We suggested the type of trip we wanted in Sri Lanka eg nature, wildlife, especially plenty of bird-watching, and unusual places to stay and this is exactly what we got. We loved everywhere we stayed and everything we did. Thank you for listening to us!
Eshani replied to all our questions very promptly and tried very hard to get us the accommodation we wanted. She did a great job. We were glad not to have gone to Yala as I think we wouldn't have liked the crowds. One safari at Wilpattu would have been sufficient, which was what Eshani had suggested. We asked for another one, but rather regretted it. That was our mistake! We loved the wetlands near Yala Adventure camp, which were very quiet and teeming with water birds. Our guide there was very knowledgeable. TravelLocal's local partner gave us plenty to do, but also provided time to chill out and enjoy a relaxing time. We like the fact that we didn't have far to travel to our first nigh's stop and also very much enjoyed winding down at the beach for the final night. The whole trip was very well-planned.
When we went to the Rain Forest Eco Lodge Sinharaja we found it to be a truly beautiful place, which we loved. However, the road up there was totally unsuitable for any vehicle except jeeps. Our driver did brilliantly, but it was very difficult for him.
Our guide spoke good English and was knowledgeable about the things we were interested in eg birds. He suggested interesting places to eat and showed initiative. He was friendly,polite and thoughtful. We couldn't have asked for a better driver and guide.
To be as explicit as possible in saying what you want from the holiday and also what kind of things you do not want to do. Be prepared for a lot of early starts and fairly long drives. Also, tell your driver the kind of places you would like to stop for meals. Build up a supply of small change for tips!
Our Rural Farm stay at Wallaway. Would love to go back there!