Thank you to our guests who have appreciated our service as Sri Lankan Tour Guide during your visit to Sri Lanka with us. It is very important to us that you write down your travel comments about us. Your comments will give ideas to other travelers who plan their visit to Sri Lanka with us.


14 comments

  1. We really had a good time in Sri Lanka. We visited the temples, explored the amazing wild nature of this island and also enjoyed the sea side, surfing and chilling.
    We are really glad to had Steeve with us. He is the perfect Sri Lankan guide, he is a good driver and he knows everything about the island. He also gave us a lot of help and advice thanks to his local network he let us have a comfortable, but still authentic amazing experience.
    Grazie mille Steeve!
    Un saluto dall’Italia

  2. If you would like to enjoy Sri Lanka you absolutely have to choose Sarath – Sri Lankan Tour Guide. Sarath had not just been a guide, he became a friend and a teacher; a beautiful and experienced person, very well English speaking, good expert from ancient history up to nowadays, connoisseur of religions, especially Buddhism, everyday smiling and relaxing. He escorted us for the best 10 days that we could spend in Sri Lanka.

    Equipped of a modern, safe and beautiful car you have just to ask him what kind of trip do you need (historical, naturalistic, or funny, in any case memorable and amazing) and be sure that he will be in compliance with your request.

    Trust me and ask him his availability, you will never forget your trip!

  3. My husband and I heard hiring a private driver is the best way to tour Sri Lanka. After looking at several online reviews, we chose the Sri Lankan Tour Guide and are so glad we did. The trip pre-planning customer service with the company owner, Sarath was fantastic! seeing wildlife and relaxing on the beach. We had very little interest in shopping, city experiences or nightlife. He made very appropriate suggestions (being dropped in one city to take the train through the mountains and being picked up in another city) and adjusted our pre-researched itinerary slightly. We experienced quick replies to emails, in clear English, with confirmations our requests could be accommodated and excellent additional suggestions for stops along our route.

    We were greeted at 5am at the airport by our driver, Steeve, holding a card with our full names on it. He helped with our luggage and asked us to wait curbside as he pulled up in a luxurious car that would be our home-base for the next 10 days. It was beyond our expectations, having read online to ensure rented cars have seat belts, air conditioning and are reliable. Based on what we thought was a very good daily fee, we didn’t expect to get in to a new, large, comfortable SUV with AC and leather bucket seats that recline.

    The week could not have gone more smoothly. We toured nearly the entire island and saw all the key sites. In addition, Steeve showed us lots of off the beaten track experiences. He often stopped at roadside stands to purchase something for us to taste (like water buffalo yogurt and coconut honey!). Having our own driver, we didn’t feel like the typical tourists on large buses being dragged from site to site. If we wanted to skip something or add something or just relax with a cool beverage at a small cafe overlooking the ocean, all we had to do is say, “Steeve, find a place for us to stop!” If we needed help negotiating a purchse, he was always with us. During a rare uncomfortable situation, he calmly walked us to the other side of the road or said, “Please stay in the vehicle.”

    Not only did we experience excellent customer service, we met a new lifelong friend. We highly recommend this company and its drivers.

    Mrs. Mairtri Meyer and Mr. Micheal Heidenreich

  4. Thank you again for arranging us the car and driver for our last trip to Sri Lanka. We had a wonderful time and great experience with Rathne ( Sri Lankan Tour Guide ) the driver.

  5. What can we say? We had the holiday of a lifetime in your beautiful country! We cannot underestimate your part in making our trip such a success. Your knowledge of the history of your country and sites we visited, not only on our trip, but also in the preparation of our itinerary, really is second to none. Your enthusiasm every day of our trip was so refreshing and we have come away with so many more stories and memories than we could ever have thought possible!

    We would both also like to thank Sameera and Steve for their help during our stay. We were so grateful to Steve for helping us while you had your scan and he took those couple of days as if we were his own clients and we can’t thank him enough for that. All three of you made us feel so comfortable and we felt so safe in the car with Sameera’s driving, especially on roads that are extremely different to the ones we’re used to back home in the UK! We also wish Sameera luck with his training to becoming a guide himself.

    We will definitely be coming back to Sri Lanka in the future and you will be the first person we contact!

