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Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

Sri Lanka is my home! I love my culture, people, food, landscapes, breath-taking hill country, countless wildlife experiences and the golden sandy beaches around this resplendent island. I live in the suburbs of Colombo with my wife and daughter enabling us to have a balanced experience of both city and local village life. With my one and half decades of experience in different aspects of tourism, I am passionate to provide unique and customized travel solutions for you to visit Sri Lanka.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

" I am specialized in Nature, Adventure, Wildlife and Classic Highlights with a Twist all over this magical island; Sri Lanka."

How did you get involved in travel?

"Since my childhood, I am passionate about meeting people from different cultures. Even most of my school friends were from different ethnic groups, having different faiths and I enjoyed it very much. My eagerness to meet people with diversity drive me to work in a gambling club (which was only limited for foreigners) soon after my advance level . This lead me to study tourism for my higher studies and and to complete my B.Sc in Tourism Management. The experience I gathered in many aspects of tourism over last 15 years, is helping me to delight every guest arrive in Sri Lanka through us."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I cherish the stay at Ahaspokuna Bushwalk Camp which is the only bush walks camps in Sri Lanka as one of the very unique travel experiences. It was an amazing stay where we witnessed the roaming elephants just outside the camp when we were on a short bush walk.

The panoramic scenery of the hill country, pure wilderness and super luxury tents created lasting memories in me."

Yasantha is part of the following groups: Sri Lanka Travel Agents
A tea plantation in Nuwara Eliya
Highlights of Sri Lanka - 14 Days

National parks, ancient fortresses, gorgeous beaches, one of the oldest cities in the world: this wide-ranging itinerary takes you far and wide to Sri Lanka's most fascinating sights. You'll explore a quiet island and spot dolphins on boat tours, hike to viewpoints for sweeping views over tea plantations, look for leopards during a Jeep safari, and learn about Buddhist principles during guided tours. Whether you're interested in cultural history, colorful wildlife, or the process behind the production of Ceylon tea, this two-week highlights tour has plenty to offer.

Enjoy a safari adventure in Wilpattu National Park
Sri Lanka Family Adventure - 14 Days

With a colorful cultural history and rugged landscapes that are ideal for outdoor adventures, Sri Lanka is a wonderful destination for a family vacation. This two-week tour around the island features a dolphin-watching tour, multiple safari adventures, a Sri Lankan cooking class, and visits to ancient fortresses. Thanks to the mix of hands-on activities and cultural education, it's an excellent option for travelers of all ages.

Mirissa Beach
Beaches of Sri Lanka: Mirissa & Bentota - 7 Days

The magnificent coastline of Sri Lanka has plenty to offer travelers, whether you're in the mood to relax under a palm tree or engage in active pursuits. This 7-day tour offers both. You'll spot blue whales on a whale-watching tour off the coast of Mirissa and spend a full day cycling around Galle, exploring a 17th-century Dutch fort and learning how tea is produced at a tea factory. But the itinerary also features several days to relax on the beaches of Bentota and Mirissa, trying water sports or just dozing on a beach blanket.

A wild deer in Horton Plains National Park
Outdoor Adventure in Sri Lanka - 7 Days

With expansive national parks, peaceful reservoirs, and rushing rivers, Sri Lanka is a paradise for outdoor adventurers. This 7-day tour, well-suited to families and active travelers of all ages, leads you around the country's natural wonders. Go whitewater rafting on the Kelani River, trek through the Knuckles Mountain Range, look for elusive leopards in Horton Plains National Park, and paddle a canoe through the quiet waters of Samanalawewa — it's all on the agenda.

Mirissa Beach
Sri Lanka Beach Getaway: Tangalle & Mirissa - 5 Days

The beaches of Sri Lanka have so much to offer. This relaxing 5-day trip takes you around to key coastal destinations, including Tangalle and Mirissa, for snorkeling, swimming, whale-watching, and the chance to observe turtles laying their eggs on the sand at night. You'll also view an incredible variety of birds on a boat tour through Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary and squeeze in some cultural sightseeing at the Dutch-style old city in Galle before catching a flight out from the capital city of Colombo.

