Dilhans Awesome Adventures
Dilhans Awesome Adventures
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6:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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About
Dilhan’s Awesome Adventures provides custom private day tours of Colombo, Sri Lanka. We have several day tour options available for cruise ship passengers. We also provide private driver, personal guided tours of all Sri Lanka. We specialize in the Cultural Triangle, with most of our extended tours visiting Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Kandy. We also offer tours to Nuwara Eliya, Ella and all surrounding cities. All tours are private. We provide private comfortable transportation in a van or sedan, with an knowledgeable English speaking driver guide. We can provide a custom tour in any area within Sri Lanka. We have Culture Tours, Beach tours, Safari tours, Nature tours, Hiking and rafting and combination tours. Our custom tours of Sri Lanka generally range from one day to three weeks. We also arrange cruise ship group tours of Colombo City or group tours of Sri Lanka upon request.
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burpingdog
Singapore, Singapore57 contributions
Oct 2019
This was my first trip to Sri Lanka, and I couldn't be happier have had the Awesome Adventure with Dilhan!

Dilhan helped me plan my itinerary pre-trip, and suggested places based on my preferences. He was flexible, accommodating, knowledgeable and gave good advice and tips. He is well connected with people across the country, and can tell you which activities and sites are tourist traps and which ones are worth seeing.

On the road, Dilhan is a very careful and safe driver. He gauges the road conditions well and gives realistic trip duration estimates.

I highly recommend exploring Sri Lanka with Dilhan's Awesome Adventures!

Tip: Bring hat and sunscreen. Sri Lanka is a hot and humid tropical country and I didn't see many places selling sunscreen.
Written January 29, 2020
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Canuck
2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
My friend and I arranged a day tour with Dilhan. He gave us a real feel for Columbo, we visited a market, some temples and had an authentic Sri Lankan curry lunch . Dilhan accommodated our wish to purchase spices and tea and to experience a short tuk tuk drive as well as a short train trip . He is a knowledgeable guide and explained the Buddhist temple to us and purchased flowers for us to leave as an offering. Dilhan is very organized and pick up and drop off from out cruise ship was easy. I highly recommend and adventure with Dilhan.
Written February 11, 2020
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Helen S
Scotland, UK20 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
What a great guy and what a fantastic holiday he gave us! My husband and I went to Sri Lanka with another couple for 2 weeks. From start to finish Dilhan looked after us without being intrusive. Showing us around his beautiful country he went out of his way to make the experience an absolute joy. He booked our hotels, organised guides, gave us advise on what to do and what see. He even arranged for my kindle to be sent back to the UK after leaving it in a hotel! We came away feeling we had seen the ‘real’ side of Sri Lanka.
Written February 14, 2020
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BeachBunys
Los Angeles, CA9 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
As most of us around the world are under ‘stay at home’ orders, it has created time for gratitude and reflection on the beautiful world we now miss so much. Last year, we traveled to Sri Lanka and spent 10 days with Dilhan Suraweera and Dilhan’s Awesome Adventures. We visited every major place of interest as well as many places on many roads less traveled. The experience we had in Sri Lanka was life changing. We came home different people. The locals are warm and gracious. The food is some of the best I’ve ever had. The accommodations where we stayed were clean and authentic, and more importantly, run by proud owners who wanted your happiness more than anything in the world. We were treated like Royalty and Family at the same time. My husband and I have been world travelers for almost 25 years and this was our favorite trip. We want to go back. SOON. Please do not let this terrible virus make you afraid to travel to places far away. Take precautions naturally, but go! Life is short. At the end of the line, you will only regret the things you didn’t do. If you go to Sri Lanka, I cannot recommend Dilhan Suraweera and his organization highly enough. They were fantastic. Thank you for a wonderful memory!
Written April 13, 2020
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Julia Ernst
St. Petersburg, Russia3 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
Sujeeva (Dilhan’s cousin) showed us the beautiful places of the center of the island! Very kind and responsive, talked about the local culture! It’s was very interesting! Thanks to him, we are very imbued with Sri Lanka. Sujeeva helped us in everything, solved all difficulties, advised wonderful places. He was sincere and honest with us. Be sure to meet him, when we return to Sri Lanka. Thanks so much!
Written January 4, 2020
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Alison C
3 contributions
Dec 2019
We had a day in Columbo as a stop on our cruise and Dilhan really helped us make the most of it! He showed us all the main sights and was very knowledgable, and friendly.
We really enjoyed our visit to temples, markets and parks as well as an authentic curry lunch, and tuk-tuk ride. Highly recommended
Written February 22, 2020
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Cindylea
17 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
The service provided was way above expectations. We were a group of 8 friends travelling to Sri Lanka for the first time for 12 days. Dilhan was great in helping us with our itinerary before we arrived.
Upon arrival we were met by the happiest man in Sri Lanka, Namal. Firstly his driving was very safe. His van was immaculate every morning despite some rough treatment by some off our party with an exploding beer can....
He was always punctual and exceptionally helpful, thoughtful and patient.
Namal shared his knowledge and answered all our questions. He helped negotiate local prices and came on all our adventures.
Nothing was too much trouble, he even ‘enjoyed’ our singing.
We could not have asked for a better driver. Thanks Namal and Dilhan.
Written March 29, 2019
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Joana R
London, UK4 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Dilhan Tours were recommended to us by a friend and I couldn't recommend them more! Both Dilhan and Ashen, our driver, were fantastic! They safely drove us around Sri Lanka and gave us the best tips, took us to hidden local gems and were always more than happy to schedule and book tours for us. I most definitely recommend them to anyone going to Sri Lanka. It's such a beautiful country with so much to offer and it's definitely worth having knowledgeable and reliable tour guides and drivers with you!
Written May 8, 2019
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Irishbarry78
Greater London, UK69 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Warning: this review is long, I think picking the right guide/driver to take you around Sri Lanka can make the difference between a good holiday or an “awesome adventure”. We found Dilhan through close friends of mine who had travelled with him in 2018. They told us he was great and let me assure you, we were not disappointed!
Dilhan runs a very professional service. From my initial contact with him, he replied to me promptly using whats app and arranged a time to call me so we could discuss exactly what I wanted to see and do in Sri Lanka. He has sample itineraries on his website but he is completely flexible and will tailor each trip to his customers needs. We didn’t know exactly where we wanted to go or how long we wanted to spend in each place so we agreed our tour dates then he assured us we could discuss it on our first day in the car, and agree our final itinerary. This allowed us freedom to do more planning.

