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Arranging a car + driver from Habarana

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Arranging a car + driver from Habarana

Hi.....we are hoping to spend 5 nights at the Chaaya Village Hotel in April next year. Could someone advise me how easy it will be to arrange a car and driver for excursions to the Cultural Triangle sights whilst using the hotel as a base?

Many thanks,


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1. Re: Arranging a car + driver from Habarana

Hi Sarah,

Quite easy. First try the hotel tours desk, they will have an offer and if the rate is around Rs 35-40/km why not use it. No need for the driver to have a 'high' minimum mileage per day (100-150 km) as with roundtrips, a low one of maybe 50 km should be sufficient for him to recoup the fixed costs with this rate.

If the tours desk does not come up with an offer acceptable for you, turn to the 'safari boys' (brothers of the beach boys on the coast ;-) waiting just outside the hotel gates to get competing bids. Use the criteria given in the 'top questions' about booking an excursion to get a good comparison.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Arranging a car + driver from Habarana

I seem to remember that they had individual sightseeing tours priced at Chaaya Village Hotel when we stayed there, covering all the main attractions of the area. You could certainly use that as a guide, but the local guys would no doubt be a lot cheaper. Bargain for a good price.


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3. Re: Arranging a car + driver from Habarana

Thankyou all for such a prompt reply! I feel reassured now that we will be able to get out and about, without having to worry about driving ourselves - my husband is keen to have a go, but having seen what the roads are like on a previous trip, I would rather drive the wrong way up the M1!. Thanks also for the useful info about the rates we could expect to pay.

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