was good and I did not feel the hard sale there. Loved going for the farmers lunches - great idea but could not do the food justice as was still full up from breakfast. There were so many safari trucks at the game reserve; is it controlled ? Not sure seeing all the younger tourists on hired motor bikes reduces environmental impact ? It is a real dilemma to be honest - going to Ella took me back to Thailand in the early 80's - you see all the development for tourists but there is a concern about what it does to prices for the local population. So many of the food places cater for Western /European food tastes. There is no doubt the hospitality industry provides employment - but there is a concern about the large hotel groups taking over and I am interested in how well they pay staff. It is clear wages are very low for many in Sri Lanka - the benefit of having a driver with extensive knowledge meant we had the chance to stop off at different places that were less touristy as well. To be honest it is a difficult dilemma - as one who contributed to the Tsunami fund I am concerned about how much money gets to local people that need it - it is clear that some monies is filtered off and there are corruption issues. The mixture of hotels is good.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Fabulous !!

review 30 Jul 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

On our second day we climbed Lion Rock (Sigiriya) which we'd read about - but it's nothing compared to when you get there. The view from afar is amazing, the climb is tough, but broken up enough that you never felt completely exhausted and the views at the top are breathe taking. When you pair that with the history and stories behind the fortress, it is mind blowing and an incredible place.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make sure you head to the right places depending on the time of year you go. Our advisor was brilliant, and we booked our beach stay on the East coast, as it was raining down South - but in other months this can be reversed. So always check if you're looking for the sunshine!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Our tour guide was local, and we definitely felt like using his company was of real benefit to him, and he also took us to restaurants and places he felt were responsible and helped the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Amazing - beautiful country, brilliant tour guide. A bit of everything, from beach and cultural sites, to trekking and stunning mountain views.

review 17 Feb 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Difficult to choose one - probably the visit to Sigiriya rock - unlike anything I have seen anywhere else. Probably followed by seeing the local fishermen working on the beach at Negombo.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make the most of any opportunities to look around, take part in things, talk to the local guide to tell them what you are interested in. (For instance we talked about food, and ended up spending an evening at a cookery demonstration, which was very interesting). Also be aware that entrance charges, (including national parks) are not cheap, and tipping adds up.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

It seemed that most of our spending etc. was going to support the local economy, so benefiting local people, the time in the national parks helped with conservation. Don't think flying out, then driving round helped reduce environmental impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

We had a great time, having a dedicated guide meant that we could relax and let him do the organisation.

Read the operator's response here:

Hello Christine, I am so glad you had a great time in Sri Lanka and that you mostly enjoyed visiting the famous Sigiriya Rock and also watching the fishermen working in Negombo. The cooking demonstration that you did sounds amazing, I would love to do that myself. Thank you so much for your good review, it was lovely helping you organise your trip and great news you had a wonderful time. With Kind regards,

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