I’d never used an agent before, always doing the planning myself. On this occasion I was really short of time and wanted to do something a little more adventurous so when a friend recommended Travel Local I got in touch. And that is how I found Praveen. By some magic he figured out my families’ tastes and put together a series of activities that I would never have had the knowledge or time to plan. Here is some of what I said in my thank you note to Praveen. Three of the very best days of our holiday were activities you suggested and arranged - I didn’t even know they were things we would want to do. We cannot decide whether our best day was the train ride from Ella to Kandy, shopping and cooking with Ruki, or walking in the Knuckles Mountains with Gamini. Each day has given us memories to treasure and to see us through until there is bright green spring growth here in England. I think my very best moment was watching my three grown-up children plunge under the waterfall on our Knuckles walk.
Parveen’s top notch advice and knowledge on places to stay and things to do.
It was all great
Gihan and Siva were both excellent drivers. Sri Lanka’s system of the optional third lane is unnerving for Brits, but we always felt safe. Upali was absolutely lovely, completely unflappable and clearly very knowledgeable about Sri Lanka.
We were surprised how very well the local company could quickly figure out what kind of activities our family would enjoy. My advice is - take their advice! We found Waterfall Homestay in Ella spectacularly beautiful. We also really enjoyed staying at Tallala Retreat - in the end we were all so relaxed none of us got round to doing any surfing.
Walking in the Knuckles, train from Ella to Kandy, shopping in Ella for food to cook in a lovely Sri Lankan home.