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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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Were can I begin as this was the most amazing holiday I have ever had .
From the beginning to the end there was so many great things I did, everyday was so different filled with so many great experiences.
The people are so friendly,with breathtaking views,to the white sandy beaches,even to the hustle and bustle of the city
I would highly recommend this wonderful part of the world as there is something for everyone to enjoy
Adams peak was what I wanted to achieve on this holiday, as I knew it would be one of the most beautiful places to see.
To reach the top of the mountain and wanting to see what the temple was like when I got there.
Eventually three of us made it to the temple at the top,It felt like you could touch heaven as the clouds were just beneath you.
Breathe taking views
It was the most challenging of all the walks we did but I felt so humble to get to see and be part of the pilgrim
The Sri Lankan people with there children,carrying their babies, old and frail achieving to reach the very top to worship, people stopping off along the side of the trail to rest and have tea .
Such a honor to be there and get to the top
Sujeewa Rathnayaka was a fabulous guide, full of local knowledge going above and beyond his job.
He arranged lots if different experiences for us to be part of , giving individuals there dreams come true.
When we arrived from the train in Ella, we were greeted by the other members of Sujeewa team with bunches of flowers, that was such a lovely touch.
His team of drivers and assistant were more than excellent so friendly they couldn't do enough for us all
I would highly recommend this holiday, as it was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
With happy and friendly people along the trip, they were delighted for us to see and be part of the country
Exodus have planned this holiday with great detailed experiences for everyone to see and enjoy
I can't wait to see we're I can go next xxxx
We thoroughly enjoyed our Sri Lankan experience and found it to be very good value and well organised. It is such a stunningly beautiful green and lush country and the views often made us gasp with delight!
The locals were very welcoming and kind and friendly.
The trip was very varied and each day was a new and different experience.
Our group was mixed but we got along fine and had some great laughs along the way!
There were many - for my husband the challenge of Adams Peak was inspirational. Meeting locals and the beautiful landscapes and walking around the tea plantations and visiting the cave temple in Dambulla, visiting Kandy and the temple of the tooth and the historic port of Galle were just amazing for me. In fact every day there was something inspirational!!
Sujee was very well organised, very friendly and professional and very kind and also had a good sense of humour!
He was very passionate about his country and keen to impart his knowledge - we learned so much about Sri Lanka which was amazing.
His back up team of drivers deserve a mention for their hard work and commitment to delivering a top class service, always with a huge smile!!
Just go and open up your heart to Sri Lanka - you will be fully rewarded!
The accommodation in Dickoya was very picturesque in a very beautiful location surrounded by tea plantations and a reservoir and I wouldn't want to change this - however the bottom bungalow had a rodent problem in our bedroom and the whole place needed a very thorough deep clean - towels were extremely thin old and stained as were the bed linen. These are issues that could easily be rectified.
A fantastic experience. The weather wasn't always with us, but we enjoyed ourselves anyway. The treks were varied and very interesting. The whale watching trip is well worth the extra money, so do it!
The most inspirational moment of my trip was Adam's Peak. The amount of pilgrims going up there carrying elderly or disabled relatives or friends was amazing. Lots of young people too, and different religious beliefs. Truly inspiring!!
Sujan was a very good guide. Very informative, and helpful. He was always there with us, and kept an eye on the slower members of our group. He arranged many little treats with our kitty, too.
Make sure you have adequate mozzie spray. I had taken plenty, but still got bitten.
Try the local markets – big and perfect for gift shopping. But be careful – you will get approached by friendly, English speaking people, who will tell you that they will get you a good deal if you go to a particular stall. Well, it’s not quite true, you will still get overcharged (and the friendly local will get his commission). I suggest to shop around and you will find some good deals yourself!
Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
In main towns, it is possible to withdraw money from an ATM. It is also possible to exchange Sterling and US Dollars in local exchange offices. I would suggest to take some GBP in cash and change most of it (if not all) at the airport in Colombo (in the arrivals hall). It is absolutely safe to carry cash around with you but you can also leave your passport and excess cash in a safe in your hotel room. Both food and drink prices are reasonable. I was on AIL in September 2008 and I spent £250.00 for food, drinks, gift shopping and tips.
Gabriela Krizanova - Sales
Wear whatever is comfortable, it will be very informal and you just need to dress for the weather. Longer sleeves or trousers are a better idea for evenings, when the mozzies come out, but I would also take along some bug spray to fend them off.
Most of the time I was just in shorts, t-shirts, light tops, canvas trousers etc. Anything light really! It's really only in temples you need to cover up a bit more.
I found I didn't use as much stuff as I thought, especially clothes, and spent a lot of the trips in a couple of pairs of shorts and t-shirts.
Full on hiking boots aren't necessary, just solid trainers or walking shoes will suffice. It can be slippy in parts if it rains, but this is a unlikely to really affect choice of footwear.
If you're visiting the Hill Club in Nuwara Eliya, it's really interesting to see and you don't need anything super formal, but trousers and a shirt are expected.
It can get hot and sticky at times. We had a couple of afternoons of rain but nothing too serious. Sri Lanka is quite tropical so you can expect this at any time of year. Obviously, like here, you can have local conditions that will be hotter/ wetter/ colder than the average and when it does rain, it's generally a build up to the afternoon, big downpour and then dries up quickly.
If you need to take a taxi from Colombo airport, there is a counter at the airport with official taxis (see link below). You pay at the counter, get a ticket, go to the rank outside and off you go. Because you have already paid, there is no haggling at the end. Sri Lanka is very safe, so you won't have any problems.
You will have access to ATMs in most towns you pass through but cash is also very easy and safe to carry, which is what I did.
I changed it, to start, at the airport, the office there is open 24 hours a day. The hotels also change money but I didn't use this, although some of the group did. I also topped up with my debit card towards the end to do some shopping, which is easy to do but probably a good idea to advise your bank in advance. You could also just use your card for all your spending money as well, I guess, but there is a danger if you lose your card or have any problems with it. It's very safe to carry cash, as long as you use the same common sense that you would at home.
I didn't get any done myself, but I'm sure a few places along the way will be able to help. I washed a few things out myself in the hotels and just dried them (quite quick to do). Somewhere like Kandy should be definitely possible as you stop there for a while and it's about halfway through the trip.
You can pretty get much everything from local food to pizza to other western foods. It is quite similar to South Indian food. You usually split your meals in the evening about half and half between hotels and eating out and, when you eat in the hotel, there is always choice of a buffet or a la carte. There are lots of vegetarian options but also plenty of chicken, beef, seafood etc.
Any other tips? I didn't find mozzies too bad, but did pick up a few bites along the way. Mornings and evenings are when you need to protect yourself, but some bug spray helps with this.
I listened to my iPod quite a lot while on the drives, and I think the only thing I took not on the list was a small travel pillow, as I get a stiff neck sometimes! But I just picked that up at the airport for less than a tenner I think.
Gabriela Krizanova - Sales
There is a real mix available and you won't be disappointed! The local cuisine is predominantly vegetarian, with lots of rice. You can enjoy everything from traditional spicy curries to stalls selling tasty sweets and deserts and even right the way to western style grub, if it all gets a bit too much. Vegetarians and 'non-spicy' food people are easily catered for, and the leader will make sure a wide range of dishes are ordered for each meal.
Charlotte Taylor - Customer Operations
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If you are keen to end your holiday on a very relaxed note we can arrange a visit to the Maldives, just 1 hour flying time from Colombo
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