Kayla, February 2020
My husband and I have been in Sri Lanka for about a month and met Yusif along the way. We had decided to take the organic cookery class with him on one of our last few days here. We had chatted with him prior to booking the class and he took it upon himself to tailormake a half day tour so we could learn some things about Galle that we had yet to discover. It was so much more than we could have every asked for. Yusif is a genuine, kind-hearted man who wants to help out his country by sharing his knowledge. He truly will has your best intrest in mind. He showed us beautiful places, different markets and took care of everything for us from the tuk-tuks, to the bargaining (to make sure we get local prices) and even bought us a woodapple juice at the end of our journey. After purchasing the foods we would be using for the cooking class, we took a break and went home until it was closer to dinner time. We got to spend time with his wonderful wife and his cute daughter as they shared how to make some of the best dishes we’ve got to taste in Sri Lanka. We then sat down and shared the meal. It was a beautiful experience to have. We had so much fun, not only throughout our day but becoming friends with Mr. Yusif and his family. We can’t wait to see them again when we come back to Sri Lanka in the future! Thanks for everything Yusif (AKA the best tour guide)!
Jordan, February 2020
Yusif knows Sri Lanka like it’s the back of his hand. From beautiful historical sites, to wonderful beaches, his tour is jam packed with a lot of great information to know if you are visiting Galle. He took us to see different religious sites as well as various food markets including fruits, veggies and fish. We loved that were taken to choose the foods for our cooking class at an organic food stand. He let us choose different foods that we can obtain in our own country so that we could actually go home and re-create the dishes we made in Sri Lanka. This is a true homestyle cooking experience that anyone would love to be apart of and who can benefit from. Yusif became a great friend to us here in Sri Lanka and is willing to go out of his way to help out no matter what circumstances arise. I would HIGHLY recommend his tours/organic cookery class for anyone who wants a true Sri Lankan experience.
Hwartonxx, January 2020
Beautiful people ,very accommodating. Small group tour was perfect with homestays and glorious foods
Mahendra, January 2020
Our journey was begun on 18th Jan and we have visited most of the part of souther and western Sri Lanka. It was consists of Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy etc.
This trip was not be the same without Eurolanka. Starting from Colombo, They picked us up and helped us all the way possible to adjust in a new country without any worry.
Tour owner Yusuf was really nice guy, he arranged all our accommodation in all places, so we just go and drop our bags and take rest. He has also offered us a tour in Galle and a nice dinner in his room.
To be precise, We are heading back home with lot of memories only because of Euro Lanka. I will strongly recommend Eurolanka if you are novice/experienced traveller for a nice, without hectic trip.
Maria, December 2019
In August 2019 we decided to visit Sri Lanka for 22 days over Christmas and New Year. In Yusuf from EuroLanka Holidays, we found a local tour operator, who always was ready to adapt to our wishes for proximity to culture, people and nature and even changes requested spontaneously were taken care of immediately.
Of course, it helped a lot that he worked for a German company in Dubai, and therefore is very much familiar with the German mentality.
Our trip began on December 19, 2019 in the lively city of Galle, which, surrounded by palm beaches, with the old town and the Dutch Fort has an attraction to offer. After that, Yusuf accompanied us on a 14-day tour through the southern, central and eastern part of the island. Of course, we visited the Sinharaja Rain Forest World Natural Heritage, took the train from Ella to Nuwara Eliya, explored the bustling streets of Kandy in a tuk tuk, walked through the old town, saw the famous Kandy dancers and of course visited the Temple of Tooth. Thereafter, on our way to Trincomalle, on the east coast, we visited ruins and temples in Sigiriya, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa. Then, from Trincomalle we made a short visit at the Kaniiya Hotwells, before we continued further to the picturesque Anuradapura. Finally, we returned via Negombo to Hikkaduwa north of Galle. There, in the beautiful, quiet and comfortable Villa 46, located on the beach. we recovered from our tour.
