About

Would you like to explore Sri Lanka?
Do you prefer a personal approach?
Would you like to have the freedom to change your plans at any moment during a trip?
Would you like someone who knows the ins and outs of Sri Lanka understands your wishes and helps you out?

IMG_0861If your answer is ‘yes’ to these questions I invite you to come along with me. My name is Manoj Viswanathan. Showing visitors my country is my passion. Another passion of mine is to be of service where ever and whenever I can. Ever since I started working I’ve been working in hotels and being a chauffeur doing tours. Starting with customers who leave as friends.

As you may or may not know traveling in Asia is quit different as opposed to Europe. A big advantage of traveling in Sri Lanka is you don’t have to book your hotels in advance in order to enjoy low rates as you’d have to do in Europe.
The way I work is that I will take you everywhere you want to go and once we arrive in a place I will leave it to you to make a choice depending on your budget and wishes as to which hotels, hostels or resorts you want to stay. This gives you an opportunity to check your room on the spot and have a good impression as to what a place is like.

Traveling with me is very easy. I have my own comfortable mini van with air conditioning.

Manoj Tours & Travels is an independent company. Manoj Tours & Travels promotes tours to individuals, small private groups, families and couples.
By not being attached to any hotel chains Manoj Tours & Travels creates tailor made tours with your choice of hotels at your price. And whether it is the quickest route or the scenic route your preference is leading.

Click here to see a short video about Sri Lanka and me.
(credits and thanks to Maria)

contact me at: manojtoursandtravels@outlook.com

15 Responses to "About"

  1. sergio says:

    We traveled with Manoj this August with my wife and our two year old daughter. We went with Manoj seven days and he was fantastic. A professional and fun driver that was always at our disposal. Back to Spain I have recommended it to other travelers but neither through the web, nor through their mail from yahoo.com they get to contact him. Manoj please arrange the website or provide a new mail so that they can contact you.
    Sergio (spain)

  2. Zoe Woodhall says:

    We contacted Manoj prior to our holiday booking him as our driver.

    Manoj contacted us prior to our departure to tell us that he would unfortunately not be able to be our driver when we arrived but had arranged for his colleague Rad to be our driver instead.

    We only booked our transport for the first leg of our trip but ended keeping Rad for the majority of our time in Sri Lanka.

    I can’t recommend Rad enough he is a lovely guy and made us feel super welcome, safe and comfortable. We left all our luggage with Rad various times and we always knew it was safe.

    His car is an air conditioned mini bus and provided loads of room for our party of 4 plus 4 large suitcases. Even on the longer journeys we found it more than comfortable.

    Rad was punctual everywhere he picked us up from often arriving early and he got us to our destination earlier than expected every time.

    He is very knowledgable and stopped and pointed out various interesting things along the way allowing us to jump and take pictures. It also really helps pass the time.

    He really looked after us even picking up bottles of water and fruit for us along the way.

    We got various quotes before our holiday and also while in Sri Lanka and found Rad very competitive.

    We also bumped into Manoj twice during our stay and found him pleasant and helpful and keen to ensure we were having a good time.

    I would recommend Rad and Manoj for any travel requirement while in Sri Lanka wether it be a single trip or your whole journey around the island.

    Cheers Rad!

    Mark, Gary, Sadhbh and Zoe

    • Alp says:

      Manoj was very punctual and very helpful during our visit to Hill Country (2 days by car, 2days by tuktuk in Kandy city). He recommended us particular places worth to visit and local restaurants. His car is comfortable, and he is a good driver. He is so friendly that our 9 y old son sometimes preferred to stay with Manoj instead of going around with us:). He also recommended routes and schedules for rest of our 17 days visit to Sri Lanka
      I would recommend Manoj for any travel requirement while in Sri Lanka.
      Alp,Müge Sinan

  3. Astrid says:

    Ik heb echt 17 super vakantiedagen gehad in Sri Lanka! Zo’n mooi land, zo groen en zulke aardige mensen.
    Reizen met Manoj is echt een aanrader! Wat een goed persoon is hij. We hebben veel lol gehad en hij heeft mij echt een fantastische vakantie bezorgd.
    Toen ik paar dagen later ontdekte dat ik mijn pinpas kwijt was, belde en regelde Manoj gelijk alles voor mij, gaf opties, bleef rustig en stelde mij op mijn gemak. Dat vond ik zó fijn, want ik wist even niet meer wat ik moest doen.
    Echt ongelofelijk hoe deze jonge man in het leven staat! Ik wou dat er nog veeeeel meer personen zoals hij is bestonden.

  4. Dominic and Lucy says:

    Manoj looked after my wife Lucy and I when we travelled Sri Lanka for our honeymoon this February.

    We found Manoj to be very reliable, his english is seriously good, he was good company and a good driver. (tuktuk in the city and van/car outside).

    We came away from Sri Lanka with Manoj one of the many lovely Sri Lankans that we will remember forever.

    Would hugely recommend him.