Sunrise over the Indian Ocean in Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Beaches & Villages of Sri Lanka: Kandy, Ella, & Tangalle - 10 Days

This relaxed 10-day itinerary around Sri Lanka is a treat for nature lovers. Along the journey, you'll see turtles hatching eggs on the beach, spot rare birds in the wild, hike to incredible vistas, and learn about the spices of Ceylon. There's a cultural element to the trip, too: you'll visit temples, learn to meditate with a Buddhist monk, dine in a Sri Lankan home in a small village, and ride an antique train route established by the British in the 18th century.

Recent trip reviews for Yasantha

Sabine

Round trip during corona · Sri Lanka - Aug 13 - Aug 28, 2021

Traveler: Sabine V. - Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

We did a 2 weeks round trip of Sri Lanka with KimKim. Everything was perfectly organized by our agent Yasantha. Our driver Denver was the best. Very good and safe driver. He showed us all the special places and hidden waterfalls, knows the good local restaurants and the best Nature Guides. There was daily follow up between Yasantha and Denver to make sure everything went ok. Even when we wanted to make changes to the trip, Yasantha arranged it immediately. When another lockdown was announced... read more

We did a 2 weeks round trip of Sri Lanka with KimKim. Everything was perfectly organized by our agent Yasantha. Our driver Denver was the best. Very good and safe driver. He showed us all the special places and hidden waterfalls, knows the good local restaurants and the best Nature Guides. There was daily follow up between Yasantha and Denver to make sure everything went ok. Even when we wanted to make changes to the trip, Yasantha arranged it immediately. When another lockdown was announced there were some places that we couldn’t visit. Even the same day they made other arrangement to replace these activities.
The nature guides of EcoTeam are excellent. They can spot you any animal or bird.
We had an exceptional trip : all the main tourist areas and parks we visited as the only foreign tourist. It is safe to travel during corona.
I can fully recommend KimKim as an agent. We actually are arranging our next trip with them.

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Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sabine & Freddy,

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback on your experiences with us in Sri Lanka. We are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic tour in Sri Lanka during the pandemic lockdowns. It was always our duty to take care of every single need to make sure that you have a great travel experience in Sri Lanka.

Thank you for bearing the sudden changes of the routes with us due to the imposed lockdowns which was beyond our control, your kind adaption of the changes was... read more

Hi Sabine & Freddy,

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback on your experiences with us in Sri Lanka. We are delighted to hear that you had a fantastic tour in Sri Lanka during the pandemic lockdowns. It was always our duty to take care of every single need to make sure that you have a great travel experience in Sri Lanka.

Thank you for bearing the sudden changes of the routes with us due to the imposed lockdowns which was beyond our control, your kind adaption of the changes was commendable. Without your corporation, we couldn't arrange this trip up to such a level.

Thanks again for your lovely comments, it was a great honor to be your host in Sri Lanka.

Barry

Kudos to the Lanka Kim Kim Team · Sri Lanka - Feb 9 - Feb 27, 2020

Traveler: Barry M. - Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

We were delighted with our Sri Lanka trip. The organization was great and when we were dissatisfied with one of our hotels, Yasantha quickly made alternate arrangements that were perfect. Our guide/driver, Kumar added to the overall enjoyment of our visit to Sri Lanka. He is an excellent reflection on the Kim Kim operation, along with Yasantha.

There are too many highlights to cover. We REALLY enjoyed the Horton Plains hike; and, of course, Sigiriya, and the cave temples of Dambulla.

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Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Barry,

Thank you very much for your valuable feedback. It was an honour for us to be your service provider in Sri Lanka. We believe that it is our duty to look after our valued guests when they are in Sri Lanka and to make it a home away from home and become a family away from family.

All our drivers and guides are well qualified and trained to look you after when you are on tour and deliver the best services to exceed your expectations, Kumar is one of our well trained best drivers... read more

Hello Barry,

Thank you very much for your valuable feedback. It was an honour for us to be your service provider in Sri Lanka. We believe that it is our duty to look after our valued guests when they are in Sri Lanka and to make it a home away from home and become a family away from family.

All our drivers and guides are well qualified and trained to look you after when you are on tour and deliver the best services to exceed your expectations, Kumar is one of our well trained best drivers that always gets good comments from our guests.

Thanks again for your valued feedback, please do not hesitate to contact Kim Kim for any future travel requirement all over the world.

