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Blue Lanka Tours

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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About Blue Lanka Tours
Relax, Rejuvenate and Revitalise with Tours around Sri Lanka We welcome you with “Ayubowan” our traditional greeting that says, “may to live long and healthy”, the perfect start to your Sri Lankan vacation. As an award-winning tour company in Sri Lanka, our main priority is our customers, which is why we offer you an exciting array of tours to make your time in this paradise island even more special. Our holiday experiences, from family holidays to luxury tours, are created by our expert team of destination specialists who can also create tailormade tours just for you. Try our signature one-day tours to intimately explore even more of this vibrant country. Come experience Sri Lanka with us, from its bustling commercial capital to the astonishing greenery of Nuwara Eliya, to the vibrant coastal towns, the ancient cities of the Cultural Belt to the wildlife national parks, all of which celebrate the uniqueness of this tropical island.
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Bella B wrote a review Yesterday
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My partner and I did this tour a couple of years back, Dinesh went above and beyond, great journey great guy 10/10
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Anna L wrote a review Jun 2022
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I would like to acknowledge the outstanding service provided by Blue Lanka Tours with their multiple follow up on e-mails, requests and last-minute changes. Thank you very much Carol and Reshani for the best service we could have asked for. Blue Lanka Tours has an amazing team! Professional, timely, communicative. We are looking forward to working with Blue Lanka Tours in the future again!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Carol_R_Tay, General Manager at Blue Lanka Tours
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dearest Anna, Warm regards and well wishes from Blue Lanka Tours team to you! Thank you for taking your precious time to write this review on TripAdvisor. Anna, first and foremost, thank you for contacting Blue Lanka Tours and allowing us to collaborate and assist you. We are truly grateful that everything went well and smooth and that clients received safe passage in and out. I want to take this chance to thank you again for your excellent cooperation with our team and for placing your faith in us to assist you and see the trips through to completion. Situations at the time were not in favour of our clients but we are truly glad that we were able to accommodate all requests and make sure everything was done right. Thank you for acknowledging our efforts. Reshani indeed has always been committed and was communicating throughout to ensure we are on the same page. She is a skilled team member and a consultant in Blue Lanka Tours and she joins me in thanking you for mentioning her. To that end, thank you for mentioning me and for your kind remarks about the entire team. We are encouraged, and your endorsement is really appreciated. We look forward to working with you in the future! Thank you for you choosing to travel with Blue Lanka Tours! All the best! With Big Respect & Much Love, Carol R Taylor
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Daniel LM wrote a review Jun 2022
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I just came back from an excellent, top graded tour of Sri Lanka with Blue Lanka. This experience was mind blowing. I visited the Cultural Triangle (Anuradhapura / Dambulla / Kandy) + Colombo and Galle. Sri Lanka has surprised me in so many ways. The rich culture and ancient history, the impactful civilisation, the green landscape, the very generous land that provides amazing vegetables, fruits and rice (paradise for vegetarians like me), great mountain ranges and top rated beaches … all these make Sri Lanka the perfect holidays destination. Unfortunately the news media in Europe are largely scaring the visitors off the island. As visitors to Sri Lanka in May/June 2022 we always felt safe and welcome. Everyone were so friendly with us. We had no difficulty to travel with Blue Lanka around the island. The protesters are unhappy about their politicians, not about tourists. Blue Lanka has been the perfect choice for my mother and myself for this first trip to Sri Lanka. Nimesha organised a full 8 days culture tour for me. Listen to her precious recommendations ! In the beginning I thought about skipping Anuradhapura. Nimesha convinced me not too. And she was right. I made such a great experience with the locals there. It was without any doubt a lesser known highlight of Sri Lanka. Nimesha has been very flexible with changes in the itinerary (even at the very last minute). She replied to all my emails very promptly. Big thank you to her ! Nimesha organised the tour perfectly for us, with the right amount of visits and activities everyday. It was great to have a guide at each Unesco site. We learned so much from them ! Another big thank you goes to our guide / driver, Shan. Here is what we appreciated from Shan: - a clean car ! And water bottles were prepared for us every single days - a professional service: Shan was always perfectly dressed, with a Blue Lanka polo shirt. He is polite and genuinely friendly. - we were not taken to any shop, except for the specific ones we requested to Shan - Shan was always on-time, every single morning - Shan accompanied us everywhere, even