We had a superb 1 week trip to Sri Lanka consisting of 1 night in Colombo followed by 5 nights organized by Linton, the proprietor of the Blue Haven Guest House. We rounded the trip off with a few days on the beach in Bentota. We booked the hotel in Colombo and Bentota, but everything else was arranged by Linton & his driver Praba. Im sure they could have arranged this for us had we asked.
First of all, the Blue Haven Guest House is a real gem set high in the hills of Kandy. It’s just perfect for those who are looking to avoid impersonal big hotels, and who want to embrace the local culture and beautiful country side. We stayed in a nice clean room with a balcony which had the most stunning view. Most people were staying for a night or two before setting off on their Sri Lankan adventure either organized by themselves or Linton. We ate both breakfast and dinner here- breakfast was ok, dinner was excellent.
In terms of the tour itself, the itinerary that was planned out for us was excellent. We are so happy that we enlisted the help of these guys because we could never have covered as much ground and experienced so many wonders in the time we had by ourselves. A very special mention has to go to our driver and guide Praba, who took such excellent care of us throughout our trip- stopping for pictures, pointing out interesting things along the way, finding beer for my other half in the most remote places, seeking out local delights, arranging everything in between and just being great company for the 4 days.
Praba was exactly what we were looking for- a local, with a car, with great knowledge and experience, who knew where to find the best curry & rice! He is an absolute credit to Linton and he made our trip so memorable. There were no questions he couldn’t answer and we would highly recommend him for anyone looking for a genuinely nice guy to show them around his country. Having a national guide is not necessary, just ask for Praba and you'll be sorted!
Our itinerary consisted of- Kandy, Adams Peak, Ela and Yala, taking in such beautiful landscapes and quaint little towns along the way. Activities we enjoyed were- elephant orphanage, tea plantation, gemstone factory, climbed Adam’s Peak, herbal and spice garden, botanic gardens, temple of the tooth and probably lots more that I cant remember. In short, if you’re looking for a truly authentic experience in Sri Lanka, look no further than having Linton organize your trip and please request Praba as your driver/ guide.
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