Our customers’ reviews about Sri Lanka and the Maldives

 DilDilhani, our travel expert of Sri Lankahani, your travel expert Our travellers went on a tour of Sri Lanka and the Maldives or just to Sri Lanka and discovered an amazing culture. They share with you their experience, their regrets and their favourite discoveries. Here are their testimonies…

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Christiane, Sylvie and friends, Sri Lanka-Maldives (February 2015)
“We preferred the Sri Lankan part of our tour. Sri Lanka has lush vegetation and the people are smiling and friendly. The atmosphere of the trip was very relaxing thanks to the beautiful cultural blend between Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianism. The local agency knows the country very well and reacts very quickly should a problem arise, communication is more direct! A big thank you to our guide Anu, who proved very professional and really wanted to share with us his love for his country by tailoring the visits especially for us.”
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Nathalie and Thibaud, Sri Lanka (February 2015)
“We had an exceptional trip and made wonderful memories! This was perfect for our honeymoon. We liked everything, particularly the visite of Polonnaruwa on bicycle. We also loved the safari in Uda Walawe and the whale watching excursion to Mirissa (not included in the itinerary). On the other hand, one night in Kandy was really enough.”
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David and Elodie, Sri Lanka-Maldives (February 2015)
“We really appreciated our guide and the possibility to tailor the tour according to our wishes! We had a great time during our hikes, our safaris and during the train journey. Lion Rock in Sigiriya, Horton Plains, the mountains and the tea plantations around Nuwara Eliya… Plenty of amazing sites to visit. It was really an unforgettable experience!”
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Nathalie and Stéphanie, Sri Lanka-Maldives (February 2015)
“We have wonderful memories of our visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage: I was able to bottle-feed a baby elephant and we saw the elephants have a relaxing bath in the river. Dambulla’s rock-carved temple is just sublime! The ascent of Lion Rock in Sigiriya isn’t exactly easy but the views are worth it… Sri Lanka is a magnificent country with many different landscapes. I came back delighted from this tailored tour!”
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Sylvie, Thierry and friends, Sri Lanka (February 2015)
“The hotels met our expectations, they were very comfortable, and the escorting staff was perfect and suited our group perfectly. We saw very beautiful markets, lush vegetation and splendid scenery! We really liked the impromptu stops, there was a surprise at every turn: an improvised tasting in a pineapple field, an elephant or a monitor lizard crossing the road in front of us… I would recommend your agency for the organisation, the kindness of the staff and Dilhani’s good knowledge of the country.”
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Nadine and Philippe, Sri Lanka (January 2015)
“On the whole accommodation was satisfactory; we especially liked the Green Paradise Hotel and the Spring Villas! Our three-hour walk in the tea plantations and our visit to the Uda Walawe elephant park are excursions that we’ll remember particularly fondly… Unfortunately the walk took place on a Sunday so there were no women picking tea in the fields. We really enjoyed bottle-feeding the baby elephants!”
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Catherine, Véronique and Joelle, Sri Lanka (January 2015)
“The towns and the sites are so different from one another that there’s always something to discover! We loved all the nature-based visits, the various walks… the visit of the wild coast in Kirinda is wonderful. In addition, we were lucky enough to do this trip with an excellent driver guide who was kind and always available! However, we liked a lot less the visits ‘designed for tourists’, we could have done without them.”
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Marc-Albert and Odile, Sri Lanka-Maldives (January 2015)
“Sri Lanka is a very beautiful place. We love this country and everything there is to discover: nature, the people, the culture, the climate, the scenery! Our best memories are of our stay at Kuramathi Island Resort in the Maldives, Uda Walawe National Park and the famous Mount Sigiriya and Lion Rock. Most of the hotels were great and offered a friendly welcome. However the trip could have been a lot better. I felt I wanted more once we reached the end of the trip…”
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Sandrine and Christophe, Sri Lanka (January 2015)
“We got very good advice from our travel advisors, who knew the country, the hotels and the customs extremely well…. We loved the ceremony at Kandy Temple, the ascent of Lion Rock, and also the walk in the tea plantations and the elephants’ bath. We really want to thank Dilhani and Sofia for organising our trip, and also Gumunu, our driver guide, who looked after us all along this fabulous trip!”
