Contacted Trip Crafter and was referred to 3 tour companies, among which I tried my luck on Axio Travel, having noted their prompt response and the favourable reviews on trip advisor, although Axio seemed to be a smaller outfit compared to the others. Initially we sought for a guide and van hire as one of our group member had mapped out an itinerary for 11 night and 12 days. Nissanka (Nissan Car), who responded with their quote also put forth a full package - Hotels accommodation with full breakfast and some with dinners included( turnout to be international buffet style) , English speaking guide cum driver and a van. We did a quick costing comparison ( van hireage cum driver/guide plus own accommodation arrangements vs the full package) and noted that, both were about the same costing. We decided on taking the full package. The required deposit was a comfortable sum of USD 300 and the balance be paid on arrival. ( This is important to us as we did not have any dealings with Axio prior).
We we're met by Nissanka at the airport and presented with each a garland made of seashells by the guide cum driver Harsha ( Harry is his short name for our convenience). Harry is a caring and accommodating and we enjoyed his company. Nissanka as it turnout is one of the bosses of Axio. During our touring Nissanka called to check how we are getting on and he met us on the last leg of the tour to gather our feedback. According to Harry, Nissanka checked with him nightly on the progress of the tour.
We we're rather impressed with the way Axio conduct their touring business.
The hotels chosen were well appointed with good amenities and good food.
Have recommended Axio to couple of friends whom have enquired about our trip.