Average of 24 Ratings: 5 stars

Such a wonderful journey!

Thank you very much, Dinesh!! We spent 12 wonderful days driving around with you. You are a great guide and a very careful driver. As you speak very well English and took care of everything and driving us to very nice places. It’s was just like traveling with a friend making us discovering his own country avoiding tourist traps. See you !!

Gean Luc.,

They are simply amazing !!!

They are simply amazing !!! Budhdhi Pasan, and his tour company makes a point of taking care of you as if you where family. Showing you of the beating track places, helping you with bartering and buying things and taking you to great places to eat, which are not tourist orientated. With Charming tours, you get to see authentic Sri Lanka. Great quality of service for the money invested! Simply wonderful

Mario Medalion Serrano.,

we loved our time

we loved our time with Nadun, the best person you could have in beautiful Sri Lanka.. when we return it will only be when he can take us on our adventures again. Cheers Budhhdi, hopefully we will see you soon!!

Nicky Kidd

The best Guide and driver we ever had!

The best Guide and driver we ever had! Such a nice and friendly person. He helps you with everything you can imagine. Our son is still talking about his friend Dinesh! There is nobody else we would like to recommend as much as Dinesh.

Veerle Van Heyste

We had the most remarkable

We had the most remarkable family tour with Watching Lanka team. Not only everything was perfect, but we felt, in every instance, that our guides and our gulet crew truly cared about us, both the kids and adults and did their best to make this trip memorable. For our well-traveled children (aged 9 and 6) this definitely has become the most eye-opening, adventurous, and stunning journey of their life – something they will remember, draw upon, and cherish for many years to come. For adults, we were pleasantly surprised by the diversity of our trip: from Neolithic archaeological sites to medieval castles, from swimming to get Obsidian to talks on board of our wonderful gulet, from ever-changing and filled with surprises meals offered on board to culinary experiences on the shore, every island and every new activity offered new experiences. We definitely will be back!

Ilya Strebulaev,

The holiday of a lifetime

The holiday of a lifetime – our gulet adventure in the Mirissa was without a doubt our favorite family trip. The comfort and beauty of the place, the incredibly caring crew, the delicious food, the history we learned from our competent and friendly leader, along with the stunning beauty of the islands. Swimming in the most gorgeous coasts, kayaking on crystal blue waters, hiking around ruins and into small remote villages and relaxing on the boat… it was the best trip ever.

Suzy Lautze, Oregon, USA

Our trip was everything and

Our trip was everything and more than expected. It lived up to the Watching Lanka emphasis on culture, history, archaeology, comfort, and camaraderie. Exceptional guides attended to each guest’s interests and needs and were exceptional hosts. Very enjoyable were swimming in secluded bays, the wonderful food quality and selection and the sites visited on many islands. It was all one could hope for and a strong inducement to do another PST adventure very soon.

Brian Thiel, Virginia, USA

What a wonderful experience! The

What a wonderful experience! The two tour leaders who were archaeologists enthralled us with the history of Sri Lanka. The food was bountiful. On the boat, the meals were wholesome and delicious. We were treated to wonderful meals on the Islands that let us sample each Island’s specialty. There was free time on each of the Islands that allowed for shopping, exploring or sitting around watching island life sipping a drink! The accommodation on the Mirissa was more than adequate with rooms being serviced every day. There was ample deck space to lounge, reading or talking. The staff on the Watching Lanka were lovely and attentive. Excellent.

Janet Callaghan, WA, Australia

Watching Lanka runs a highly

Watching Lanka runs a highly professional organization. From his brochure to drop off at the airport to fly home his attention to detail and his consideration for his clients is superb. The archaeologists he uses as guides are erudite but highly personable and have an ability to turn a pile of stones into a recreation of the lives of the people who lived there over two millennia ago. Excellent.

