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Bayla Lovens Bayla Lovens - Date: 2017 | August

I spent an amazing three weeks in Sri Lanka during the summer of 2017, with Janaka as my guide. I left the itinerary totally in his capable hands and he never failed to surprise me with a wide variety of experiences, from archeological sites, to wildlife in natural habitats, from cultural experiences to beautiful natural settings.

As we agreed, the accommodations were also varied, from small guesthouses to nature camps to luxury hotels, all comfortable and clean. We traveled with an excellent driver who was courteous and deferential and kept the car spotless and comfortably air-conditioned.

Janaka has a wealth of information about his beautiful island home, and shared his depth of knowledge of architecture, plant and animal life, culture and history freely as we traveled from beaches to hill country to ancient historical sites. While we visited many well-known and significant tourist sites, we often went off the typical tourist track to visit lesser-known sites where I saw only locals and no other tourists. Being a lone traveler, I was able to enjoy meals in small roadside places where we were served authentic Sri Lankan fare that was fresh and delicious!

Janaka's style is easy-going and flexible even while he is attentive to every detail and to my smallest need. He has a great sense of humor and was also sensitive to my personal preferences and energy. He is very caring and, as I am an older traveler, very deferential to my physical abilities on a given day. My expectations of the trip were exceeded in every way. I felt extremely safe and cared for and learned so much about this beautiful gem of a country!

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Address: Port Washington, NY, USA

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Stuart & Sally Stuart & Sally - Date: 2016 | June

"We spent a fabulous 2 weeks in Sri Lanka with Janaka as our guide in June 2016. We toured through a range of historic sites, wildlife parks, and mountainous areas. His interest and knowledge of wildlife - and in particular birdlife - was outstanding and he often took us on the back roads and off the beaten track to make the trip more interesting. We learnt a great deal about the history and culture of Sri Lanka as he shared his wide knowledge of all the places we visited. Janaka has a lovely friendly manner with a great sense of humor and is very knowledgeable. We found him very considerate of our needs and interests as we travelled around and he was more than happy to adapt the itinerary to our changing ideas. I would thoroughly recommend him as a guide for a very personable and worthwhile trip."

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Address: 78 Chamberlain Street, Nelson, New Zealand

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Elisa & Alessandra / Italy Elisa & Alessandra / Italy - Date: 2014 / April - May

Dear Janaka

We want to thank you so much for your great kindness and hospitality. You helped us to discover your wonderful country in all its aspect culture, nature, traditions..etc... We would never imagine that it was so beautiful. We appreciate very much the visit to the farmer's family. The food also was very good. We hope to come back in Sri Lanka and we wish you good luck for your family...

Elisa and Alessandira from Italy ( May ,01, 2014)

Email: Elisa : ely.80@alice.it / Alessandra :benelliale@libero.it
Address: Milano , Italy

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David's and Philippe's Families / Belgium David's and Philippe's Families / Belgium - Date: 2013/April

We spent 8 days in Sri Lanka last April. We were two families traveling with 6 to 15 year old kids. We stayed at the Blue Water hotel in Kalutara, probably the best hotel we've ever had. We wanted to be independent from the big tour company and discover the country at our own pace. We looked for a local agent before we left Belgium and got our own tour organized. Our choice was "Ceylon Discovery Tours" along with Janaka. He guided us for great three excursions to Madu River,Galle and Kandy.

For 3 days, Janaka looked after us. He took us through the Madu river to discover its incredible ecosystem, its lovely islands (including the Cinnamon island), a very peaceful Buddhist temple and amazing scenery. We had an unforgettable lunch on a small island cooked for us by three lovely old ladies.
Janaka also guided us for a great day trip to Galle. We stopped on the way to see a sea turtle orphanage and a gem mine. He finally organized for us a one-day trip to Kandy. We stopped at an elephant orphanage, visited the Temple of the Tooth and one of the finest botanical gardens, the Royal botanical gardens.
Janaka was very knowledgeable on all aspects of Sri Lanka's culture, history and way of life. He was friendly and looked after us extremely well. We had lots fun and learnt a lot during these three days. We've already told him that we will be back to Sri Lanka to discover the rest of this amazing island and we look forward to our next trip with him as our guide.

