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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.

The lush green mountains of Ella, Sri Lanka
Cycling Tour of Sri Lanka - 13 Days

This is the quintessential Sri Lankan bike ride! On this two week trip, you will discover local tea plantations, small villages, and historically significant cities — along with some wonderfully diverse riding through a sizeable portion of the island. You'll cycle from the culturally rich north through tea country then down into the southern plains and Horton Plains National Park, finishing in Galle.

Elephants in Udawalawe National Park
Unique Ways to Experience Sri Lanka's National Parks

An intact flora and fauna collection is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest assets and a couple of park visits are a great way to break up your tour. Horton Plains, Yala, and Udawalawe National Parks are often the highlights, but each park has its own unique way to avoid the crowds and have an amazing experience.

Mirissa Beach
Best Beaches in Sri Lanka

If you're looking to spend some time relaxing on the beach in Sri Lanka, there are many great beaches to choose from. Which one you end up at will probably depend on the time of year you travel and on the overall route of your tour.

Best Time To Visit Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, warmth and good weather can be found year-round on the different parts of the island. Thanks to the country’s relatively small size, a getaway spent chasing pockets of favorable weather can be a great way to see the entire island’s many highlights. Below, we've put together a guide for planning when to visit each region of Sri Lanka.

Recent trip reviews for 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