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Finding The Right Tour Guide In Sri Lanka

All Sri Lankans are tour guides in their own rights. We’re great at going out of the way to help. Before the age of cultured tourism, guides were all local yokels. Today, it has become a practiced art with tour guides sporting licenses to operate for very good reason indeed. The country has a plethora of touristic attractions for which no one individual could do justice on an all island scale.

The Travellers Prayer Answered – Superlative Tour Guide Services In Sri Lanka

If you were oceans away from Sri Lanka, it would be very important indeed to find the right tour guide to take the best care of you and ensure a wonderfully smooth, enjoyable holiday with no ‘hiccups’ considering the time and money you would be investing. Whilst there is no better place than Sri Lanka for a holiday, many matters need to be taken care of, from the point of arrival, to checking into a comfortable and reasonably priced hotel and deciding on a good tour, which would be best done prior to arrival via email communication with the booking agent. The agent would take you through a range of packages with prices. Knowing where you would be visiting is important BUT, getting there and wandering around on your own can never be as fulfilling as having a hands-on “friend” known officially as your tour guide at your elbow, giving you a word for description account of what you would be seeing.

What Your Sri Lankan Travel Guide Will Tell You

The main question – where to go is well answered by your travel guide. The beaches are hugely popular. The Bentota beach is a place where the river and sea meet. It gives guests a chance to enjoy river and sea sports apart from indulging in swimming and a well earned relaxation on pristine beaches. There is also Hikkaduwa, famed tourist spot for its wide sandy beaches. Negombo, another town that boasts a lagoon and sea front is not far from the airport. A seafood paradise, l ocals are often found driving over to Negombo for an impromptu dinner of fresh prawns, lobsters, crabs off the sea and lagoon. A typical fishing town, your guide would bring these places alive, with his expert English renderings. How would you know that the Portuguese and Dutch who ruled the country for 150 years apart used the approximately 100 km long Dutch Canal as a supply route? The Dutch Fort is a 1672 relic. Mirissa, another beach town is reputed for whale and dolphin watching, kite surfing, snorkeling, deep sea diving and an awesome coral reef.

Taking you further interior, you may wish to see a world heritage forest, the Sinharaja Rain Forest close to the town of Ratnapura. Your Sri Lankan tour guide would be ideal to take you through the forest, identifying the thousands of indigenous plants, animals and bird species. Ratnapura is also famed for its gems. Its soil has produced an enormous quantity of the rarest of precious stones. Gem stores and gem merchants stud the city. Need to know about such gems. Well, who better than your friendly guide who also takes care that you are not "rooked"!

Questions To Ask Your Sri Lanka Tour Guide

Here are some questions to pose to your tour guide:

  • About the cultural triangle in Sri Lanka. Visiting the ancient cave temple at Dambuylla, exploring the ruins of the ancient Palaces at Polonnaruwa anda hiking up the steep Sigiriya Rock fortress.
  • Staying in Nuwara Eliya, a visit to a tea factory, observing fresh leaves turning into world’s best known Sri Lanka tea. Could sip tea too...!
  • Kandy. Here is a really ancient city that is now a bustling mini metropolis, yet retaining its age old charm. See the Kandy Lake, the Temple of the Tooth and of course visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela.
  • A wild life safari to any of the national Parks,
  • Visiting Galle, a UNESCO World heritage site. Galle has a very special aura, especially its nights.

Meet Tourtipper Sri Lanka’s Top Travel Guides

Sumudu Asanka very quickly becomes a good friend. He has taken many tourists across the country over 4 years.

Sam Siriwardena -15 years of experience - a wildlife and wildlife tourism expert.

Padma Kumara is another veteran of 15 years. He has his own special style where nothing is impossible.

Rafi Hussein, so street savvy. Speaks Arabic, English, Hindi, Urdu and Malayalam. Knows culture and the best routes.

Sarath. With 22 years of exclusive experience, he’s an expert Tour Guide. Sarath also knows all the beaten tracks and is a camping expert.

The TOURTIPPER crew sure knows how to guide in style.