We booked Mathisha for 3 days, starting with a Safari in Kaudulla and following days included a trip to Polunaruva and the transfer to Kandy. The Safari was an amazing experience: he recommended the best time to visit the Park and we saw 164 Elefants (counted by our daughter) some of them really close up! We totally recommend to anyone booking the safari tour with Mathisha! His service was great: he stopped to buy typical Sri Lanka treats for us such as Ginger cookies or corn on the hub, he pointed out sight seeing spots on the way and had great knowledge of wildlife. One day, he provided free WiFi! Travelling longer distances such as from Sigiriya to Pollunaruva with a Jeep during rain season is for sure great fun, if you however wish more comfort or space for luggage, than you might choose a different vehicle (seat belts provided for 3 seats).
We had a great day on this tour despite the terrible weather ( it is rainy season so was expected)
The pick up time was flexible after several communications and luckily it was, because our time in Sigiriya was affected by some serious rain. However we got to climb the amazing rock which incredible.
Our driver Madushan was lovely although his English was very limited and this prevented any communication about the need to change plans due to the weather etc
We got to Kaudulla at 1pm and joined up with another Jeep. At first we were worried we were too early as most safaris recommend a later afternoon start but in spite of the rain we got up close to the wonderful elephants seeing more than 100 in the next 3 hours.
When we left the park at 4pm it was v busy with lots of other jeeps.
This safari is well worth doing and although we were disappointed with the inability to communicate with our driver we had a great day.
However to note if you are hoping to see other animals this safari appears to see the elephants only- well worth it though
Mr. V. Kumara has made a great job!
You can ask him whatever you want, he has an answer. The safari-tour was sensational and our host/ guide has explained so many things so that everyone can understand. He made some jokes and it was real fun, he speaks english fluently. If the plan for the day changes a little bit, he can react flexible, so he finds a solution.
So thank you for this great experience, V. Kumara!!
Greetings from Germany
Bernd (Frankfurt a.M.)
We chose Vijith based on his excellent reviews and were were not disappointed. He took us on safari at a time where it was very quiet and not many other jeeps which allowed us to get to the best places without competition. He is also able to spot animals we were not able to spot and allowed sufficient time to capture them.
We would fully recommend him to anyone looking for a guide who doesn't hassle you and is very easy to talk to. He will try and please your every needs.
Vijith thank you for everything.
We went on this safari on an afternoon in September. The jeep was really comfortable and was great to take the roof off and look out through the top when we got there. We saw loads of wildlife, over 50 elephants, water buffalo, monkeys and birds. Our driver was really friendly and knowledgable and got us really close to some of the animals, but was very conscious of being respectful of the wildlife and respecting the animals privacy. Our 3 year old had a great time!