Most Inspirational Moment
Joining in the pilgrimage to the top of Adam's Peak, a 1000m climb of 5,500 steps over 7km done overnight to reach Sri Lanka's fourth highest peak for sunrise. It was superb to experience what the locals put themselves through, with everyone from infants to the elderly making their way up past all the tea houses. It is really strenuous, but a great personal achievement too. The wildlife park at Yala, the Sri Lankan games, bicycle ride and farmer's lunch, and cinnamon farm were other highlights among many.
Thoughts on Group Leader
Roshan was great - attentive to all our needs, ensuring we were looked after well and keeping us organised; he has great skills in providing story-like tales of the history, politics, religion and cultural habits, using wit and personal stories to bring it to life and keep it interesting. His English was excellent and he made liaising with locals so much easier.
Advice for Potential Travellers
Have access to a good amount of cash, as the optional tours and activities all need payment in Rupees or Pounds. You can pay for meals and drinks in the hotels by cash, or simply use a card/mobile.
All the hotels had English style sockets, so no adapters were needed.
Be prepared for mosquitos - take repellent such as Aloe Vera or citronella.
Be prepared for some early starts, but there's plenty of time to snooze on the bus.
Water for drinking bottles is provided.
Having a group tipping kitty saves a lot of hassle.
Share photos on a WhatsApp group.