Genuine Sri Lankans Tours
Genuine Sri Lankans Tours
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City ToursMulti-day ToursCultural ToursHistorical & Heritage ToursNature & Wildlife Tours
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Genuine Sri Lankans Tours is a local travel company, known as one of Sri Lanka's premier facilitators. Our focus is providing personalized itineraries with excellent service at the most affordable rates. We're experts in plan your entire tour, ensuring top-quality service and delightful experiences for your investment. We have the best guides for personalized service in Sri Lanka, focusing on quality over quantity. Our limited workload means VVIP service for each guest, and we've fulfilled our motto: 'Come as a guest, go as a friend.' This dedication has made Genuine Sri Lankans Facilitators famous worldwide. We are the only tour company in Sri Lanka that provides a 100% MONEY BACK GUARANTEE if our clients are not satisfied with our service. For any questions, please contact us using the provided contact details. We specialize in City Tours, Multi-day Tours, Tailor-made tours.
Colombo, Sri Lanka

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2024

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Its_Casti
Dubai, United Arab Emirates123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
This was the second time we used Genuine in a span of two years. We had earlier used them when we were part of a large group of 15 persons and the guide back then - Anjana, was fabulous. This time we were a family of four and we had hired a sedan - the company had allotted Sudara as our driver cum guide for a seven day customised itinerary revolving mainly around the Southern part of the island. Apart from being very clear on the charges upfront, I must say this Company was very professional.

Sudara was outstanding from the moment we were picked till we were dropped at the Colombo airport. The car was kept immaculately clean every single day despite the kids dropping the odd snacks; Sudara was always courteous and punctual besides having the thought to always ask the family if we needed a toilet break on longish drives. We felt we were in really good and safe hands, be it providing excellent recommendations for restaurants or helping us with the odd medical related help or coordinating properly with other excursion providers. I must say Sudara was a perfect ambassador for Srilanka’s hospitality and tourism. I wish him luck and I can highly recommend Genuine Sri Lankans. It is experiences such as these that leave you wanting to return to SL time and again!!
Written 4 January 2020
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Eshna
Malaysia29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I booked a 8 days tour recently(February 2020)with Genuine Sri Lankans. Being a solo female traveler and first timer in Sri Lanka, I was initially very nervous to get a driver/guide, however it was definitely the best decision I have made and that to with Genune Sri Lankans which I never regretted!

Planning the entire tour was relatively easy with Sharon being very responsive and providing all the details as required promptly. With just the route that I provided, she gave me a suggested itinerary and accommodation list that I could customize on my own based on my preference. I preferred to book the accommodation myself and that was totally fine with them too. Great communication and planning from the admin that gave assurance & confidence on this tour company. Thanks Sharon!

My driver/guide who I would rather call a friend now was Chinthaka!! He had a great knowledge on the history, ancient stories, culture and all the places and was always ready to teach me about it. Chin provided great recommendations throughout and very accommodating to my requests. He also had a great sense of humor that always kept me laughing throughout the journey. Being quite chatty myself and the eagerness to learn more about Sri Lanka, I always had a question for him and he always had a answer to it. We talked about almost everything under the sun and exchanged some good knowledge throughout the journey. Most of all, I never felt like I was traveling alone with such a great company!

Chin drove very safely & politely and he didn't need a GPS to drive around! What impressed me the most was the priority on the safety & satisfaction of customer above and beyond everything else. On our way from Mirissa to Ella, the car had a flat tyre and with the help some kind locals, Chin managed to replace the tyre within minutes and the car was in good condition. However, to ensure safety and not to disappoint the customer, after dropping me off at Ella, Chin actually drove 6 hours (3 hours each way) to exchange the car from another driver from the company and was up early in the morning on time for a sunrise hike! I had no idea about this till the next morning and I was blown away with the level of responsibility and commitment they had to provide the best service to their customer.

I have traveled solo to many countries before but this trip to Sri Lanka was truly special with a friend like Chin. His ever smiling face, politeness and kindness at such a young age will bring him places for sure. Thanks to you Chin and this extremely positive first impression of Sri Lanka, I will definitely plan another trip to Sri Lanka soon!

