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Indigo Explorer Travel

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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About Indigo Explorer Travel
genuine, boutique travel agency, devoted to provide you an unforgettable custom-made travel experiences on the lustrous island of Sri Lanka. Self-design your ideal unparalleled trip run by ingenious & passionate individuals all in integrated our purpose on supporting communities, preserving biodiversity and promoting sustainability, perfectly suited to your getaway expectation.
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Vamsi wrote a review Mar 2020
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We are a family of four, wanting to visit Sri Lanka when we came into contact with Lionel. We dutifully provided him with the list of things that we wanted to see and do in Sri Langka, and then he asked us if we would like to see a different Sri Langka, one that most tourists do not get to see...wild elephants instead of domesticated ones....temples and ruins that only the locals know about.....quiet and untouched beaches .......we were on board!!! From the moment we landed in Colombo untill the time we left, Lionel and Tharundi were around to make out holiday memorable. Lionel has, in his armada of knowledge, the most lovely hotels. Each and every property that he chose for was unique and had excellent service and lovely food. We had 3 safari's planned, but Tharundi's sharp eye could spot many a beautiful bird just along the main roads as we travelled to our destinations. On our safari, we managed to see many wild animals including a leopard that was happy to pose for us for almost 40 mins and many elephants, including some that chased us ! In Angamedilla National Park, we had a foot safari, accompanied by trained rangers and was able to sneak up really close to a very large crocodile that was sunbathing ! We ended out trip with a relaxing stay in a quaint hotel in Nilavelli. I strongly recomend Lionel to anyone who's in the market for a memorable holiday
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Date of experience: May 2019
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christyb2008 wrote a review Feb 2020
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia2 contributions
My friend and I traveled to Sri Lanka recently (Feb 03 - 20, 2020). Prior to the trip, we were looking for a tour operator that could arrange a trip that would allow us to go off the beaten tracks without costing us a bomb. A good friend of ours recommended Indigo Explorer. We contacted Lionel (the sales consultant) and he came up with a tour idea that fitted our travel budget, preferences and interests (away from highly touristy places as much as we could, adventurous activities especially trekking, opportunity to mingle with local people and experience their everyday culture). We went ahead with Lionel's tour arrangement and, I must say, it was a brilliant decision. We had a remarkably fantastic trip --- a hike up to Adam's Peak via the least touristy yet challenging Kuruwita Erathna trail and down via the Hatton trail; experiencing a ride of the historical train from Hatton to Ohiya which I enjoyed immensely; trekking through tea farms and Tamil settlememts in the Udaveriya Estate; safaris in Yala National Park (beautiful forest landscapes and we saw a leopard, elephants, wild buffaloes, crocodiles, spotted deer, peacocks, wild boar and a wide variety of birds, many of which we had not previously seen in our lives) and Maduru Oya National Park (the landscapes were mind-blowing, confirming the description made by a Lonely Planet's author that Sri Lanka's national parks shared similarities with the national parks in East Africa); climbing Pidurangala for sunset views of Sigiriya and the surrounding areas and climbing Sigiriya the following morning; Jaffna (great food; stunning landscapes; birding paradise; local cultures such as the architecturally awe-inspiring and colorful Hindu temples); Delft Island (coral walls; history; laid-back island culture); Mannar (we were hunting for flamigoes but didnt see any, most likely due to the fact that we came too early for the flamigoes' migration season); mud house in Paramakanda (one of the most beautiful properties we have stayed at, to chill a bit after all the quite energy-consuming activities in the previous days); Anuradhapura (amazing and massive dagobas and historical ruins); and Colombo. Our trip could not have been better. For this, we owe it to Lionel and Tharindu (our local guide). Lionel was highly professional, efficient and prompt in organizing our trip. He responded to our endless questions patiently and within the shortest time frame possible. Even during our trip, he ocassionally sent us an email to ask how everything was and let us know to not hesitate to contact him should we need anything. For us, this kind of gesture was extremely priceless. We loved Tharindu. He was incredibly knowledgeable. We learned a great deal from him. For instance, I was not a birding person. But now I can identify quite a number of birds (green bee eater, blue-tailed green bee eater, painted stork, pelican, glossy & black-necked ibis, woolly-necked stork, the list goes on). He was passionate about what he was doing and that passion produced such a positive and exuberate energy throughout the tour. So, BIG thanks to Lionel and Tharindu. There's so much of Sri Lanka that we have yet to discover. We definitely would like to set foot on this wonderful country again, and we will undoubtedly be doing it again with amazing Indigo Explorer.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jewel Jap wrote a review Aug 2019
