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  • Dalkcraig15
    Edinburgh, UK2 contributions
    We had an amazing trip. The views were unreal and the driver was so very accommodating. It took the full day and we were shattered by the end of it but it was so worth it. The climb to the top is hard, but once you’re there you’ll understand why you done it. Highly recommend this trip.
    Written 22 February 2024
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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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  • BorntocruiseUK
    Heathfield, UK11,194 contributions
    Booked through Viator. From the moment they got my booking GloryTours kept in contact with us via WhatsApp. Joining instructions were excellent and were very precise and accurate. This was reassuring. I sent a photo of us in the morning.

    They were waiting for us at the designated place with a sign with our names on it. We were then given a piece of paper showing us what we were about to see.

    The tour was absolutely brilliant and our driver made sure we saw all the sights. Even paying for me to go in the temple as I had no local currency. We had arrived by ship.

    I needed to visit a chemist and he took me to one and went in with me.

    He took us to a bottle shop so we could enjoy a local beer.

    Did I say our driver was wonderful!!!!

    We enjoyed fresh coconuts.

    I wasn’t feeling great hence the chemist run and when asked he took us back to the ship.

    I would highly recommend the company
    Written 25 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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  • George
    4 contributions
    Overall a great tour with Mr Dinesh, extremely knowledgeable and helpful throughout the day. Sigiriya is a must see!
    Written 1 September 2023
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  • Nilanie S
    1 contribution
    Tangerine Tours arranged a 14 day road trip all around Sri Lanka. We had Toyota Coaster mini bus pick us up at Colombo Airport and drove us around Negombo, Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Trincomalee (Thirukoneswaram Temple), Habarana (Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa ancient city, Dambulla Rock Cave Temple, Eco Park – Elephant Safari, Cultural Show), Kandy (Peradeniya Botanical Garden, Temple of Tooth), Nuwara Eliya (Ramboda Falls, Tea Estate, Sita Amman Temple, High Tea at Grand Hotel), Ella (The scenic train ride from Nanu Oya to Demodara & Nine Arches Bridge), Yala (Ravana Falls, Kataragama Temple & Yala National Park Safari), Tangalle, Galle and dropped us back at Colombo Airport.

    Tangerine Tour executive Gayandika helped promptly to prepare our itinerary and accurately customized it to our expectations. He has made all the arrangements to make this a smooth and memorable trip. We drove around with English speaking tour guide Malcolm, who was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable and helpful to us. The driver Nayan is a safe driver who took extra care on the road covering around 2500 Km. We also had a helper Wijesiri take care of us in and out of the bus and then manage the luggage at each destination. Overall, this is a memorable trip that we would highly recommend Tangerine Tours to all interested in visiting the beautiful country Sri Lanka.
    Written 29 December 2023
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  • Jay V
    2 contributions
    Fantastic walking tour with Ajeet who was highly knowledgeable as we walked through the Historic areas of Colombo. It was a great conversation that touched on history and current geopolitics, and I leave with fond memories from Sri Lanka.
    Written 14 November 2023
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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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  • Go60142777246
    1 contribution
    Fizal the tuk tuk driver was fantastic. Would highly recommend. Took us to some tourist spots and waited for us. Took about 2 hours for $10
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • martin w
    Didcot, UK6 contributions
    My wife and myself have just returned from our day trip to Kandy. 5am start ! Got picked up at our hotel by Dinesh (air-conditioned car) for the drive to Kandy. I won't go into all the details but I have to say I couldn't fault anything and Dinesh was so helpful and attentive to our every need ! I would definitely use Bentota travel again.
    Written 16 January 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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  • Oscar Enrique Alvarenga Maldonado
    Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras88 contributions
    AMAZING EXPERIENCE! Viran was such an amazing driver, very kind, and the experience was gorgeous! The food was delicious, the safari was a once in a lifetime experience, and Sigiriya is a must-do if visiting Sri Lanka. The management was there for any queries, and always interested if we were having a good time. I am 100% satisfied, and I totally recommend booking this tour.
    Written 18 November 2023
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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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