My Sri Lanka Tours with Sam – Wonderful tour with Dileepa!

We (three New Zealanders) spent the most amazing nine days with our driver Dileepa. He took amazing care of us and we couldn’t have asked for a better driver. Dileepa picked us up at the airport in Colombo and we drove all the way up to Anuradhapura where we spent three days exploring the ancient cities. Dileepa was always so helpful and made sure we got to do the things we wanted to as well as showing us other extra things along the way. After Anuradhapura and Mihintale we visited the ancient monastery in Ritigala (Dileepa’s suggestion), Polonnaruwa and its beautiful sites and even squeezed in a safari at Minneriya thanks to Dileepa. The next day was one of our highlights – Sigiriya and Dambulla – both amazing sites! We visited Ridi Vahara on the way down to Kandy the following day. Dileepa drove us all the way from Kandy to Marissa the next day – a long drive for him – and we managed to visit a tea factory and get the train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella too! Dileepa always went out of his way to stop so we could get photos and told us information and stories about places we were visiting – making sure we got the most out of our trip. In Marissa we went and saw blue whales with Raja and the Whales (highly recommended) and then headed to Galle for a few days relaxing at the end of our trip. I should mention that on the third day of our trip the Easter Sunday bombings occurred. Dileepa and his family were from one of the areas which was badly affected. But Dileepa stayed with us and looked after us during what must have been a very worrying time for him and his family. We were exceptionally gratefully for the amazing care that he took of us during this time. Dileepa went out of his way to make sure we were safe – he rang ahead and checked the hotels we were staying at and he made sure we visited safe places during what was a very uncertain time for Sri Lanka. We really, really appreciated the extra effort he went to. Saying goodbye to Dileepa at the airport was very sad – he made our trip to Sri Lanka so memorable and so easy! We highly recommend Dileepa! He’s wonderful!

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