Local agents in Sri Lanka

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Aug 29th, 2018, 11:47 PM
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Local agents in Sri Lanka

I'm after some recommendations for local travel agents to use in Sri Lanka to organise a driver and guides for about a 12 day trip for two ladies. I have seen one fairly recent recommendation for Antiquity but, unfortunately in may case, the response (or should I say non-response) has been very disappointing so far. They acknowledge my emails but then never provide any further info.
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Aug 30th, 2018, 05:52 PM
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I used Boutique Sri Lanka.
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Aug 30th, 2018, 06:44 PM
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Thanks Thursdaysd, I assume you were happy with them?
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Aug 30th, 2018, 06:59 PM
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Yes. If you click on my name for my profile you can find my TR.
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Aug 31st, 2018, 08:11 AM
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I also used BSL, and they did a great job for me.
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Aug 31st, 2018, 09:38 AM
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I am now working with BSL and am very happy with the agent I'm working with (Chamila K). I will be going to SL in early February and so far, the response, the communication has been excellent and I feel comfortable and confident in our planning. However, I think having the right agent is important; there was someone recently who was not as happy with the agent she worked with at BSL.
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Aug 31st, 2018, 10:33 PM
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I used Reddot and was not very happy with either the organisation, or the driver who was replaced halfway through our trip - ( his replacement was much better driver). Whichever organisation you do use, I would strongly recommend going through any itinerary, accomodation options with a fine tooth comb to ensure they are exactly what YOU want, rather than the pre packaged options usually put forward as a first option.

As fo non responses, this is very common in Sri Lanka. The only reason I went with Reddot was that they were one of the few that responded and only then after I called them. As I recall BSL took a couple of months, by which time it was almost time to go.
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Aug 31st, 2018, 11:46 PM
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Thanks for the recommendations all. I'll give BSL a try. I read your TR Thursday and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was interesting that you thought Ella was better than Nuwara Eliya, so I'll look into that a bit more.
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Sep 1st, 2018, 11:37 AM
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Glad you enjoyed it. I didn't spend much time in Ella, but liked the look of the surroundings.
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Sep 1st, 2018, 02:09 PM
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The best option would be to use a reputable and well established local tour company. I name below a few

https://www.tangerinetours.com/
Pan Lanka Travels Private Holidays to Sri Lanka
https://www.walkerstours.com/
http://www.jetwing.com/

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Sep 2nd, 2018, 02:04 AM
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Mohammed, thank you for your input. I'll contact several of the agencies and see which one feels like a good fit for us.
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