Email: David: davidthual@vieuws.eu / Philippe: domipilou2@gmail.com
Address: David Thual: ViEUws.eu - The EU Policy Broadcaster ,Square Ambiorix 18 - box 28, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium Philippe Uytters : Head of R&D, Husqvarna Belgium SA, Construction Products, Av. des Artisans 50 - ZI 2 - 7822 Ath - Belgium

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Brian & Anne / New Zealand Brian & Anne / New Zealand - Date: 2013/January

We have had the most amazing two weeks in Sri Lanka. Every day a new adventure. Janaka we would like to thank you for your friendliness, your sharing of your knowledge of your lovely country, and your thoughtfulness in ensuring our trip was just the best. You will always be part of our fantastic memories of Sri Lanka.
Istuh-tee
Ann & Brian Smith

Email: ambjsmith@xnet.co.nz
Address: New Zealand

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Swen, Birgitta, Karin & Karl / Sweden Swen, Birgitta, Karin & Karl / Sweden - Date: 2012/January

Dear Janaka,
We have now travelled through Sri Lanka with you driving more than three weeks.You & your team Neil-the driver and Tushare-the assistant, have shown us Sri Lankan nature and culture, you have shown us animals & birds, temples & Churches, ancient cities & modern Life, how to cook and eat Sri Lankan food and how to play cricket. We have climbed up Adam’s peak and Elle rock and seen the gigantic blue whales and many other things. We have spent time on the beaches and in the forest, in the highlands & in the low lands, in the cities & in the country side and under your patient guidance and never ending good spirit it has been a fantastic experience. Now on the last day of our stay we wish you a successful future. It is soon time for us to pack all over “belongings” and return to our own wintery country. Finally we give you the very best recommendation as a tour guide. No one can be disappointed when travelling with you…Thank you,

Email: seven.dahlstrom@telia.com/karl@telia.com
Address: Slottsvagen 12, 66732, Forshaga, Sweeden

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Naza & Eric / Malaysia Naza & Eric / Malaysia - Date: 2011/December

From start to finish, our week-long tour of Sri Lanka was made all that more memorable by Janaka who took great pains to see to our comfort & enjoyment, including transport, accommodation, food & itinerary.

I think that my husband Eric couldn't have chanced upon a better tour guide than Janaka, a warm & vibrant personality, very knowledgeable, informative and sensitive to the needs of his clientele. My children, Dania & Daniel Johan Cheah together with the other family, our friends from Malaysia too, with whom we embarked on this brief holiday last December are all unanimous about the fact that Janaka made it possible for us to see so many more things of this historical country, not otherwise so widely publicized, in that short sojourn.
If we were ever to pass thru Sri Lanka again , we would certainly want Janaka in our camp; he also made us feel safe in his care.

Warm regards,
Naza, Eric, Dania, Daniel, Johan &Cheah

Email: nazarina@ummc.edu.my
Address: No: 02,Jalan BJ 3,Taman Bukit Jaya, Bukit Antarabangsa, Ulu Kelang, Selangor 68000,Malayas

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Ruth & Chris / USA Ruth & Chris / USA - Date: 2011/January

Best Guide ever! Thank for sharing Sri Lankan History, Culture, Music & Life
Janaka, I very much enjoyed my time with you. You clearly love your job and you are very generous with your time & knowledge. I especially appreciate all the time you spent talking with us on the bus and at meals

Best Wishes,
CQ

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Address: San Francisco, USA

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Merete & Jan / Denmark Merete & Jan / Denmark - Date: 2010/July

In 2010 we made a trip to Sri Lanka for 16 days. We have been travelling in Europe, China, Indonesia and India ect. and we have always had a dream of seeing this beautiful island.

We were a group of very different people, children and parents and elderly people. It turned out to be a very fine mix of people.

To be a guide for such a mixed group, you must have special qualifications - as a guide and as a human person with a lot over patience and good will to make everybody satisfied. It soon turned out that we got the best person for our group: JanakaThevin. Everybody was so happy with our guide, who knew so much about his country, nature, history, religion architecture, animals and birds etc etc.

We were a very curious group who wanted to know everything, and we were so satisfied with Janaka. His excellent talent for communication in his own quite way, his fine sense of humor made our journey so special, something we will never forget. It was so sad to say goodbye for adults and children .

We all agreed that the more we saw of Sri Lanka the more we wanted to come back - and of course with Janaka as our guide.

Email: merete.jess@gmail.com
Address: Dronningens Tvaergade 48, 5 1302 Copenhaven K Denmark

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Paul & Charlotte / United Kingdom Paul & Charlotte / United Kingdom - Date: 2009/December

Janaka Thevin
An outstanding tour from start to finish! Janaka is an extraordinary guide, extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of Sri Lanka. His knowledge of wild life is second to none. Moreover, Janaka is a very warm, funny and caring man who has become our friend, not just our guide

Without Janaka 2 -our driver, however the trip would not have been possible. Janaka 2 was born with a smile on his face and his driving skills are similar to Luke sky-walkers in star wars! , A very safe and professional driver. If Sri Lanka are playing cricket on TV, you’ll know where to find him. Together, they have made our holiday tour an unforgettable experience and we will hire them both again when we return on our 10th Anniversary

Email: shlotty@hotmail.com
Address: Head of ICT, St’ Josephs catholic High School, Workington, Cumbria, UK

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