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Had an amazing time in Sri Lanka!

Our driver´s name was Sheehan. He was a very friendly and young guy who helped us where he could... read more

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Wonderful two week trip with our buddy Kumara!

My fiancée and I spent two weeks on Sri Lanka. A few months before, Gihan helped us plan everything... read more

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Reviewed 27 November 2017

Gihan reply us with just a min, he know what he is doing, come up with a plan very fast. we get thru by email for confirmation.
Our 1st tour guide is Shehan, a passionate and friendly young man, he bring us around and show us beautiful Galla and also he is a very careful driver. We had a great experience with Shehan.
Gihan were our tour guide start from Welligama, we had a wonderful experience with Gihan, he drive safely and show us wonderful sri lanka with his new car. Gihan is a responsible and also warm person. We were so glad to travel with his tour.
There's only one thing, That I dont recommend anyone to buy blue sapphire if you dont have enough knowledge in this. (We had an unexpected experience in Sri lanka) Gihan, also try to help us out for solving the problems.
We can highly recommend Gihan to organise any holiday you take in Sri Lanka you will not regret travelling with him.

2  Thank Cynthiaxyw
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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

From the moment Suresh, our guide picked us up at the airport to dropping us back at the airport 8 days later he was fabulous. He really tried to understand what kind of experience we wanted in Sri Lanka and then did everything he could to make it happen. He was flexible, knowledgeable, a very good driver but most of all kind. We genuinely enjoyed his company and felt like we were saying goodbye to a friend when we parted ways at the airport.

5  Thank Jeannie_Jim_Joseph
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

We travelled with Gihan 7th Sept 2017 we were a party of eight adults celebrating our 60th birthdays, after contacting a number of tour operators [ with very poor communications from many ],I read reviews about Gihan and immediately contacted him with details of our 2week tour,within a couple of hours he responded with a suggested itenerary for us.Over a few weeks of emails and changes we finally had our tour organised.Changes to our itenerary were never a problem for him and he always had suggestions for us.
Our driver Schamara was a safe driver and a complete gentleman, always prompt to pick us up and nothing was ever a problem, changes on the run were never a worry, he suggested activities for the day and it was always our choice on what we done
He never insisted on going to certain shops or restaurants [ as many operators do to get their commision ]
He mad sure if we went to tourist places that we had a guide if we required them, organised our elephant safari,and train tickets to Ella,
Anything we needed he was always there.
Gihan also organised our airport transfers and transfers from Negombo to Kandy before we started our tour,all drivers were safe with air conditioned modern vehicles.
Gihan also took the time to visit us on our last day in Uawatuna to make sure that everything had gone to plan.
We can highly recommend Gihan to organise any holiday you take in Sri Lanka you will not regret travelling with him.
There was no deposit require before the trip, we paid half payment on the first day and the balance at the end of the tour,
He is a completely professional tour operator with a great future ahead of him.
100% satisfaction guaranteed
JOHN O'DONNELL AUSTRALIA

3  Thank John O
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

We were 4 women with 2.5 weeks in SL. I found Gihan on Trip Advisor and he lived up to all the reviews. He answered all my emails very promptly (lots of happy emojis!), accommodated our requests, made suggestions to our itinerary which proved to be correct and was competitively priced. He was relaxed about payment. We paid half on arrival and half at the end of the trip.
And we were fortunate that he chose Buddhika Perera as our driver. These are the reasons why:
His English is excellent, so good he understands idiom, jokes and irony.
He is young (32), enthusiastic, friendly and good natured and adapted brilliantly to his mature travellers.
He understood exactly when to be part of the conversation and when to leave us to our own devices.
He negotiated all our money exchanges, organised good guides for us and only recommended places (like the amazing Ayuverdic treatments at Sigirya) when we asked him. He was careful to say that it was recommended by previous clients and there were absolutely no financial incentives for him. He never stopped at shops or places without us requesting him to.
He is a great driver - confident, quick thinking and safe and he always knew where to go, even when there were hotels with which he was unfamiliar. We had a new airconditioned van which Buddhi kept immaculately clean and watched carefully if we left our bags.
Although he is not a registered guide he always prepared us by telling us appropriate protocols when we visited shrines or sacred sites and negotiated a guide for us
Each evening we planned the next day so we knew exactly what to expect. He sometimes ate with us, at other times he was independent but it never felt uncomfortable
He told us about himself and his family which gave us an insight into Sri Lankan life.
Even though we only stayed 2 nights in places, it felt seamless, as Buddhi was always available and helping us manage the next stage of the itinerary.
Many many thanks to Buddhi and to Gihan.

3  Thank Ruth E
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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Only 4 weeks before our planned trip to Sri Lanka in September we researched the internet for a local tour guide, who could drive us from A to Z. Thus, our attention came to Gihan's homepage. Several entries in travel forums confirmed the good quality of his tours.

We reached out to Gihan by e-mail. He answered always very quickly and customized a tour for us fitting in with our plans (we had already some major sights on our mind which we wanted to visit) and also our timeframe of 9 days which we wanted to spend in Sri Lanka.

The tour was: Airport - Cultural Triangle (Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa) - Kandy - Nallathani (Adam's Peak) - Nuwara Eliya - Ella - Galle - Negombo.

2 weeks before the trip Gihan provided us with the name of the driver, his mobile number and a photograph of him. He described our very valued driver Kumara as "Very nice friendly safe driver and Happy person" - and this is actually what he is!

On our arrival Kumara already waited at the paging area of the airport. He took us up with a very comfortable Hybrid Car (A/C).
He always cared for us having enough to drink and stopping for snacks on our tour. He drove always very careful.

Throughout the whole journey Kumara was always over-punctual and arranged all our activities according to our wishes. He often stopped along the road to buy local specialties for us and wanted us to taste the local food.

The hotels/guesthouses chosen for our tour were all very neat and clean according to our budget (~ 3 star hotels). We especially liked the guesthouse in Sigiriya (Goddess Garden), Ella (Laura) and Unawatuna (Sun & Sea).

Kumara made our stay in Sri Lanka very special. For example he reserved a table in the restaurant "Grand India" in Nuwara Eliya for us, took us there and picked us up when we were finished. We mostly communicated via WhatsApp with him, which was very comfortable, as we were really flexible by that and Kumara always answered instantly.
In Ella he took us to the nice restaurant "Cafe Chill", which is a really cool place with great drinks and food.
Next to our travel itinerary which we discussed upfront with Gihan, Kumara always suggested a lot of additional / alternative activities which we highly appreciated. E.g. he arranged a Ayuveda Treatment for us in a really great location, he showed us special photo spots and he proposed right away an alternative activity in Nuwara Eliya, as we told him that we were very tired from the Adam's Peak climbing and might not be able to do the Horton Plains trail right at the next day :)

We are very thankful for the insights that Kumara gave us into his beautiful country! We are more than happy to recommend the company's and especially his services.

Thank you GTSL tours & Kumara for making our stay so memorable!! ☀️
Best regards from your German friends,
Jennifer & Bernd

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