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Deborah and Paul, Sri Lanka-Maldives (December 2014)
“Our favourite visits were Yala for the safari and magnificent landscapes, the tea-growing region for its unique scenery and the Cultural Triangle, thanks to the diversity of the various sites. Sigiriya was our absolute favourite during this trip. Accommodation was excellent overall! However, we felt less welcome in the Maldives… We felt a bit lost and unimportant among a great number of Chinese tourists. But the hotel was splendid and fully met our expectations.”
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Michèle, Jean-Pierre and friends, Sri Lanka-Maldives (November 2014)
“The Cultural Triangle, the tea trail, Lion Rock, the Temple of the Tooth of Buddha, the train journey… there are so many amazing landscapes that we enjoyed discovering! But we didn’t like the big cities very much, except for Colombo maybe. We particularly want to mention the kindness displayed by both our guide and our driver. They both listened to us and were very attentive to our needs. We loved visiting Sri Lanka in their company.”
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Robert and Angélique, Sri Lanka (September 2014)
“Accommodation was very good, the hotel in Nuwara Eliya was welcoming and well-situated to discover nearby villages. We also loved our walk in ‘Little England’, and the ascent of Mount Sigiriya, with breathtaking views from the top. The Polonnaruwa site was a discovery we will never forget.”
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Alexandre and Dorian, Sri Lanka-Maldives (August 2014)
All the towns, all the sites we visited and the whole itinerary were superb. We particularly liked Sigiriya, as well as the estates around the Viharagala Bungalow and Ecolanka Lodge, where we had an excellent time. Overall we were extremely satisfied with the accommodation! A big thank you to your team and our driver, who was very professional and very pleasant.”
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Tatiana, Thierry and their daughter, Sri Lanka (June 2014)
“Our trip went very well! Our driver was perfect: he answered all our questions and made us taste lots of exotic fruit for free. Transport-wise, a 4WD would have been better because we were being shaken around quite a lot despite our driver’s good driving! The hotels met our expectations, except for the Lake Hotel and the Lake Lodge, where the third bed was uncomfortable.”
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Romane, Christophe and their children, Sri Lanka (April 2014)
“We had a very good trip! We loved the kindness of Sri Lankan people, particularly at the Sevanagama guest house! Although access to the Spring Villas was difficult, the site was gorgeous. The Heaven’s Edge was brilliant! We had amazing views! Our accommodation in private homes was very good but some of the hotels were too touristy and noisy, that’s a shame. We really want to thank Andrew for his support, his kindness, his attentiveness and his discretion! He’s an excellent guide and we strongly recommend him.”
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Aurore and Baptiste, Sri Lanka (April 2014)
“We had a wonderful trip! Sri Lanka is more than a country, it’s a philosophy! The sites we visited were of such immense cultural richness. Accommodation was very good overall. The lunch we had in a private home was delicious. The hotels we loved best were the Sevanagama Hotel in Habarana and the Melheim Resort in Haputale. Their services, their meals, their kindness… everything was perfect! Thank you, Dilhani and Sofia, for planning this unforgettable tour!”
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Annie, Gilles and their two daughters, Sri Lanka (February 2014)
“We had an unforgettable experience! Our kids adored the visit to the elephant orphanage, it was the first time they saw any. The baby elephant feeding session was really moving. The hotels’ buffets were acceptable, the children appreciated them because the local food was too different for them. My husband and I particularly liked the verdant scenery near Nuwara Eliya! It was a very good idea to include a hike and a white water rafting trip in a family tour! We are thinking of going travelling again with our children in the near future.”
