Sigiriya Lion's Rock Fortress Day Tour and Village Experience from Colombo
This day has been a great adventure for me and my friend. Not only did we have a roadtrip with 2 of the most accommodating tour operators in Colombo, but we were also treated with the courteous professionalism which is such a big plus for us. Shashi (guide) and Jeewaka (driver) had ensured that we will get the most out of this package. They were very meticulous especially in choosing our licensed guide for the Sigiriya and the guide Raju did not disappoint. He made sure we get the minute details of the fortresse's history, he made sure to assist us in the steep stairs as they tend to be slippery, protected us from wild monkeys and most of all, took postcard like camera snapshots for us. The next was the immersive village experience. Everything that was discussed in the village itinerary was done. Again this was a plus for us as we got to ride a bullcart, rode a small catamaran boat with friendly guides who made lotus necklaces for us. Even though they don't speak english, we can feel that they want us to feel welcome and happy. :) we got to taste native curry prepared by one of their locals which was yum but spicy :) the ride home was 1 hour earlier. Thanks to the expertise of Shashi and Jeewaka in navigating the shortcut routes for us to be able to rest more before our flight tonight. Again, thank you guys! Hope to see you again next time
Shereen and Jeanielyn
I stayed in Negombo and it was quite a long trip to Nuwara Eliya. My driver/guide navigates the road expertly and I felt safe. The bottled water which is important for a travel this distance was forgotten until I asked for one during lunch. I was actually ticking the list as per the itinerary listed here but it wasn't exacty so. It is better that at least a day before, the tour operator should contact the traveller for a run down of the 2-day trip. Overall, I am still happy. Amazing views and a lovely breakfast in one of the tea estate which made up for the disappointing lunch on day one.
I was surprised that the cab driver reached well in advance to pick me from Taj Samudra. The scheduled start time was 6:00 am. However Laxman was there by 05:45 am waiting for me! We started the journey on time and reached Sigiriya. Through out the journey he arranged all the necessities for my comfort. I have been connected with a local guide in Sigiriya to take me to the top. He was also a nice person, who could handle English well. On our way back Laxman took me to Dambulla cave temple too. Superb experience Klook team. Thanks a lot! Many many thanks to Laxman, hope to see you again.
Definitely worthy to pay a visit to Lion Rock Fortress, despite it took more than 3.5 hours from Colombo. The local village experience was very good as the lady was very nice to showed how she made a traditional local food. The local agent, operator Ms Shashika and our driver Mr Shantha were very helpful!
Colombo street food can be a bit a mystery to outsiders. But once you know where to look, it's a very savoury and unique cuisine built from some many cultures. The tour lets try the best local treats and entrees without worry. The operator is VERY helpful...willing to customise for any request so you can learn as much as possible about the culture and cuisine. I can't recommend this tour enough to friends travelling the Sri Lanka for the first time. Amazing tour with a local.
My guide Christopher was really knowledgeable and shared many local insights with me about the place and Sri Lanka. The only thing was that the communication between the agent and the guide could be better on the itinerary and what is included in the package. Thankfully, Christopher was flexible and accommodated. He even introduced sights and brought me to see things beyond in Kandy.