Thank you Chin & Genuine Sri Lankans for such a memorable trip! I definitely came as guest and going back as a friend.

Much love from Malaysia!
Written 1 March 2020
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shiny_ainie
Melbourne, Australia36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Shortlisted 3 potential tour company from reviews and decided with Genuine based on style of communication, price, services on offer and timing of payment. Really happy with our choice from pre-trip up to the end of our trip, and will happily recommend Genuine when visiting Sri Lanka.

Sharon was prompt, informative and managed expectation well. We have a list of places to visit and Sharon provided great suggestions/options, duration of drive/trip, entrance costs etc which are helpful indeed.

We were greeted promptly and warmly by our driver/guide, Chathu, at the start and throughout our trip (even at 5am in the morning when we headed to Horton Plains!). In addition, Chathu has a great sense of humour, witty, informative, friendly, helpful, poised, passionate and a man with great network. He somehow managed to give me a surprise birthday celebration with my 3 other trip mates and guys on the ground (Nuwara Elliya) which I very much appreciate :) And oh, Chathu is a foodie too which is another plus for us as we love our food. Our meal highlight is Rasa Bogun. Try it to believe it :)

Going with Genuine also means access to other high quality on the ground services. Our guides in Sigiriya (Kumare) and in Polonnaruwa (Ruan) who are top notch.

We also wanted to incorporate train ride during our trip. As it was peak season, there is no guarantee that we’ll be able to get the train tix as we were told that it may sell out the moment tix is open for sale (a month prior). Thanks to Genuine’s kind effort and with some luck, we got 3rd class train tix at the time slot we wanted. Phew!!!! Happy!!! To top it all, 3rd class was as good as we like it to be - with reserved seats, fans, comfy seats, open window (ease taking photos), new train :)

All in all, we’ll definitely go with Genuine and our ‘mali’ (younger brother), Chathu, in our next visit to Sri Lanka. Thx again for making this a wonderful trip for us!!

Best regards
Ainster & 3 other ‘aka’ ☺️
Written 1 January 2020
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janette S
Basingstoke, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This was the 2nd time we have used Genuine Sri Lankans, we booked with them last year for 5 days and were delighted with the service so this year booked with them again for 7 days and they did not disappoint!. From the initial contact with Sharon in the office who is super efficient and quick to respond to meeting our driver Koshala on day one. Koshala is extremely polite, kind and has an incredible knowledge of his country. He explained everything to us in such an interesting way. He was our guide at all the places we visited, Sigiriya Rock, Adams Peak, 9 Arch Bridge to name just a few. He arranged an excellent safari for us, and tickets for a train journey from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, ensuring that we were safely on board before driving to Ella to meet us there. He explained so much about the country. When we decided to change our itinerary and drive down to Tangalle a day early he was so accommodating. The car was clean and comfortable and Koshala is a very safe driver, we felt very comfortable with him. I cannot recommend Koshala and Genuine Sri Lankans highly enough. Book your tour with them, you won’t be disappointed!
Written 9 March 2020
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Paweł B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Ayubowan