Adrien Gordon, Christchurch, New Zealand

This was our fourth trip

This was our fourth trip with Watching Lanka Travels and it lived up to our very high expectations. It was a wonderfully organized trip with beautiful cruising and swimming spots, great hikes, and fascinating lectures on the region and history. The ship was beautiful, comfortable, and excellently crewed. The guide was wonderfully informed and participated enthusiastically in all the activities. A shout-out also to the local guides who each brought their own perspective. Excellent.

Jordana Wilson, DC, USA

This was the first time

This was the first time I had traveled with Watching Lanka. The company specializes in expert-led cultural and tours in Sri Lanka. Group numbers are small, accommodation comfortable and food excellent. The expert guide who accompanied us was outstanding – passionate, informative, engaging and entertaining. The itinerary was very well thought out, combining leisure time with activity and not-to-be-missed opportunities to swim in the Adriatic sea off Sri Lanka. The client is obviously at the heart of the itinerary planning, and attention to detail is second to none. I would highly recommend this company to anyone wanting a fun, relaxed, educational holiday with fine food – they will deliver!

Patricia Partridge, Isle of Wight, UK

Excellent. Our best tour operator

Excellent. Our best tour operator yet. The Watching Lanka was carefully thought through and well balanced. The trip represented great travel for the cost. Our booking was easy, the pre-information packet was timely and thorough. Interim questions were handled promptly and thoroughly, including going out of their way to help us with some hard to get reservations. The transfers were perfect and done with a high-class Mercedes vehicle. Everything worked like clockwork. However, it was the genius of the itinerary, coupled with our two passionate professionals, Dinesh and Budhdhi, that put this trip into the A-plus category.

Steve Scheid, CA, USA

A Gastronomic Tour Of Sri Lanka

My experience, a week-long tour of Athens, was superb. We saw not only the usual tourist sites but several that were certainly off the beaten track. The visits to the Whale Watching and the Turtle Watching, as well as several smaller ones, were fascinating. Museums can be overwhelming, but our guides pointed out the most significant items and explained their context and meaning. The organization of the tour and the accommodations were excellent and the meals, superb. Our 2 guides, both archaeologists, were enormously knowledgeable, did a wonderful job of sharing their knowledge, and were charming companions, as well.

Carol Clausen, USA

The boat was immaculate. All

The boat was immaculate. All of the staff were professional and very nice. On board, the archaeologist was very organized and always there for us if we had any questions. We always felt safe, well taken care of with a very friendly attitude from the crew while they showed us a great time, both fun and educational. Second time cruising with Watching Lanka Travels and we will definitely do it again. Excellent.

Kristin Winder, UT, USA

The combination of the archaeology,

The combination of the archaeology, the food and wine experiences, the swimming and the generally relaxed atmosphere made for a very enjoyable tour. There was a high attention to detail. Our main tour guide was very enthusiastic and highly qualified. Excellent.

Robert Parsons, Victoria, Australia

excellent. Watching Lanka tour leaders

excellent. Watching Lanka tour leaders are not only experts in their academic fields but are also masters at making the tours work smoothly and efficiently. The itineraries are excellent, both in terms of venues and in terms of the pace of the tour. The choices of accommodations and the dining locales never disappoint. My wife and I have done many tours with a variety of tour companies. Watching Lanka is definitely the best.

William Iams, Newfoundland, Canada

This was our second experience

This was our second experience with Watching Lanka Travels, following directly on their Exploring packages. As with the Watching Lanka, we are delighted to give Watching Lanka Travels an unqualified “excellent” rating on this tour. From initial contact to booking, to superb coordination by the tour organizers, the excellent knowledge and wonderful humor of our guides, and the selection of tour sites, the trip was organized and run smoothly and with the interests and comfort of the participants always kept in mind. They are by far the best tour operator we have traveled with.

