JF Tours
Historical & Heritage ToursWater SportsSightseeing ToursScenic RailroadsNature & Wildlife Tours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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JF Tours & Travels has been licensed tour operator since 1978, We specialize in personalised tailor-made packages and exotic train tours and have been the most trusted tour operator in Sri Lanka for more than 40 years in this industry.
Colombo, Sri Lanka

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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
We went on a seven-day trip around Sri Lanka with JF Tours and honestly had the best trip ever.

A big shout out to Jeewa, who went above and beyond and really helped us make the most of the trip by tailoring the itinerary based on our interests/preferences. He also shared with us lots of information about the nature, history and culture of Sri Lanka, which was all so fascinating! We are so grateful to have had his help on our first visit here.

We will definitely be coming back, and would recommend booking a tour with JF Tours to anyone who is planning to visit Sri Lanka.
Written 12 May 2024
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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Australia17,463 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
For the second time in a decade, I enjoyed travelling on the Viceroy Special train.

It had two airconditioned sitting cars with tables for each seat and a non-airconditioned dining car, though most of us had our on board meals in the former.

Staff such as head waiter Danuska were terrific. Attentive, smiling, efficient: you name it, these gents excelled.

Behind the scenes were seven electricians and a group of maintenance staff. As we travelled much of Sri Lanka by rail (save for the Jaffna line that unlike in 2015 was undergoing major refurbishment with new track and changed stations to be the result of a six month temporary closure).

The train drivers by and large were very good: no rough starts or stops. The Head Guard worked hard behind the scenes with Train Control when we had sudden changes of plans.

It was a delight to see how the vast majority of Sri Lankan rural railway stations are extremely well cared for. Garden or potted plant displays were numerous and often colourful.

JF Tours went above and beyond to ensure this three week tour ran well despite a couple of temporary hiccups with the locomotive.

We had a road coach following us: it conveyed our suitcases. Its driver and assistant were also excellent.

Highly recommended. JF Tours knows Sri Lanka like the back of it's owner's hand.
Written 24 March 2024
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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience aboard the Viceroy Special train. It's truly heartening to hear that you enjoyed your journey for the second time in a decade. We're thrilled that you found our staff, especially head waiter Danuska, to be attentive, smiling, and efficient. We'll be sure to pass along your kind words to them and the entire team. It's also great to hear your appreciation for the dedication of our electricians, maintenance staff, train drivers, and the Head Guard, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure smooth operations and safety. Your recognition of the well-cared-for rural railway stations and the efforts of our partners at JF Tours means a lot to us. We take pride in showcasing the beauty of Sri Lanka's landscapes and ensuring a seamless experience for our guests. Thank you once again for choosing to travel with us and for recommending JF Tours. We look forward to welcoming you aboard again in the future for another memorable journey through Sri Lanka's stunning vistas.
Written 6 May 2024
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Oct 2023 • Friends
My friend and I booked two trips from Colombo with car and driver in November. Jeewa took us on three safaris in National Parks - Udawalawe, Yala and Wilpaththu: and a visit to the Anuradhapaura historical sites
He is a very skillful driver with a wonderful knowledge and love of his country.
Jeewa helped me to locate and photograph sites in Matara to send as a 90th birthday gift to my Sri Lankan born friend in Australia. She was very moved to see the memories of her youth.
I commend Jeewa for his care and thoughtfulness and making the visit to Sri Lanka a memorable experience for my friend and me.
Written 23 November 2023
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Jeremy M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Ayubowan! What an incredible experience that JF Tours offers in Sri Lanka! Jeewa, Chandra and Lucky led a spectacular trip around the culturally diverse and beautiful island of Sri Lanka. We set off on a 14-day trip and ever single day brought new adventures, whether we found ourselves eating meals with local community members in their homes, taking a safari, walking through UNESCO World Heritage Sites, or visiting temples, the journey was never-ending! Highly recommend JF Tours for your next adventure!

