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Wind your way through Sri Lanka's verdant Tea Country by train to reach charming colonial-style hill stations.

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Stay within Bogawantalwa Valley's mist-shrouded tea plantations.

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Admire the colourful tea pickers in Ceylon's cool central tea plantations

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Overlook the mesmerising Castlereagh lake from up high at Dunkeld Bungalow, the latest addition to the Ceylon Tea Trails.

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Stay at Thotalagala, a firm Ampersand favourite, to experience one of the first and most beautiful 19th century tea planters’ bungalows in Sri Lanka.

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Take in the phenomenal views over Sri Lanka's rolling hills from Thotalagala's prime position in Haputale.

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SRI LANKA - Amanwella.

Base yourself at the Amanwella in Tangalle, a super slick, James Bond-esque beach resort located in the fishing village of Tangalle.

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Enjoy poolside sunsets at Amanwella to witness the sky setting ablaze behind silhouetted swaying palm trees.

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During a stay at Amangalla, explore the historic town of Galle by foot, passing friendly locals as you go.

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SRI LANKA - Yala National Park - leopard

Head to Yala National Park to witness enchanting birdlife, elephants, monkeys, peacocks, crocodiles, buffalo, deer, bears and the highest density in the world of the elusive leopard

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SRI LANKA - Heritance Kandalama

Join wandering elephants at Heritance Kandalama, an architectural marvel of a hotel enveloped in vegetation and the centrepiece of the Geoffrey Bawa pilgrimage route.

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Go whale watching in Mirissa and Weligama Bay to see these magnificent creatures leaping in and out of the ocean.

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Be treated to great service at luxury hotels like Kahanda Kanda, our favourite boutique hotel in Galle.

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We highly recommend the luxury eco-resort of Ulagalla, which is within easy reach of the attractions of the Cultural Triangle.

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Enter another world at the wildly atmospheric Dambulla Caves, Sri Lanka's most extraordinary cave temple complex.

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Continue along the Cultural Triangle journey to see other impressive temples in Mihintale and Anuradhapura.

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SRI LANKA - Polonnaruwa

Visit the extraordinary ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which was the island's medieval capital between the 11th and 13th century.

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Bask in the Sri Lankan sun at The Last House in Tangalle, under the shade of frangipani trees.

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Sri Lanka - Perahera Festival

Visit during the spectacular Perahera Festival in Kandy, which comprises of ten nights of lively festivities, involving bejewelled elephants, street dancers and drummers.

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SRI LANKA - Peredineyah Gardens

Head to the Peredineyah Gardens in Kandy to stroll around luscious gardens and observe local life

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Take in the Perahera Festival at the Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka's most holy Buddhist temple where it is said that Buddha's tooth is buried 22/41
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Try Sri Lanka's local cuisine, the ubiquitous rice & curry 23/41
SRI LANKA - Kahanda Kanda living room bar

Kahanda Kanda near Galle is one of Sri Lanka's chicest addresses and a wonderfully stylish spot for an arak sour at the living room bar

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SRI LANKA - Jaffna local swimming pool
Cool off in Jaffna by visiting a local swimming pool 25/41
SRI LANKA - inside the tea factory

Enjoy a private tour of a working tea factory in Sri Lanka's ravishing Bogawantalawa Valley

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SRI LANKA - Sigiriya Rock

Take in the exhilarating views from the top of Sigiriya Rock

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SRI LANKA - Kids at Dambulla

Make friends with smiley local school kids playing at Dambulla cave temple

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SRI LANKA - Tangalle market

Soak up the sights, smells and smiles at Tangalle food market which takes place once a week

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SRI LANKA - Castlereagh Lake views (1)

Castlereagh Lake in Sri Lanka's central Tea Country, a stone's throw from one of her chicest boutique bungalows, Castlereagh, which is part of the Ceylon Tea Trails.

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SRI LANKA - cricket

Try and watch a game of cricket when in Galle or Colombo - Sri Lankans are fanatical about it!

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SRI LANKA - Sun House

Enjoy the homely Sun House, great at any time of year and the social hub during the Galle Literary Festival

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SRI LANKA - Amangalla roof bar

Enjoy sundowners at the Amangalla roof bar with views over the walled fort town of Galle

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SRI LANKA - Club Villa

Club Villa, one of our favourite boutique hotels on the west coast of Bentota

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SRI LANKA - Castlereagh Lake views

While away your time gazing at Castlereagh Lake from the living room window at Castlereagh bungalow.

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The Amanwella’s ultra sexy 45-metre infinity pool is back by an elegant restaurant and looks out over a gorgeous coconut grove and the sea beyond. 

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With plenty of open air living and social spaces, the contemporary design of the Amanwella pays homage to Sri Lanka's renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa.

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SRI LANKA - Villa Bentota

Set on a former coconut plantation a stone's throw from a dazzling beach is one of Sri Lanka's most sophisticated boutique hotels: the Villa Bentota

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SRI LANKA - Amangalla Zaal

The Amangalla's Zaal is the grandest living room in Sri Lanka and the perfect location for a glamorous party - New Year's Eve celebrations here are incredible!

