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Shalindra Samarakoon

I started my career in the hospitality industry and later on moved toward the travel Industry. I'm passionate about traveling and exploring new ideas. Whenever I'm free I travel around Sri Lanka, and if I get a long vacation I take the opportunity to travel to other countries as well. Sharing the beauty of Sri Lanka to worldwide travelers makes me happy, therefore my job is my way of life.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We are the first company in Sri Lanka to join the World Animal Protection Organization. Therefore we want to promote animal-friendly experiences which don’t cause harm to animals. We care about this island, and our aim is to promote sustainable tourism and development and protect the nature. Additionally, we support local communities. We promote a village and school visits, and interactions with kids in the form of educational holidays for families, which help to support local schools. We also like to promote unique, less developed sites and accommodation."

How did you get involved in travel?

"When I was a child, I traveled all around Sri Lanka with my family. After completing high school, I entered the travel industry in order to explore more and share my experiences with other travelers from all around the world. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Exploring Delft Island was very exciting. I enjoyed witnessing the roaming horses on the island and the corals surrounding the island. Location: Jaffna- North Sri Lanka."

Featured trips & expertise

Udawalawe National Park
Highlights of Sri Lanka - 12 Days

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.

A leopard in Yala National Park
Best of Sri Lanka's Wildlife - 7 Days

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.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Best of Sri Lanka - 6 Days

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.

Recent trip reviews for Shalindra

Sri lanka holiday, Sri Lanka - Feb 8 - Feb 24, 2019

Traveler: Bruce M. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Sri Lanka. We were very happy with our accommodation, with the exception of Athgira River Camp. Breakfast was included each day, and were all very good. The days we were leaving early to go on a safari, we were provided with a packed breakfast to take with us. The staff at all of these places were very helpful and friendly.
Our driver La La did a great job. His knowledge of the places we visited, as well as the politics and history of Sri Lanka made our... read more

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Sri Lanka. We were very happy with our accommodation, with the exception of Athgira River Camp. Breakfast was included each day, and were all very good. The days we were leaving early to go on a safari, we were provided with a packed breakfast to take with us. The staff at all of these places were very helpful and friendly.
Our driver La La did a great job. His knowledge of the places we visited, as well as the politics and history of Sri Lanka made our journey much more enjoyable than if we had not had this information available to us. He was a very good and safe driver.

Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Bruce,

Thank you very much for your great review given to us for the overall services and arrangements done for your visit in our beautiful country. It was a pleasure to organize a tour for you and we are glad that our well experienced guide gave you valued information about Sri Lanka.

Please do recommend us for your friends and family to visit Sri Lanka and to contact me anytime.

Thanks again,
Shalindra

Peter

Historic sites, Sri Lanka - Feb 23 - Feb 28, 2019

Traveler: Peter W. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

The itinerary was well planned and managed to see a lot in a short space of time. Hotels were a bit hit and miss though. Some were excellent and others were below average. My guide Karpila was knowledgeable and a professional driver. The most memorable places were Anuradhapura, Polonaruwa, Sigiriya and Minneriya National Park.

Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Peter,

Thank you very much for your review given to us for the services and arrangements we offered for you. It was our pleasure to organize your tour in Sri Lanka in a short spell of time and we provided you one of our best driver / guide.

Please do recommend us for your friends and family to visit Sri Lanka and to contact me anytime.

Thanks,
Shalindra

Sri lanka feb 2019, Sri Lanka - Feb 16 - Feb 26, 2019

Traveler: laura s. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

Ash, our guide, was amazing. He was a great driver on challenging Sri Lanka roads. Ash is also very knowledgeable and infinitely great company. We loved every minute with him.

Planning with Shalindra was very easy too. We had just one misunderstanding re our need for a guide and driver. We ended up paying for both but only getting (and needing) Ash who was well qualified to both drive and guide. We did get a $100 credit, but that type of confusion at the beginning of a vacation far from home is a bit concerning.

Overall a wonderful trip!!

Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Laura,

Thank you very much for the review and wonderful feedback given with regard to your visit in Sri Lanka. It was a pleasure in arranging the transportation services for you and i'm also sorry about the confusion with regard to the Driver / Guide. But we offered you one of our Best guides "Ash" who offers an excellent service for our guests.

Please do pass on your recommendations to your friends and travelers who plans to visit Sri Lanka.

Thank you again,
Shalindra

Ceylon, Sri Lanka - Feb 9 - Feb 15, 2019

Traveler: Mohamed M. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

The driver/guide Ruwan Hadinnapola was A++... He went out of his way to please us and help us in many ways. His conduct is truly exemplary. He and Shalindra made our trip to Sri Lanka very enjoyable and successful. Rowan had a nice comfortable air conditioned car that took us to different places.
The places we went to like the safari, Kandy and the shore were most memorable. In fact, the whole time we were in the six day tour were very comfortable and enjoyable. We wish all the best to the Kim Kim team.
Mohamed and Nuzhat Masood.

Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mohamed,

Thank you very much for your great feedback given to us for the services and arrangements we offered for you. It was our pleasure to organize your tour in Sri Lanka and provided you one of our best driver / guide.

Please do recommend us for your friends and family to visit Sri Lanka and to contact me anytime.

Thanks again,
Shalindra

Pairoj

Sri lanka trip, Sri Lanka - Feb 1 - Feb 9, 2019

Traveler: Pairoj P. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

The driver Kapila is wonderful
I have been very impressed with his responsibility and care received from him.
I have enjoyed this trip so much.
Thank you

Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pairoj,

Many thanks for your review and it was a pleasure in arranging your tour in Sri Lanka. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour.

Hope you will visit again and do pass on our Service recommendations to your Friends who like to visit Sri Lanka.

Best Regards,
Shalindra

Andrew

Beaches, mountains, temples, Sri Lanka - Dec 24 - Jan 8, 2019

Traveler: Andrew H. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

We had a great trip that was really well planned by Shalindra. Our itinerary was a mix of active days and optional rest days where an activity was suggested or you could relax and chill out (we generally opted for the latter on those days). Ossie was a first-time driver and he did a great job. He knew the roads (and shortcuts) around the place and he had a great sense of humour – we had some good, funny chats between the three of us. We travelled from Colombo to Tangalle to Yala National Park... read more

We had a great trip that was really well planned by Shalindra. Our itinerary was a mix of active days and optional rest days where an activity was suggested or you could relax and chill out (we generally opted for the latter on those days). Ossie was a first-time driver and he did a great job. He knew the roads (and shortcuts) around the place and he had a great sense of humour – we had some good, funny chats between the three of us. We travelled from Colombo to Tangalle to Yala National Park to Ella, then Kandy, then Sigiriya then to Colombo and out.

The highlights were the wildlife at Yala National Park and visiting a 2000 year old monastery there. Driving back from the park we were confronted by a 'tusker' – a somewhat angry bull elephant with tusks (wow). Our 'glamping' accommodation nearby was also fun – they also had great lunches. The wildlife around our Yala accommodation was simply extraordinary – so many birds and flowers. We enjoyed walking around Ella and seeing the amazing views there, and Sigiriya did not disappoint – a great climb up the rock and an amazing glimpse of some of Sri Lanka's ancient history at a very memorable location. I really enjoyed the gardens and grounds at the base of the rock. An old monastery at Dambulla (en-route to Sigiriya) was a memorable visit too, with five rooms of ancient Buddha statues and paintings. Cruising around a large lagoon the day before climbing Sigiriya was a also a wonderful experience, finished off with a fantastic traditional Sri Lankan meal where all the various ingredients for the curry were explained to you –then eaten (!)

We had a mix-up at one hotel, but Shalindra was able to step in and quickly resolve the matter –this was most appreciated. All up: a very memorable trip that will stay with us a long time.

Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Andrew,

Thank you very much for your lovely comments and recommendations given to us. I am grateful of arranging your tour in Sri Lanka and providing you our Best services during the tour to meet your expectations. Happy to receive such a Wonderful comment by you and will be always here at your disposal in arranging another tour for you or your friends in the future.

Have a great year ahead for 2019!

Best Regards,
Shalindra

Sri lanka gameparks diving and culture, Sri Lanka - Dec 19 - Dec 31, 2018

Traveler: DR J R C. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

Both Shalindra and our driver / guide Ash performed with professionalism, flexibility, and precision to provide an exceptionally satisfying experience in Sri Lanka. I would not hesitate to use their services again.

Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Dr. Clark,

Thank you very much for your lovely comment and recommendation given to us. We are happy to always offer our Best Services for you and please do contact me if you visit again to our beautiful country. Do give your recommendations to your friends and family to visit our country.

Thanks again,
Shalindra

Northern sri lanka highlights, Sri Lanka - Nov 26 - Dec 1, 2018

Traveler: Steven B. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

Our guide, Chaminda, was wonderful. He really went out of his way to make sure we had a great trip, taking us birding in the morning and stopping at shops when we asked. We really liked Sigiriya which was the highlight of our trip!

Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Steven,

Thank you very much for your lovely comments given to us with regard to our services and arrangements done during your trip in Sri Lanka. Please do pass your wonderful experiences and memories to your family and friends and always feel free to contact me anytime with regard to a visit to Sri Lanka.

Hope you would visit again.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Thanks,
Kind Regards,
Shalindra

Sarah-Jane

Beaches and sites, Sri Lanka - Sep 22 - Oct 5, 2018

Traveler: Sarah-Jane W. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

Shalindra planned an awesome two week experience for us in Sri Lanka, adapting the itinerary to suit our needs and communicating very efficiently with us. He touched base with us throughout our trip to ensure we were having a good time and to see if there was anything else he could do to accommodate us.

Dhilshan was our guide and he ensured that we had an amazing trip. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he was knowledgeable and had a fantastic sense of humour.

Our accommodation was... read more

Shalindra planned an awesome two week experience for us in Sri Lanka, adapting the itinerary to suit our needs and communicating very efficiently with us. He touched base with us throughout our trip to ensure we were having a good time and to see if there was anything else he could do to accommodate us.

Dhilshan was our guide and he ensured that we had an amazing trip. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he was knowledgeable and had a fantastic sense of humour.

Our accommodation was simply stunning. Each place was more and more picturesque than the last and it was such a joy to stay in such luxury. The sites, sounds and tastes of Sri Lanka were stunning and we had a really special experience.

Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sarah,

Thank you very much for your lovely comments given to us with regard to our services and arrangements done during your trip in Sri Lanka. I'm really happy to receive your compliments. Please do pass your wonderful experiences and memories to your family and friends and always feel free to contact me anytime with regard to a visit to Sri Lanka.

Hope you would visit again.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Thanks,
Kind Regards,
Shalindra

Geetha

Relaxing trip, Sri Lanka - Aug 20 - Aug 24, 2018

Traveler: Geetha A. - Local specialist: Shalindra Samarakoon

Thanks to our guide Kappille (not sure about the spelling), we had a wonderful vacation in Sri Lanka. The drive was very relaxing and he showed us all the interesting places on the way. We enjoyed the hospitality at the various places and the food was very tasty. Enjoyed the tea estate, the climb to Sigiriya, the rock temple at Dambulla, the temple in Kandy and the interesting points along the way. Reminded us a lot about Kerala. Thank you for your help in putting the itinerary together.

Shalindra Samarakoon, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Geetha,

Thank you very much for your lovely comments given to us with regard to our services during your trip in Sri Lanka. It was a pleasure in arranging all the services for your tour in Sri Lanka and it was nice to speak with Mr. Ashok also while on tour. Please do pass your wonderful experiences and memories to your family and friends and always feel free to contact me anytime with regard to a visit to Sri Lanka.

Hope you would visit again.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Thanks,
Kind Regards,
Shalindra