Bohoma stuti to JF Tours for the unforgettable and incredible experience!
Written 11 July 2023
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Ayubowan! Your kind words have truly made our day brighter. We're overjoyed to hear that you had such an incredible experience exploring the culturally diverse and beautiful island of Sri Lanka with JF Tours. Jeewa, Chandra, and Lucky are thrilled to have been part of your journey, and it warms our hearts to know that every day brought new adventures and unforgettable memories. From sharing meals with local communities to embarking on safaris, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and exploring temples, it sounds like your journey was nothing short of extraordinary. We're deeply grateful for your recommendation and for entrusting us with your travel experience. It's our mission to provide immersive and enriching adventures, and knowing that we succeeded in creating lasting memories for you means the world to us. Bohoma stuti for your kind words and for choosing JF Tours. We can't wait to welcome you back for even more adventures in the future!
Written 6 May 2024
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Rahul S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Compared JF Tours rates with a few other operators for our trip in Dec2021 and they came out the most cost effective. Their rep Katelen Fernando was very responsive on mails and WhatsApp.

However I would like to mention our driver/guide for our 8 day trip - Jeewa. He was the best and took real good care of us. From making sure we were well informed of things happening in our area, to always being on time and going the extra mile to ensure we were comfortable. I highly recommend you request for him on your next trip to Sri Lanka.
Written 12 December 2021
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Dear Rahul, Thank you very much for sharing your review ! JF Tours is a tour operator in Sri Lanka over 3 decades we have been serving all the travelers visiting Sri Lanka with our best services and competitive prices. I would take this opportunity to thank you for writing a very important review on our TripAdvisor page. It's a pleasure indeed that you enjoyed your tour in Sri Lanka and hope you will come to visit our beautiful Island once again! We thank you for making your tour bookings with us! Thank you & Kind regards, Katelen Fernando
Written 3 February 2022
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Nickanl
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Nov 2021 • Couples
‪ ‪This is the third time we booked with JF Tours. ‬
Again we had another holiday of a lifetime in Sri Lanka.
Jeewa the one and only guide/driver is phenomenal! Not only is he happy and extremely attentive - his knowledge of the country is simply amazing from the cultural history, to fascinating botanical/wildlife facts, navigating us around the country along steep mountain passes and coastal roads. He’s knowledg about removing bloodsucking leeches came in handy during the unforgettable hike in the mountains after heavy rain 😎

Jeewa knows what we like and makes stopps at places of interest along the way, he showed us many things that we felt were quite unique.

Very big thanks to Katlene how put together an excellent and realistic schedule to suit our requirements with less than a weeks notice.

Katlene responded very quickly to our mails and made our requested changes quick and smooth. Every hotel we stayed at was comfortable and most were very luxurious. During the trip Katelen checked and asked so everything was going well. SUPER SERVICE.

To sum it up when,not if you’re going to Sri Lanka, JF Tours should be your first choice if you want a unique holiday planned by a real professional. So you can relax and just enjoy your vacation. You should ask for Jeewa as guide and driver, because he is just the best ❤️ We would choose JF Tours any time when we return to Sri Lanka and we happily recommend to any of our friends and family.

