We found the contact of Tour Advisor on the net and didn't know what to expect. However the service was excellent, starting from prompt replies to my emails and accommodating our every request. They are conveniently located in the arrival lounge of Mattala Airport. From Tour Advisor we've rented a car without a driver (which doesn't seem to be very easy in Sri Lanka, as everyone is pushing to include the driver into the deal). We've travelled to Arugam Bay on the East Coast and then further up north the coast. This part of Sri Lanka is still unspoiled by mass tourism and having a car was essential for our individual explorations of the beaches, temples and archeological sites. Roads are surprisingly good, driving was no hassle.
Nandika from Tour Advisor also organized the last part of our trip with the stay in Tissa's Lake View Cottage and visit to Yala National park. Lake View Cottage is a secluded villa on the shores of the artificial TissaWewa lake. It's a nature lovers and bird watchers paradise: just watching the lake from the terrace I've counted at least 12 species of different birds! English speaking staff is extremely courteous and accommodating, food is excellent, prices very reasonable. Room with A/C was the best we had during our stay in Sri Lanka. Our visit to Yala Park was excellent, we had an excellent driver/tracker and in our half day trip we've managed to see most of the animals, including leopards. We were told that the agency organizes two day/one night stay in the park with the overnight in tree houses - this is what we will be doing next!
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