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Sri Lanka offer so much more than tea!

We had an amazing trip to Sri Lanka, with a wide variety of activities and accommodation which perfectly met our expectations. It is a lush country, with warm, friendly people. Having our wonderful driver, Kosala, to look after us was a real treat and made it a very relaxing holiday. Our particularly highlights were firstly wild elephants in Minneriy and our eco lodge The Other Corner. Seconly, our homestay in a treehouse (how cool is that) at Ficus Canopy with Rukhsana and her family and the amazing cooking classes and visit to the local market, a real treat. And we loved the tea! All organised thanks to TravelLocal and their Sri Lankan partner - you did a great job!

Hilary, from England

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What was good about our local partner based in Sri Lanka?

Everything. Our initially planning with Viraj was excellent and he took on board what we wanted and we were delighted with our accommodation, the activities and his seeming awareness of the environment. The guide for Minnerya was outstanding as was the cooking experience on our stay at Ficus Canopy in kandy, Rukshana and her family were amazing.

What could our local partner based in Sri Lanka improve on?

There were a couple of guides whose English and interaction was not as good as others (we have told Viraj as we met him briefly en route to airport.) Also we didn't have a guide on the Yala safari - he was apparently busy with another group, again we have advised Viraj. I think it would be helpful to have some guidance on tipping - we did Google this and look at Lonely Planet but with not knowing the costs we paid for excusions it was sometimes hard to guage.

What did you think about the guides or drivers on your trip?

Our driver Kosala was absolutely wonderful, he looked after us so well and nothing was too much trouble. He was polite, courteous, thoughtful and a really good driver which was a real plus as not all driving in Sri Lanka is :) We got to know him and he us and so he recommended some additional outings which he thought would suit us -inclding a turtle hatchery for me and Martin Wickramasinghe for Tim

What advice would you give to other travellers planning a trip to Sri Lanka?

Bear in mind many homestays are not licensed, so we were lucky Kosala told us and took us to the Wine Store! Be clear of what you like and Viraj will do his best to meet your expectations. We were really impressed

What was the most memorable part of your trip?

Seeing wild elephants really close (but not harrassing) in Minneriya, our driver was very aware of avoiding some of the other vehicles and positioning us well and just sitting quietly. Cookery with Ruskhana Our room at Thrapoban Beach Resort

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