Cheers!!!
Yasantha

Beautiful Trip to Sri Lanka · Sri Lanka - Jan 3 - Jan 10, 2020

Traveler: Harsha P. - Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

Trip was great, the country is beautiful. we saw many beautiful spots. we had a very good time based on the itinerary that we had customized. Sigiriya rock, Dambulla cave, Cutlural dance show. Yala National Park was amazing. The tracker and naturist were very good and made us see mostly all animals. We saw Leopards, Sloth bear, Tusk Elephant, Crocodile, lots of Birds, Peacock, Land monitor, Deer, Eagle, etc. Then we went to Mirissa and saw the Blue Whale, it was so beautiful. We took a ride... read more

Trip was great, the country is beautiful. we saw many beautiful spots. we had a very good time based on the itinerary that we had customized. Sigiriya rock, Dambulla cave, Cutlural dance show. Yala National Park was amazing. The tracker and naturist were very good and made us see mostly all animals. We saw Leopards, Sloth bear, Tusk Elephant, Crocodile, lots of Birds, Peacock, Land monitor, Deer, Eagle, etc. Then we went to Mirissa and saw the Blue Whale, it was so beautiful. We took a ride on Madu Ganga river seeing the mangroves and we watched the best sunset when the birds were flying over water. Gangarama temple was very beautiful. On the way to these places we stopped at couple of hindu temples that we customized in the trip. Sri Baktha Hanuman Temple, Ashoka Vatika, Sita Amman Temple, etc. The Peradeniya botanical garden is not worth the visit.
our Driver/ Guide Pradeep was great, very honest, tried everything to keep us happy. The hospitality at all hotels were great. Food was good everywhere. the only thing we didn't like is that every hotel, the dinner is open buffet but not so great menu. and the hotels are not interested to take a la carte orders. however on our last day we ordered a la carte, it was more expensive than buffet but it was very nice food and we were happy with that. The car also was too low and not fit for countryside driving, too many slopes, each time the bottom would hit the road when driving. next time, they should provide an saloon car or an SUV.
All the hotels, the guide, the driver, the national park people helped us to have a wonderful trip. Every single place we went to was worth the drive, we wouldn't remove any place we went to based on our customized trip.

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Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Harsha,

Thank you very much for your lovely comment and it was always our duty to make your stay a remarkable one. You have captured nice shots covering the entire trip, probably we can use them in our future itineraries if you do not mind.

Your comment on every single point is very well noted, we will do our best to cater to all our future clients in a way that they will cherish their experiences throughout the lifetime. Your concern on the vehicle is well noted, the situation may be... read more

Hello Harsha,

Thank you very much for your lovely comment and it was always our duty to make your stay a remarkable one. You have captured nice shots covering the entire trip, probably we can use them in our future itineraries if you do not mind.

Your comment on every single point is very well noted, we will do our best to cater to all our future clients in a way that they will cherish their experiences throughout the lifetime. Your concern on the vehicle is well noted, the situation may be due to a technical fault when you were travelling, However, I accept that it is our duty to make your stay comfortable if you could have informed on the condition of the vehicle during the trip, we would have changed the vehicle to make you comfortable.

Please feel free to contact us for any future requirement.

Stay Safe with your beloved ones.

With Warm Regards,
Yasantha

Segal

I arranged my trip with Bilal not Yasantha. ... · Sri Lanka - Dec 22 - Jan 5, 2020

Traveler: Segal A. - Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

I arranged my trip with Bilal not Yasantha. Arrangements for my trip was good. Not perfect only because initially Yasantha never returned my calls. Bilal was good but also not great at returning calls. Bilal did a good job planning my trip. Once I got to Srilanka my driver was excellent. Excursions and hotels were great also.

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Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Segal,

Thank you very much for your feedback on our services, it was an honour to be your service provider in Sri Lanka. It is great to hear that you have enjoyed the trip to Sri Lanka and have a wonderful time here. The pictures of your experiences & encounters look great, hope you do not mind if I use them in our itineraries.

With regard to returning calls, I apologise for delays in getting back you, the reason for the delays of the phone calls due to the time difference and the... read more

Hello Segal,

Thank you very much for your feedback on our services, it was an honour to be your service provider in Sri Lanka. It is great to hear that you have enjoyed the trip to Sri Lanka and have a wonderful time here. The pictures of your experiences & encounters look great, hope you do not mind if I use them in our itineraries.