    Emily and Josh

  6. We still think with affection to Sri Lanka, it was such a beautiful journey. “We went to Sri Lanka in August 2015. It is such a beautiful island full of colors, traditions and culture. People are kind and always smiling. We saw many animals (elephants, monkeys, birds, buffalos, sharks…) and lush vegetation. We learnt much about Buddhism visiting Buddhist temples. The place we loved the most was Sigiriya (Lion’s Rock) which is really astonishing.

    We really appreciated the food and the national dish “Rice and Curry”; we tasted the best tea ever! One special thing is “King Coconut”; you drink coconut water directly from the fruit, it is so fresh!

    The journey was amazing also thanks to our driver and guide Sarath. He’s a person that puts you at ease.He explains history and traditions of the country very clearly and is always willing to answer the many questions that naturally arise.He’s discreet and very professional; he is always on time and he suggests sites to visit along the way.

    We absolutely recommend Sarath ( Sri Lankan Tour Guide ) to everyone who goes to Sri Lanka. We were sad when we had to say goodbye and we hope to go back to Sri Lanka, obviously with Sarath again!

    Matteo & Elena

  7. Hi Sisira,

    We are now home safely after a wonderful honeymoon. Thank you again for looking after us so well and making our trip as comfortable as possible. As discussed, please see the below testimonial that hopefully can be added to Sarath’s website – we’ll also add it to your Facebook page.
    If you are ever able to visit London, please do get in touch as we’d love to give you a walking tour (although we aren’t professionals!). If Azhar’s family visit Sri Lanka we will be in touch again for sure.

    ‘When we chose Sri Lanka for our honeymoon destination, we were unsure about the concept of having a driver for the duration of the trip, despite it being recommended by a number of people. After some research we found Sarath and were impressed by his feedback but he was already booked for when we were visiting. Thankfully Sarath’s brother Sisira is also a fully qualified guide and driver and so we were very lucky to be able to book him instead.

    We can’t recommend having a guide/driver and having Sisira highly enough – he made a wonderful honeymoon even better but taking out any stress or fatigue that could come with travelling so much. We roughly followed a Lonely Planet tour of towns to stay in and Sisira then put together a schedule of places to visit from each. As a guide, Sisira is very knowledgeable and is pleased to provide an overview and answer any questions but he is aware that sometimes a high level overview is better for a holiday. Highlights that Sisira gave us historical tours on were Colombo, Dambulla, Sigarya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy and Kataragama. Sisira also took us to the Elephant Orphanage, Botanical Gardens, Tea Plantations, Spice Gardens, Afternoon Tea and Yala Safari.

    As well as being a knowledeable guide, Sisira is also a great driver which is essential in Sri Lanka as the roads and traffic are very difficult – he drives confidently, smoothly and carefully. We both fell asleep in the car a number of times which I always thinks is a great sign of comfort and trust.

    Whilst in Sri Lanka we heard stories of drivers that take people to places that they get commission on and then exerting pressure to buy (spices and gems etc). We experienced none of this with Sisira – he never came into any shops, tea plantations or spice gardens with us and we were completely free to do what we wanted.

    Having Sisira with us really helped us to relax. We could ask him any questions (we had lots!) and he gave us advice about different areas (being aware of customs, rules on photos, touts to be watchful of etc) so we knew that if he hadn’t said anything then we didn’t have to think about it. He was also great at giving us space and flexibility – we didn’t feel at all tied to any plans or like we had to do anything different on honeymoon because of Sisira – if we just wanted to relax and not go anywhere that was no issue at all.

    Sri Lanka is an amazing country with so much variety to offer. Having Sisira as a driver really helped us to unlock the full experience in a relaxed and completely enjoyable manner.

    Azhar and Luke, London, UK

  8. We visited Sri Lanka for the second time in September 2014 for a week, visiting ‘Up Country’ in Nuwara Eliya and then down to Galle. Given the extensive travelling by road required and our wish to have complete flexibility throughout our stay we needed someone we could trust and would understand our need to relax, having the ability to provide the right mix of knowledge and the right approach to help us have such a holiday.

    We couldn’t have chosen a more perfect person in Sarath – Sri Lankan Tour Guide. Always polite and understanding, completely respecting your needs and wishes, ethical and trustworthy. He is refreshingly understated …no forced visits to a cousin’s brother’s auntie’s Jewellery store every 5 minutes with ‘Special Rates’ here! He is completely happy to take you anywhere you would like to go when you would like to go, offering sagely advice throughout providing options when you need them.

