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Sri Lanka, Family Tour

Culture, history, flora and fauna, varied landscapes, great food and super-friendly people makes Sri Lanka the perfect family destination

A superb 2 week family special to Sri Lanka

A 2 week Sri Lanka Family Tour. Relax on the beach at Negombo, explore the World Heritage ancient city of Polonnaruwa by bicycle, scale the dramatic rock fortress of Sigirya, raft down the jungle-lined Kelani River, (where Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed), hike across Horton Plains National Park to the spectacular ‘World’s End’, go on a jeep safari through Udawalawe National Park, take boat trips snorkelling or whale watching in the Indian Ocean, embark on an ‘urban adventure’ with a tour of Colombo’s bazaar by night and of course sample the delicious Sri Lankan curries in local cafes, with plenty of opportunities to meet the super-friendly island inhabitants. This wide range of activities and stunning landscapes, plus the Island’s rich culture and history, ought to keep families of any age, shape and size happy, enthralled and fascinated.

By switching the beach activities from the northeast coast and Nilaveli during the western monsoon from November to April, to the south coast near Galle for May to October, means the tour and all its activities is suitable throughout the year.

This is a private family tour and therefore can be organised on dates to suit your family and does not have set dates.  The starting from price is based on a family of 4 sharing two double/twin rooms.  Flights are extra and vary according to season.  Please ask for our most competitive quote.

Note also that for those with time to spare we offer 2 choices of extensions to the nearby Maldives; an off-the-beaten-track ‘Hidden Maldives’ option, which is an escorted tour staying in a local fishing village inn, or a stay at the excellent Barefoot Eco-resort. (The Maldives capital Malé is 1-hour flight from Colombo as well as having direct flights to Dubai and the UK).

Sri Lanka


Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.

Day 1 - Negombo - arrival in Sri Lanka

Arrival in Colombo and transfer to the nearby beach resort of Negombo for some relaxation time after your flight

Extra accommodation prior to your tour is available on request.

Overnight: Negombo Transport: Taxi, Walk,  Meals: D,

Day 2 - Columbo - city tour and the night bazaar

Morning at leisure; check-out the local tea shops, take a dip in the Indian Ocean or just relax by the pool? In the afternoon we’ll head into Colombo for a tour of some of the City’s sites including an evening street food tour of the lively night bazaar.

Overnight: Negombo Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 3 - Dambulla - UNESCO World Heritage cave temples

Heading northeast into the interior our first stop will be the spectacular, World Heritage cave temples of Dambulla. From here we’ll continue through this forested region to Giritale for our accommodation in a superbly situated lake-side resort.

Overnight: Giritale Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 4 - The 'Cultural Triangle' - Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

In the morning we’ll visit the nearby, spectacular rock fortress of Sigiriya with a walk to the summit allowing your to discover the mountain’s famous ‘Maidens of the Clouds’. Afternoon activities consist of a cycling tour of the ruined ancient city and medieval capital of Polonnaruwa including a guided tour of the fascinating primate research centre.

Overnight: Giritale Transport: Minibus, Bike, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 5 - Kandy - overand via the spice gardens of Matale

Drive south to Kandy with a stop on the way at a spice garden before checking in to our lakeside hotel. In the afternoon we’ll have a chance to witness the Buddhist puja or blessing ceremony at the famous Temple of the Tooth.

Overnight: Kandy Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 6 - Kandy - the ancient capital

Morning tour of the town’s reputed botanical gardens while in the afternoon you’ll have the chance to actually learn some local style, traditional dance and drumming with one of Kandy’s celebrated dance troops!

Overnight: Kandy Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 7 - Kithulgala - rafting and nature hike in Kelanivally

Departure on a scenic train ride through the highlands to the lush jungle of Kithulgala for an afternoon rafting trip down the picturesque river and a nature hike at Kelanivally rainforest. Overnight in a riverside lodge.

