I was invited to speak in a conference in Colombo and that is where it all started. I thought this is an opportunity to visit few places in Colombo. My office staff got into act and booked a hotel for me. Later on, I decided to take my wife along. Then few booking and rebooking followed. And thanks to internet, we felt we booked the best hotels we could.
Then the destiny played out a game. I told one of my friends that I will be out of Mumbai for a week and I will be in Colombo. Once he heard the itinerary, he laughed and told that he will introduce me to Ravi Rupasinghe. Then the real tour emerged.
Ravi spoke to me once to understand our preference and crafted an itinerary for us. He also send us the teasers of the hotels that he was planning to book for us. In a sense, he took complete control of our trip and insisted that we at least cover specific areas like Sigiriya, Dambula, Elephant Safari, Kandy and Bentota along with Colombo. We were wondering whether we will be able to cover all these and how to reschedule on the fly, if required. He reassured that the driver accompanying us is well versed with the places and he will be able to replan if required. So set off to Colombo hoping for the best.
The welcome we received from our chauffeur cum guide Mr. Inoon at the airport was overwhelming. His demeanour made us think that he is a part of us. He was well-versed with the locations and never left us alone even for a moment anywhere.
We realized that the hotels that were booked were superb and properly selected by Ravi based on our preference. In fact, he also gave us a free upgrade to an apartment at Colombo. While we moved out of Colombo, Inoon gave us an envelope and told us it is given by Ravi Sir. It was a travel memento where in our photo is printed on a slate. Amazing and memorable gift...
The guides who came to accompany us at various places could explain us the significance of each location in detail. So we felt as if we were living in those places.
On the way back, we were wondering what we planned by ourself and what Ravi planned and how stupid we were in what we had planned. The best part of Ravi is his on ground knowledge of Srilanka and the way he connected that to our expectations.
One thing we noticed was Ravi was in constantly checking the tour progress with Inoon. We could see Ravi's personal involvement and concern for our comfort all through the tour.
The overall experience right from the pick up from airport, the travel, the stay and drop back to airport was one of the wonderful and perhaps beyond what words can express.
I can tell you that Lanka Tours is thoroughly professional who practically put focus on customer experience and also ensured that we feel at home in an alien country.
If you plan to visit Sri Lanka, don’t look anywhere. Get in touch with Lanka Tours and they will craft a wonderful and memorable tour.
We strongly recommend Lanka Tours and Ravi....