We hired Viraj for a five-day trip from Kandy to Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Batti, Wasgamuwa, and Ella. He is a fantastic tour operator. As a driver, he’s skilled, safe, and calm, so we felt completely at ease on the road. He suggested interesting stops and good restaurants on the way to our destinations, without ever pushing us to go somewhere. When our plans took us where he hadn’t been before, he wasn’t just willing to go along, he was eager to see something new and learn more about possible places of interest for tourists. He even saved us money along the way by negotiating a good price for an amazing safari in Wasgamuwa.
More than that, though, he was an interesting, engaging person to talk to, which is important if you’re in the same car for several days. We chatted about Sri Lankan society, the education system, operating a small business, and so on; I learned a lot about Sri Lanka from him. Although he was tactful, he also expressed honest opinions—he didn’t just tell us what he thought we wanted to hear. And he’s just a genuinely nice guy.