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Amangalla is steeped in history: once home to a Dutch commander and a billet for British soldiers, it has been revamped by Kerry Hill who has maintained the unique history of the building allowing you step right back to Galle’s colonial heyday.

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Sri Lanka, 20 Middle Street, Galle

Treat yourself with a stay at one of Sri Lanka's most exclusive and beautifully designed villas - 20 Middle Street, Galle - which sleeps 6 people, and is situated next door to the Amangalla.

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Discover Luxury Sri Lanka Holidays

This mango-shaped Indian Ocean island is a bountiful and spirited nation, overflowing with natural wonders, abundant wildlife, sumptuous cuisine, ancient UNESCO World Heritage sites and a rich cultural legacy. From the cool colonial Tea Country and Cultural Triangle in the country’s interior, to the curvaceous golden sands on the coast, and the plentiful national parks home to some of the best wildlife in Asia, here are our recommendations for the perfect tailor-made holiday to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is one of God's own places, matching great natural beauty with beautiful man-made creations. Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka's relatively small size belies its enormously varied landscape, and our Sri Lanka tailor-made tours can be as busy or as relaxed as you wish. A wildlife holiday will take you through the dense jungles of Yala or Kumana National Park, home to shy leopards and wild elephants – some animal sightings even rival those in South Africa. Explore the empty caramel beaches with some beautifully boutique beach hotels on the southwest coast, perfectly secluded for a relaxing Sri Lankan beach holiday or discover the monasteries and temples in the north, peopled by saffron-clad monks, followed by the cool misty mountains in the hill country, contoured with tea and dotted with the bright saris of pickers for an alternative luxury honeymoon. The picturesque 17th century Dutch walled fort town of Galle, described by some as the St. Tropez of Asia, offers a slower pace of life, combined the busy city of Colombo is home to brilliant shopping, world-class restaurants and a bustling art scene makes for an excellent luxury city break. Such great variety on such a small island means Sri Lanka is the perfect destination for a luxury family adventure, with plenty to occupy all the brood. For those looking for a cultural break, a luxury Sri Lanka bespoke tour can seamlessly combine colonial history, the legacy of the Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the ancient cities of Polonnaruwa, Dambulla and Anuradhapura – which form Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle – the old capital of Kandy and the hill station of Nuwara Eliya. A vast array of holiday types can be enjoyed within this country on the India Subcontinent, from family friendly trips to adventure holidays for couples or solo travellers; not to mention ultimate luxury honeymoons staying in all the best luxurious hotels. Sri Lankans are incredibly warm and friendly, and bright smiles are everywhere – don’t be surprised if a stranger invites you home for tea or to a family meal, it's quite normal!

Travelling in Sri Lanka is very easy, and one of the best things about a luxurious Sri Lanka holiday is that, due to the country’s small size, nothing is very far from anything else; as you journey through Sri Lanka, it is possible to spend the morning in the hill country watching the tea pickers at work in the colonial tea plantations, the afternoon at an ancient Buddhist temple and the evening eating seafood on the romantic southern beaches.

So, if you are still wondering where to visit in Sri Lanka, speak to one of our specialists today for the best travel advice and to start creating your ideal Sri Lanka luxury holiday to this enchanting destination.


Our suggested tours in Sri Lanka

Ampersand's Unusual Escorted Journey to Sri Lanka

Leopard Trails Yala National Park Sri Lanka 1222

11 days from £5,100

Our unusual tour to Sri Lanka explores this bountiful and spirited nation with Ampersand's Sri Lankan founder and managing director,...

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Sri Lanka's Ancient History & Wildlife Wonders

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18 days from £8,100

For such a small island, Sri Lanka is bursting at the seams with history, heritage, culture and wildlife. From the...

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Family Holiday to Sri Lanka – A Stylish Tour for a Family of Four

SRI LANKA -  Locals Galle

17 days from £6,550

Sri Lanka’s cultural charms, gorgeous looks and laid-back vibe make her the perfect island for a family holiday. This tour...

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Ampersand's Signature Sri Lanka Tour

SRI LANKA - Castlereagh Lake views (1)

17 days from £5,150

If money was no object this would be our ideal cultural tour of Sri Lanka. This in-depth tour encompasses the...

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Geoffrey Bawa... An Architectural Tour of Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA - Villa Bentota

14 days from £3,500

This tour draws pure inspiration from the late and talented architect, Geoffrey Bawa and visits the places he lived in,...

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Sri Lanka's Sublime Aman Experience

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9 days from £4,200

Combine the discovery of 400-year old Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the balmy seclusion of a palm-fringed...

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If Tarzan went to Sri Lanka...

KUMANA National Park Sri Lanka 20

21 days from £5,750

This tour is an Ampersand favourite! If Tarzan went to Sri Lanka we are sure that he would do something...

