Replies: 13 - Last Post: Nov 29, 2012 9:36 AM Last Post By: nd2
Nov 20, 2012 1:04 AM
Tour prices?I've received several quotes for a 10 day trip to Sri Lanka at the end of December for a family of four (2 young teens & 2 adults) Every company I have contacted has the same tour agenda give or take a few side trips or different hotels. The part that is odd is that I'm getting quotes from $1,900 USD for all four of us, hotels and breakfast included. To the latest quote of $1,200 USD per person for the 10 days, a bit better hotel selection but nothing great or five star. What seems to be a good price for a typical 10 day trip driving around country? I've never used a travel agency or tour guide before so this is all new for me and a bit discouraging, I feel like I'm planning the 'tourist' bus trip of Sri Lanka. My family really isn't into the whole tourist trap site visit, we like off the beaten path and have always traveled like this. I'm thinking about hanging up our Sri Lankan visit plan. Any words of wisdom or tips would be lovely.
Nov 20, 2012 1:33 AM
Nov 20, 2012 1:50 AM
A lot of hotels now are trying to get all on a full to half board basis where you do not get a chance to see around or too tired if your schedule is very tight. Try to go B and B and then decide on day if you want to eat in hotel.
A driver is needed for the cultural triangle to kandy.
A driver is the easist way to get around but you should also experience a train ride also.Nuwa Eliyia to Ella is very scenic part of the journey and you can arrange driver to meet you at the end.
If you are clear with the tour guide about taking you to gem shops spice gardens etc then he won't try it on. A lot of drivers are wising up that tourists are not all into shopping.
It is best to come to SL now as prices are just going to keep going up.
If you like off the beaten track the Knuckles Range is a great place that is completely untouched. camping out, swimming holes hiking. There are companies that can arrange in Kandy.White water rafting would be good fun for family. Adam's Peak is also another great place that where the surrounding area is untouched. Ella is a fabulous hill country town.Yala National park is great! Mirrisa beach is starting to get over run but still nice. Tangalle will be quieter but I think your teenage children will enjoy unawatuna and mirrisa.
I would still recommend coming before it does really get a touristy place. Right now people that are coming here think it is still untouched by tourism.People that have been coming for years would disagree on this as they are old timers and remember things differently..
Nov 20, 2012 1:53 AM
3Read through Post 10 in this link, some helpfull advice with a contact.
Nov 20, 2012 3:14 AM
Its seems to be bit expensive. But you have to check the price with the accommodation type you get,
Normally for a day 50-55$ when you are doing a tour. If you book accommodation your own you will be able to get 100$ per day very good quality accommodation two doubles with breakfast.but in a guest houses
First check the accommodation type and decide but also don't go for a very low rate. Then you will be have to pay some extra cost or you will get low quality tour.
so go for a average one
Nov 20, 2012 8:36 AM
5It can be a little tricky planning a Sri Lanka trip because some of the sites can be more time consuming with public transport. We are family of four with two teenagers planning a trip for mid February. We are going to get a driver for the first two days from Negombo(our first night from airport) then after Kandy we are taking public transport. We are going straight to Dambulla, then overnight either in Sigiriya or Dambulla. Climb Sigiriya the next morning then head to Kandy. I heard you can also get Nano cars for short trips. After Kandy we will take the train to Hatton, then make it to Delhousie to climd Adams Peak. Then on to Ella by train from Hatton for a couple days. To Tissa by bus. Then to South coast by bus. Still working out where to stay on South Coast. Tangalla, Unawatuna or HIkkadua. I have contacted a few guesthouses by email and the rates have been reasonable around $45-50 for all of us. We left out a few sites in cultural triangle and just picked the two that seemed the most interesting to us. You can plan it independently, you just have to research and decide what you want to do and then see if it can work out without a guide. You can also rent a nano car at any time I am told if you get tired of the pubic transport. Good luck!
Nov 20, 2012 9:02 AM
6Thanks for all the tips and advice, it's really giving me some other options to look into. I have another question, I was told that my kids (16 & 13) couldn't stay in the room with us. We've never had a problem with this when we travel, we just get a room with two beds and don't mind paying any extra costs. When we travel we do like to keep the girls in the same room with us for safety reasons and my own piece of mind. When we have tried to book an adjoining room we've come across a few hotels that did not have the adjoining room available and I'm not comfortable having my kids in a room that is several doors down or even a floor or more away from us. Although, I'm sure they are just fine with that idea ;). Does Sri Lanka hotels mainly have just one bed in the room?
Nov 20, 2012 10:08 AM
7Our kids are 13 and 16 as well. I have had to email and ask for "family room" where they will have 3 beds. At one place in Tissa we are getting two double rooms because that is all they have, but they made the price reasonable. We have to have at least three beds because out teenage daughter needs her "space" so we work it out. Our son has slept on many floors with cushions as his mattress. PM me and we can talk. I live near San Francisco, CA.
Nov 20, 2012 5:17 PM
8I'm getting quotes from $1,900 USD for all four of us, hotels and breakfast included. To the latest quote of $1,200 USD per person for the 10 days,
That’s Sri Lanka
Wait some more time try with all those touts don’t pay any advance.
Finalist last mints, you can get the best deal ))))) but don’t know the service ?????
Nov 20, 2012 7:17 PM
9Sri Lankan families cram everyone in one room when traveling so not sure about that one!
Nov 20, 2012 9:37 PM
Nov 20, 2012 10:17 PM
Nov 26, 2012 7:12 AM
After reading your problem I thaught of giving you an idea to resolve your problem.When I toured Sri Lanka with my family I did not use a travel agent and booked some hotels and the balance was done by my tour guide Rohan who is well recongnised on web where I contacted him to plan my tour.He is a punctual.well experienced in this field and a knowledgeable, humble person.This planned our tour and his charges are reasonable.I can recomend him without any hesitation to anyone.I am sure this guy will arrange and give a reasonable price.Just give it a try.His name is Rohan and the Email is= email@example.com, Skype= toursrilanka1
Wish you all best .
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