At the turn of february and march me and my family took a 3 week journey through Paradise.
Sri Lanka is a country where nature still wins with Man and breaks in everywhere. I couldn't imagine that there are so many shades of green.
Me and my wife love to travel a lot and we can say that we have some experience in travelling with backpacks through interesting parts of Asia.
We always plan the trip very carefully because we dont want to miss any interesting places.
This trip was supposed to be a little bit different because our 8-month child was traveling with us this time.
We wanted to drive throught the entire island in a short period of time so we decided to use a different type of transport than buses and trains
We decided that the best solution would be traveling by car with a certified guide.
Because of the good internet reviews we decided to choose "Genuine Sri Lankans"
That's how we met our guide named Buddhika. A man with a thousand connections.
Sometimes when our rout suddenly changed we used Buddhika contact to look for accommodation and other attractions.
Roads in Sri Lanka do not resemble those in Europe. There are different driving rules here:) From the first days we felt safe because our guide turned out to be a very good driver.
Almost every day we visited a different parts of the island. Sometimes we stayed for a few days in more interesting places and Buddhika, despite his day off, showed us beautiful places which could not be found in guidebooks.
Buddhika, thanks to his good knowledge of Sri lanka, made our culinary dreams come true. We won't forget delicious food in the open air at rice fields :)
Because of my curiosity, I always ask a lot of questions and Buddhika always knew the answers. His knowledge of Sri Lanka is huge. He is like walking Wikipedia
It was our best trip so far. Despite the fact that we saw a large part of Sri Lanka we will definitely come back to this beautiful green island once more.
I highly recommend visiting Sri Lanka with "Genuine Sri Lankans" and be sure to do it with BUDDHIKA!!
Written 7 May 2020
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AmyBecker94
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
A big shoutout to Koshala who was so welcoming during my time in Sri Lanka. I had the pleasure of him taking me on multiple tours across Sri Lanka during my stay(Yala/Kandy/whale watching) and he was very attentive in his driving, insightful and informative about the attractions and sites visited, but also other places that were not even on the itinerary, taking time out of his day to take me to places that he thought I should see before leaving without asking for anything extra! He honestly went above and beyond, couldn’t do enough for you and as a lone female traveller, made me feel completely comfortable for the duration. Do not hesitate to ask for him when you travel to Sri Lanka, you will find out so much! Thank you! Amy 🙂
Written 27 December 2021
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Brian S
Bend, OR1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
My wife and I had 10 amazing days in Sri Lanka at the beginning of March just before everything worldwide was shutdown due to the virus, all supported by the splendid itinerary from Sharon and our great driver Chin. I always wanted to go to Sri Lanka and I regret that I didn’t go sooner. Our driver Chin was extremely supportive - waking up at 4:30 am if needed before a game drive, driving all day in between destinations without a complaint, recommending best places to eat or activities to do. If you wanted to chat all day, Chin can be very talkative. If you needed some chill time after a long hike, he’s comfortable with that too. When we go back to Sri Lanka within the next few years, we will certainly use Genuine Sri Lankans tours. It can be as budget, mid-tier, or expensive as you like. Very flexible but they’ll have plenty of recommendations if needed.

And we will definitely want to drive with Chin again. Very reliable, very responsible, very nice young man.
Written 10 June 2020
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NorthStar604290
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We had the luck of having been referred to Genuine Sri Lankan’s by a couple of friends who had used this company and they didn’t disappoint at all. They were extremely helpful with all of our pre-planning and were nothing but professional, honest and reliable and at an great price. Our trip was basically a 5 day personal driving tour around parts of Sri Lanka that started in Colombo and included Sigiriya, then down through Kandy, Nuwara Eliya train ride to Ella and then down to Welligama where our trip
ended. We were lucky enough to have the Tour Guide of the Year 2019 - Koshala, who was exceptional in his knowledge of history, religion and everything Sri Lanka. He was happy to take us anywhere we wanted to go and he gave us a personal tour of everything on the way. We can’t recommend him highly enough. We highly recommend Genuine Sri Lankan’s.
Written 3 February 2020
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Coastal03418507232
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
A group of four of us had a wonderful 11 day trip in Sri Lanka in a van provided by the great value Genuine Sri Lankans Tours.
Especially the driver guide, KO SHALA, made the trip richer
with kindness and professional explanations.
Kosala impressed us more from the first day's airport pick-up to the last day of seeing the airport, and the accommodation and restaurants he introduced us to wherever we went made us more satisfied.
Museums in Sri Lanka, Buddhist ruins, royal palaces, tea plantations, safaris, trekking, and nothing else has missed the charm of Sri Lanka
If you want to do a trip like us, I would highly recommend this company and our guide KOSHALA.
Written 29 January 2024
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tomasclark92
Buenos Aires, Argentina1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We traveled through Sri Lanka with friends for a week in March 2022 under the guidance of Genuine Sri Lankans: it was ABSOLUTELY worth it, the experience around Sri Lanka wouldn't have been the same without them!!

They picked us up in Colombo when we arrived to the country, and drove us around the country for 5 days. They introduce us to local cuisine, local culture, including many spots we wouldn't have been able to find for ourselves.

I highly recommend anyone traveling to Sri Lanka to book with Genuine Sri Lanka, it will make a SIGNIFICANT difference!
Written 7 March 2022
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