3 independent reviews for Sri Lanka small group tour, a food adventure

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review 15 Mar 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Visiting local families to learn about local cuisine, and sampling the food. The trip also included historical sites, visits to local markets, cottage industries etc.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Travel light. 7 hotels in 10 days (all offer 12 hour laundry service). Carry a good waterbottle you can refill from a communal 5Ltr flagon rather than using new plastic bottles every day.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Focus was on meeting local families and tasting their food, plus visits to local cocnut processing plant, tea plantation etc. Hotels used were all modest and locally run.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A most enjoyable experience, getting much closer to the local culture than a standard trip.

review 18 Jan 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Memorable, either the natural beauty of Sri Lanka or our outstanding guide, Bala.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Go with an open heart, palate and hope to have Priyantha Balakrishnan as your guide. Remember that 3 star hotels are not what they are in Europe, most hotels in this range are older and may or may not have been renovated.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Because of Bala we spent our money in local establishments and tipped appropriately everywhere we went. We all reduced our waste as much as possible and followed sustainable tourism practices as much as possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

My holiday was amazing. I am very glad I chose the tour I did and providence gave my group such a wonderful guide. I do feel that it is relevant to mention one thing that a single traveller should consider when booking any group tour on a room share basis. I am a solo traveller who has routinely 'room shared' on many trips and I didn't see why this one should be any different to my previous experiences. My room mate was a very nice person who unfortunately snored like a train and then became really quite unwell shortly after the start of the tour. As a result of these 2 factors I had hardly any sleep for nearly 2 weeks and never felt comfortable going to 'our' room to rest at any point during the day if the opportunity arose as it was always occupied. A couple of times our tour guide tried to source me a single room and was often quoted ridiculous rates for the quality of the accommodation on offer. This was disappointing. Finally on the last night of my trip I fell foul of her germs and the long journey home was most unpleasant. Hardly a great way to go back to work. It is no one's fault that my room mate snored or got sick but it definitely adversely affected my enjoyment of the holiday.

review 1 Jan 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Train journey through the tea hills and the Botanical Gardens in Kandy

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Be prepared for spicy food.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes it did.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Good value, interesting destination, a lot packed into the time available.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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