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Family Vacation

Tour Duration: 15 Days

This tour is designed for families with children of all ages. With a mix of activities and relaxation time. The tour package has beaches, historical sites, elephants and wildlife, waterfalls and much.

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gangaramaya temple

Day 1

Beach side rest


Take an overnight flight to Colombo. After your flight, you make the short 20 minute transfer to your first night’s accommodation in Negombo. Here you can relax after your long flight and acclimatize near the pool or in the gardens of your hotel. Please meet your tour leader in the hotel reception for a tour briefing at 6pm.

Overnight stay in Negombo.

Habarana landscape

Day 2


Today we head inland to Habarana. The journey will take approximately 4 hours as we travel into the dry zone in the heart of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle. The rest of the day is left free for you to relax or explore. You may take an optional cycle around a local lake, or relax by the pool.

Overnight stay in Habarana.

lion rock fortress

Day 3


Driving the short distance this morning, you’ll have the opportunity to climb to the summit of Sigiriya’s famous Lion Rock using a series of steps and walkways which zig-zag their way up the seemingly impenetrable rock cliffs. The site was occupied long before the citadel was built at the end of the 5th century, and it later became a monastery before falling into disrepair. From the base, a moat surrounds impressive water gardens of landscaped beauty.

To reach the summit, you’ll ascend 200m, passing an overhanging rock under which superb portraits of native maidens holding flowers and temple offerings still adorn the rock wall. Crowning the flat- topped summit of the rock are the extensive remains of King Kasyapa’s summer palace from where there are breathtaking views.

This afternoon, you mount an elephant for an exciting elephant-back ride. Sitting in a Howdah – an open basket fitted with safety rails and padded cushions - you roll gently from side to side as your elephants ramble for about an hour lazily through the bush. In the late afternoon you will return to your accommodation.

Overnight stay in Habarana.

Polonnaruwa Heritage site

Day 4


Early this morning we make the one and a half hours drive with packed breakfast to Parakrama Lake. You will drive via Minneriya National Park arriving at dawn, a very mystical way to start the day as the plains are covered in mist. Parakrama Lake is known as one of Sri Lanka’s greatest man-made lakes and you can watch the changing hues as the light comes up. These man-made lakes are known as 'wevas' to the Sri Lankan people and were created to provide irrigation. It’s a fun, friendly experience as you wait alongside the wives and young children of fisherman, who’ve gone out to retrieve their fishing nets laid out the night before - a great way to get to know the locals.

After the fishermen have sorted their catch, it’s time to head out on a catamaran across the lake; a real adventure. You may even be able to spot white bellied fish eagles, Brahmini kites, Ibis, Cormorants and other native birds.. In the middle of the lake is a small island, a rocky outcrop that provides great 360° views of the lake and forests beyond.

Bidding the fishermen and their families’ farewell, you continue to your new hotel to check in. After a little time to refresh and to have some lunch, you'll continue to Polonnaruwa at about 2pm in order to explore the ancient ruins. Polonnaruwa was the capital from the 10th-12th centuries, following the decline of Anuradhapura. Here you can explore many monuments which pay great testimony to the city’s important role in Sri Lanka’s history, such as the Royal Palace complex and the Gal Vihare complex, with four impressive Buddha images cut from a single slab of granite. In the late afternoon you will transfer back to your accommodation in Polonnaruwa.

Overnight stay in Polonnaruwa.

Dambulla cave temple

Day 5

Dambulla, Kandy

This morning you explore dwelling Golden Dambulla temple to learn its fascinating history. The Sinhalese King, Valagam Bahu, took refuge here when he was ousted from his capital. He transformed the five caves of this granite outcrop into a rock temple, decorated by statues of Buddha and frescoes, some of which are over 2000 years old but still as brightly painted. The steep 150m ascent to the top of the rock rewards you with more magnificent views down to the jungle and forest below.

We then travel southward along the main trunk road to Sri Lanka’s second city, Kandy, a journey of around two hours. You'll pass through a fertile spice-growing area and plantations where coffee, cocoa and rubber are cultivated.

This evening we will visit the Dalada Maligawa, the famous Temple of the Tooth. This is the major shrine where pilgrims have revered Buddha’s tooth since the 16th century; its gilded roof seems to act as a beacon to visitors throughout the day and into the evening.

Overnight stay in Kandy.

kandy temple of the tooth

Day 6


The royal city of Kandy is pleasantly set on the edge of a lake surrounded by hills. It was once the capital of a kingdom, and managed to resist European dominance for hundreds of years - long after the coastal areas surrendered.

This morning we will visit the magnificent Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, with their immense fig tree and exquisite orchid collection.

In the afternoon, we leave for Pinnawella Elephant Orphanage to see how elephants are fed milk and given care. In addition you will have a chance of seeing how the herd of elephants bathe and play in the nearby river.

Overnight stay in Kandy.

kithulgala kaleniya river

Day 7


Leaving Kandy we take a train journey (approx. 2 hours) through the green tea fields which cover the hills to Hatton on your way to Kitulgala. We continue to travel by road through this beautiful landscape, to Kitulgala and arrive around lunchtime.