Cheryl Masters, California, USA

We have enjoyed four previous

We have enjoyed four previous tours with Watching Lanka and we had been searching for a high quality, small group tour of Sri Lanka. Thus, when Watching Lanka offered the Exploring Udawalawa tour, we booked without hesitation. The main tour guide was Dinesh with whom we had toured twice before and whom we admired for all the reasons you get to “love” a fine tour guide. As usual with Watching Lanka the itinerary was varied and interesting. The food was always excellent and abundant. The accommodation was all very fine and, more importantly, uniquely charming – highlights of the trip in and of themselves. Our local guide was Nadun and she proved to be as knowledgeable and as caring and considerate as Heinrich. One could not possibly ask for two more wonderful tour guides. People who choose Watching Lanka archaeology-focused tours may be seen as at least a somewhat self-selected group and, thus, it is small wonder that our group was a “success” from the start – we met wonderful people, made new friends, and had fun exploring Sri Lanka with them. All or most of us were “alumni” of one or more previous Watching Lanka tours and that says a lot about the quality of the tours.

Russell Chapman, LA, USA

A superb week exploring Sri

A superb week exploring Sri Lanka. This was my first visit to Sri Lanka, and it was wonderful. We had a tour manager, an expert guide, and a local guide to take us around & show us the sites. The hotel was excellent, full of character, quiet & secluded. The itinerary was a great mix – awe-inspiring Imperial sites, and some more recent buildings, all presented in context with details of their long stories, some truly superb museums, and some more day-to-day places, such as Mirissa, all drawn together to provide a fascinating beach of Sri Lanka. We visited good restaurants, where we were guided & encouraged to sample local specialties. There was free time for us to see some essential sites independently, and there was guidance on how to use the free time we had. All in all a great week. Watching Lanka Travel are a provider who takes small groups on holidays that are primarily based on seeing look to ensure that you enjoy a place as much as possible: you always stay in hotels with character and eat the finest of local foods. I have now taken 14 holidays with them.

Jim Cleary, London, UK

This was a superb tour…

This was a superb tour… beautifully crafted, taking us through the long history of the island and traveling from the arid North to the green South. The accommodation was wonderful and the food/wine experiences truly memorable. Heinrich is not only a fount of knowledge but a wonderful host and has a great sense of humor. Dinesh and Budhdhi (the local guide) both went to great lengths to provide us with experiences much beyond expectations and I cannot thank them enough.

Ann Dewar, WA, Australia

The combination of cruising, walking

The combination of cruising, walking through fascinating archaeological sites, meeting friendly Sri Lankan villagers, swimming in warm clear waters and being fed delicious healthy Sri Lankan food in good company – is just a winner. It is the best holiday we have ever had. Many thanks for your meticulous attention to our comfort.

Suzie Allman, Roseville, NSW, Australia

When you sign up for

When you sign up for a Watching Lanka package you have to understand that just by the very nature of the trip, on Sri Lanka, you will not be traveling on a ‘luxurious’ cruise by the behemoth tour ships’ standards. But that is the true luxury of this type of trip. We went to places where no cruise ship could go, and because the groups are small, you have not herded around like a flock of sheep. The vistas and archaeological sights were breathtaking, the clear blue waters mesmerizing and the people and culture, enchanting. Best of all, you have a choice of participating in an activity, or just lying back and reading a book or swimming in crystal clear waters.

Lynne Redding, Pacific Palisades, CA, USA

The combination of our beautiful

The combination of our beautiful and a totally professional crew, a talented chef producing exquisite yet simple dishes, our lovely local guide and our scholar tour leader who led us into the magic of the ancient world with charm and humor was a rare privilege. We went to Mirissa to surf every day, when there was wind the sails went up and we gently sailed along the beautiful coastline. All the sites were fascinating… Every night one’s head was reeling with what one had seen and heard. What more can I say? I shall never forget it.

Katherine Wyld, West Sussex, UK

Wonderful holiday

Just wanted to say a sincere thank you for all that you did for our trip to horakatiya nature villa and camping side..

Naveesha Dulnji