My husband and I recently had the amazing experience of visiting Sri Lanka. We have traveled all over Asia and Southeast Asia but Sri Lanka was our most incredible trip. We were there for 3 1/2 weeks, and every day was one of wonder and exciting experiences.
We were so fortunate to have Chanaka Mahesh as our guide and driver. Chanaka was always knowledgeable, gracious, concern, and always ready to do whatever we wanted to do. There were so many times that he drove out of his way to make certain that we were getting the "off the beaten path" experiences that we wanted to have. Chanaka was always available to do anything we wanted to do beyond our extensively planned itinerary. He was always so pleasant, always on time, and we always knew we could depend on him for giving us wonderful suggestions and good touring advice. In addition, he was an incredible driver as driving in Sri Lanka can be so difficult. Chanaka was always cautious and pleasant no matter how bad the traffic was. In addition to seeing the cultural sites that were on our itinerary, we wanted to interact with the people. We went to and became part of a Poojah, a Hindu ceremony. We were so disappointed because we missed the Buddhist New Year's celebration at our hotel and asked Chanaka to please find us a celebration in one of the villages. Chanaka called all over and found one of the most incredible travel experiences we've ever had. Thanks to Chanaka's ingenuity, we were able to take part of the activities of a small village in their Buddhist celebration of the New Year. Chanaka was so much more than a guide and driver, we felt like he was a friend. Chanaka never wasted our time taking us to "local" shops. In fact, I had to ask him to take us to a store if I wanted to do some shopping. There were so many more instances that Chanaka went out of his way to make our trip so perfect.
Thank you Chanaka for making every day in such a beautiful and diverse country exciting and special.