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
See the best that Sri Lanka has to offer on this week-long itinerary around the country's cultural monuments and natural wonders. You'll visit historic temples in Kandy and Sigiriya, see the colorful fish market of Negombo, and learn about tea production in Hill Country. The trip features not one but two Jeep safaris in national parks, providing ample opportunities to see elephants, monkeys, and rare birds in their natural habitats.
Known as the "Jewel of the Indian Ocean," Sri Lanka is famed for its centuries of history and exotic tropical wildlife. Explore the island's top destinations through this introductory tour that will satisfy both nature lovers and cultural enthusiasts alike.
From UNESCO World Heritage Sites to tucked-away temples to bustling cities, this tour has a little something for every type of traveler. Spend your days exploring lively cities like Kandy and Negombo, snorkeling colorful reefs at Pasikudah, and wandering through ancient ruins in places like Polonnaruwa for a diverse experience in this beautiful, culturally rich country.
From elephants to leopards to whales, the wildlife of Sri Lanka awaits as you embark on this weeklong adventure around the country. You'll go on Jeep safaris in national parks, spotting magnificent animals and birds along the journey. Then you'll continue onward to the coast, where you'll see blue whales during a boat tour off the coast of Mirissa. Rounding out the itinerary are a handful of cultural experiences, including a cooking class at a safari camp and time for sightseeing in the capital city of Colombo.
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.
Recent trip reviews for Ida
sri lanka visit · Sri Lanka - May 7 - May 12, 2018
My wife and I had a quick 6 day trip in Sri Lanka, with Rukan, our guide. This was a great experience and we visited all the main tourist spots we wanted to, plus more, that Rukan fitted in along the way. Our accommodation along the way was superb and everything went as planned. We even got to watch 2 leopards during our safari at Yalla Park, which was a highlight.
general scenic · Sri Lanka - Feb 26 - Mar 7, 2018
We had a marvellous time. Our driver Kalika was exceptionally capable at managing everything, driving us safely even in busy and awkward traffic situations. The activities planned by Sandun were perfect giving us all the interests we requested. We saw amazing trees, rocks, fungi and wildlife and have some marvellous photos along with great memories.
For me the stand-out activity was Sinharaja National Park with the park guide being extremely knowledgeable on plant species and growth habits... read more
Spirit of Sri Lanka · Sri Lanka - Feb 20 - Feb 27, 2018
The trip was well organised and according to our specific requests. Our guide was a good and careful driver and responded well however we experienced some communication problems due to his limited English. Sandun (who took over from Ida) was great - very responsive and also flexible when we asked for an addition to our itinerary to see Geoffrey Bawa's Heritage Kandala hotel near Sigirya.
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