With regard to returning calls, I apologise for delays in getting back you, the reason for the delays of the phone calls due to the time difference and the phone number you have entered into Kim Kim. You wanted to contact you through another phone number where we could not contact you via the system. However, we managed to contact you and get your trip arranged, please accept my sincere apologies for not returning to you without any delays.

Have a great time!!!

With Warm Regards,
Yasantha

Sri Lanka - safari and cultural places · Sri Lanka - Dec 26 - Jan 5, 2020

Traveler: Jason P. - Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

The whole trip was very well organised.
The initial specialist Yasantha put together a very comprehensive itinerary that covered all the places I wanted to see and more. In fact it was so busy that I had to ask my driver/guide for some time off from all the sight seeing!
Boni the driver was very courteous and helpful and struck the right balance between being informative and not engaging in conversation.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday.
Thank you
Jason

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Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jason,

Thank you very much for putting your feedback together and sharing your thoughts with us. It was always our pleasure to arrange your holiday in Sri Lanka. You have decided to travel to Sri Lanka during the busiest period of the year, however, we are glad that we were able to make your dream holiday a reality. Our drivers are always willing to travel a step out from the way and allow you to experience the authenticity.

Once again thanks for choosing Sri Lanka as your dream holiday... read more

Hi Jason,

Thank you very much for putting your feedback together and sharing your thoughts with us. It was always our pleasure to arrange your holiday in Sri Lanka. You have decided to travel to Sri Lanka during the busiest period of the year, however, we are glad that we were able to make your dream holiday a reality. Our drivers are always willing to travel a step out from the way and allow you to experience the authenticity.

Once again thanks for choosing Sri Lanka as your dream holiday destination and it was a great honour to assist you in putting all the services together and make your dream holiday a reality. Please feel free to come back to us when you plan to travel to Sri Lanka in future.

With Warm Regards,
Yasantha

José

Surprise, a good one · Sri Lanka - Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2019

Traveler: José B. - Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

I didn't have any expectations about it, and the whole trip surprised me, specially my driver: what a good mood, i have to say. Since we had to drive for several hours almost every day he truly made the difference. Hotel and food were good as well, so the tours, the places; its entire history. I believe this opened my mind about Sri Lanka, and that's one of my favorite feelings about a trip.

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Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jose,
Thank you very much for your feedback on your experiences here in Sri Lanka with us. It was a great honour to serve you, hope you will surely visit Sri Lanka again.
Thank you very much
Best Regards,
Yasantha

Dear KimKimOur driver Nishantha was very hel... · Sri Lanka - Oct 5 - Oct 12, 2019

Traveler: Julie S. - Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

Dear KimKim
Our driver Nishantha was very helpful, polite, punctual and always provided a clean car each morning. He opened the door for me and was forthcoming with helpful information during our trip.
Our favourite part of our time in Sri Lanka were the safari camps. Mahoora safari camps were excellent. Our first camp in Wilpattu was exceptional. Our naturalist/guide was so interesting and informative. Everything about the camp was exceptional. The food, service, facilities, vehicles... read more

Dear KimKim
Our driver Nishantha was very helpful, polite, punctual and always provided a clean car each morning. He opened the door for me and was forthcoming with helpful information during our trip.
Our favourite part of our time in Sri Lanka were the safari camps. Mahoora safari camps were excellent. Our first camp in Wilpattu was exceptional. Our naturalist/guide was so interesting and informative. Everything about the camp was exceptional. The food, service, facilities, vehicles and safari's were wonderful. Our second safari camp in Udawalawe was wonderful also. We didn't particularly like the dogs in the park but apart from that the experience was fabulous. We didn't have a naturalist there like in Wilpattu but the guide/operational manager was most helpful. The food was beautiful and the staff were just wonderful. We just loved our experience in both safari camps. I will certainly recommend them to our friends. Our accommodation during our stay was good. Unfortunately my husband got Salmonella while staying in Cassandra Cultural resort which was most unfortunate. He ate some meat at dinner which he feels resulted in his illness. He was unwell for at least four days which made his holiday less enjoyable. Unfortunately he was not well enough to go to the Tooth Temple and cultural show or travel on the train as per our itinerary. He was too weak and when not travelling spent the rest of his time in our hotel bedroom. Our last hotel in Colombo was a bit disappointing as they did not serve alcohol in either the hotel or restaurant. I wish we had know this prior to booking this accommodation. We like to spend our evenings over dinner with a nice bottle of wine. Therefore we had to find a restaurant in Colombo in the pouring rain where we could relax over dinner. I should have checked the miles/kilometres we would be travelling before finalising our itinerary as I felt we did too many miles. We probably should have gone to Yala safari camp and Udawalawe which were closer together rather than all the way up to Wilpattu. We loved our hotel in Kandy, I could have stayed there longer. I should have stayed at a nicer place in Nuwara Eilya. We went to dinner at The Grand Hotel which was a beautiful establishment. The villa we stayed in was nice but small and I much preferred The Grand Hotel. Anyway, these are things I have learned during our visit to Sri Lanka that will assist me when booking future holidays. Regards Julie Stretton