Located amidst thick forest on Sri Lanka’s second-longest river, the Kelani, Kithulgala is rapidly becoming an adventure center and is a great place for a variety of activities. The river, setting for the epic film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ is an ideal location for swimming and other water-based activities. The surrounding forests with their wide variety of flora and fauna offer you a variety of spectacular walks, with some stunning views over the valley.

This afternoon we will first cross the Kelani River on a suspension bridge used by the local villagers. Then will proceed to walk through the small village and the forest reserve on the opposite bank and finally re-emerge on the bank of the Kelani River to take a canoe to get across to the night's accommodation.

Overnight stay in Kitulgala.

waterfall sri lankan

Day 8

Nuwara Eliya

Today we drive about 80km (approx 3hrs) along winding roads lined by green slopes of tea plantations. There is plenty of interests along the way, including a stop at some waterfalls. You'll reach Nuwara Eliya, heart of the tea growing industry and full of colonial charm. Built entirely during the 19th century, it's quirky architecture reflects what you'd normally expect to find in an English country town, which will make you feel like you've stepped back in time. On the way we will visit Devon and St Clare's waterfalls. This afternoon we make a visit to a tea factory to see the process of making one of our favourite drinks in action. You’ll see every step of the tea making process, from bush to cup.

Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

Train passing through tea fields

Day 9


We set off through the hills once again. Along the way you’ll see tea pluckers deftly plucking the tips of the tea bushes and throwing them into the baskets carried on their backs. Taking the winding roads of hill country, you'll pass through the lush greenery of this region. Today's journey will end at Bandarawela, another hill town once popular with British plantation managers. You can relax in the evening with an overnight’s stay here.

Overnight stay in Bandarawela.

haputale sri lanka

Day 10


After a short walk around Bandarawella and vegetable gardens that surround it, we set off down out of the mountains towards our bungalow, nestled in a clearing cut into the side of a tea mountain which overlooks a beautiful valley. This fantastic hillside location is a climatically transitional area, linking both the dry and wet zones and the hill and low country at an altitude of less than 1500m. At this altitude you can see the mist gathering across the hills. As a result, the vegetation consists of moist semi-evergreen forests, tropical Savannah forests, dry Patana grasslands and montane temperate forests, making it one of the richest biodiversity spots in Sri Lanka- a perfect location for nature lovers.

We head to Ella by a short train ride and have a short hike to little Adams Peak, visit the famous Nine Arches Bridge. If time permits we would also visit Lipton seat and Pilkington Point. Also optional expereinces are Flying Ravana and Ella Swing.

Overnight stay in Ella.

elephant close to the safari jeep picture

Day 11

Jungle Safari, elephant feeding time & the coast at Mirrissa

This morning we head to south and visit the Diyaluma Falls, one of Sri Lanka's most spectacular waterfalls, before venturing approaching Uda Walawe National Park. The park has an amazing array of animal and bird life; herds of wild elephant are more numerous here than anywhere else in Sri Lanka.

After lunch, you will visit the nearby Elephant Transit Home. Run by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation and set up in 1995, it provides shelter for orphaned or abandoned baby elephants, releasing them to the wild when they are strong enough to survive in their natural habitat. You will visit the Elephant Transit Home at feeding time and see the elephants from a viewing deck approximately 10m away; a great chance to learn more about Sri Lanka’s national animal.

Once feeding is over, you'll embark on a jeep safari inside the park. If you are really lucky you may also catch glimpses of macaque and larger monkeys, spotted deer and crocodile. This is a real safari experience; kids will love the thrill of coming across a herd of wild elephants; it’s nothing like a zoo or safari park!

Late this afternoon, we continue our journey south to reach the coast at Nonagama. Here you’ll take a short drive along the coast road west and soon arrive at your hotel near the small fishing village of Mirrissa where we will arrive early evening in time for dinner.

Overnight stay in Mirrissa.

mirissa beach

Day 12 and 13

Mirrissa Beach

Sri Lanka is justifiably famous for its exquisite tropical beaches, washed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Here, you have plenty of time to unwind on the white sandy beach listening to the lapping of the waves after the previous day’s travelling. Your time is your own here and you can either relax on the palm-fringed beach, splash around in the pool or explore further afield.

Overnight stay in Mirrissa.

sky line

Day 14


After your time on the beach it's time to head north back to Colombo. As we head out along the coast we reach the town of Galle. Here you can walk the walls of the famous Dutch fort or explore the maze of backstreets and market stalls. En route we can pay a visit to the turtle hatchery at Kosgoda. Turtles are kept here for the first few days of their lives before being released into the sea and the project does much to help safeguard the welfare of these endangered animals.

Heading north, your last night will be spent at a hotel not far from the airport. Before you return home your Group Leader will probably arrange a final ‘last supper’ where you can reflect on the kaleidoscope of wonderful things you have seen.

Overnight stay in Colombo.

colombo airport road

Day 15

Tour Ends

Those on group flights will be transferred to the airport for the flight back home.