Summer Family Adventure

14 days

Indicative cost incl. flights:

 

From £2,970pp
3-4* & high season

From £3,260pp 
4-5* & high season

 

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Day 1
Overnight flight to Sri Lanka.
Day 2
Upon arrival, transfer 3 hours inland through beautiful scenery to Sigiriya, in the heart of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle.
Day 3
Today your sightseeing begins! Head north to the Polonnaruwa ancient city ruins to explore the site on bicycles, then spend the afternoon on jeep safari in Minneriya National Park spotting herds of wild elephant.
Day 4
An early start today with a visit to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of Sri Lanka's most iconic UNESCO sites. The hike to the top can be fairly tiring but the views are truly stunning and there are ruins of an ancient palace at the peak. Later on you will visit the Dambulla Cave Temple to see the Buddhist statues, mural paintings and stupa.
Day 5
Before transferring 2 hours to your beach hotel, you'll stop by a local village to meet a family and enjoy a delicious lunch with them.
Day 6
Day at leisure - take a walk along the beach and watch the fishermen bring in their catch of the day.
Day 7
Day at leisure - we highly recommend a Dolphin and Whale Watching boat trip. This area is often home to a wonderful variety of dolphin including Fraser’s, striped, spinner and bottlenose, and sperm whales are common here.
Day 8
Day at leisure - you could hire a bicycle to explore the town.
Day 9
Day at leisure - take a short boat out to Pigeon Island Marine National Park for excellent snorkelling and diving opportunities.
Day 10
Transfer 4 hours to Knuckles/Digana, where your accommodation is unique and offers breath-taking views.
Day 11
Day at leisure - spend the day hiking in the Knuckles Mountains, take a picnic by Victoria Reservoir, or enjoy yoga with the rolling hills as your backdrop.
Day 12
Head into Kandy today for some city sightseeing. Visit the famous Temple of the Tooth, Kandy Lake and the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya.
Day 13
Take the train from Kandy through the Tea Country to Hatton, where you can stop for lunch before heading on to Colombo for your final night.
Day 14
Today you'll have a 1 hour drive back to the airport in time for your flight home.

Everything we do is tailor-made; our itineraries are just suggestions to give you an idea of what is possible. Please contact us so we can tailor the perfect holiday exclusively for you.

Designed with families in mind, our ‘Summer Family Adventure’ itinerary takes in Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage highlights, some safari and marine wildlife spotting, lush green tea estates and mountains, as well as some all-important beach time to relax. We know that when travelling with children or teenagers it’s important to not get carried away with multiple stops and long car journeys which is why we have designed this tour which only includes three main locations and transfers of max. 4 hours.

Staying in the heart of the Cultural Triangle will allow you to visit the nearby UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Dambulla Cave Temples, Polonnaruwa Ancient City ruins (which can also be explored via bicycle) and climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Food in Sri Lanka is truly varied and delicious so we recommend visiting a local village for a traditional Sri Lankan curry and rice. Minneriya National Park is also not too far away and is known for its high numbers of wild elephant, especially during the summer months, which is always a welcome spot on safari!

There are more wildlife encounters during your beach stay with whale and dolphin watching from Trincomalee, and the snorkelling and diving at Pigeon Island just off the coast is wonderful. Trincomalee also has a huge natural harbour and plenty of history so you can do some sightseeing or simply relax with your family on the beach.

Next you’ll head to the Knuckles Mountains or Digana. These spots are perfect for families as they offer plenty of activities such as kayaking, paddle-boarding, mountain hikes, nature trails or sightseeing in nearby Kandy. For those wanting some relaxation time you can chill by the pool overlooking stunning scenery, do a cookery demonstration, or go for a picnic down by Victoria reservoir.

Finally you will make the famous scenic train journey from Kandy to Hatton, passing through the tea estates and tiny rural villages of the Hill Country, spotting the tea pickers in the plantations and waterfalls with mountainous backdrops. From here you’ll continue back to the capital city of Colombo for your final night.

3 nights Sigiriya – 5 nights Trincomalee Beach – 3 nights Digana/Knuckles – 1 night Colombo

 

Not travelling as a family? Worry not, this holiday is also perfect for couples or honeymooners looking for a romantic, cultural and nature based escape to Sri Lanka.


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