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  • Antonia R
    San Antonio, TX2 contributions
    Just finished our whirlwind tour with Beauty Lanka. The tour is fast paced but not too much so. We saw and experienced so much. A really great mix of culture, food and fun. Everything went smooth thanks to Indra!! We feel very lucky we had Indra as our guide. Indra was easy to get on with from the start. His skill at logistics, organizing and also being flexible were top notch. He was always looking out for us and making sure we were pleased with every activity. He handled all with a genuine and infectious smile. He is experienced, capable and professional. We highly recommend both this tour and our awesome guide Indra. Sri Lanka is beautiful and the people were kind and friendly. We will take away great stories, knowledge and beautiful memories of Sri Lanka. We enjoyed every minute.
    The only change I would make is look into hotel upgrade. They were all well located and staff were always eager to please. Food was great all the way through. Just some were a little rough around the edges. Other than that all terrific.
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • ckypros
    Leeds, UK99 contributions
    Right from the word go Maleen was flexible, knowledgeable, and was not watching the clock. One of the things that we wanted to do in particular was to go to one of the colonial hotels and enjoy a drink and perhaps a curry, Maleen knew the place and delivered exactly as we wanted. He delivered a wonderful and memorable day for us and we left Colombo with the feeling that at some point we must come back and discover more of this country. I cannot praise Maleen enough, he was excellent.
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • PSIndia
    New Delhi, India146 contributions
    We did a very comprehensive tour of the city with Nipuna. The best thing about this tour is that it’s entirely customisable. We had recommendations from the standard itinerary as well as from Nipuna, who is driver-cum-guide. We used these to select what we wanted to focus on, and it worked really well. We saw everything that we wanted to see, and more at our own pace. Nipuna was patient and very helpful.

    What I particularly appreciated about this company was how the manager, Geemal started reaching out a day before and shared all relevant logistics of the tout in advance. Good planning and communication!

    Good option to consider!
    Written 21 January 2024
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  • Kalliopi S
    1 contribution
    This was a fantastic tour that included two really great activities in addition to the temple in Kandy. Our driver, the guide at the temple and the communication with the company were very professional. The company helped us book late the evening before. We then did another two tours with this company that included some personalised elements too. We were so impressed by their professionalism and care.
    Written 11 February 2024
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  • ilovestotravel83
    United Kingdom325 contributions
    Good communications with this company. I arranged to be picked up at 8am and Dilshan arrived promptly on time.
    Firstly we stopped at Dambulla cave about 2 hours away, then on to Sigiriya. I could spend as long as I liked here. Two hours is enough to go to the top and see the gardens and grounds. The entrance cost has now increased to $37 which I thought was quite expensive for what it was. Tourist extortion!

