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Am glad that I was able to take the 16 day tour as I felt I needed it all to get the most from the experience.
There is a good selection of local and western style food available which is beautifully presented though by the end of the trip folk were beginning to tire of evening buffets. Lots of fresh pineapple and bananas available and worth waiting for freshly cooked omelettes at breakfast time.
Take plenty bug spray, sun lotion & moisturiser with you. Even on cloudy days a hat is useful though most locals carry umbrellas which can be used for shade and rain. All hotels had a safe in the bedroom to store valuables. Bedding,food etc. at Kitulgala was more basic but the riverside location was exceptional and it felt really special. The staff were helpful and keen to please. This was my first trip with Exodus but I hope it won't be my last as I enjoyed it so much. I would have appreciated a second luggage tag for my hand bag as it would have helped identify Exodus passengers at hotels or once the larger case was checked in at airports. It was disappointing that some passengers were sent out two smart Exodus backpacks prior to the trip whilst others in the group got none. Some simple notes giving advice on the immediate area surrounding hotels would be useful ( tips on what to do and see, availability of cafés, ATM machines, temples , how much Tuk tuks are likely to cost etc. ) It would not take long for each main location and could be of use to repeated groups. We were not on a Premium Tour but most of the hotels were super. An added bonus (especially as a Scot !) was being upgraded to the St Andrews Hotel in Nuwara Eliya which provided added comfort, enjoyed especially by those opting not to go to Horton Plains. Can be very hot and humid so can now see why some days had a very early start allowing us to miss the heat and crowds on excursions but giving time to relax and enjoy the pool mid afternoon.