I booked a safari through TripAdvisor to visit Minneriya national Park through the tour operator 'Lakpura LLC'. I had mistakenly booked the safari for 20th August 2019 instead of 20th July 2019. I did not realise this mistake until I phoned Mr Nalinda from Lakpura LLC on the 19th July. It was he who pointed out my error and graciously rearranged the safari for 20th July. He also suggested that we travel to Kaudulla instead of Minneriya as the elephants were there. I greatly appreciated his helpfulness, professionalism and the three courteous telephone conversations. He informed me that the safari jeep driver Asela would pick us up at 1430 near our hotel 'Sorowwa Resort & Spa'.
On the 20th July 2019, we were promptly picked up by Asela from our hotel and driven to Kaudulla. The jeep was a six seater four wheel drive with comfortable seating. As we got on to the jeep he handed over a cold bottle of water to each of us. On arrival at Kaudulla park, Asela went to the park offices and purchased our tickets. (Note - the park fees not included in the safari costs).
Asela continued to chat with us all along this adventure giving us tips on how to maximise our experience. He took us to spots where elephant mums, youngsters, kids and babies were frolicking in the water, enjoying their grassy meal and simply walking about completely unconcerned with the many human visitors in at least 100 safari jeeps. Asela stopped his vehicle at spots where the light was optimum for photography. I also greatly appreciated his turning off the engine to minimise camera shake during photography!!
It was not a sunny day - but partially overcast.
I take this opportunity to thank Lakpura LLC and Asela for providing us a memorable afternoon to observe large groups of elephants at close range, in their natural habitat, numbering over a hundred.
I totally recommend Lakpura if you want the best elephant safari experience in Sri Lanka. We chose Minneriya National Park for the afternoon safari and we had an amazing time being so close to the elephants! Totally worth it!
Used Lakpura to book an elephant safari whilst staying in Sigiriya.
They were very helpful as we realised we booked twice. Very quickly refunded the money.
We initially booked for Minneriya National Park at 6am, but as advised by the company we changed the booking to Kaudulla National Park in the afternoon. Our pick up was on time and driver was excellent. We saw more than a hundred elephants.
The driver stopped to point out different birds and animals.
Laleesha was our point of contact throughout the emails and was excellent.
We booked to go to Minneriya National park but got an e-mail the day before to say all the elephants had moved to Kuadulla. They changed our tour and arranged to pick us up. The driver was excellent - providing us with binoculars and excellent commentary. The driver was brilliant at spotting animals. We saw hundreds of elephants and I feel he kept a fair distance from the elephants and when an elephant came close he moved away and always stopped at a reasonable distance.
I would definitely recommend this company - I even received a small refund because of the change of tour which I was not expecting.
I wrote to 6 Tour Companies in Sri Lanka before planning our family Tour and selected Lakpura Travels because of the exceptional customer service of their Tour Coordinator, Malsiri Peiris. Only Malsiri managed to offer an itinerary best suited for our Group consisting 4 different age groups. His initial conversation with me was enough to select him from the rest, He was easy to work with, highly committed and knowledgeable when planning. I had so much confidence in him and confirmed the Tailor made Family Tour he offered, our 1st to Sri Lanka.
During the Tour, Malsiri was in contact with his Driver, with me, with Hotels booked, to ensure a flawless Tour. I decided to change my plans suddenly at the very end. Although it was during the Peak Season, without grumbling, he managed to get us a similar Hotel in Colombo which was not a destination in our Itinerary. I learnt that Malsiri always looks after his Clients well.
I have travelled before to several countries, but never have I come across a Tour Coordinator so unique like Malsiri Peiris who was so passionate, understands his Customer needs, trustworthy and friendly.
We were given a very safe and a friendly Driver called Lal. Lal was more than a Driver to all of us specially to our small kids who enjoyed his company throughout . Lal was never late, so we didn’t have to rush and didn’t miss anything, everything was organized by Malsiri giving enough time for our group to enjoy in our own space. In spite of his limited knowledge, Lal managed to show us useful things we didn’t know before.
We visited Sigiriya, Minneriya to see Elephants in the wild on a private Jeep Safari, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Kandy, Peradeniya, Nuwara Eliya. Also some visits to a Spice Garden, Gem Crafting and Woodcarvings.
For those who are planning to visit Sri Lanka… I shall recommend Malsiri Peiris, probably the most committed Tour Coordinator you could find and his safe Driver Lal.