Recommended guide/driver in Sri Lanka?

Twitter follower @thebrockboys is travelling to Sri Lanka for two weeks next summer and want to explore with a guide or driver. They’re in a group of four people – two Canadian couples – and want to know if you can recommend a good tour guide or driver for their trip?

Please share as much of your Sri Lanka knowledge as you can and pass on the good travel karma :D

Thanks!

Lottie Gross 16/09/13    Getting aroundSri Lanka Link Report

Processing your request, Please wait....

14 Replies Date Popularity

Justinefox 25/09/13    Link Report

Processing your request, Please wait....

  • Hi

    I have been travelling to Sri lanka for the last 15 years and would thoroughly recommend KD Travels and tours. They were absolutely fantastic value for money. ask for Ranjith as he knows the island like the back of his hand.
    They are reliable and safe drivers which is sooo important when driving in Sri Lanka.
    You can check them out of Facebook or alternatively contact them on [email protected]

    Ruvini 18/09/13    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

  • Hi there,

    I totally agree with the comment from JF above.
    The best possible way to find a guide is by checking his background using google.

    Yes I once travelled with Menaka and he had a wide knowledge about Sri Lanka.

    Regards

    Alex

    Alex_Rb 26/09/13    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

  • Hi @thebrockboys. Gavin Thomas, author of Rough Guide to Sri Lanka here. Try Nimal de Silva (www.dsltours.com). He took me around during my last two visits to the island and is absolutely brilliant driver, guide, and travel companion.

    Gavin Thomas 17/09/13    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

  • We hired a driver for four days to take us from Colombo – Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (by train) – Ella – Tissamahara. I’m really glad we did for this portion of our trip and, as well as being understanding re us not wanting to stop at everywhere he suggested, he also took us to some great spots we never would have found on our own.

    We used the Rough Guide for our trip and as recommended in it, Blue Haven Tours based in Kandy: http://bluehaventours.com/index.html Our driver was Manjula, nice guy, good driver and it was relatively cheap.

    Have a great time!

    Kirsten 18/09/13    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

  • Thank you for the advice about Nimal de Silva of Destination Sri Lanka. We have just returned from a two week holiday which we organised with him. He was excellent in every respect. Very reliable, very attentive to detail, thoroughly professional and charming. We would thoroughly recommend him.

    billph 20/04/14    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

    hi

    my husband I used Karnal de Silva last June when we toured Yala and the south east coast and our journey from and to the airport. I can’t praise Karnal highly enough, he’s thoroughly honest, trustworthy, exceptionally knowledgeable about everything in Sri Lanka and won’t allow you to be ripped off by over zealous salesmen or be taken to counsisn’s tailors, jewellery shops, etc. I recommended him to someone else who traveled to Sri Lanka after we did and they were thrilled with him. He’ll certainly ensure that you have a good trip and that you will come back with lovely memories of his country. So enjoy your holiday.

    email – [email protected]
    web – http://www.driver-guide-sri-lanka.com/index.html

    Regards,

    Henri 03/09/14    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

  • Hi, I took your advice to hire Nimal de Silva (www.dsltours.com) and I am really pleased to say that this was great advice. We toured Sri Lanka by van and driver provided by Nimal for 16 days in August 2014. Nimal runs an excellent service and we couldn’t have been happier. Our group of seven, two families travelling together, couldn’t have been in safer hands. Nimal has a number of drivers and vans and we were very lucky to have Sugarth driving us. Sugarth was very caring and was always considerate of our needs. I had booked a number of day trips, Pera Hera tickets and tours online from Australia but having met Nimal in person and been so impressed with his service during our visit I would have left these often tricky arrangements in Nimals care. It is always difficult when arranging things online to know who is genuine and what you will end up with but I am pleased to say that Nimal was completely reliable and true to his word. We would have saved money and often have had better arrangements had we used Nimal to make the arrangements for us. Sugarth reflects these values ad well and would always make sure that things went smoothly going above and beyond to assure our comfort. When you see the chaotic driving in Sri Lanka we were very relieved to have Sugarth at the wheel – always calm and alert. I would recommend Nimal and Sugarth to any traveller to Sri Lanka looking for great service and genuine care

