About Tikalanka Tours
How we started
Tikalanka Tours developed from JB Pathi Tours,
which started independent tours of Sri Lanka in
2000. With an increasing number of foreign tourists choosing to
travel to Sri Lanka,
JB Pathi Tours was encouraged to expand its business with
the launch of the online tour operator, Tikalanka
Tours, in 2004. Since then, Tikalanka Tours has extended its
interests to Maldives.
Who we are
(S.G. Pathirana) was born and brought up in the south
of the island but has made Kandy his home for more than
20 years. Pathi started as a tour driver/guide in 1997
and he is a founding partner of Tikalanka Tours. Married
to Suba and with two children, Mahesh and Dihini, Pathi
enjoys nothing more than showing foreign visitors
his beautiful country. Pathi holds a coveted National
Guide Lecturers Licence accredited by the
Sri Lanka Tourist Board and runs a local homestay in Kandy,
where you can experience traditional Sri Lankan family life and
learn how to prepare and eat local delicacies! For more information,
please visit Hanthana House.
careers in biomedical research and pharmaceutical marketing,
interspersed with extensive world travel over many years,
particularly in India and South-East Asia, John Beswetherick met
Pathi whilst travelling in Sri Lanka in 1999. Immediately
becoming close friends, John and Pathi decided to go
into business together as
JB Pathi Tours, buying a minibus
and starting tours of the island in February 2000. Since
then, John has been a regular feature in Sri Lanka,
encouraging family and friends to experience the delights
the island has to offer while developing the business
into Tikalanka Tours, with support from his architect wife, Tracey,
and what we do best
Tikalanka Tours is an independent, fully licensed (ATOL 6425)
and fully bonded tour operator run by a successful British/Sri
Lankan partnership. Our extensive knowledge of the
island and our experience of running a variety of tours
in Sri Lanka are complemented by our ability to organise
truly tailor-made holidays, a flexibility
lacking in most tour operators' itineraries.
Tikalanka Tours can offer tailor-made
holidays and carefully structured introductions to
Sri Lanka for couples, families or small
groups of up to eight persons travelling together -
young or old! All holidays include air-conditioned transport
with experienced, English-speaking Sri Lanka Tourist Board-licensed
chauffeur guides specially selected by
Tikalanka Tours for their knowledge, professionalism
and friendliness. Places to stay have been individually
chosen for their ambience, service and friendliness,
ensuring that you will enjoy and experience genuine
Sri Lankan hospitality.
Finally, a big Thank You
We would like to thank a few special people without
whom Tikalanka Tours would not have got off the ground...
and continue to prosper!
In the UK:
Michael Acord, Againsthegrain, London, for designing and developing
our logo, company branding and original brochure.
Andre Hefer, AVH Services, Lichfield, for his expert
Elliott John, Deepend Design, Locks Heath,
for designing and developing our excellent current brochure and much of our marketing and exhibition material.
Simon Knight, Mark C.F. Vick and Martin F. Godber,
[London] for developing the Tikalanka Tours' online tailor-made holiday planner, and for
their expertise in website development and continuing technical support.
Celia Mannings, Celia Mannings Photography
[Bath] for the wonderful images of Sri Lanka included in our current brochure and on our website.
Adam Norbury, Q Branch
[London] for designing and developing our original website.
Adrian Rachele for the superb images of Sri Lanka included in our Photogallery online.
Lesley Schofield, All Points East
[Denmead] for her very generous advice and continuing
guidance on the UK travel industry - our mentor! (and great friend)
Dash Goonawardena, Vasuki Perera, Elster Jayasinghe and Anuradha Ekanayake
[London] for their attentive and proactive service in providing our flights.
Siva Aravindan and Gajan Sai Mahendran SriLankan Airlines
for their expert assistance and generous support from the beginning - a real pity SriLankan relocated their London office
to Colombo in 2011 and all our support disappeared!
In Sri Lanka:
[Kandy] for his unending generosity, support and friendship from before our inception,
and for his invaluable knowledge of the Sri Lankan travel industry.
Sajith Wijenayake and Tikiri Elepola Aitken Spence Travels
[Colombo] for helping us start the business and their continual support throughout.
Prasanjit Perera Aitken Spence Travels
[Colombo] for always finding the time when we need advice on the Sri Lankan travel industry.
Upul Attanayake and Lokkesh Ramanan, Kandy, for their computer skills and technical support as well as their valued friendship!
Nuwan Dissanayaka, Ace Travels Maldives
[Malé] for his ever efficient and patient support in Maldives, which is always offered with
great politeness and good humour.