Yusuf, born in Galle himself, made the trip an unforgettable experience, especially outside of tourist attractions. This included personal invitations to dinner at his home, with delicacies of the national cuisine, freshly prepared by his lovely wife Deeriya. We made a stop at the Spice Art Shop Galle, which combined all the wonderful hot spices of the island, we strolled along Jungle Beach, took a tuk tuk for a shopping tour through the main shopping street Main Street, drank fresh tea in the Court Square of the Galle Fort and visited the Sivan temple in Galle.
Our roundtour around the country began with a long hike through the Sinharaja Rain Forest World Natural Heritage site, including a dip in the Ging Ganga waterfalls, and a sighting of a poisonous green pit viper. Of course, we did not miss the breakfast soup Kola Kanda, experienced freshly roasted peanuts on the train to Nuwara Eliya, had lunch near Haputale in a restaurant build from palm fronds and logs, took the more than adventurous walk to the Nine Arches Bridge in Ella, ate ripe pomelos at the fruit stand on our way to Kandy, made a tour in an ox cart in Hiriwadunna Village, had a long chat with a farmer in a rice field near Sigiriya, had the daily enjoyment of curd, made from the milk of water buffaloes sweetened with treakle on the edge of the road, visited with the fishermen on the east coast, had an unforgettable New Year with freshly made curry and Lion beer in the evening, and a traditional New Year’s ceremony with boiled milk the following morning at the Pearl Oceanic Resort in Trincomalle. In Puranagama Ancient Village near Anuradhapura we familiarized ourselves with country life in the old days and enjoyed the wonderful food that came straight out of the oven. Finally, there were these palm trees, the magnificent sun and the big foam topped waves on the beach of Hikkaduwa.
Ultimately, let us not forget Namal, the always friendly and helpful driver, who navigated us with calm and great care through the very special traffic conditions in Sri Lanka.
It was a great trip. Whoever is looking for a fantastic holiday in beautiful Sri Lanka should consider Yusuf from EuroLanka Holydays, with his special proximity to country and people he is the best tour organizer you can get.
Osvaldo, December 2019
Excelent tour! The idea of a homestay tour is genius! Totally affordable, we got a chance to experience “real Sri Lanka”, interacting with people in the places we stayed in, sometimes cooking along, playing with the children, talking to everyone. It is relaxing to know that food, travel, activities, overnight stay, are all paid for and taken care of. Plus the friendship we received from Yusuf, our guide, and Namal, our driver! They did everything that was necesary to provide the services agreed upon, and also to arrange extras activities we were interested in, like Balloon flying, snorkeling, whale watching! It was just perfect, and we will always be thankful to them and to every simple person we met in Sri Lanka… A disclaimer, though: This tour is for people who do not except high level services, because meals are usually served at homes or in family restaurants. Even though some of the houses we stayed in had rooms nicer than 4 star hotels!
Blake, July 2019
The team at Euro Lanka led by Yusuf is nothing short of exceptional. They go above and beyond to tailor the trip how you would like it but at no point does that detract away from the essence of traditional Sri Lanka. Yusuf started by customising our trip to suit our needs which many other tour companies don’t do. Then once there the service was impeccable, with local insights, stops and learnings from not only Yusuf himself, but his family, driver Namal and the locals enlisted to help show us the best possible time in Sri Lanka. We could not fault the trip at any point and if we needed something more or else, Yusuf would make it happen so we could enjoy the entire trip with a care free experience. Highly recommend Euro Lanka as you get a wholesome traditional and unbelievable experience with Yusuf and the team. Thank you!
Maddie, July 2019
Our 10 day trip with EuroLanka was one to remember.
Yusuf and his team were able to tailor our holiday to meet our needs and our budget.