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Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Julie,
Thank you very much for your feedback and we truly appreciate your comment. It really shows us the points to be improved for the betterment of our valued clients. It's a pity that your husband got Salmonella during your holiday and could not do certain visits. We will surely inform the hotel about it and get their explanations and warn them.
It is true that one day in Kandy is not enough since we had only 8 days in Sri Lanka and to give you more exposure, we had to keep only one... read more

Hi Julie,
Thank you very much for your feedback and we truly appreciate your comment. It really shows us the points to be improved for the betterment of our valued clients. It's a pity that your husband got Salmonella during your holiday and could not do certain visits. We will surely inform the hotel about it and get their explanations and warn them.
It is true that one day in Kandy is not enough since we had only 8 days in Sri Lanka and to give you more exposure, we had to keep only one night in Kandy.
Very well noted your concern on putting Udawalawe & Yala together instead of Wilpattu. In fact, that is our usual practice. Since Yala National Park (block 1)is closed in September and October annually, I had to include Wilpattu & Udawalawe instead of Yala. However, the block 5 of Yala National Park will not be closed during the said period, but the area is too small for a full day safari. Hence I did not include Yala in the itinerary.
We have very well taken your feedback on your trip, I am sure that we could do better for your future trips in Sri Lanka.
Have a great day ahead!
With Warm Regards,
Yasantha

Joana Rini

Sri Lanka: Trails of the Ancient Kingdom - 10 Days · Sri Lanka - Apr 16 - Apr 27, 2019

Traveler: Joana Rini K. - Local specialist: Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi

Yasantha did a great job and managed to tailor an amazing trip based on "Trails of an Ancient Kingdom" that perfectly fitted our desires. We decided to extend the 10-day programme, and modifying the itinerary, adding extra days of hiking, planning accommodation and connecting us with local trekkers and guides was always done instantly. Communication before our trip was excellent and ran very smoothly, all the questions that we had were answered which gave us the impression to be taken care of... read more

Yasantha did a great job and managed to tailor an amazing trip based on "Trails of an Ancient Kingdom" that perfectly fitted our desires. We decided to extend the 10-day programme, and modifying the itinerary, adding extra days of hiking, planning accommodation and connecting us with local trekkers and guides was always done instantly. Communication before our trip was excellent and ran very smoothly, all the questions that we had were answered which gave us the impression to be taken care of in a very personal way that you usually can't expect while using a booking platform. In the country itself we got in contact with awesome local guides, all the staff of Eco Team Sri Lanka works in an outstanding way, well trained, so kind and helpful and with a stunning experience and awareness of the nature (Knuckles Manigala trekking, Eshan and his team for the Belihuloya trek through the jungle, Adam's Peak and Russell and all the people at the Udawalawe Big Game Camp). Thanks to our driver Sanjaya who took us safely to all the exceptional places that this country has to offer.

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Yasantha Kuruvita Arachchi, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Joanna,

Thank you very much for your feedback and it's truly appreciated.

Further, I would like to offer you our sincere gratitude on behalf of the entire nation as you were with us during the hard times without leaving us and your act of kindness gave us a lot of courage. Your efforts in spreading the message that Sri Lanka is still safe to travel would be a great help in boosting Sri Lanka Tourism at this moment.

Thank you so much...

Best Regards,
Yasantha