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Secrets Of Sri Lanka DSL

Visiting: Sri Lanka
Trip Duration 14 Days
 

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Secrets Of Sri LankaScores 8.3 out of 10 based on 9 reviews
(8 out of 10)

Pauline

Wallington
The Secrets of Sri Lanaka trip was overall fantastic. Great, well chosen locations and mostly well paced. The hotels were excellent, especially the Tamarind Hill. Tikiri was an outstanding guide.

On a couple of occasions at I felt we needed more time at major sights. Dambula caves in particular, 30 mins was not enough to drink in the atmosphere. It was disappointing to have so little time in Galle, a quick visit the evening before and only a coupl of hours to visit the following day from 9-11.

The Eden Spa was a great disappointment, particularly after the Tamarind Hill. It did not seem to fit with other places we stayed. Not the type of resort hotel I would ever choose. Sad that e had more nights here than anywhere else.

However these are a few points from two weeks of a truly memorable holiday.
Confirmed traveller: 07 February 2016
Published on: 01 March 2016
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

this is an amazing trip, full on and busy but with something for everyone. There was wildlife, temples, fantastic scenery, lovely food & great hotels (premium accom tour).Saraht was a great guide. Nothing was too much trouble, he made the tour great fun and both him & his team were with us full time. They really went out of their way to make this a wonderful holiday by being so helpful. They made suggestions for extra activities where they could & also listnened to what the group wanted. They also did little things like buying treats for everyone on the bus e.g biscuits & coconuts. I think the team went the extra mile & deserve recognition for that.
Confirmed traveller: 17 March 2015
Published on: 11 December 2015
(9 out of 10)

Gillian

Ashtead, Surrey
The Sri Lankan people. Wildlife in general and the close up of the Sloth Bear[at Willpaththu] in particular.The Standing Buddha of Aukana.Climbing Lion Rock.
Be prepared for sudden changes in the weather!
Confirmed traveller: 25 October 2015
Published on: 26 November 2015
(8 out of 10)

Alison

Lewes
This is a very well organised trip and the hotels were well chosen. Some were exceptional. It is a very well oiled tourist itinerary so if you want somewhere away from British tourists perhaps go north rather than the triangle.

One thing I would say - and the large tour operators could have some influence here - is that the Yala park safaris as really pretty sad as at times it felt like Piccadilly Circus with about 30 jeeps crowding around a poor elephant. Jeeps spewing out fumes. Hardly eco and not really what the literature says. They should use electric cars and not allow so many in at one time.
Confirmed traveller: 24 February 2015
Published on: 07 October 2015

Thank you for your feedback and I am pleased to see you had lovely trip. I agree wholeheartedly with your review of Yala and for the reasons you state we changed to Willpaththu National Park. The same animals can be seen as in Yala, however it is less crowded, making our visit more enjoyable and responsible. Electric all-terrain vehicles are an interesting idea, this is not something that we are sure can made available within the local infrastructure but we will keep an eye out.

(8 out of 10)

Elizabeth

Bedford
Getting to the top of the Lion Rock and seeing a whale after hours of looking. My only reservation was that the holiday was advertised as moderate not busy but it did not turn out that way. This may have been due to an over-enthusiastic tour leader (although his extra stops broke up the journeys well), and the fact that journeys took a long time because the roads are narrow and slow. Also I could not resist two extra excursions. It was a shame that some lovely hotels were slept in but very little else.
Confirmed traveller: 08 March 2015
Published on: 05 October 2015
(10 out of 10)

Julia

Lewes
This was a very varied trip through a beautiful country. The Explore leader was knowledgeable and charming and made sure that we had a memorable trip. Nothing was too much trouble for him. It was quite a busy fortnight and the couple of days on the beach at the end were appreciated. I would have no hesitations in recommending this trip and indeed have done so already.
Confirmed traveller: 26 October 2014
Published on: 01 October 2015
(6 out of 10)

Diane

I've been on a number of explore trips but this was my first with a local guide whom I felt wanted to feel in control all the time and as such extended the organised days such that we had very limited free time. On previous trips the guides have been happy to pass on local knowledge about rates of local services, interesting things to do and leave it up to everyone to organise what they wanted to do.
Confirmed traveller: 27 October 2014
Published on: 27 September 2015