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About Splendour Tours
At Splendour tours, we excel at helping you get your vacation planned.Splendour tours is a Sri Lankan based specialist Travel help line that assists incoming tourists. We take care of you from arrival to departure and ensure that you enjoy your holiday. Our private tours operate from Colombo and the beach resorts from Negombo in the North to Bentota in the South. We will pick you up from your hotel and return you to your hotel at the end of the tour. Each itinerary we offer can be adjusted to focus on your particular areas of interest and the time you have available.
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jackw53 wrote a review Jan 2019
London, United Kingdom435 contributions98 helpful votes
First let me comment on the review posted here by Phillie P. i strongly suspect this is another company as Himal who is the owner of Splendour Tours would rather die than produce this level of service. He and his guides are 100% professionals in everything they do.My wife and I have used Splendour Tours before so we know that the service is going to be excellent and this time was no difference. At very short notice they organised a 3 day trip for us to Ella and Udawalla complete with accommodation and visits to places on route. Ella has some well known landmarks such as the "mini Adams Peak" - stunning scenery; the 9 arch bridge - exciting trip to get to a view point but well worth the effort. The Rawana Waterfall is breathtaking in its majesty. After this we were off to Udawalla and staying the night at the newly opened Centauria Wild Hotel and its 5 star service with again amazing views from our balcony. An afternoon safari in the Udawalla national park with a driver whom we called the "birdman" of Udawalla - there was nothing he did not know about the many birds we saw as well as the elephants, deer, crocodiles and water buffalo. The last day saw us visit the Elephant Transit Home to see the recently released animals coming in to feed. on our way back to the city we stopped off at a local gem mine which was literally in the process of being dug out. It was interesting to see the basic methods employed by the miners to dig down some 30 meters to get at the gem producing clay. Not only was the trip organised so as to take full advantage of the time we had but also the guides who accompanied us were outstanding both in their local knowledge as well as their driving skills in some very tricky mountain roads as well as the "normal" Sri Lankan traffic. To Himal the owner of Splendour Tours and his Staff a great big thank you for a memorable trip.
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Phillie P wrote a review May 2018
London, United Kingdom35 contributions17 helpful votes
We asked to go on a tour to the elephant orphanage and Kandy with a few stops in between. Well it did not happen and it was the most boring and worst trip ever in life fe to experience. The driver didn’t speak the entire 8 hours we were in the car going to the orphanage and back to the hotel. He explained absolutely nothing to us whatsoever. The restaurant/ hotel we went to overcharged us for food and it was freezing cold. The driver didn’t even help translate to the hotel about the food and they laughed in our face. I do not recommend them as when we complained to the agent he did nothing about it and we were charged an arm and a leg for a trip that was a waste. I was so disappointed and disgusted with the treatment we received. DO NOT USE THE HOTEL TOURIST AGENT IN THE HOTEL OF THE BLUE WATER. This agent is rubbish and a ripoff If you want a trip where you get information look for Sumi on the beach and tell him Phillie and Duane sent you. If you would like his information contact me.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from HimalwithSplendour, Owner at Splendour Tours
Responded Jun 7, 2018
Mr.Phillie, First of all I need to explain in all TripAdvisor travel members, I'm sorry for the late reply and actually stay in out of the country very short period. Im himal Manging Director in Splendour tours company. When the tourist people come to visit srilanka I will personally go to the airport or hotels and welcome them. You can double check with my previous tourist clients. Mr. phillie try to be professional. Im not meeting you and not arrange the tour for yourself.Please double check before you entered as your review in Tripadvisor network.Im not dealing with you and please correct it as soon as possible. We have professional friendly tour guides and luxury vehicles in your vacations. everybody knows about that. Please corporate in this regards, Himal
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Dairne wrote a review Feb 2018
Beijing8 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a fantastic trip to Sri Lanka and it was mainly due to the great organisation and care of the people at Splendour Tours. Himal helped organise our itinerary and overall trip and he was very open to any suggested changes we had. Manoj and Lalit were our Guide and Driver and they looked after us fantastically well - translating, inquiring, helping us comprehend the underlying cultural values and explaining the significance of different places. Highlights were the Yala National Park (saw a Leopard, a Bear, many Elephants and their comical youngsters, buffalo, deer, peacocks, mongooses, pigs and colourful birds); Sigiriya with all its amazing history and engineering highlights, Galle and its fort, the lovely beaches and amazing sunsets and the wonderful temperatures. To all - thoroughly recommend touring Sri Lanka and seeing the sights and meeting the friendly people, using Splendour Tours as guides to get you around the country. February was a great time to visit!
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Date of experience: February 2018
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lucafitzpatrick wrote a review Feb 2018
Beijing3 contributions
Splendid guide and driver. Manoj was very fluent in English, caring, kind, humorous and very knowledgeable. Great place to visit, took us on a tour that took us to all the prime locations, giving us a taste of all the different aspects of Sri Lanka. Started busy and ended on some relaxed days at the beach. Perfect lay out. Supplied us with everything we needed. PErfect way to view the country, 10/10, would recommend for families, couples, single people. Any age range. -Luca Anderson Fitzpatrick
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Date of experience: February 2018
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jackw53 wrote a review Apr 2017
London, United Kingdom435 contributions98 helpful votes
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Having used Splendour Tours previously it was an obvious choice for our second visit to Sri Lanka. The service they provide is not only bespoke to the client it inevitably allows the visitor to get under the skin of the local colour and traditions. This time we have taken out 2 tours each of 3 days with ST - on down to Yala and the other up to Polonnaruva and Sigiriya. Each trip took in many other side trips which in total gave our party of 5 some lifetime memories of Sri Lanka and its culture, People and Scenery as well as its History. Highlights of the trips are difficult, there are so many, from the wild animals of Yala, The Whale and Dolphiins of Mirrisa, the Elephant Herds of the Minneriya National Park to the amazing ruins of Sigriya and Polonnarruwa showing ancient civilisations who were so very much advanced in their building and way of life. This review would NOT be complete without mention of the tour guide and driver who were nothing short of outstanding in ensuring we got the maximum out of both trips (very well done Manoj and Iroz). Finally a sincere thanks to Himal the owner of ST whose guiding hand was always just a text away and who now has become a firm friend of the whole party.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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