I have been travelling for over 7 months in Asia and this is the first time I feel the need to warn other travellers for some lies en hassles I have experienced.
It happened in Tissamaharama where, of course, I was heading because of Yala. I came from the bus from Arugam Bay. Knowing that there were touts who would board the bus, I was prepared for saying "no".
When I got of the bus there was a guy (his name is Nilanga I found out) who said he was the owner of a cheap guesthouse in town. I didn't wanted to go to this guesthouse because I had already a guesthouse in mind that I wanted to check out. He said he would bring me there with his jeep for 50 rupees.
I agreed and he brought me to the guesthouse which was way to expensive. So i decided to check another one (and Nilanga brought me there) but this was also to expensive for me. Meanwhile Nilanga was chatting my ears of about how important it is to be honest to tourist and that he was only interested in selling me a safari (that sounded honest).
So after 2 guesthouses I decided to go with him to his guesthouse. He said he was in the Lonely Planet guide and the guesthouse name was Travellers Home. The room was okay for 800 ruppees so I checked in.
But I found all he did was lying.
First: the guesthouse name was Independent Traveller's Inn and NOT Travellers Home (he was just hanging a new sign he said....)
Second: The safari was way to expensive. But you will get approached by "other" touts who will have suddenly even higher prices. Of course Nilanga said that he didn't know the other touts, but all my moves were followed in the town by cooperating guys so that I didn't book a safari somewhere else.
To make the story even better: every time (3 times) is came near the REAL Travellers Home, some guys of my guesthouse "suddenly" showed up, asking me where I was going...
I found out he was lying and confronted Nilanga with this. As a response he lied even more about that Traveller's Home had the same name blablabla
Guys, stay away from this lying Nilanga and his fake guesthouse "Independent Traveller's Inn". It's okay to make a lot of money from tourist but guys who keep on lying don't deserve our money.
See this webpage for the same kind of story:
So when you go to Tissa check if the guesthouse is the one it says and DON'T go to Independent Traveller's Inn
(adress of this fake is: No 71 Helambagaswala, Tissamaharama)