Ida Lindholm

Having 14 years of hands-on experience as an independent traveler in over 50 countries around the world, I truly understand what makes a real and authentic traveling experience: it is not just about seeing new places, but discovering, living and feeling every moment through all the senses.

Originally from Finland, I live nowadays in Sri Lanka. Full of ancient history, cultural sights, wildlife adventures and pristine landscapes, this island is a very unique destination in all its diversity. Together with our agency's experienced traveling experts, I will design an itinerary according to your wishes — filled with the best sights, thrilling adventures, authentic encounters and hand-picked accommodations — and create for you the most unforgettable off-the-beaten-track journey on this beautiful island!

How did you get involved in travel?

"As a teenager, I spent one year in France, got bitten by a traveling bug and haven't been able to stop ever since. As soon as I got the last high school exams were over, I took off, first to North and Central America and a year after South America – all the way from Mexico to Brazil through 17 countries. For me the beauty of traveling, and life in general, is that you never know what waits you around the corner – but you need to be courageous enough to go and find it out! My motto is “when you go without expectations, you get never disappointed, but beautifully surprised”. "

Featured trips & expertise

Lion Rock Fort at Sigiriya

Authentic Encounters & Adventures in Sri Lanka: 14 Days

This epic 14-day Sri Lanka adventure begins at the coast, heads through the central highlands before looping back to Colombo. In between, you'll explore some of Sri Lanka's best sights, including ancient hilltop forts, wildlife-filled nature reserves and gorgeous beaches. Sri Lanka's unique Buddhist culture and hospitality will be on display as you round every corner of the country.

Hidden Treasures of Sri Lanka - 14-Day Cycling Tour

This cycling tour takes you to Sri Lanka's top cultural sites and also off the beaten path. Cycle along rice fields, tea plantations, and tranquil villages to reach ancient kingdoms rich in history and culture. You also have the chance to explore Sri Lanka's wildlife parks to see herds of elephants roam the wild country.

Sri Lanka from North to South - 15 Days

For travelers looking for an authentic cultural experience with tours of Sri Lanka’s ancient sites, this is a great itinerary. It starts in the relaxing colonial fishing village of Negombo and ends in the lively modern city of Colombo.

Sri Lanka: Trails of the Ancient Kingdom - 10 Days

Looking for a great combination of Sri Lanka's best natural and cultural sights? During this 10-day tour, explore the world-famous cultural sights of Sigiriya, Kandy, and Galle. Experience the breathtaking beauty the Sri Lankan nature and wildlife with trekking, white water rafting, and a safari adventure!

Recent trip reviews for Ida

Quick tour of sri lanka, Sri Lanka - Sep 1 - Sep 6, 2017

Traveler: Suresh M. - Local specialist: Ida Lindholm

I will start off by reviewing Ida. The entire experience of communicating our needs and having the trip set up was painless and very good. I would recommend Ida wholeheartedly to anyone wishing to go to Sri Lanka.

The trip itself though well planned had some hiccups in execution. The driver will take you to tourist traps for shopping. As long as one is aware, it is easy (though annoying) to avoid grossly overpaying for things. The driver will also take you to restaurants that cater to... read more

I will start off by reviewing Ida. The entire experience of communicating our needs and having the trip set up was painless and very good. I would recommend Ida wholeheartedly to anyone wishing to go to Sri Lanka.

The trip itself though well planned had some hiccups in execution. The driver will take you to tourist traps for shopping. As long as one is aware, it is easy (though annoying) to avoid grossly overpaying for things. The driver will also take you to restaurants that cater to tourists. These are impossible to avoid despite repeated requests to the driver to avoid them. The issue here is that we almost never got to experience Sri Lankan cuisine, only local parodies of "pasta", "pizza" etc. The hotels where we stayed were not much better with "American" or "Continental" being the option in most places. This is not a reflection on the Driver or on Ida but on a lack of understanding on the part of the hotels of a certain kind of traveller.

The pacing of activity was off as well on two days. The second day was crammed with activity. The entrance fee to the Temple of the tooth had to be paid up by us despite being included in the price of the tour. I was told that the driver did not have enough money and the tour agency would be refunding the money to me directly. The tea factory tour was on day two in Kandy as opposed to later at Nuwara Eliya. The explanation given was that the tea factory was shut on Sunday at Nuwara Eliya and hence the activity had to be shifted to Kandy. This could have been avoided as it was apparent that the day at Nuwara Eliya would fall on a Sunday.

