Most Inspirational Moment
We were lucky on both safaris to see many elephants, two leopards, birds and many other animals. Loved having the opportunity to have lunch in many different situations such as with farmers, locals and tsunami victims. Really enjoyed the cultural show , in the front row! Loved the variety of transport, coach, jeep, tractor, cycles and ferry. Cycling through villages was a great experience as well.
Thoughts on Group Leader
Our group leader, Nalica was exceptional. he had a wide knowledge of facts, was very caring and professional at all times and was always smiling. He was a joy. Having tickets bought for us, restaurants booked and tips given took all the stress away.
Advice for Potential Travellers
Great variety of activities, be prepared for some early starts, warm clothing is require on a couple of occasions when on higher ground.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday, i do have two complaints. 1) Several hotels were not at premium standard, I encountered three cockroaches The Tamarind Tree Hotel and felt it was a very dated, tired establishment. The Mirage in Colombo was equally of a disappointing standard. Hotel Sigiriya, , Deer Park Hotel, st Andrews and Rosen were all delightful. It is good to stay a couple of nights in hotels as long as they are good ones. 2) Enjoyed the idea of the train ride but as premium customers I would have expected a reserved seat. As it was, we had to stand for over an hour absolutely packed together in great heat and couldn't see the scenery. The experience was extremely unpleasant.