Me and a friend went around Sri Lanka with Ramesh in May for 6 days. He is such a considerate thoughtful guide. He took us to local food, introduce us to local festival, and his safe driving and tips on how to save unnecessarily costs. He remembers all our silly request like regular toilet breaks, charging our local data, skipping gift shops, and amazing hostel (treehouse!) We really feel at home with him. Thank you for the amazing time in Sri Lanka and we promised to visit him again on the beach side. A big thank you to Ramesh!
We used Royal island tours for our honeymoon in Sri Lanka. We contacted Ramesh before we left Ireland and gave him our itinerary of where we were staying. Within a day Rama sent on a full tour itinerary of what we could do in Sri Lanka. He had everything mapped out to perfection and I didnt have to worry about organising anything as Ramesh had done all of the hard work for me. We just had to turn up at the airport and Ramesh took it from there. I cannot speak highly enough of Ramesh and Royal island tours. Everything was perfect and we just about travelled the entire country with him. The car was spotless (Ramesh doesnt like dirt ha). There are a lot of crazy drivers in Sri Lanka but I always felt safe in this car. He knows everything about Sri Lanka, I mean everything. All of the trips we went on he knew all of the tips and tricks. Things like getting the best view or beating the crowds. Everything about our two weeks in Sri Lanka was amazing and we loved every second of the trip. Ramesh is an absolute gentleman and we got to know him so well. By complete chance we got to meet his family before we left :) they are the nicest people. It was the best experience ever. We will look forward to seeing Ramesh in Ireland in the near future.
Ramesh has help us a lot from the begging organizing the plan so we could get the most of our days there. During the whole time he explains you everything about Sri Lanka and the culture, and he knows the best places. I highly recommend everyone to hire Ramesh if they are going to visit Sri Lanka.
Booked with Royal Island Tours well in advance of our visit as I wanted to work out an itinerary with Ramesh, who has six years of experience as a tour guide. He was very helpful in re-organizing my suggestions, based on travel times and features of the places we wanted to visit and we sorted out an itinerary and price before we arrived.The car we travelled in was a comfortable and very quiet Toyota. It is not easy getting past tuk-tuks and buses etc on the narrow roads of Sri Lanka, but Ramesh gave us a smooth ride that wasnt too hair-raising!It takes a long time to travel anywhere in Sri Lanka, due to the traffic congestion in cities and the slow vehicles littering the narrow roads. We tried using Negombo as our base but, really, we would have done better to use Ramesh to build a weeks itinerary travelling round the mid-west to south of the island and staying at different hotels. Ramesh was always able to offer suggested restaurants to eat at, all of which were good, as well as a convenient place to rent snorkeling gear when we wanted to swim with coral fish and turtles. The only reason Im deducting a star is that Ramesh, like most tour operators, preferred to take us to tourist places which Im pretty sure offered him a commission. There were also a couple of times when he said he would wait for us at a certain spot but wasnt there as we expected, needing a quick phone call to summon him.Overall we liked Ramesh and were grateful for his friendly advice/experience.
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