First of all I would like to thanks to all the regular contributors to this forum, which was very helpful during planning our unforgettable Sri Lankan tour.
My first and last impression about Sri Lankan peoples are, most of them are very honest hardworking, willing to help other and smiling peoples , of course not to forget that there few who are after your money. But I did not get trouble with any of them, thanks to forum.
We arrived at Colombo on Thursday 10th April by Sri Lankan and returned back to UK on 27th Sunday.
Flight & service: couldn’t fault, Good service, bit of poor entertainments programme compare to return flight; they even gave colouring book and pencil to our daughter.
Airport and service: it was very quick; clean Airport but bit of waiting time for baggage.
Transfer to Bentota Beach Hotel for 3 nights – 10th April to 13th April
Hotel got beautiful garden with access to the both river and beach,., golden sand beach , quite good pool , very friendly staff and but bedroom are not that modern , bathroom need of refurb. Good foods.
We had daytrip to Hikkaduwa , found even better beach than Bentota even though we like Bentota much more than Hikkaduwa, bit quite, and easy to walk around quite relaxing.
Transfer to Mirrissa for 3 nights at Paradise Beach Club Mirrissa -13th April to 16th April
Again beautiful beach, nice little hotel we though even better that Bentoa Beach Hotel, nice and modern bedroom and bath, very good friendly staffs, good beach, but we though foods and service should have been better.
We had daytrip to Unawatuna which got remarkable beach and plenty little shops and restaurant around.
Transfer to Yala for 2 night at Laya Safari – 16th April to 18th April.
It was very quiet and bit boring compare to our previous two hotels but understood that its safari hotel, foods and service was very poor even though staffs try their best.
Next day we done full day safari even though we haven’t had luck with spotting Leopard, but spot variety of animals.
Drive to Ella for 2 nights at 98 Acres – 18th April to 20th April.
Great place with beautiful view , we though what beautiful country is this just after having time on beach and safari and having such beautiful surround of this resort , great place, staff , food and weather, only concern was safety of child compare to other places we stayed.
We covered, Lipton seat, Ramboda falls, walked on little Adams peak and tea Museum.
We took Train from Ella to Kandy for 2 nights at Cinnamon Citadel -20th April to 22nd April
Our driver picked us from Peradeniya station and drive to Hotel; it was bit further away than we thought good hotel, foods and staff.
Next day we managed to cover the temple and walked around the lake, which was good city full of historical places and building, but we missed dance show and botanical garden.
Drive to Habarana for 3 nights at Heritance Kandalama – 22nd to 25th April.
On the way we visited Pinnawala, our daughter enjoy Pinnawala than safari which was bit tired for her .after reading some negative posts we had some doubt whether we are going witness ill-treated Elephants here but be honest , we only saw they been tied with huge chain.
Only bad experience is that shop keeper along the street we had bit of harassment when we refused to buy, don’t show interest to the any of goods along the street.
We covered , Sigiriya, Dambulla cave temple but missed Polonnaruwa instead we had village walk and relax at hotel, good hotel , service and staff but less impress compare compare other hotels.
Drive to Kalutara for 2 night at Citrus Hotel – 25th April to 27th April.
It was long drive, good hotel but disappointed with beach and surrounding, mostly relaxed at hotel apart from taking half day tour to Temple.
We let our driver /car to go from here and book hotel airport transfer which was bit of nightmare,it took so long and we did not realised that he is not using highway due to the toll charges.
We had fantastic service from the company which we booked our driver /car, Darshna was very good driver and the car was very good condition as well, we were very touched when we found that he has returned to hotel to leave small gift to our daughter at the reception.
We have collected several staffs’ members’ details including some hotels managers and costing, fees to the attractions, Tour Company who booked our hotels, Driver and car etc.
If any of fellow traveller wish to have further information of any places we visited or contact details of above service .please PM or e-mail me at Simonquarrell@hotmail.com I will do my best to help.
This is beautiful country with lot to offer for tourist having experienced of traveling to Europe, Thailand, China Sri Lanka is one of my favourite destination , please go ahead and enjoy this fantastic Island.