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Not familiar with Asia and having chosen to visit Sri Lanka, we wanted to deal with some serious tour operator. We gave Indigo Explorer general information about my centers of interest, my desire to go off the beaten track, and asked for insights in relation with the guided tours they were offering. We received a prompt acknowledgment about my inquiry, followed shortly a thorough tailor made proposal, which we decided to accept after a few exchanges with Lionel, who took care of the organisation of my trip. And, surely not deceived by my choice was I!! All the adventures set organised were awesome, Tharindu in charge of transportation from one point to the other was very careful and always made sure that everything was in good order before leaving me to the attention of the next resort's staff on the schedule. Tharindu is also a very experience guide was simply fantastic. So knowledgeable on nature, from birds, to mammals and culture in general, he also gave me so many insights on Sri Lankan culture and made a perfect partner for my scheduled adventures. His professionalism was far exceeding what would be normally expected from a guide. He made sure that we would get the most out of my expeditions, looked for that small extra experience possible so I kept unforgettable memories of my stay in Sri Lanka. An other thing we especially appreciated from Indigo Explorer is the importance it gives to involving the communities where some trip take place, and is strongly environment oriented. All in all, everyone at Indigo Explorer Travel made our stay in Sri lanka unforgettable and exceeded all our expectations. There are still loads of Sri Lankan areas off the beaten track they offer I would need to visit, and I will look no further than with Indigo Explorer to take care of the logistics and guiding. Easily two thumbs up to everyone!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Dazzle Lie wrote a review Jul 2019
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We are wildlife guides ourselves and just spent 8 days throughout Sinharaja, Galoya, Kumana & Yala NPs organized by Indigo Explorer. From the initial contact to the start of our Wildlife trip, Tharindu was our guide/driver (he has been pumping all the way out reach for our expectation of birds and wildlife), he was very professional and put the effort into making our trip great, very personalize as well very knowledgeable and clued in about the wildlife, cultural of his native land. He was extremely good to spot birds in any park we have been exploring. Definitely recommend using them.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from indigoexplorertravel, Owner at Indigo Explorer Travel
Responded 1 Aug 2019
Hey Dazzle, Thank you for taking the time to leave us this stunning review, we are glad to hear you enjoyed your time through out Sinharaja, Galoya, Kumana & Yala NP. They are all incredible destinations offering a great taste of Sri Lanka's wild side. We endeavour to create alternative adventures for our clients and operate in a manner which is highly personalised to ensure that you as the clients are crafted the perfect experience. I am glad we were able to provide a great experience during your time in Sri Lanka. It is always a pleasure to hear such positive feedback which i will definitively let my team know, and we hope to see you again in this beautiful part of the world. Cheers Lionel
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K9SHO4 wrote a review Jun 2019
New Plymouth, New Zealand10 contributions1 helpful vote
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Lionel created a customised tour of Sri Lanka that he developed based on a number of conversations so that it captured exactly what we wanted to see and do. He has spent weeks scouting for boutique accomodation and getting to know the must do experiences of the island and the real quality experiences, consequently we felt as if we had a perfect personalised tour. Lionel and Tharandu ensured that the pace of the trip suited us and that we got to experience the culture, the scenery and the wildlife that Sri Lanka has to offer. Thanks to them we fell in love with Sri Lanka and created lifelong memories as a couple and as a group of 4 friends. We cannot speak highly enough of the quality of our trip.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from indigoexplorertravel, Owner at Indigo Explorer Travel
Responded 1 Aug 2019
Hey Jayne, Mikael Thank you for taking the time to drop us such a fantastic review commending our team member Tharindu! Your kind words are absolutely humbling and motivate us to continue doing what we do with pride and dedication for our guests in order for them to have not only a smooth alternative journey in Sri Lanka but an absolutely memorable one. It would our pleasure to have you again in the future. Cheers, Lionel (Indigo Explorer)
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