28 Nov 2019
Lakpura Travels, and in particular Mr. Malsiri Peiris provided me with a fascinating and well organized tour. From my young, enthusiastic and very competent driver to my experiences in the countryside the tour never disappointed. The high point was my 2 Safari visit to Wilpattu reserve where I saw Leopards, Sloth Bears, an incredible array of birds and a variety of other animals. My visits to a Spice farm, Tea Plantation and a Rubber Tree forest in the mountain areas near Kandy provided insights into Sri Lnaka's special produce, not to mention the panoramic views. Stops at small villages provided an opportunity to meet people, view local festivities and taste delicious foods.
28 Nov 2019
I wrote to several companies about arranging a 3-day whirlwind tour and ended up choosing Lakpura. Malsiri was very patient with our email deliberations, and he didn't freak out when we decided to book transport only and not a tour package. He also checked in just before and during our tour to make sure everything was on track.
Our driver Andrew Noyahr was just fabulous, can't praise him highly enough. We visited Dambulla caves, Wilpattu National Park, Anuradhapura, Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya Rock, and Polonnaruwa; everything was flawless. Although Andrew was meant to be a driver only, his English was excellent and he provided plenty of guide-like information. He also suggested one lunch place that was just terrific (Priyamali Gedara near Polonnaruwa, reviewed separately), but he was not at all pushy. We enjoyed getting to know him and would use him again in a heartbeat.
11 Oct 2019
The whole day safari was unfortunately very underwhelming. Not really because of the lack of animals (even tho we just saw a few elephants in the first 2 morning hours, after that we drove around for 2 more hours basically seeing nothing) but because of the organization. The tour guide could not speak English at all and there was no plan which was told or shown us. We just hopped in the jeep and drove around. Then we parked the car somewhere and the driver took off for over 20 minutes to talk with his buddies. Didn't tell us what was going on (because he couldn't speak English..). For lunch he brought us 2 chicken and rice which looked really not good (chicken pieces with bone in rice) for 1600 rupies. After lunch we left.
09 Oct 2019
We have been met at our hotel and taken without delay strait into the park. Our guide Ruwan Kumara has made the trip a great experience for us. His knowledge of the wild life made it possible for us to see all we would have missed otherwise. A well trained driver turned of the engine whenever we stopped to watch animals (drives of other cars did not care as much) so we could enjoy the sounds with the sights. We have been dropped of at our hotel at sunset with great memories and experiences.
07 Oct 2019
Prabath was definitely one of the nicest people we met in Sri Lanka! He got in touch via WhatsApp after we booked the tour to arrange everything and already answered some questions we had. Then he picked us up earlier from the ETH, took us to lunch and then to the safari. He and the park ranger were a good team, both spoting the animals and talking to us, we had a really good time and saw lots of elephants, crocodiles, buffaloes and birds! In the end he even gave us a ride to his area so we could get a taxi, introducing us to his family while we waited. Really nice, trustworthy guy! Thanks Prabath!