I rarely find myself wanting to sit down and writing a letter of recommendation for a guide, but had to for this special guide L. Kamal. We had a wonderful visit to Sri Lanka and now, I am genuinely happy to write a letter on behalf of all of my friends.
We contacted Kamal in January for a last minute trip to Kandy and Sigiriya and found that at the start of our experience, he was professional, reliable and a man of his word. We are experienced travellers and happily use local guides, but even with that, Kamal exceeded our expectations! First, he communicates constantly with you and answers any questions you might have regarding the trip. Second, he is honest and told us directly that he himself would not be driving, but another driver would be (no bait and switch). Third, he does not take a deposit until the end of the trip in Colombo quite remarkable as every other guide did require a deposit. Fourth, he is a decent man and he made us laugh till our guts blew open, with his canny sense of humor a pure delight to have him around. Fifth, he is a man of his word. Again, I say this because what we wanted was not an expensively trip but also unusual photography opportunity. Not only did we travel everywhere in Sri Lanka, but we saw wonderful things few tourists see! Herb and spice gardens, elephant orphanage, Buddha tooth temple, tea factory and a spa all in 3 days. Besides the Sigiriya rock palace.
It was a perfect Trip for us and it was made even better by our guide who educated us on the history and culture of the city as well as letting us stop wherever our curiosity led us! It is rare in this world that one does what they say they are going to do. Kamal kept his word on every promise, providing us with an AC van, comfortable for all 5 of us and a knowledgeable guide at a very fair price. I have no reservations recommending his services. We left Sri Lanka knowing that our experience was exceptional compared to that offered by any other guide.
I strongly recommend Kamal to all who wish to see Sri Lanka with a laugh and high experience of professionalism, I will surely be visiting again only with the comfort knowing that he will be there to make our experience a great one.
Thank you once again Kamal. You truly are KAMAL (a wonder)
By Sunil S Mirpuri