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The Perfect Summer Honeymoon in Sri Lanka

Gal Oya Lodge Gal Oya Sri Lanka 13

15 days from £3,850

Sri Lanka's cultural charms and natural beauty make her the perfect destination for an exotic Asian honeymoon. For a relatively...

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The Most Spectacular Festival in Sri Lanka - Esala Perahera

Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle And Beach Itinerary 2

11 days from £2,800

This variety packed tour gives you an in depth insight into what Sri Lanka is all about. Take part in...

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Grand Colonial Tour of Asia: India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Vietnam & Singapore

Grand Colonial Tour Of Asia 2

15 days from £8,490

Experience Asia's diverse colonial heritage on this 15-day whirlwind tour designed for those with an interest in the history and...

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Three Little Tastes of Heaven in Sri Lanka

Three Little Tastes Of Heaven In Sri Lanka Itinerary 3

11 days from £5,150

It is said that Sri Lanka was the original Garden of Eden and it only takes one visit to understand...

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Classic Island Tour of Sri Lanka

Classic Island Tour Of Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days from £6,650

This in-depth tour encompasses all the major sites of the Cultural Triangle before taking a leisurely route through the centre...

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Natural Wildlife Wonders of Sri Lanka

Natural Wonders Of Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days from £4,150

Experience the astonishing diversity and natural beauty of Sri Lanka's rivers, lakes, mountains, jungles and beaches. Staying in accommodation ranging...

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Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle & Beach

Sri Lanka -Dambulla Caves

15 days from £3,950

This tour offers both an insightful view to Sri Lanka's history as well a relaxing coastal break enjoying the island's...

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Life's a Beach… Sri Lanka’s Best Beach Holiday

Life Is A Beach Itinerary

14 days from £3,150

Sri Lanka has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With palm fringed beaches and the warm waters...

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Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle & The Maldives

Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle And Maldives Itinerary 2

16 days from £5,150

This fabulous tour allows a mix of culture and sheer bliss. In Sri Lanka you will visit the historical cultural...

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Luxury Surfing in Sri Lanka

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10 days from £4,650

Hit the waves in Weligama and Tangalle for the ultimate Sri Lankan surfing holiday, perfect for those who also love...

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Lansiya, Sri Lanka... The Perfect Villa Holiday for Families

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10 days from £3,400

This experience is all about maximising the enjoyment of a family holiday and taking away all the potential frictions. Lansiya...

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Cheeky Monkeys, Blue Whales and King Coconuts… Family Fun in Sri Lanka

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17 days from £3,450

This itinerary was created for families young or old who love little adventures and wildlife. It is the perfect way...

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Golfing in Sri Lanka

Golfing In Sri Lanka Itinerary 3

11 days from £3,300

With its exceptional golf courses, scenery and luxury hotels, Sri Lanka is a superb destination for golf-loving explorers – from...

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Ancient Kingdoms of Ceylon

Ancient Kingdoms Of Ceylon Itinerary

10 days from £2,500

This brief tour perfectly balances culture and relaxation:  take in the archaeological treasures of the Golden Triangle, visit the Temple...

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Some of our favourite hotels in Sri Lanka

Amangalla ,
Galle

Amangalla, Galle, Sri Lanka - Top 10 Amans

  Amangalla is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Boutique Hotels, Top 10 Aman Resorts in Asia and Top 10 Hotel Spas. Without a doubt the Grande...

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Thotalagala ,
Haputale

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There is something to be said about the importance of historical significance at Thotalagala, one of the first and most...

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Lansiya ,
Tangalle

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  Lansiya is one of our Top Ten Private Villas in Asia. This delightful property rests on a promontory overlooking one of the prettiest...

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Kalundewa Retreat ,
Dambulla

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The Kalundewa Retreat is the hidden gem of the cultural triangle, an intimate and idyllic hide-away nestled in the lush...

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Rock Villa ,
Bentota

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Set back from a beautiful beach in Bentota, Rock Villa is a 170 year-old Walauwa which has six beautiful guest...

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Ulagalla ,
Anuradhapura

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  Ulagalla is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Eco Retreats. Arguably the top property in Anuradhapura, this sophisticated hotel is formed...

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Some of our favourite places of interest in Sri Lanka

Buttala

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Buttala, north of Kataragama and fringing Yala National Park, is known as the rice bowl of Sri Lanka. The region...

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Galle

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Like Colombo, Galle was a thriving port long before colonial times and its accessible location on the southwest of the country...

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Sinharaja

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This 8,800-hectare reserve, near the gem-mining town of Ratnapura, in the far south of Sri Lanka, is vitally important as...

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Gal Oya National Park

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Buried deep in the middle-eastern wilderness of Sri Lanka, Gal Oya National Park has some of the most striking landscapes in...

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Bogawantalawa Valley

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The Bogawantalawa Valley lies within the lush emerald-green Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and is known as ‘the Golden Valley...

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Matale

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Located in the heart of Sri Lanka, between Kandy and Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, and surrounded by the Knuckles mountain...

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Related Blog Posts

Read some of our hand-picked blog posts for Sri Lanka


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- Matthew Nicklin, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India

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