Richmond Upon Thames
- A well paced tour, visiting a number of tourist attractions with the tour guide and some free time for one's own explorations. Good to do a little homework before you go. The itinerary provided a highlight for each day! A warm welcome to Sri Lanka from the tour leader. Mahoora tented camp in Wilpatu - game drives and night time "jungle walk". Excellent food and service. Climbing Lion's rock - not for the feint hearted but well worth the effort. I found my walking shoes and trekking poles very useful! A 05:00 start well worth it to get stunning views on Hortons plane. The hill country scenery is beautiful and the hotels here more personal and homely than some of the larger international hotels on the tour. Take the time to interact with the local people. It will enhance your trip. We had a superb tour leader- Vipula , who took into account the needs and interests of all in the group. Very proud of his country and keen to share all his expertise and knowledge. He was especially supportive of my husband who has mobility problems, encouraging him to do as much as he could by helping him manage the steps and general terrain and also advising on which activities he thought he could manage and those that he could not. He always made sure that my husband had a comfortable place to wait for the rest of the group to return. In hotels without lifts he arranged a ground floor room. When visiting the Botanical Gardens he took my husband around the gardens in a buggy. What I though was going to be a rather stressful holiday was anything but - thanks to Vipula. Our driver Ravi was an excellent driver and he kept the vehicle spotlessly clean. He also shared his knowledge and expertise with us and stopped regularly for us to take photographs or just to take in the scenery. I appreciated the help he gave to my husband too.
Published on: 06 December 2016