A dream vacation!
We did 8 days in Sri Lanka and 3 in the Maldives and we could not be any happier with all the amazing, once in a lifetime experiences we had! Firstly, booking with BH Lanka was very smooth and took so much stress away from planning. I sent them a list of all the things in Sri Lanka that were important for us to do, and within a few days they sent back a detailed itinerary including all the activities I requested and more, hotels, dates, prices, etc. All I had to do was book flights, and they had someone at the airport waiting to pick us up! Next and most important, our tour guide, Chinthaka! If you can request Chinthaka, you should, because we cannot imagine there is any better out there. To start, driving in Sri Lanka is chaotic, with lots of tuk tuks and mopeds speeding all over, he was an expert at navigating all the roads and we felt safe every minute in his car. He paid close attention and noticed what our interests were, for me, its animals. When he noticed I stopped and pet every one of the 100s of stray dogs on the street, he helped me order food for them at a restaurant and drove us around to hand out the food to all the starving dogs. He spent 3 extra hours of his own time at a turtle hatchery with us, because I found out they release baby turtles at 6pm but we were leaving at 3pm. He knew how important animals were to me so he let us stay so we could have the magical experience with baby turtles! He is also an expert on Sri Lanka, the culture, the history, the food. There is nothing he cannot answer and you can tell he is happy to share all he knows. Next, all of our beautiful experiences, the highlights include: seeing elephants up close on a jeep safari, we also saw jackals, crocodiles, three types of monkeys, and many species of beautiful birds. Scenic train from Kandy, Ziplining and swinging in Ella, several waterfalls, the Nine arch bridge, a river safari through mangroves, snorkeling with sea turtles at the beach, the botanical gardens, the tea factory, a turtle hatchery, several beautiful and historic temples, and so much more! All of our hotels had excellent service and accommodations. The rooms exceeded our expectations, were clean, aesthetic, and most importantly we felt safe. Every hotel included breakfast and dinner, most were buffet style and had plenty of options for all types of eaters. For lunch Chinthaka would bring us to local places he was familiar with, and we loved getting to try all different types of places! All in all our experience was a 10/10. Sri Lanka is a beautiful country with so much to offer. BH Lanka made booking a breeze, and Chinthaka made our vacation into a dream come true. Do not hesitate to book with them and ask for him!