I have received 2 quotes for a 4 day trip i plan on doing in sri lanka.
One quote was from a driver recommended by one of the great DE on this site, whilst one and the cheapest came from a private message i received after mentioning excursions on the forums. I know that there are dangers in following these type of recommendations.
the dearer quote for the following itinerary
Day 1- Sigiriya .
> On this day, we will drive to Sigiriya,
. En route, a visit to the
> Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage would be taken. In the late afternoon, we will
> climb the spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya,
> Over night stay at sigiriya. (http://www.thilankaresortandspa.com
> -SIGIRIYA or ttp://www.pelweheraresort.com -SIGIRIYA )
> Day 2: Sigiriya (Polonnaruwa & Dambulla).
> We will make our way to visit Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka from the 10th to 13th century.
> After lunch, we will visit mineyira national park to search for wild
> elephant .
> Over night stay at sigiriya (http://www.thilankaresortandspa.com
> Day 3: Sigiriya - Kandy.
> Kandy is the next stop on this day, about 3hours' drive away. At 500m
> above sea level, Kandy is the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. We go to
> the Temple of the Tooth, which houses the sacred tooth of Buddha. We
> will also enjoy a tour around Kandy, with its cool climate and
> bustling town centre. The National Museum and the shrines around Kandy
> are also places of interests that will be visited. on the way we will
> stop at herbal garden and dambulla cave teple. In the evening after
> dinner, enjoy a cultural show featuring the various dances of Sri Lanka.
> Over night stay at kandy. http://www.thilankahotel.com - KANDY
> or http://www.srilankasenaniholdings.com -KAMDY
> Day 4: -kandy -Nuwara Eliya-kaluthara.
the cost of this with a guy called Karnal de silva for 2 of us with accommodation was just under $500.
Mr De Silva seems above board and there are many recommendations for him (some are slightly suspicious however). Is there any website where a drivers credentials can be checked out for example.
The other quote i have was for just over $570 from a driver called Rehana Jaleel, similar excursion and similar hotels etc.
Does anyone have any experience with these 2 drivers. They have both been very helpful to me.