Additionally, the morning of the day which we were supposed to visit Galle fort was rained out. The driver informed us that the entire day would be washed out and we could do Galle fort the next morning. We accepted this as something beyond our control. But later in the day when the weather cleared up, the driver was unavailable to take us to the fort. This meant we had to do this activity the next morning eating into the time we had to tour Colombo. We only got to see the fort at Galle for half an hour before the heavens opened up again leaving us to rue the half a day of sunshine we missed the previous day. Additionally,we only got to see Colombo from the car on our way to lunch and after that to the airport.

Overall, I would rate it as a good experience but would caution any would be traveler to be constantly wary of his own interests to avoid issues which is not a state of mind one wants to be in while on vacation.

As mentioned previously, the service received from Ida was exemplary.

Adventure, away from tourist hot spots, Sri Lanka - Jul 29 - Aug 3, 2017

Traveler: Janet M. - Local specialist: Ida Lindholm

I didn't receive a final confirmation of the itinerary which meant I didn't pick up on a misunderstanding on the last day of the trip. In re reading our emails I understood the last day was to be changed from Sigirya to Negombo. So I also take responsibility for not confirming this change. A bit more guidance on the timing of events would have been helpful - our driver left it to us to decide when to leave in the morning - I thought he would have had a better idea than us. We had lots of... read more

I didn't receive a final confirmation of the itinerary which meant I didn't pick up on a misunderstanding on the last day of the trip. In re reading our emails I understood the last day was to be changed from Sigirya to Negombo. So I also take responsibility for not confirming this change. A bit more guidance on the timing of events would have been helpful - our driver left it to us to decide when to leave in the morning - I thought he would have had a better idea than us. We had lots of questions but felt his English wasn't good enough, first of all to understand the question and then to give us an informed answer. He was very pleasant and easy going but also a little difficult for us to understand sometimes.

Ida Lindholm, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for your comments!

I re-read our messages, and there was a misunderstanding in my end also at the moment you booked the tour. We had been discussing about the change, but it was re-confirmed yet. Definitely, the re confirmation is on my responsibility also, and I'm very sorry that this caused a confusion for your last day's programme.

When it comes to our our driver-guides, they are adviced to negotiate the schedules together with the client, highlighting the fact... read more

Thank you very much for your comments!

I re-read our messages, and there was a misunderstanding in my end also at the moment you booked the tour. We had been discussing about the change, but it was re-confirmed yet. Definitely, the re confirmation is on my responsibility also, and I'm very sorry that this caused a confusion for your last day's programme.

When it comes to our our driver-guides, they are adviced to negotiate the schedules together with the client, highlighting the fact thant both clients' wishes and driver's local knowledge should be taken in consideration in decision making. I highly appreciate all your feedback, and we will carefully check all the details through with our team, so that we can avoid similar problems in the future!

Srilanka trip, Sri Lanka - Jul 3 - Jul 9, 2017

Traveler: Gary M. - Local specialist: Ida Lindholm

Thank you for a wonderful trip it was great to have all accommodation and attraction fees organized and the driver and vehicle were excellent. My daughter and I enjoyed everything and even had time to fit in a couple of extras with the help of Nishanthna using our free time. I have told everybody what a great time I had and have recommended KimKim as the people to see. I am now in the process of deciding where and when my next trip will be so will be in touch at a later date. Thank you, Gary & Julia.

Srilanka-looking past the tourist traps, Sri Lanka - Jun 20 - Jun 23, 2017

Traveler: warekois W. - Local specialist: Ida Lindholm

Plane was late from India-however Roshen was waiting and proceeded to make the trip a pleasure. As you may know when traveling single and its just you and the driver for the next few days a bond has to be made and it was-from the start-perfect timing with a stop at a hotel for a cup of café and then forth every nook and corner I wanted to see he helped with. I am impressed with the overall service you granted me with the minimum fee for your services (however being in India I know the... read more

Plane was late from India-however Roshen was waiting and proceeded to make the trip a pleasure. As you may know when traveling single and its just you and the driver for the next few days a bond has to be made and it was-from the start-perfect timing with a stop at a hotel for a cup of café and then forth every nook and corner I wanted to see he helped with. I am impressed with the overall service you granted me with the minimum fee for your services (however being in India I know the business of the business-)-hats off-will need your services soon-wish to arrange Northern India/Nepal. Looking at February 2018 ,

Thanks for all

Please see that Roshen is told of his excellent services.

Stand out-she was a pleasure to work with

Ida Lindholm, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for your review - I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay in Sri Lanka!

For sure, I will make sure that Roshen receives your greetings also. Having good guide really makes a difference, and therefor we work only with well-experienced driver-guides, who know how to show the very best of Sri Lanka in a truly authentic way.

All the best wishes, and enjoy your next travel with kimkim!

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