    robyn-stewart 05/09/14    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

  • Hi everyone, I just returned from an amazing trip around Sri Lanka. I wasn’t expecting much as I’ve traveled extensively throughout Asia, but Sri Lanka has found a very special place in my heart. The country surprised me with its natural beauty, varied landscape, fantastic weather, and warm people. Most important of all, our driver Deesa really made our trip special. I reviewed over 10 drivers/tour operators before deciding on Deesa. His price was extremely reasonable, possibly the lowest quoted. In addition, he was very accommodating and flexible as we made several changes to our trip. What made Deesa special is his cheerful and positive “can do” personality and his great warmth and kindness. He always has a ready and genuine smile which brightened our day before the start of each drive. He was an enthusiastic guide, a careful and safe driver, and a wonderful travel companion (and someone I now consider a friend). He can be reached at: [email protected]. Deesa truly touched our hearts and made for a most enjoyable and memorable trip. Thank you Deesa, we hope to see you again to explore other parts of your beautiful country.

    Kim 15/09/14    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

  • Hi,

    I would like you to recommend you a guide and a driver – Upul who helped us with everything (Trips, hotels, interessting tips for look). He is very nice and he speaks English very well, he is also funny and he knows really a lot about his country. You’ll be able to really get to know this beautiful country thoroughly thanks to him.

    https://www.facebook.com/srilankandriversguides?fref=ts

    hrnova 14/10/14    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

  • Hi,

    I would like you to recommend you a guide and a driver – Upul who helped us with everything (Trips, hotels, interessting tips for look). He is very nice and he speaks English very well, he is also funny and he knows really a lot about his country. You’ll be able to really get to know this beautiful country thoroughly thanks to him.

    https://www.facebook.com/srilankandriversguides?fref=ts

    PS: He was absolutely amazing!

    hrnova 14/10/14    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

  • What you need? A very good driver and we truly had one: Gihan. Gihan made our Sri Lanka trip like paradise! He is not only a great and very safe driver on the crazy streets of Sri Lanka. He is also a very well-educated young and caring man with great knowledge about his country, culture, history. He speaks very good English, is very flexible and trustworthy. He has chosen the coolest places to stay for us and you can fully trust him in his experience and choices. His trips are really value for money and there is no need to question accommodation or recommendations on what to do. Thanks to Gihan, we had the best food in Sri Lanka (including eating with fingers), the greatest accommodations, the coolest Safari, etc. Gihan is very flexible, when we had enough of Buddha temples, we decided to do a little shopping trip. No problem, Gihan changed plans accordingly. We are also very lucky having Gihan now as a real friend on the other side of the world! Gihan is not only a driver… he is a very beautiful person with a good heart! We highly recommend Gihan as driver and guide for Sri Lanka, no matter where you want to go. Gihan Shameera
    [email protected]
    http://www.GihanToursSriLanka.com

    bohei 02/11/14    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

  • Hi, I can highly recommend Srilanka-Tourdriver.com. Our drivers Asiri & Praneeth were excellent & we hope to return & see them again one day.

    chloeashby1hotmail-co-uk 07/11/14    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

  • We(two sisters) travelled sri lanka with Sisira Chandana for 7 days. I strongly recomend him, he has a deep knowledge about history, spices, buddism and safaris. He is kind, honest and reliable.He offered us a very good price for 7 days and drived 1200 km. And also his family and he host us in the afternoon we arrived and offered us delicious fruits and sri lankan tea :) he has a great family..
    His web site is http://www.clanka.lk you should contact him. Have a nice trip

    gulizkartal 14/11/14    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....

  • After following a recommendation from this page for a Sri Lankan driver we decided to choose Deesa from King Fisher Driver Tours.

    Boy! Are we glad we chose him! Deesa was the best driver we could have ever asked for! He was incredibly friendly, caring and always wanted what was best for us. He never took us anywhere without telling us how much it was going to cost and was very flexible.

    For what Deesa offers, he is incredibly good value for money. Deesa made our trip to Sri Lanka unforgettable and we were so sad to say goodbye. We now consider Deesa a great friend.

    Tessa and Matt

    p.s Deesa, if you are reading this…….HELLO!

    tessa-and-matt 24/11/14    Link Report

    Processing your request, Please wait....