Community guide, Arugam Bay

My name is Faizar but most people in Arugam Bay call me 'Sulfi'. I am well-known in Arugam Bay among the hoteliers, community members, and tourists alike. I started in the tourism industry in 2001, just after finishing school, when the informal tourism sector was booming in Arugam Bay. My first job was at Hangloose guesthouse where I took tourists to attractions around Arugam Bay. We visited Muhudu Maha Vihara, Kudumbigala Temple, Magul Maha Vihara, Lagoon safaris and other places. Despite speaking no English, I managed the programs with gestures and by learning a few words here and there and . I couldn’t speak any English when I started. But with gestures, with few words learned here and there – I try to manage the programs. That makes me feel happy and I enjoyed the trip.

After the disastrous Tsunami in 2004 a Community Tourism program was initiated by a local NGO and I was trained to become a community guide. In 2006, I received an Area Guide license from the Sri Lanka Tourist Board and I plan to also become a National Guide. Over the years I have learned about the many sites around Arugam Bay, from the wildlife to the local communities, and I have developed stories for each place. I have built a name in Arugam Bay as a knowledgeable and respected community guide. 

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Latitude: 6.843634 Longitude: 81.831034 Elevation: 23 ft
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Faizar Sulfi

Areas of Service and Expertise

  • Wild safari
  • Lagoon tour (Eco tour)
  • Archaeological Sites
  • Surfing spots
  • Bird watching tour
  • Boat ride
  • Fishing tour 
  • Village cycling 

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

Wild safari - 150 trips, Lagoon tour (Eco tour)- 350 trips, Archaeological Site 80 trips, Surfing spot 300 trips, Bird watching tour 20 trips, Boat ride 50 trips, Fishing tour 30 trips in lagoon, and sea and Village cycling 45 trips.

Accessibility Notes

Please come and meet me at Danishvilla Arugam Bay or call me.

Pet Friendly Notes

I love pets 

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