Azhar & Luke
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.
Azhar & Luke
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
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