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Thush Tours Sri Lanka

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Bentota, Sri Lanka
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About Thush Tours Sri Lanka
Am a Sri Lankan tourist board approved licensed tour guide, more than a guide a typical tropical guy who born and raised in the splendid Sri Lankan sea, Lagoon, river city Bentota. Since my child hood I have roamed in every nock and conner of this country. Nature motivated me to become a tours guide,
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Peter Pandiani wrote a review Mar 2020
Canton of Zurich, Switzerland14 contributions
From the 7th to the 13th we travelled with Thush as our very good driver in his car from Bentota to Sigiriya - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Ella - Udawalawa National Park - Bentota. We visited all the very interesting sites and temples and undertook various hikes, including a 3.5 hour hike on the Horton plains near Nuwara Eliya. Thush is a very competent and friendly travel guide, who organised this round trip for us. His information about the places we visited was very valuable. As a highlight we were invited to have supper with his family and this gave as an excellent insight into the living conditions and very tasty home made food in Sri Lanka. We can recommend Thush Travel and Thush as an excellent travel guide.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Hayley S wrote a review Jan 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom5 contributions
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Having already done a trip with Thush we knew what to expect and he didnt disappoint - reliable and helpful at all times. We booked with Thush to go do a jeep safari at Udawalawe. He had it all organised all we had to do was get in his car whilst he drove at 5am. Upon getting to Udawalawe car park we spent some time at the Orphanage (included in thushs price of $200 for 2 from bentota area) we arrived just in time for feeding and what a site it was! Interesting yet hilariously funny at the same time. There is also a small information centre which gives a brief history. After we proceeded onto the jeep safari which we had to ourselves as supplied by Thush. It was only supposed to be for 2 hrs but we ended up spending over 3! We saw plenty of animals from birds, monkeys and buffalo and of course lots of elephants. Fortunate enough at the end to see a heard of around 10 including a calf. We sat and watched in amazement! Id highly recommend booking this with Thush. Of course it is warm in the park so be prepared! On our final day we really wanted to do Paramotoring at Bentota, Thush again took us there from hotel and discussed price with the company, unfortunately its fixed at $50per(9000lkr) person for 12minutes, expensive but the views and adrenaline rush are most definitely worth it and what a way to round off holiday! (Side note - when paying in $ they only accept $50 as smallest at most places as they cant exchange) Thush as a guide was good, kind and considerate and to be honest I wouldnt waste your time looking anywhere else. Book Tush Tours Sri Lanka! You won't regret it.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Scott M wrote a review Jan 2020
Glasgow, United Kingdom13 contributions1 helpful vote
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Having started planning activites before our arrival in Sri Lanka, i came across Thush and his good reviews on trip advisor. I emailed him thusharahettigoda@yahoo.com to get quotes for 2people for Galle (70usd) and Kandy (200USD) and Udawalle (200USD) all day trips from bentota area. He was good at replying at his earliest opportunity. Tour1) Galle We arranged to meet Thush at Pandanus Beach hotel on the Sunday to go Galle at 8am, he was waiting promptly outside in his hybrid Honda vehicle - clean and spacious. (Fully aircondidtioned but not enough for a Scottish couple not yet acclimatised to Sri Lanka!) 2hr drive to Galle,on way we stopped off at Turtle Sanctuary which was amazing! Seeing the development from newly born to turtles that have been hurt at sea. Also getting to hold! From there we drove to the Moonstone mine which was interesting to see and beautiful stones- albeit the inevitable pull to purchase! After that we drove past tsunami village enroute to galle where Thush kindly let us try Coconut water! At Galle we were shown around the fort where Thush explained the history and then allowed to walk ourselves and take in the views. After wemeet up again with Thush for lunch - tourist prices at main restaurants! We paid 2500lkr for 2 club sandwiches. After lunch we continued round to lighthouse and Galle city. Thush had also arranged river safari which for me was the highlight of the day. Visiting a friend and local family of thush we were on water for nearly 2hrs! We saw many different species including eagles and crocodiles topped off with a beautiful sunset! Tour2) Kandy We met Thush at hotel reception at a early 5am! It was a long 4hr drive to Kandy with some crazy driving from locals - but with Thush his driving was brilliant and making us feel safe. We brought breakfast from hotel and slept in car. Kandy - Extremely busy and hectic city! We visited Temple of Tooth where Thush tried to explain everything and we seen the relic (just) as it was VERY crowded. From this point of view it felt slightly rushed. I was expecting more similar to Thailand with more temples. After we visited Gem Museum, similar to moonstone mine we had an interesting documentary to watch and a tour around the workshop with some beautiful jewelry, unfortunately slightly pushy to try make purchase. But interesting enough. After we took lunch just upstairs in local restaurant- curry, pasta, drinks and icecream for a reasonable 2500lkr (£13) From there we went to Botanic Gardens which was stunning, Thush paid entrance fee and allowed us to walk freely. Approx 45mins seeing Bats, lizards and lots of MONKEYS! Finally we visited tea plantation which was very interesting and we got tea and cake after! Then long drive back to bentota. Overall a good 2 tours with Thush who was very pleasant to be around, next we go to Udawale Safari and Paramotoring and will update!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Tom Hutchinson wrote a review Oct 2019
Sheffield, United Kingdom11 contributions1 helpful vote
