6 independent reviews for Sri Lanka tour & beach holiday

Reviews for Sri Lanka tour & beach holiday

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review 27 Feb 2018

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

All the parts of the holiday were good

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

Remember you cannot travel quickly on the roads

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

In some aspects, yes

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

Excellent

review 24 Nov 2016

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

This was a trip organised by our tour operator where I had asked for a mix of beach and wildlife, where visited five different locations in Sri Lanka - and they were all different! We had our own driver to take us to our next destination and he was great - knowledgeable and full of fun. It was all exciting really from the beautiful beachside hotels to the wildlife parks. At Palagama beach the food was amazing especially when I was shown their own vegetable garden and we picked fresh vegetables that were cooked as individual curries for my dinner that evening. The people just wanted to please. In the wildlife parks we saw two leopards, a sloth bear and elephants including a baby so close you could have touched them. The wildlife there is fabulous even outside the parks especially the birds with peacocks turning up unexpectedly. I took up the option of a yoga session at Unawatana - it was just bliss the teacher was so calm and the location magical. The tree house at Willpattu where I wished I had taken a sound recorder to take home memories of being in jungle they were so special. The total relaxation I felt at our hotel in Mirissa at the end of our stay was perfect.

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

I asked Rosy at Responsible Travel to recommend a tour operator for this trip and that was the start of my successful trip. Do liaise with the tour operator to tweak your trip - they do know the country and the locations especially on distances to travel between locations. There is so much to see in Sri Lanka your trip can be tailor made.

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

From hotels growing their own vegetables and supplying local traders to hotels that trained young people from the local area and recycled water used in showers to water their gardens you can see how people are trying to use their resources to the maximum.

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

Brilliant. We learnt so much about the country by travelling this way. I felt as if I had been away for at least a month - I had seen and done so much in that two weeks.

review 15 Jan 2016

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

The people , the food, the scenery and the culture

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

Don't worry about travelling third class on the trains, you experience the real Sri Lanka.

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

Yes

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

Excellent

review 6 Mar 2014

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

There were many memorable moments - we loved the incredible bird life especially seeing them close-up in the bird sanctuary.

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

Don't forget to travel inland to experience the varied landscapes.

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

Certainly - all the hotels we stayed in employed staff from the community; wherever we stayed enjoyed meals cooked from local produce .

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

We were keen to combine relaxation with seeing the country and experiencing what it had on offer. We were rarely disappointed and loved the experience travelling on this glorious island.

review 20 Mar 2013

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

Leopards in Yala.

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

Budget for an extra day's rest at the end - two days wasn't enough.

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

Yes.

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

Brilliant.

review 30 Nov 2012

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

The jeep safari to see the elephants in the wild. We did not realise Sri Lanka had such an abundance of elephants, water buffalo and a wonderful array of birds. We also enjoyed the cultural part of our trip to Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Caves and Polunawara.

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

Talk to John about your expectations and be as specific as possible, that way he can tick as many boxes as possible and you will have a great time.

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

The hotels recommended by Tikalanka Tours are eco friendly and look to minimise the harm on the environment. I feel they achieved this as much as it possible to do so in the modern world.

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

We had a great time, we mixed cultural interest with wildlife experience and finished up with a beach flop.

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