6 independent reviews for Sri Lanka birding & cultural tour

Reviews for Sri Lanka birding & cultural tour

SHOW
1
5
0
0
0

review 4 Mar 2018

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

The birds were wonderful and I especially enjoyed Kithulgala. My guide was very knowledgeable.

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

I really appreciated the possibility of designing the trip to my own specification. I was on my own and felt at times it would have been good to have a friend with me as the guide and I had difficulty communicating.

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

Only in the sense that it was nature focussed.

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


review 9 May 2013

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

There isn't really one single aspect we can pick out. The people were so friendly and cheerful, the standard of some of the hotels we stayed in was excellent, others very good. It was a real joy seeing lots of new things and to experience climbing the Lion Rock at Sigiriya; visiting the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy, and Polonaruwa. Obviously to see the elephants in Yala, and our brief glimpse of a leopard along with the other animals was exciting together with our whale watching trip when we had several sightings of a blue whale and hundreds of dolphins. The many species of birds, many of them seen for the first time, was the main reason for choosing this holiday, but generally the whole holiday was memorable and exciting.

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

Go along with the advice given and you will have a worry free very enjoyable trip. Our trip was organised by Prasanjith Caldera, and our guide/driver was Upali Nisanka and we couldn't have wished for a better combination. Upali is incredibly knowledgeable about his country, and pointed out so many things along the way that we learned a great deal. Allow them to lead you, they know what they are talking about.

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

When we stopped for lunch en route we called at small local cafes etc., our jeep driver in Yala and Bundala were local people, we stopped at roadside stalls for fruit and small shops for drinks. One of our hotels in particular, the Sigiriya Village Hotel is very conservation minded, as is the Ranweli Holiday Village, and so yes, we did feel that we were making the right impact on the country. Sri Lanka needs the revenue brought in by tourism and to holiday in the manner we did, ensures that the income goes to the local people and not large tourism organisations.

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

This was the most fantastic holiday. I was not that keen on going, but my husband is a very keen birder and he really wanted to go. I am now so glad he persuaded me, and will definitely visit Sri Lanka again, and Prasanjith Caldera will be the person we would want to organise it for us. If you want to try Sri Lanka to see the wildlife and wonderful cultural sites do not hesitate to go with this operartor I thought the best holiday we have ever been on was a cruise down the River Nile in Egypt, but this one has definitely equalled it.

review 15 May 2013

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

Most of it was very stimulating. Yala National Park is one of the best parks I have been to, despite the state of the appalling roads that one must use to travel through it.

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

Sri Lanka and southern India are both excellent venues for those interested in wildlife. We have excellent vehicles, excellent drivers and great guides who knew so much about the flora, fauna, farming practices, local economy and culture that we came away feeling that we had learned a great deal and that most of our questions were comprehensively answered.

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

I think that our holiday ticked all of these boxes and the local people were almost to a person very helpful and friendly.

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

This was a really excellent holiday. We had fun, we were stimulated, we were educated and we made good friends with our locals who showed us their country. We also feel that we had excellent value for money with two locals, a new vehicle, most meals, all entrance fees and other extras included for a very inexpensive daily rate.

review 2 Mar 2013

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

The most memorable was the smiles of all the people in Sri Lanka whom we passed in our bird walks and the children who got all excited and waved and called to us. The most exciting was seeing men up in palm trees collecting sap.

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

Do not have expectations re what you are going to see if you are going for nature. If you are going for culture, you'll be wowed by all the temples.

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

I think it definitely benefited local people as the employees of the hotels were local; the places we stopped at to eat were local; our guide and driver are Sri Lankans; the occasional tips to locals.

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

It was great and our guide, Jith, was an incredible birder, funny, and generous. He went out of is way to respond to our needs and wants.

review 19 Dec 2012

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

2 weeks birding in Sri Lanka with a truly professional local guide made the entire experience both memorable and exciting. Any true birder would probably be appalled at the idea of returning home relaxed and refreshed - for us the whole point was to return exhausted and inspired, and this we did. We have relaxed and been refreshed since returning home.

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

Just do it. The operator knows how to put a good programme together. If you think you have a better suggestion it can be accommodated. Be prepared for the early starts which are really necessary (and some late finishes). Take an alarm clock. Sleeping pills will not be necessary. You will enjoy it.

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

The entire holiday was managed and delivered by local people with none of the frequently experienced evidence of larger multi national companies creaming off profits from the community. All holidays must have a degree of environmental impact but I think we trod very lightly and would hope that the degree of contact with local people had a positive benefit.

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

This was a truly excellent holiday. 200+ bird species (and birding in the rain forest is hard work) as well as an interesting range of accommodation from the sublime to the shall we say 'unusually interesting' gave us a sense of the real Sri Lanka.

review 18 Jan 2012

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

Our holiday was the birding and cultural tour. The whole two weeks were packed with so many memorable moments. Every day there was something new to experience but we can try and pick out a few highlights. First of all the birds, birds and more birds. My surprise at being got by a leech on the very first day! (Never felt a thing.) Sharing breakfast time at Martin’s Lodge with fabulous blue magpies. Our delight when the clouds and mist disappeared to give us clear views at World’s End. Actually seeing Leopards at Yala (a birthday treat). Beautiful scenery as we’d imagined but even more verdant and colourful and of course we’ll never forget the friendliness of all the people we met.

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

Take leech socks and raincoats. Although Nandana, our guide, did have some socks available. As the national speed limit is only 35mph – 45mph on most roads, it takes longer than you think to get from one place to another. Be prepared to have to tip often so try to have small denomination notes to hand. Eat local dishes – the food is delicious. If you can, spend a little time either side of the tour dates to acclimatise/relax.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes. Local tour company and local guides, promoting eco-tourism in a responsible way.

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

The tour was very well organised. Jith is a really nice guy who genuinely has the interests of his clients at heart. We had Nandana as our guide and couldn’t have been happier with his skill, knowledge and enthusiasm. Overall a great holiday; great value, great fun, great experiences and great memories.

Holiday Reviews

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the holidays. In addition, we don't run these holidays ourselves - our only interest is giving you the best independent advice.

Read our review policy