My partner and I were looking to travel to Sri Lanka for our honeymoon and were searching for an affordable tour package. We scoured the net for one, until a few Thrillophilia reviews on Twitter caught our attention, and we chanced upon this particular package. The inclusions offered were super attractive: it was a combined trip of Colombo, Bentota and Kandy, and included several interesting tours and experiences. We booked online and received instant confirmation.
The Thrillophilia team reached out to us, and we collaboratively planned an itinerary and tour plan to fit both the package provisions and our interests. Our tour was to start with our arrival in Colombo. We were promptly collected from the Airport and taken to our first destination- Kandy. The drive was a super beautiful one. We made a stop at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where we spent two hours playing with the magnificent rescued creatures. We even took a light lunch, then continued onward to Kandy. Our hotel at Kandy was pre-booked, so we just made our way to the room and took a quick power rest.
The evening was fairly leisurely. Our driver, who was also our tour guide, waited on us patiently and chalked out a rough itinerary for the day. We drove to Kandy Lake for a little while, and ended the evening watching a traditional dance and fire walking performance. The next morning, we started early on a sightseeing tour around Kandy. We covered quite a few places that day. Our first stop was the Botanical Gardens, which was really well maintained and beautiful. We took a quick stroll, and then headed over the Kandy Buddha statue, a majestic piece of history which is also the largest Buddha figurine in Sri Lanka. We visited the Buddha tooth relic temple as well, which is said to preserve the largest remaining part of Lord Buddha- his tooth relic. We made a second trip to the Kandy lake that evening around sunset, and the views were magnificent.
That night, we decided to try out the local food, and our guide suggested a good restaurant for dinner. The next day, we traveled to Bentota, which was probably the highlight of the tour package for me. The journey was some hours long by car, so we decided to travel to the hotel first just to freshen up a little bit. Around afternoon, we visited the Kosgoda Turtle Conservation center, and the experience was really wonderful. We followed the trip up with a river safari on the Madu Ganga river, which took us across some cinnamon plantations around the islands. We spent the night in Bentota that day. The next morning, we started early on an excursion to Mirissa.
Mirrissa is probably one of the most beautiful areas in Sri Lanka. It’s a little town with a very beautiful beach, and some attractions here and there. We spent the day by the water, and tried our hand at parasailing as well. We took lunch at a beachside shack in Mirissa, then headed back to Bentota early in the evening. The very last leg of our journey was Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. We spent only one day- the very last one- in Colombo, but the tour was as comprehensive as the ones mentioned in the Thrillophilia reviews on TripAdvisor, and we ended up covering nearly every major attraction around the city.
We visited the Colombo Fort and the Beira Lake, and took a short detour to the famed ‘Lover’s Bridge’ for some pictures. We also visited the floating market of Pettah, where we bought some local handicraft items. Visiting the Colombo National Museum was also a part of our itinerary, but we decided to skip it and tour the local markets instead. Our tour exceeded all of our expectations, and was executed as smoothly as the Thrillophilia reviews on Facebook had suggested. We were amazed by how timely and organized everything was. Of course, we owe much to our guide, who not only helped us arrange the whole thing but was always ready to cater to our every need. The hassle-free experience was absolutely unparalleled. I’ll be looking forward to more of these in the future.