Overnight: Kithulgala Transport: Minibus, Train, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 8 - Nuwara Eliya - hill country and plantations

Morning drive to the old British hill town and tea centre of Nuwara Eliya with a chance in the afternoon to visit one of the region’s plantations, learn about the tea producing process and of course sample the local brews.

Overnight: Nuwara Eliya Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 9 - Udawalawe - jeep safari in the National Park

Off by train again to the small town of Ella from where we’ll continue by road to the superb Udawalawe National Park particularly famous for its elephant and leopard populations. An afternoon jeep safari will be followed by an overnight stay in a tented national park camp.

Overnight: Udawalawe, safari camp or resort Transport: Minibus, Train, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 10 - Tangalle - along the picturesque south coast

An early morning jeep safari in Udawalawe before heading down to the coast to the small town of Tangalle for 2 night’s accommodation in a charming, low-key beach resort.

Overnight: Tangalle Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 11 - Tangalle - at leisure or visit some wetlands

At leisure with options including a visit to Udawalawe National Park and its elephant orphanage or a wildlife watching boat tour through nearby Kalametiya Wildife and Bird Sanctuary.

Overnight: Tangalle Transport: Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 12 - Galle - ancient town and World Heritage Site

Short drive along the coast to another UNESCO site – Galle – where we’ll explore on foot the fortifications and narrow streets of the old Dutch walled town, built on a rock jutting into the Indian Ocean

Overnight: Galle Transport: Minibus, Walk,  Meals: B,

Day 13 - Tangalle - morning at leisure or whale watching trip

Optional whale watching trip can be organised in nearby Mirissa (weather permitting) or a morning relaxing before an afternoon drive back up the coast to Negombo.

Overnight: Negombo Transport: Minibus, Boat,  Meals: B, D,

Day 14 - Negombo - morning at leisure and end of tour

Morning transfer to the airport and flight home.

Extra accommodation after your tour is available if required

Overnight: Departure Transport: Walk,  Meals: B, 

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Sri Lanka, holy man in Trincomalee

Just a few of the many highlights

Cycling tours of ancient cities; Colombo by night, local train through the Hill Country, jeep safaris, nature hikes in national parks, rafting down a jungle-lined river, spice gardens, botanical gardens & UNESCO Galle & Kandy

  • Our Sri Lanka tour includes no less than 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • The spectacular Botanical Gardens and prestigious Temple of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Beach stay including whale watching and snorkelling trip options
  • Cycling tour of the ancient ruined capital of Polonnaruwa
  • Jeep safari through Yala National Park
  • Sample the fantastic local cuisine and meet the super-friendly residents

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Land Departures

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*Air departures are from the UK. Land departures start from

*Land departure dates correspond to the FIRST day of the itinerary.

We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...

Giritale Hotel, Polonnaruwa view

  • Secluded resort on a forested hillside overlooking a lake
  • Well located for Polonnaruwa plus Minneriya NP
  • Great spot for sundowners and fine curries

Big Game Camp, Udawalawe view

  • Situated on the edge of spectacular Udawalawe National Park
  • VIP tents complete with bedroom and ensuite bathroom
  • Subject to availabilty

Hotel Suisse, Kandy view

  • A restored, former British governor’s residence
  • Wonderful, central, lake-side location in Kandy
  • Pool, garden, spa, bar and restaurant

Plantation Hotel, Kithulgara view

  • Overlooking the scenic Kelani River, bordered by lush forest
  • Set in a former coffee plantation
  • Colonial style decor

Pigeon Island Resort, Nilaveli view

  • A cosy and comfortable, low-key beachside resort in Nilaveli
  • Situated just north of the old port of Trincomalee
  • Options include snorkelling, fishing and whale watching

Palm Paradise Cabanas, Tangalle view

  • Lovely beach-side low-key resort
  • Traditional style, comfortable wooden chalets
  • Garden setting and unspoilt beach

*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.

Visa Info & Notes

Sri Lanka: visas are available on arrival at Colombo International Airport for $40 or you can obtain an electronic travel authorisation (ETA) in advance for $35.

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