Annika & Anders
Written 22 November 2021
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Dear Annika & Anders, Thank you very much for the wonderful review on our TripAdvisor page, It has always been a pleasure customizing an adventurous & exciting tour for you and thank you for always trusting and choosing us to plan your vacation in the island. We are glad that our service and overall tour arrangements have been a success for the 3rd consecutive year as well. I would like to take this opportunity to specially thank you for choosing us and trusting us with your travel plans and for being very understanding and kind during the process. We really look forward to welcome you once again to our island. We wish you all the very best for your future! Thank you & Kind regards, Katelen Fernando
Written 2 February 2022
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Amanda S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We have recently returned to the UK from an 'out of this world, holiday of a lifetime' in Sri Lanka. Our Guide/Driver Jeewa was phenomenal! Not only was he upbeat, happy and extremely attentive - his knowledge of the country was simply amazing from the cultural history, to fascinating botanical/wildlife facts, navigating us around the country along steep mountain passes and coastal roads, stopping at places of interest along the way. We are hugely appreciative to JF Tours for their expertise in creating the perfect itinerary for us and for placing us in the very capable care of Jeewa. We highly recommend this tour company - definitely 5* service!
Written 15 March 2020
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Dear Mrs. Amanda Thank you for sharing your beautiful comments on our TripAdvisor page!! We are very pleased to see your feedback about the overall tour arrangements and we all are very happy that we could fulfill your exact tour preferences which you expected from us. It's truly a pleasure indeed that you enjoyed your tour in Sri Lanka. If you ever want to visit our beautiful island again we the JF Team is awaiting to welcome you once again with so much of love. Wish you all the very best!! Thank you & Kind regards, Katelen Fernando
Written 21 August 2020
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Linda T
Mississauga, Canada30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is my second time with JF tours and it just keeps getting better. We saw temples, forts, elephants, tea plantations and trains....and not to be forgotten is the beach! The service and the flexibility provided by JF tours, particularly Jeewa and Katelen, was outstanding. The highlight was the train and the nine arches bridge! Tiny turtles and ten ton whales. We’re coming back!
Written 18 February 2020
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Dear Mrs. Linda, Thank you for taking your precious time from your busy schedule to review your tour experience with JF tours. We are very pleased to see your feedback about overall the tour arrangements and we all are very happy that we could fulfill your exact tour preferences what you expected from us for the 2nd time around as well. It's truly been a pleasure indeed in taking care of all of you and putting together an entertaining itinerary for just for you. We are glad that you enjoyed your tour in our little island and we look forward to welcome you next time with much more love. Wish you all the very best!! Thank you & Kind regards, Katelen Fernando
Written 21 August 2020
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Sreekumar Pillai
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Had a great time thanks to JF Tours. Katelan put together an excellent and realistic schedule to suit our requirements. Responded to our mails very quickly. Mihiran who doubled as a driver and guide did a great job. Always ontime and his personal touch added flavour to the whole trip.
Written 18 February 2020
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Dear Mr. Sreekumar, Many thanks for your beautiful comment on our TripAdvisor page!! We are very pleased to see your feedback about overall tour arrangements and we all are very happy that we could fulfill your exact tour preferences which you expected from us. It's a pleasure indeed that you enjoyed your tour in Sri Lanka. If you ever wish to visit our island again, we at JF tours will be waiting to welcome you once again. Wish you all the very best!! Thank you & Kind regards, Katelen Fernando
Written 21 August 2020
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happy traveller
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We spent a 16 days with a group of 6: 3 couples. It included several stops in a variety of cities, villages and wildlife areas and was put together by Katalene. She did a great job of including interesting safaries, hikes, cultural experiences. We marvelled that every hotel we stayed at was comfortable and most were very luxurious - melting away any tiredness from our day activities. Throughout the trip Jeewa our guide extraordinare & driver made us fall in love with Sri Lanka and showed us many things that we felt were unique. In any adventure there are things that go a bit wrong. And small things did BUT Jeewa quickly resolved any issues (none related to JF Tours or Jeewa) in the kindest of manners and was truly concerned in making our trip absolutely wonderful. He is the guide and driver I would choose when we return to Sri Lanka and I would happily recommend him to any of my friends and family. My husband and I talked about this being the best trip we've had in a long time. Quite a compliment because we have travelled all over the world.
Written 17 February 2020
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Dear Madam, Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment about the overall tour arrangements. It was indeed an interesting tour and I wish to thank all of you for begin very kind & understanding during your tour. We thank you for choosing and trusting us as your reliable travel partner and we look forward to welcome you all once again to our beautiful little island. We wish all of you the best for your future! Thank you & Kind regards, Katelen Fernando
Written 21 August 2020
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