when we had a unesco guide. He helped my mother climb the 1200 steps at Sigiriya and the 300+ steps of Ritigala and Dambulla Cave temple. - Shan introduced us to the way of life in Sri Lanka, presenting his country, religion and culture with passion - Shan introduced us to typical Sri Lankan food (like the Hopper, the Kottu Roti, as well as all the fruits that the land has to offer - durian, rambutan and mangoostin!) - Before visiting a Unesco site, Shan gave us a short introduction of the site, which is really valuable information - Shan knows at least 500 different names of trees and shared his passion with us (we had never seen a cinnamon tree or a cashew nut tree or a cotton tree before) - Shan is always eager to help and he is a multi talent individual (he repaired my mother’s shoes!) - Shan is an excellent interpreter! He will negotiate and translate everything for you. He bought me to the hair salon and stayed with me to translate everything to the hairdresser who did not speak english. He will pass on any message to hotels / merchants when english does not help - He will say that he does not know when asked a question to which he has no answer (he won’t try to invent a story). It makes him super reliable. Finally, but not least, thank you to Carol who regularly checked in on us to see if everything was fine. She made sure that everything was going according to our plan and was constantly in contact with Shan. I definitely recommend Blue Lanka if you plan a trip to Sri Lanka.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Carol_R_Tay, General Manager at Blue Lanka Tours
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dearest Daniel, Warm regards and Well Wishes from Colombo, Sri Lanka where Blue Lanka Tours reigns! Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. First and foremost, thank you for selecting us and travelling to our motherland, Sri Lanka. The current economic situation has cast a severe shadow on tourism, and many travellers have decided to defer their visit to Sri Lanka. However, you have always asked us and trusted in what we had to say as locals, and you opted to travel with your mother - for this, we are extremely grateful. To that end, we are glad and delighted that we were able to provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Sri Lanka's major cultural treasures. As you very correctly mentioned Daniel, protestors are protesting against the government and they are not angry at Tourists. In fact, people are trying hard to get international media to stop showcasing as if Sri Lanka is an unsafe destination when it's truly not. A testimony from you, helps all travellers to get the right insight into the situation in Sri Lanka. Thank you Daniel for sharing your first-hand experience here. Sri Lanka has some of the most intriguing religious and cultural attractions, including exquisite art and architecture, as well as magnificent historical artefacts that showcase the spirit of the island's unique history and rich cultural legacy. To combine them in an itinerary that you would enjoy - we are truly happy we were able to delight you, Daniel. Nimesha in that regard has been exceptional. She is a very senior Tour consultant who has been with Blue Lanka Tours throughout the years. Always committed to deliver the best of her knowledge to her clients, I am truly glad you have recognised and acknowledged her efforts here. Nimesha joins me in thanking you, Daniel. Moving on, Shan is a fantastic Blue Lanka Tours Tour Guide! Thank you for going into such depth about what you admire about Shan. Blue Lanka Tours guides are defined by their cleanliness, attire, punctuality, guiding and assisting clients as needed, and giving all of their knowledge. Shan has always had a spotless record in this respect, and his clientele constantly gives him high marks. Thank you for sharing what you know about Shan, Daniel. We are proud to have such an outstanding staff. Daniel, thank you for your kind thoughts about myself as well. I am honored to have spoken with you and to know that you have been having a fantastic time throughout. It was an honor for me. Finally, your recommendation on Blue Lanka Tours is highly appreciated, Daniel. We truly hope you will visit our home again! Until then, take care and stay blessed! With Much Love & Big Respect Carol R Taylor
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Marie Becker wrote a review Jun 2022
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I had a fantastic time with my son in Sri Lanka. He booked a multiple-days cultural tour with Blue Lanka who programmed for us a well organised tour around the country. We visited Anuradhapura, Sigiriya / Dambulla, Kandy, Galles and Colombo. All the activities were really great ! Our trip was very smooth, we had no problems at all getting petrol and driving/walking around. The current protests are aimed towards politicians. We, as visitors/ tourists, we had no concerns at all. Everyone were very welcoming towards us. Sri Lanka was a big surprise for me. The country has so much to offer and the people are so friendly. My best experience is the Sirigira. I would never have imagined I could climb 1202 steps to the top. But this is thanks to our tour guide Shan who helped up!!! He also invited us to taste some local fruits. I discovered the lovely sweet and sour taste of the mongoostin and the unbelievable texture and luscious taste of the durian. But beware, do not eat it in the car! Shan was the best guide we could get. He helped me in so many ways, so a big thank you to him. He is a really nice person and will take good care of you !