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Now we’ve finished the Sri Lankan leg of our Tour, here’s the review, following on from @HGHutchinson for the final few days with Thush Tours Sri Lanka... On Tuesday we had planned to do the Village Tour, including the River Safari, between 2pm-6pm. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t good enough to do the boat tour, but Thush still took us to the local market and, as I said I wanted to buy some souvenirs, he recommended a local Mask museum where they sell carved wooden ornaments and all sorts of trinkets and we were able to get everything we were looking for. After this, Thush took us to the Royal Buddhist Temple, a beautiful and tranquil place of which he was very proud of - many of the trees had actually been planted by Thush himself! We were honored to then be invited for tea and Sri Lankan desserts at Thush’s home, where we also met his wonderful family. On Wednesday we were picked up at 5am and driven to Mirissa to go Whale Watching. The boat departed at 7am and shortly after we were given sandwiches and drinks - this was all included in the price quoted by Thush. The crew explained that it can sometimes take a few hours before they find the whales, but there are multiple whale watching boats that call eachother when some have been located, so we felt optimistic. Although we didn’t see any Blue Whales, we did see a Manta Ray, plenty of flying fish and rare Short Finned Pilot Whales. The boat trip was longer than we expected, however, Thush still wanted to make sure we got to do everything we planned. The next stop was the Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala) - this is definitely worth a visit - the staff were very knowledgeable and it was great to see the amazing things they were doing to save injured Turtles - some were even waiting for prosthetic limbs! Thush then drove us to Galle to see the old Dutch Fort - this really was a beautiful place, we didn’t stay for long as we wanted to get back to Bentota for the River Safari but you could easily spend a full day here, taking tours of the area and looking in all the shops. We took the River Safari at 4pm and we were on the river for at least an hour and a half (we could have stayed out longer but we had other arrangements). Although we didn’t see any Crocodiles, the scenery was amazing and we saw many species of bird, including Sea Eagles, Fruit Bats, Monkeys and Water Monitors. Thush then arranged a ride on one of Sri Lanka’s old cart systems (a cow and carriage!) through the village which was a nice way to end the day as many of the villagers came out their houses to wave as we rode past. Thush then drove us back to our hotel for the final time and even parked up his car and waited so he could wave us off as we went on our hotel boat across the river. We’d had such an amazing week in Sri Lanka and a large part of it was because of the 4 days we’d spent with Thush. We hope to return to Sri Lanka in the future and, if so, we will be sure to use Thush Tours again.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Hayley Hutchinson wrote a review Oct 2019
Sheffield, United Kingdom24 contributions6 helpful votes
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What a fantastic tour guide! If you’re looking for a genuine Sri Lankan experience, make sure you book your tours with Thush. After reading his amazing reviews we decided to book our tours with Thush and, from the first email we received from him to our final goodbye, Thush did everything he could to make our time in Sri Lanka unforgettable. We booked a week in Sri Lanka, staying at the Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa in Bentota, and wanted to do as many activities as we could before moving on to the Maldives. When you contact Thush to discuss the activities, he doesn’t just deliver you the tour you’ve asked for, he makes suggestions of all the places he can take you on the way their or back. His prices are extremely reasonable, especially considering that they have few highways, so journeys often involve driving through many villages. Plus, the price he quotes are inclusive of all entrance fees and he takes care of all payments throughout the day. On Saturday, our first full day in Sri Lanka, we had organised White Water Rafting and was picked up from our hotel by Thush in a new, clean, air conditioned, hybrid car at 7.30am and he then drove us to Kitulgala. Anyone who has been to Sri Lanka will tell you that the roads are absolute chaos, but we felt safe at all times when Thush was driving and we trusted him completely. When we got to Kitulgala, Thush arranged a very good instructor - we were told that some of the companies/instructors don’t go very far up the river, but this guide drove us further into the hills on his Tuc Tuc so we could make the most of the experience. It was only the guide, my husband and myself in the raft, we didn’t have to share with any other groups which was a really nice touch and it made the experience even more special. The scenery was amazing and we had so much fun. We were even able to get out of the raft and float down some of the rapids - this was an experience in itself. After the rafting, Thush showed us a lovely restaurant overlooking the river - the staff were very welcoming and it was a lovely end to the rafting experience. Throughout our tour Thrush did everything he could to make it extra special, even taking the time to pull the car over to show us an old footbridge which was high above the river. We then went on a short walk and he pointed out lots of different plants and wildlife along the way. On the way back to the hotel we then called to a cafe for some tea and drove back to the hotel for 5.30pm. On Monday we arranged a trip to Udawalawa National Park, we got picked up at 5.15am and arrived at the Elephant Orphanage at 8.30am (we were advised that the morning was the best time to see a lot of the wildlife in the park and it would give us an extra hour on the safari in comparison to some of the other tours). We had a drink in a cafe and waited until 9am where we watched the baby Elephants being fed. This was an amazing experience - highly recommended. We then introduced to our safari tour guide, Neel’s Udawalawa tours, who took us on a private safari tour of the park in a very comfortable open top 4x4. Neel knew the park and the different types of animals like the back of his hand, every few minutes he would point out something new - he even spotted a chameleon in a tree! He gave us the opportunity to take photos and watch - we never felt rushed. This was a truly amazing tour, the list of things we saw was endless, the Elephants came really close to our 4x4, we saw Crocodiles, Water Buffalo and many different species of bird. On the way back, Thush took us to the Moonstone Mine, where a guide showed us everything from the mine itself to the jewellery they made, and then we were driven back to our hotel by 6pm. We had also arranged a village tour and Whale Watching through Thush - more reviews to follow!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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