Thanks a million for our fantastic summer holidays in Sri Lanka. Your great personal style, humor, attitude, insights & local network really made the difference between a ’normal’ holiday & the one we experienced with our family during our stay. From the first days we had an excellent understanding, allowing us to really get to understand the country with a Sri Lankan view: your insights on the Portugese/British/Dutch colonialism and the Buddhism created several good insight discussions with our teenagers, and has further opened our/their world & thoughts. Rather then following the ‘traditional’ touristic paths, you were able to show us so much more “real” Sri lanka: wildlife outside of the traditional parks (so ‘pure’, we will never forget the moment at the lake with fisherman, crocodiles, & so much ’natural’ Sri Lankan peace), or the surfing on isolated beaches, the advise on the snorkeling, the flexibility on hotels, the chocolate cake in Nuwara Eliya, etc etc…. Curd & Honey has become our favorite dessert!Steven & Hilde, Jana, Timo & Lars
The opinion of others
Nera is a very good, reliable and punctual driver. On top of that he is the nicest guy you can think of. His car is a nice Toyota van, which can seat up to six persons. We (the two of us) spent 10 days with him in which we did a tour over the island. Nera’s English is perfect, and his knowledge of Sri Lanka history, culture and nature is enormous. Besides, he knows all the best spots, where to go and where not to go (“The tourist traps” as he calls it!), and he has a vast network of contacts all over the land, which turned out to be beneficial and efficient on multiple occasions. We spent four nights at their homestay “Sandalwood Valley”, hosted by Nera and his wife Wendy. We had a great time! Do not expect any hectic; the house is in the middle of nature, there are no restaurants or shops in the immediate vicinity, which in practice means that all meals are to be enjoyed in house. Which is not a burden at all, as the cooking of Nera and his mother is fantastic! Kandy can be reached by tuktuk, by bus or by Nera’s car services in about 45 minutes. The rooms are huge, the bed is perfect, the bathroom is very comfortable and has the size of an average London hotel room. So that means: huge! On top of that a spacious and quiet terrace. The hospitality of Nera and his family is heartwarming. A perfect location for relaxation, hiking, nature discovery and the like, a perfect stop in a Sri Lanka tour program. highly recommended!Jan Willem and Henny
Traveling in Sri-Lanka is an amazing experience. A perfect one, if you’re traveling with a professional guide. Nera was our driver-guide on our trip to Sri-lanka this December. First, all communication with him before and during the trip went smoothly. Traveling with him was a real pleasure. Nera is a warm and friendly person which is familiar with every place and attraction in Sri-lanka. Considering our original travel plans, Nera added the little things that made all the difference – the beautiful places on the way, the delicious meals in local restaurants, drawing our attention to the wild life outside our window and treating us like real VIP’s. If you are planning a privet trip with a driver-guide, we warmly recommend you to take Nera. You’ll be in very good hands 🙂Ayelet & Moshe
Great guest house, with “Hotel”-rooms:Frank and family
Big rooms with big bathrooms, rain shower, no busy roads or noisy tuk-tuk’s around.
Wendy is a discrete and flexible woman from Belgium, helped by her warm Buddhist family in law.
We enjoyed the rest, the space, the home made food en the human approach.
We were helped by Wendy, to organise our tour.
The tour guide-driver, Sanjeewa, is a very carefull driver, he adapted himself during 3 weeks,
From entertainer, to discretely dissapearing when he felt we needed some family time.
Price of our stay were guesthouse prices, but we enjoyed the luxuary of an hotel!
What a lovely Holiday again. We really enjoyed our stay here. Everything was excellent from breakfast,lunch,diner,rooms hospitality,…. Beautiful environment with a lovely view. Wendy and Nera are two lovely people and everything happens with a smile. Siyara is a lovely child and pita keeps it safe at home. 🙂 Also the excursions were excellent. Everything was planned personal to our own needs. We saw beautiful places were otherwise u don’t come as a tourist. Nera is a great guide and knows his way around the country. We have no doubt, if we come back to Sri lanka its back to this place. Thx for everything, we look forward to our next stay!!!!Davy and Eline