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Giving Something Back in Galle

By Adam Kok — last modified Jan 16, 2013 03:32 PM
We found a great honest guy, who will make your stay in Sri Lanka unforgettable.

Published: 2013-01-16 00:00:00
Countries: Sri Lanka

We have some improvements for the Travel and Transport section for Galle Sri Lanka.

We have just finished a circumnavigation on our Aluminium 47 ft sailyacht. We have visited Sri Lanka, and what was intended to be a short stopover, ended up being a month stay.

As most cruisers do, we checked Noonsite and found for travel to contact Marlin. It was, to say the least, an unpleasant experience. He is blunt, too expensive and mis-uses the fact new arrivals have no idea about pricing and possibilities.

However we met a delightful young man named Ekka. He has shown us around the town, the country and as many other yachties, we were invited to his simple but smart house in the hills where he lives with his wife and 3 kids. He has a “visitors book” and many yachties experienced similar experiences with him.

We wanted to give something back. What we did is contacted all cruisers named in the “visitors book” and asked everyone for a donation in order for Ekka to buy a good, air-con, Toyota van. We succeeded. Thru our website www.elenaopreis.nl (in Dutch) and through all these cruisers we raised more than 8500 euro’s for Ekka. He now was able to buy a nice Toyota van!

We set up a website for him www.ekkatours.com, provided him with business cards, set up an email account for him and he is now up and running. Totally independent. Cruisers helped him come this far and we would much appreciate if you would include him on your website. He will not fail to impress those that travel with him. Honest pricing, careful driver, very experienced,  and just a great and honest guy.

Adam Kok
The Netherlands

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