EuroLanka holidays offers something deeper than the bigger tour operators. We were able to go off to beaten track and experience the real Sri Lanka. Accomodation was predominantly homestays which made the experience even richer. Amongst many other highlights, one that stands out in particular was when we were in transit between towns, he introduced us to a small fishing village where we came across a small group of school children who had not encountered foreigners before. First there were 3, then 10, then 20 and before we knew it there were 30 adorning school children following us around the village in awe of the 2 foreigners they’d never seen before.
This, as well as the time we spent with his family, are memories we will cherish forever.
There are no set rules on the tour. Whatever you want to see or do, Yusuf can make it happen. The epitome of a great man living in a beautiful country – this is reflected 100% through the EuroLanka tour.
Adrienne, June 2019
Yusuf & our driver Namal gave us a lovely tour of Sri Lanka. With Eurolanka you get to see the country through the eyes of a local. We met so many lovely people running small guesthouses. We really felt made welcome.
Yusuf has great ideas for making your stay special. One of our highlights was cooking with his lovely wife.
Normski, January 2019
Yusuf guided me around Galle on a bicycle showing me the diverse buildings and sites – including churches, mosques and temples. We also went along a bit of the coastal road in search of mangrove apples.We visited his wonderful and knowledgeable friend the spice man. There was no pressure to buy anything at all, but the spices smelt so good, I just had to! My favourite parts were cycling the back roads, seeing the little villages and stalls, as well as enjoying a hard earned ginger tea with his wife and family at the end. The best thing about Yusuf is his openness to chat all things Sri Lanka and on life! I really enjoyed my time with him.
John, January 2019
The first 12 days of our tour were really exceptionally good. It was unfortunately only the last 5 days when we were let down. We saw and visited many wonderful places which will remain happily in our memories. The flora and fauna are wonderful. The people are friendly and kind, and mostly always smiling. The accommodation was mostly very good, with only two exceptions but bearing in mind how quickly the tour was put together for a special occasion for us, these can certainly be overlooked.
Danielle, November 2018
I had gone to Sri Lanka on my own and i admit that i was not aware i was going to be solo for the duration of the trip, i had thought that i was booking within a tour. But i had a wonderful time with my guide and owner of EuroLanka, Yusuf and our driver Thissa. they got to know me and what i wanted to see within the country and made sure i had the best experience within the short 12 days i was there. They had even changed the itinerary and added different experiences on just to suit my preferences. The country itself was absolutely beautiful, i had the true local experience from visiting small fishing towns to eating dinner with local families. I had a beautiful trip and i would recommend this tour for anyone who wants to experience the authentic Sri Lanka.
Ania, April 2018
Thansk to Eurolanka to organising a very individual tour for me. Nice little bungalows or appartments were chosen as i wished. The driver dorv every safe in the crazy Sri Lankan traffic and all was set up to meet my requirements.
Staying in Galle with Yusuf and seeing all the beautiful places (tee plantation, river safari, turtle retreat, shopping areas and all the interesting temples, mosuqes and churches) made me feel very welcomed in this nice city.
I can highly recommend Yusuf and his team for the indidvidual Sri Lankan travel experience and especially the foody experience. The home made food was like heaven….
Thanks for a winderful time – i will definitely come back!
Monica, July 2016
We booked our first holidays in Sri Lanka through EuroLanka Holidays and travelled there in July 2016 for two weeks traveling the South of Sri Lanka.
Yusuf was really helpful in making sure all our wishes were accommodated in the itinerary, with all our special requests!
We travelled with two small children, so did not want to be part of a standard tour.
At the same time, we wanted to see a few places and travel around the country, which really needs some planning if you go with small kids who don’t want to sit in the car for hours!
Also during the tour Yusuf was always there to help us, arrange last minute changes, and make sure we were always happy!
It was a great trip, and I can only recommend EuroLanka to everyone who is looking for a great holiday in Sri Lanka.
Also Yusuf’s previous experience, working for a German company in Dubai, really helped, as he understands cultures outside of Sri Lanka and knows what the tourists expect.
You can ask him for our itinerary – we did a mix of adventure, jungle, beach, nature, luxury… would go again anytime!