Meet the team
Previously worked as a French speaking National tour guide in Sri Lanka and way back in 1995 Chatura initiated and offered a real time wildlife experience to tourist with his first safari jeep service in the wilderness of the Minneriya National Reserve which was later declared as a National Park before moving back to France to start the Namasté tea bar in Paris. This paragliding enthusiast initiated the first ever paragliding event in Sri Lanka 2005. He qualified as a yachtsman and is currently captain of a yacht in Antibes. The idea of starting Sri Lanka’s first ever hop-on, hop-off bus service came from his backpacking adventures in Europe, Africa, South America and India.
Born and raised in Sri Lanka, he moved to United States in 1990. He currently lives with his family in the state of North Carolina where he works as a consultant for a software company. He has hiked and backcountry camped at several of the US national parks including Yellowstone and Glacier. These days, most of his free time is spent on running trail or on a mountain bike. While the strong pull of the travel bug has taken him to many parts of the globe, when detached from his service you will most likely find him at home in Sri Lanka.
With over three decades of unmatchable tourism experience from all aspects of tour planning to tour guiding, he is all about authenticity, offering simple local experiences which highlight the human aspect of travel. As a true pioneer, Raja not only co-created the paragliding event with Chatura in 2005 but also co-organised the first and only Tuk Tuk rally “Lanka Challenge” around the island in 2009 in collaboration with Large Minority. His passion for trekking finally made him to start Trek Lanka that offers day hikes and tours in Sri Lanka. In 2014 he organised the first 210 km ultramarathon “The Wild Elephant Trail”. He has travelled extensively throughout Asia and Europe.
Born in France, bred in Sri Lanka and as such understands both cultures like no one else! He is a travel enthusiast, who has been to every corner of the island as well as Asia. He is actively involved in the organisation of the “Lanka Challenge”. Currently based in Paris finishing his masters in digital communications, his passion to explore the unfamiliar lead him to work in adventure tours. He is our webmaster and leads all of our communications campaigns. He has an unmatched love for photography and spicy food that even locals cannot handle. Our Pastis N’ Curry chap will ensure that you travel differently in Sri Lanka and capture truly unique moments.