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
This seven-day Sri Lankan tour winds its way through three national parks full of wildlife and a coastline with the longest whale season in the world. Keep your camera and binoculars at the ready. Here you're likely to see sloth bears, elephants, leopards, flamingos, whales, and dolphins aplenty.
From sacred Buddhist temples to rugged mountains, this six-day tour will take you through the best that Sri Lanka has to offer. Split your time between historic cities, ancient stone fortresses, and the Sri Lankan Highlands as you soak up the history, culture, and landscapes of this unique country.
Discover the best Sri Lanka has to offer, from pristine beaches to Buddhist temples. This extensive tour takes you across the island's eastern coast and inner highlands, where will encounter three UNESCO World Heritage Sites and countless natural and man-made wonders.
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.
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.
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.
Recent trip reviews for Ida
Food, culture, wildlife and trecking, Sri Lanka - Oct 12 - Oct 26, 2017
Everything was very seamless and smooth sailing. Our driver,Denver was extremely helpful and couldn't do enough for us. Having a private driver allows so much more flexibility to tailor to our specific interests. It was great to learn about the history and visit this beautiful country. An incredibly well organized trip. Many thanks
Quick tour of sri lanka, Sri Lanka - Sep 1 - Sep 6, 2017
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
Adventure, away from tourist hot spots, Sri Lanka - Jul 29 - Aug 3, 2017
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
Sri lanka trip, Sri Lanka - Jul 3 - Jul 9, 2017
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
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