    Dominic

  5. Dri says:

    We became aware of Manoj’s services early on in our trip planning to Sri Lanka. And, I am so glad that we did. We had looked at other tour services companies, but they either had pre-packaged itineraries (not for us) or were far too expensive. My son and I worked out a very ambitious itinerary and Manoj gave us his invaluable insight – everything from suggestions on additional things to plan to hotels that might suit our needs.
    Manoj was always punctual and courteous. He went the extra mile with the little things like having bottles of cool water waiting for us after we had gone sight-seeing. What’s more, he knew all of the ins and outs of the sights we were seeing. He told us when to go to miss the crowds, when to arrive to see Buddah’s tooth, etc.
    I truly cannot compliment Manoj’s services enough. If – or when – we go back to Sri Lanka, the first thing we will do is arrange to have Manoj waiting for us at the airport.
    Thank you Manoj for all of your help in making our trip to Sri Lanka full of such great memories!
    I have written a full review on Tripadvisor.

    • Cristina says:

      Acabamos de volver de nuestras vacaciones por Sri Lanka y tuvimos la suerte de conocer a Manoj.
      Estuvimos con él varios días y puedo decir que es un conductor totalmente recomendable.
      Volvería a contratarle de nuevo con los ojos cerrados.
      Es una persona amigable, paciente, y sobre todo buen conductor… qué más decir.
      Fue súper detallista con nosotros y nos sentimos muy cómodos viajando con él.
      Nos llevamos un muy buen recuerdo.

  6. David May says:

    Myself and my wife were recommended Manoj by some relatives. We travelled with him for ten days. He was extremely professional and helpful. He advised us on our itinerary before we left Ireland and he gave us accommodation recommendations which worked out very well. He was great company and gave us lots of information about the country and its wildlife. I would highly recommend using Manjo if you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka

  7. “Excellent Driver Guide Tours in Sri Lanka” says:

    Based on recommendations on tripadvisor, I used Monoj to organize a 4 days trip around Sri Lanka. Given my schedule, it was invaluable to be able to organize everything with Monoj via email ahead of time. His responses were always quick and clear, and he was also quick to respond to an email when we had a question once our tour had started. Once in Sri Lanka, meeting his representative at the airport was a breeze.
    From the moment he met us at Colombo airport he was kind, courteous, thoughtful and efficient. We learned so much about the culture and traditions of the country from him as we traveled about which hugely added to our experience.
    I will certainly book Driver Monoj again when I visit Sri Lanka. Their professionalism, dedication to service and knowledge of the country is fantastic which means you can just relax and enjoy the very scenic drives as they take care of everything else.

  8. Maria says:

    Tuve la suerte de contactar a través de un foro americano con el que sería mi conductor en primera etapa en Sri Lanka: Manoj. Después de varios correos trazando el itinerario finalmente acordamos un precio, y estaba esperándome en el aeropuerto a mi llegada a Colombo. Tengo que destacar de él que me pareció una buena persona y un gran conductor. Yo cada mañana le decía qué quería ver, o cuándo quería parar y siempre fue amable y encantador. Un chico (de unos 30 años) bastante educado y con un inglés fluido (no habla español).
    En ningún momento se quejó ni me pidió mas dinero. El día que nos despedimos en la estación de Pedareniya porque yo tomaba el tren hasta Ella, aguantó pacientemente a que llegara el tren para ayudarme a subir la maleta y comprobar que cogía el tren Lo menciono porque es muy recomendable, una persona en la que puedes confiar plenamente. Si estás pensando en viajar a Sri Lanka y realizar trayectos en autobús yo cambiaría de idea. Los conductores de autobús son auténticos suicidas al volante. Manoj tiene una van para 6/7 personas con aire acondicionado en bastante buen estado.

  9. Nathalie from Melbourne Australia says:

    As a lone female traveller Manoj was an excellent choice for my holiday. I had a fabulous time in Sri Lanka and this was mainly down to Manoj looking after me and taking me to all the places I wanted to see and go. His recommendations were far more personable than a lonely planet and he took me to some amazing local places for food and always got me good accommodation at prices I could afford. Manoj is a great companion to have on your travels and an absolute pleasure to hang out with.

  10. Steven Yip from Singapore says:

    We would like to thanks Manoj for his very professional, sincere and dedicated service. He provides us with excellent suggestions of accomodation, itinerary and good food. He is always puncture and keep very closely to the planned schedule but yet flexible when we change our mind. He makes our ten days in Sri Lanka one of our best holidays experience. Dear Manoj, Thanks again for the friendly and reliable service, we highly recommend Manoj to all would like to have a flexible, trouble free and comfortable holiday in Sri Lanka, Manoj’s town ace can comfortably accommodation up to six people with very large luggage area.

    We hope to see you soon Manoj.

    Steven and Family from Singapore 30 Dec 2013.

  11. Natalia & Jarett says:

    Our trip to Sri Lanka would not have been the same without the incredible services of Manoj. Not only was he efficient and an excellent driver but it was very clear that he took sincere care and time in planning our route and ensuring that we had the best time possible in his beautiful country. He also introduced us to some of the best food we have every come across and frequently treated us to local culinary delights. We will never forget Manoj’s patience and kindness and how he assisted us in making a very special purchase of a blue sapphire. Manoj, thank you for everything and for making our trip to Sri Lanka so memorable!

    -Natalia and Jarett, Victoria, Canada

  12. Mary Bond says:

    Manoj means what he writes above about his passion to share his country with visitors and to be of service. You could not have a better host and guide to Sri Lanka than this energetic and generous man.

  13. Deborah Rey-Burns says:

    Manoj gave us a great tour of Sri Lanka, always accommodating, always so patient. He really made the trip more than we could have ever expected. Thanks Manoj! Thanks Sri Lanka for the best trip ever!

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