    You could not possibly be safer or in better hands, Sarath is a true gentleman and we would not hesitate in any way in recommending him to anybody needing transport and a perfect Sri Lankan guide.
    Andy & Tracy Faulkner, Beaconsfield, Bucks, England.

  9. Chciałam podziękować naszemu przewodnikowi Sarath Chandrasekara, który towarzyszył nam przez cały czas podczas naszej wizyty na Sri Lance. Sarath to naprawdę miły, uczciwy, gościnny facet i profesjonalny przewodnik. Polecam każdemu, kto planuje podróż w tamte rejony świata. (www.srilankantourguide.com)

    Sarath Chandrasekara is professional Tour Guide who accompanied us all the time during our visit in Sri Lanka. Thank You Sarath for amazing travel. All the time we spent with you was great. Thank You very much for your hospitality, kindness, patience and professionalism. We hope that we will have the opportunity to travel with you again and we will recommend your service.

    best wishes,
    Agnieszka Rac

  10. Dear Sarath, Yes, we made it back home and everything is fine with both of us. We had a wonderful time during our stay in Sri Lanka and you contributed essentially to this exceptional experience. You took us safely around the whole country and could answer all our numerous questions.

    Thanks again and good luck with your new business.

    best wishes,
    Klaus & martina

  11. I was initially hesitant to book a tour from outside sri lanka. But after numerous email communication I found Mr Sarath a genuine person. I decided to take risk and transfered the booking amount. It was less and I was ready to lose it if needed. The tour was of 10 days out of which first 5 days were for my parents and wife. It was the temple tour in cultural triangle of srilanka:- Kandy, Dambulla and Anuradhapura. I joined them for the rest of 5 days.

    Mr Sarath took care of my family and later of me as well when I joined them. Right from suggesting routes and restaurants on the way, uncle Sarath also introduced us to safari contacts for Yala and Trincomalee at reasonable prices. I am very glad to have his company. I will definitely recommend his services to others.

  12. Dear Sarath, I have to say that our 9-day trip in Sri Lanka has been the most wonderful trip my husband and I have ever had! Before our trip, we only expected to see beautiful sceneries, but with your guide, we experienced a Sri Lanka that is legendary!

    From Anuradhapura and Sigiriya, we saw the glorious ancient civilization. In Trincomalee, we knows how paradise on earth looks like. In Yala and Sinharaja, we are astonished by the mighty nature on this land. Finally, Colombo and Kandy shows us the most modern and fast developing side of Sri Lanka. Besides, your rich experience and in-depth opinion not only helps us see how marvelous this country looks like, but also revealed us how this country is functioning and how unique the culture is.

    We want thank you for this unbelievable trip! Still, there are so many other wonderful things we haven’t seen and wonder people we haven’t met in Sri Lanka. Someday in the future, we will definitely come back again!

  13. We deem ourselves fortunate to have found you as a guide and driver during our summer vacation in 2013. Your constant attention to our desires and needs made our trip to Sri Lanka an unforgettable experience.

    We wrote about that on a blog we keep (it can be found here:”http://ildiariodimarco.wordpress.com/posts-in-english/hiring-a-car-driver-in-sri-lanka-our-experience-with-sarath-shining-car/). Hopefully you’ll like it. We’ll be happy to highly recommend your services to anyone who is interested in discovering the beauty of Sri Lanka.

  14. Sri Lanka is a vacation destination which caters for everyone’s interest. It is a country with beautiful beach resorts, historical sites, areas for Safari & trekking, scenic hill stations and of course also a good place for shopping.

    These are the things that have drawn us back to Sri Lanka 3 times within the last four years. The latest visit being in March 2013. During every visit we have taken the services of Sarath Chandrasekara who is a registered independent Tour Guide. We find him to be a careful Driver, a knowledgeable Guide and a person who is courteous, patient and very professional. For this reason we being a group of 4 ladies never hesitated to travel with Sarath to all parts of Sri Lanka. He took great care of us and gave priority to our safety at all times.

    Thank you Sarath. We hope that we will have the opportunity to travel with you again and will definitely recommend your services to family and friends.

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