    I then had the option of the safari or village tour. I'd already done a safari so opted for the village tour. The cost was $20 which consisted of a very short ride by bull and cart , followed by a short tuk tuk ride to the river for a canoe ride across the river. I enjoyed the canoe the most but again, it was very short. Then tuk tuk to village house for lunch. I would have liked longer on the river. $20 is very high for this short experience.
    The best part was the included lunch. The local villager showed me how they culled , and ground rice ,and crack and shave coconut for cooking amongst other things. It was very interesting to watch and she let me try also. She then brought out loads of freshly prepared curries, sambol, rice, fruit and some delicious Kavum, which is the first time I've got around to trying this tasty dessert as well as the jackfruit curry. It was a fantastic experience, with a lot of tasty authentic food.
    Dilsham, did a great job at showing me the sights for the day, taking some photos of me and we stopped at the Golden Buddah on the way back for a quite photo stop.
    A thoroughly enjoyable day, despite the expense.
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • mathurasha
    Boston, MA1 contribution
    We had an amazing experience traveling from Colombo to Sigiriya and Dambulla areas. Our driver, Sanchita, was an absolute delight - he was punctual, knowledgeable, and genuinely cared about our well being. He went over and above to make sure we had a memorable and safe trip, and he even provided us with additional
    tips and transportation leads before we met up for the big trip! Please book your excision with Amazing Getaways, you won’t regret it!
    Written 24 February 2024
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  • Andrea Ann
    Dortmund, Germany9 contributions
    We had a very memorable day tour to kandy tooth temple and pinnawala elephant orphanage, Pathum had a very professional and accommodating attitude. Drive safely, Highly recommended as a personal driver!
    Written 7 March 2022
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  • Voyager449055
    2 contributions
    Malaweli Tours and our tour guide Theekshana was excellent. We did a driving tour that included Kandy, Ella, Marissa and Galle. Our tour guide took care of us all along the way. Our accommodations were excellent and so was the food. We especially enjoyed Pancha Safari in Udawalawe. Very grateful to Malaweli and Theekshana.
    Written 24 February 2024
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  • Kro K
    19 contributions
    We had an amazing tour through Colombo with our guide Malley and enjoyed it a lot!
    We highly recommend it, it was a great experience and we had a lot of fun.
    Thank you for such a great day!
    Written 10 January 2024
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  • Levente B
    1 contribution
    I really enjoyed the right amount of information I got during the trip. All my special requests were solved very quickly, in few seconds the team understood what I need, and they tailored the program accordingly. Everything was as it was previously planned. No delays, no compromises in the quality of the contracted services. The recommended hotels were above the expectations, but tailored according to my budget. I reccomend them not only to mu friends, but to other tourism agencies, as a good partner.
    Written 28 October 2021
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  • Christin
    1 contribution
    First I weren't sure, if I should do a private tour as a women. But I wrote to the guide office in Sri Lanka an they were friendly and I had a good feeling.....and yes I felt save and it was a amazing day.My guide Aaron picked me up at my hotel in time.
    My stations: Pinnawella,Tooth Temple,Tea Factory,Botanical Garden.
    Every station I were allowed to stay how long I wanted.Aaron answered me every question and was a safe driver I really can recommend this Tour.Thanks for everything!!!
    Christin
    Written 4 February 2020
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  • cherrylodge2018
    London, UK5 contributions
    Our trip to Sri Lanka was one of our best trips ever and the experience was really elevated by our wonderful driver Mr Laal and the great organisation before and during our trip by Merganser Holidays. We were a party of two couples and months before the trip we put together a list of boutique hotels we would like to stay and also places we wanted to visit. We booked all the hotels but Merganser arranged everything else for the trip.

    Merganser was able to work with us and they helped put together an itinerary.

    When we arrived in Colombo airport after an overnight flight from London Mr Laal was there waiting for us and our adventures began!

    We started with one night Colombo to get settled and over 13 days travelled to Kandy, Sigiriya, Nuwara Ella, Ella, Mirassa and finally Galle Fort.

    Our driver Mr Laal was with us for the whole trip and really looked after us very well. He was also a great guide when we needed him and sometimes came on the hikes we did. His driving was very safe and he always made sure we were comfortable in the van. Note that driving 80km in Sri Lanka can take over 3 hours...due to slower traffic and also mountainous roads inland. At the end of each day he would drop as back at our hotel usually around 5pm and then we would next meet him the following morning after breakfast outside the hotel with his minivan cleaned and ready to go.

    We took 3 train train journeys during our stay and Mr Laal always brought us right to the platform and made sure we found our reserved seats on the train. He would then meet us at our destination as we stepped off the train, and best of all...he had our luggage already in his minivan.

    It is very hard to buy first class reserved seats on trains in Sri Lanka ahead of time but Merganser took care of all of these for us. We turned up one morning at a station only to find a huge line of tourists right out of the station waiting to buy tickets. Mr Laal brought us in another entrance as we already had our tickets and we walked straight to the platform.

    If we wanted to change plans or add something to our trip then Mr Laal and Merganser were very helpful and accommodating. We tried to set up a balloon trip but fog prevented this....we were kept informed the whole time...and it was not a problem when the balloon company had to cancel the night before.
    Thank you for everything and thank you Mr Laal for looking after us so well...we will never forget this trip!!!!!
    Written 16 February 2024
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  • Liza U
    4 contributions
    We had the pleasure of being guided by an exceptional driver Aswar during our trip to Sri Lanka. His commitment to ensuring a safe journey was truly commendable. His attentive driving, adherence to traffic rules, and expert navigation skills made us feel at ease throughout the trip. Their local insights and knowledge of the area added a rich layer to the experience. I greatly appreciated their focus on road safety and their dedication to making our journey memorable and secure. It was a pleasure to have such a skilled and responsible driver/tour guide accompany us on this adventure.
    Written 19 August 2023
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