On our first day Dilhan collected us from Negombo, he was twenty minutes late but he messaged earlier to warn us. When we started our trip we talked about everywhere we would go and mapped out our journey. His english is perfect.

Each day Dilhan would give us his suggestions for accommodation before we reached our destination. He’d then give us time to look at the property on the internet. If we liked the hotel he would call them and negotiate us a cheaper rate than the advertised internet rate. There was never any “hard sell” and Dilhan was not bothered if we wanted to book our own accom. You hear some horror stories of drivers being very pushy/demanding because they operate on commissions but Dilhan just seemed to genuinely care that you were having the best experience and getting the best value.

His driving felt incredibly safe, he drives cautiously and does not rush. He only ever uses hands free when he takes cellphone calls and he didn’t try texting while the car was moving. His car was clean, spacious, had a/c and he had fresh bottled water for us.

Unfortunately Dilhan warned us when we first made the booking that he would not be available for the entire tour as he had a prior booking but he said his brother would take over from approximately midway through the trip. And so, in Kandy we met our next driver-Ashen.

Ashen is a young Sri Lankan man, very polite and courteous. He is much quieter than Dilhan and his english is not as perfect as Dilhan’s . He can appear shy and often the information was not very forthcoming, we had to prise info from him. He was poor at responding to what’s app messages and more oft than not we had to call him if we wanted to make contact. This was a minor issue and he always responded to our needs or requests in a positive helpful way.

Overall Ashen was a safe driver but on several occasions he drove using just one arm which was unsettling when travelling around sharp bends on the windy mountain roads. He also answered his phone a few times without using a hands free device.

I mentioned earlier, Dilhan runs a professional operation so even when he was not our actual driver, he kept a close eye on us to ensure we were still having an “awesome adventure”. He does this by contacting the driver regularly, what’s apping us everyday and by calling us at least once a day. He continued to manage all the onward accommodation for us and offered to book tours/arrange safaris etc.

In hindsight we booked our tour for too long as we spent the last three days on the beach and did not need a driver. We decided it would be nice to let Ashen go to visit his family for a couple of nights while we chilled on the beach, so it was disappointing when he didn’t answer his phone and was fifteen minutes late for our collection on our last day. He apologised and said he forgot to set his alarm. This was the only time he was late throughout the trip.

Overall we really enjoyed our time in Sri Lanka and would highly recommend getting a driver to make your time and experience even more enjoyable. Dilhan ticked all the boxes for us-
-professional ✅
-Safe driver ✅
-Competent and knowledgeable ✅(he’s been doing this for 14 years)
-Good price ✅
-Great communicator ✅
I would encourage people reading this to give his service a try, I doubt you’ll be disappointed. I would prefer to have Dilhan for the entire trip if I were to book with him again, but he really does continue to look after your needs even when he’s not around so don’t worry if you don’t have him for your trip. Don’t misunderstand me, Ashen was great but not as experienced or polished as Dilhan and after spending four days with Dilhan, the subtle differences were much more obvious than they would normally be. Be sure to ask him when booking who will be your driver.
Dilhan has messaged me several times to make sure we got home safely and to see if we’re feeling good. Thank you Dilhan and Ashen for a wonderful trip and some great memories.
Spread the word and book yourself and go have an “awesome adventure” with Dilhan. I’ll certainly tell all my friends about him.
Written February 13, 2019
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Charlston22
14 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
We spent 11 days with Dilhan, visiting a variety of places around the island and enjoyed every minute. Given the recent troubles their, we were nervous about safety etc but we had an amazing trip and felt safe and welcome the whole time. Dilhan provided us with loads of local knowledge, and helped us to get the best hotels and locations. On the last day we spent the day with his family and his wife taught me to cook Sri Lankan dishes, an experience that was a real joy. I cannot recommend Dilhan enough, and for anyone with concerns about visiting Sri Lanka, he is the guy to go with!
Written June 25, 2019
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