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Karine and Bruno, Sri Lanka-Maldives (January 2014)
“It was hard coming back to France after such a trip! The hotels didn’t disappoint, they were perfect! The staff was friendly. We didn’t find all the visits that riveting, but our driver’s humour helped us have a pleasant time.”
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Catherine and Philippe, Sri Lanka (January 2014)
“Our trip was too short, there are so many things to see! Luckily, our tour gave us the opportunity to see the Sri Lankan highlights (elephants, the Golden Temple, Lion Rock, the hill country, the tea plantations). We were pleasantly surprised by the kindness and friendliness of the Sri Lankans. We were welcomed very warmly wherever we went. We didn’t like the local cuisine so much, it’s a matter of personal taste!”
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Véronique, Thierry and their son, Sri Lanka (January 2014)
“This was our first big family trip et we were quite worried about it! Our travel advisor took the time to answer all our questions, which was very helpful. We were warmly greeted at the airport by the local representative. Our 8-year-old son has great memories of the animals he saw and the traditional dancing. He was blown away by the fire-walking demonstration! I love nature, so I particularly enjoyed our visits to the spice garden and to the tea plantations. The only downside is that they are touristy places, so they attract a lot of people!”
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Patricia, Lionel and their children, Sri Lanka-Maldives (December 2013)
“The whole family loved this holiday. As soon as we arrived we did a boat trip that showed us the beauty of Sri Lanka. Unfortunately we didn’t see the baby elephant feeding session at the orphanage. But the cycling, the climbing, the gardens and the temples were enough to satisfy everybody. Our hotel in the Maldives organised activities for kids, so my wife and I were able to have a truly relaxing time. If only the spa had offered us a treatment, it would have been perfect!”
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Sabrina and Mickael, Sri Lanka-Maldives (November 2013)
“We chose the Sri Lanka-Maldives combined tour for our honeymoon, because we had wanted to visit Sri Lanka for a long time but also wanted to relax at the beach for a few days. It was our honeymoon so we had plenty of little extras. I was given a sari (traditional dress), our bedroom was nearly always decorated in a romantic manner. We even got a free massage! We didn’t like so much taking the train in Sri Lanka: despite the magnificent scenery, we would have liked something a bit more intimate!”
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Isabelle, Olivier and their children, Sri Lanka (November 2013)
“We wanted to go on a family trip somewhere completely different and we weren’t disappointed. We had lunch in a private home and we felt honoured to be able to share a meal with a Sri Lankan family. Our hosts were brilliant, very warm. Despite their limited means they really looked after us. That was an unforgettable experience! The pictures we took on our trip made people quite envious!”
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Céline and Vincent, Sri Lanka (August 2013)
“A dream holiday for our honeymoon! Dilhani and Sofia planned for us a tailored trip that included everything for a complete change of scenery: gorgeous landscapes and an amazing safari during which we were lucky enough to spot a female leopard and her cubs! We got shaken around a lot in the jeep but it’s the price to pay to ride among wild animals.”
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Nathalie and Cédric, Sri Lanka-Maldives (April 2013)
“We loved the arrangement of starting with the Sri Lankan tour and then following it up with a relaxing time on the beach in the Maldives. The scenery we saw from the train in Sri Lanka was awe-inspiring. The Maldives beaches were paradisiac. We always wanted to sleep in a bungalow on stilts, and now we’ve done it! In addition, the staff at the Adaaran Rannalhi was adorable. The meals were less typical than in Sri Lanka yet very acceptable.”
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Sandrine and Vincent, Sri Lanka-Maldives (April 2013)
“So many things amazed us in Sri Lanka: the canoe trip, the elephants, the traditional dancing, the safari! Although I was uncomfortable at the idea of flying on a seaplane, the crew was able to reassure me and in the end the flight went well. The view from the sky was impressive. And to top it all, we finished our holiday in the Maldives on a beach bordered by turquoise waters! Our hotel, the Royal Island, was fabulous, we have recommended it to our friends.”