Sri Lanka Family Adventure

  • Kegalle - Cultural Triangle - Kandy - Hill Country - Yala - Galle - Colombo

    With such a diverse range of activities and experiences on offer, Sri Lanka is the ideal destination for a family holiday with a difference. Sri Lankans love children, so a friendly welcome is in store as you travel across the island at your own pace with a private driver guide. The combination of culture and adventure, national parks teeming with wildlife, and sun kissed golden beaches ensures Sri Lanka has something for the whole family to enjoy. 

    This itinerary covers the highlights of the country while also including some unique and memorable active and cultural experiences. Cycle through ancient temples at Anuradhapura, learn to cook traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, and take a local train into tea country through stunning scenery. Enjoy a tented camping safari and spot leopard with expert guides before relaxing on the beautiful beaches of the south coast.  With ancient cities, beautiful and diverse landscapes, teeming wildlife parks and golden beaches it has something for everyone.

    Highlights

    • Explore a tea and rubber estate and enjoy a Sri Lankan cookery class
    • Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
    • Take a jeep safari into Minneriya National Park to view herds of wild elephant
    • Discover the ancient sites of the Cultural Triangle, including a cycle tour of Anuradhapura
    • Live like a local on a scenic train ride into tea country
    • Go walking in Horton Plains for stunning views from World’s End
    • Spot leopard on a camping safari in Yala National Park
    • Take a cycle tour through lush countryside from Galle and relax on the beaches
    • Guided walking tour of historic Colombo

    Rating

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  • Discover Sri Lanka's cultural and scenic highlights on this active family trip 

    Day 1

    You will be met upon arrival into Colombo and transferred by your private chauffeur guide to Kegalle, where you stay in a colonial planter’s bungalow set in a rubber and tea estate with lovely mountain views. Spend the day relaxing in the estate.

    Overnight: Kegalle

    Day 2

    In the morning explore the tea and rubber estate by foot or bicycle with a local guide, before visiting a nearby tea factory to learn about the processes.  Later, learn to cook your own Sri Lankan curry lunch with the resident chef.

    Overnight: Kegalle

    Day 3

    Proceed to the Cultural Triangle region, and visit the stunning cave temples of Dambulla. After checking into your hotel, travel to nearby Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya Rock is nearly 200m high and foundations of the ancient citadel and colourful frescoes can be seen as you ascend the steep staircase to the summit. Those who reach the top are rewarded with stunning views over the water gardens to the jungle beyond.

    Overnight: Cultural Triangle

    Day 4

    Visit The Medieval Capital of Polonnaruwa. Built alongside a large ancient artificial lake there are well-preserved ruins of palaces, bathing pools, stupas and exquisite rock sculptures of Buddha. In the afternoon visit Minneriya National Park by jeep. The central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank. During the dry season (June to September), this is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze, as well as the huge flocks of birds that come to fish in the shallow waters. 

    Overnight: Cultural Triangle

    Day 5

    Today you travel north for a day excursion to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, and enjoy a guided cycle trip through the various archeological sites. You bike along flat terrain and can make stops along the way for pictures and to enjoy the scenery. 

    Overnight: Cultural Triangle

    Day 6

    Continue to Kandy, optional visits enroute to the spice plantations where cinnamon, pepper and nutmeg are produced. In the late afternoon visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha and witness the blessing ceremony as the monks perform their daily rituals.

    Overnight: Kandy

    Day 7

    Take the train into tea country, a journey which offers stunning views as you wind past lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls. An everyday experience which also allows for lots of local interaction, you are met on arrival by your driver guide and continue to your hotel.

    Overnight: Hill Country

    Day 8

    Enjoy an early morning excursion to the beautiful Horton Plains, where you can go walking and spot birds and wildlife and take in the views from World's End. In the afternoon, visit a tea plantation. 

    Overnight: Hill Country

    Day 9

    Today you journey south to Yala National Park, which is famed for having the highest leopard density in the world. Here you will stay in a tented camp with proper beds, hot showers and delicious meals. Enjoy an afternoon safari drives into the park with the chance of seeing leopards, sloth bears, elephants, peacocks and crocodiles.

    Overnight: Yala

    Day 10

    Enjoy morning and afternoon safaris into the park.

    Overnight: Yala

    Day 11

    Follow the palm fringed coastline to Galle, where you can stay within the fort or on one of the nearby beaches. Galle Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the best preserved colonial sea fortress in Asia. 

    Overnight: Galle

    Day 12-13

    Relax on the beaches and explore the fort. Get active and off the beaten track with a scenic guided cycling tour, as you ride along the shores of Koggala Lake, through spice plantations and rice paddies, and see real local life in traditional villages before finishing at beautiful Wijaya Beach. Other optional activities on offer include whale and dolphin watching from Mirissa or kayaking up the Gin Ganga River.

    Overnight: Galle

    Day 14

    Head to Colombo and enjoy an afternoon walking tour with a resident host and re-live the glory days of the Colombo Fort.

    Overnight: Colombo

    Day 15

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

     
     
     

     

  • From £2,785 per person

    Price is based on travel in mid season and on 2 people sharing. Includes international flights from the UK, accommodation and all transfers and excursions as listed.

    All of our itineraries are tailor-made to your specific requirements and therefore prices do vary. The above is an indication only. Prices will vary depending on the season of travel and the standard of accommodation used. Please contact us for a quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.