Sri Lanka Explorer
Sri Lanka, Discovery, 14 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,675 (land only) - from $1,940 (land only)
By: Martine Huit, Bromley, UK
I thought the holiday was excellent value for money. Overall, the accommodation, organisation of the trip and the food were all excellent. I enjoyed every aspect of the holiday from the early morning walks around the lakes; the truly amazing bird life - 47 different species in one day! Seeing butterflies, fruit bats, crocodile, monkeys as we walked in different places. The Horton plains with great views and the train ride - packed to the gunnels but again amazing views. I enjoyed seeing the tea plantations and visit to the tea factory. The Sigriya climb to see the wall paintings and learn the history of the area, plus the visits to the ancient ruins, where I felt that our guide Nuwan made sure we saw as much as possible. I still can't believe how much we managed to do within our time in Sri Lanka or how much we saw. Every day was great, and the Buddha statues were breathtaking.
The trip exceeded all my expectations. I loved every minute of it from the professionalism of the guide ensuring the trip tailored our needs and reflected our interests, I really can't praise him enough. The quality of the accommodation and food were exceptional, generally all of a very high standard. I got far more from my travels from the wildlife and culture that I was able to see and learn about.
By: Erica Hutchby, Heathfield, UK
I really enjoyed this trip and would certainly recommend it to anyone thinking of visiting Sri Lanka. The birdlife was certainly the highlight for me. There was a good balance of culture and wildlife. The pace of the days was about right too.
Our guide, Nuyam, was extremely helpful and accommodating to our interests. His cultural knowledge was excellent. He was also very keen to show us all the wildlife habitats and without him we would not have seen so many birds. Nuyam was also an excellent and careful driver and must have been very tired at the end of each long trip but never complained.
KE office staff were always helpful and if there was a query that they did not immediately know the answer too were able to find out and get back to me.