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from Carol_R_Tay, General Manager at Blue Lanka Tours
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dearest Marie, Well wishes and regards from Blue Lanka Tours! Thank you for taking the time to drop us a review on the TripAdvisor platform. Marie, first and foremost, THANK YOU FOR VISITING SRI LANKA. Despite the fact that the news has been so ambiguous and questionable, you and Daniel have decided to travel to our nation and see for yourselves. The country's current position is due to a shortage of foreign currency, Marie your contribution will only help our home have some hope. As a result, I am extremely thankful for your decision to visit Sri Lanka. Next, allow me to thank you for all your thoughts shared here. You truly cannot imagine how much this review means to us. Nimesha worked tirelessly to ensure you had the best itinerary when in Sri Lanka. She was always in contact and made sure you had the best excursions and activities. We're delighted to hear you had a positive experience with us. Despite the fact that things are tough in Sri Lanka, we constantly attempt to make ends meet, and the entire crew works diligently to obtain fuel. Furthermore, tourism officials have made certain that tourists are never inconvenienced. Your feedback is the finest evidence to show any potential traveller that Sri Lanka is a secure and hassle-free location. Sri Lanka is truly a happy place! We can only offer you our honest smiles and efforts. We are thrilled you liked Sigiriya, which was recognized as the World's 8th Wonder and is absolutely amazing! Mangosteen and Durians are two of our particular favourites. Sri Lanka is abundant with delicious fruits, and we are delighted you were able to sample a couple. Speaking about Shan, he is a true friend in need who will go out of his way to assist you and ensure you have the finest experience possible with Blue Lanka Tours. He has always been praised for his exceptional compassion and ability to connect with his clientele. Shan is one of our senior guides, and we are proud of him. Marie, I hope you will return to our lovely island on another bright and sunny day! Blue Lanka Tours was honoured to be your travel companion, and the entire crew appreciates you for selecting Blue Lanka Tours! With Much Love & Big Respect Carol R Taylor
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Arie wrote a review May 2022
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My experience in Sri Lanka via Blue Lanka Tours was fascinating, thorough, and memorable! Carol was consistently extremely helpful and attentive from the planning stages of my adventure through its entirety. Sarath, my guide, was everything that a guide should be: incredibly knowledgeable about his country, always on time and attentive to detail, kind, and finding that balance between knowing when to guide and when to give space so that I could appreciate each experience. Sarath is a top notch guide!! Sri Lanka has everything! The people are just nice! (Even outside the tourism sector); There are deeply rooted traditions and a diversity of cultures; the wildlife is amazing; there are the UNESCO heritage sites/archeological history; the food is really good; and as an island country Sri Lanka has the ocean too! I’ve traveled all over the planet and thus can say that most countries don’t have all of these experiences to offer. Sri Lanka is definitely a return destination. As someone who usually plans adventures by myself and mostly does not utilize tour operators, I am glad that I chose Blue Lanka Tours. They are attentive to detail, efficient but not pushy, and attuned to individual needs. I will utilize the services of Blue Lanka Tours when I return to Sri Lanka, and without hesitation would recommend them to anyone else. Thank you Carol and Sarath for making my Sri Lanka experience one of those adventures that I’m still talking about!!!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Carol_R_Tay, General Manager at Blue Lanka Tours
Responded May 23, 2022
Dearest Arie, Warm regards and well wishes from Blue Lanka Tours. Thank you for taking time to review us on TripAdvisor! Arie, what an amazing reveiw! Thank you for your thoughtful words put in here to acknowledge Blue Lanka Tours efforts. We are absolutely honored and more to have you in Sri Lanka and to have given you this one in a lifetime experience. I could not forget our first point of contact and taking on your enquiry. It was nothing but a great conversation and I loved planning every single details of your tour. Impatiently did we wait for you , and when assigning Sarath I had all the confidence to know that he will give you the best guided experince as well. On that note, thank you for sharing your words on Sarath and acknowledging his service. Sarath is a senior and carries expertise that comes with experince. He is well mannered and like you very correctly said, always works in a very professional and timely manner. He is in fact top notch ( to out in your words) and an amazing guide who has been with Blue Lanka Tours and we really appreciate what he brings to our table. Sarath joins me in thanking you Arie for your beautiful reveiw here. About Sri Lanka - a perfectly splendid destination! We couldn't be more blessed to have been born and raised in our home. Arie, as you are aware, our country is going through a tough time however, thanks to clients like you who bring the much needed foreign currency to our country, we are battling our way out of these troubled times. So a big thank you and salute to you, for choosing to travel to our home Arie and for sharing such descriptions about my home. Sri Lanka is a truly a gem and its uniqueness still remain unharmed and everything astounding. Finally, thank you for your description about Blue Lanka Tours and the recommendation! Arie, you are the best for recognising the details of our service and taking your time to arculate them here in a review. The team works tirelessly through the days. There is not a day that goes by where they do not commit to work. We are truly blessed to have clints like yourselves choosing to travel with us and recommending our services. This gives us the muscle to ride this tough wave and hope for brighter days. I am truly looking forward to see you again in my homeland Arie. 'Till we meet again, wishing you nothing but the best life has to offer. with BIG RESPECT & MUCH LOVE Carol R Taylor
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