We just got back from this fab. tour - it was great. The only thing missing was the tourists which was very lovely for us because every where we went there was no one else to get in our way but I don't see the locals seeing it the same way.
They are desperate for tourists in the hotels and shops - people are being laid off for lack of trade. They all asked us to tell our friends to go to Sri Lanka so I'm keeping my promise by letting Imtrav travellers know that Sri Lanka is a beautiful country and this tour is well away from the beaches of the south and east.