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14 Night Sri Lankan Family Adventure – Holland Family

£11840 total

14 Nights/15 Days

2 Adults and 3 Children

14 Night Sri Lankan Family Adventure – Holland Family

£11840 total

What You'll Do

On this once in a lifetime holiday explore Sri Lanka's diverse nature and culture with a packed itinerary featuring rainforests, beaches, wildlife, and history. It has a great mix of adventure, culture relaxing at the beach - perfect for families!

Summary :

24th July – Chilaw

25th-26th – Wilpattu National Park

27th-29th – Nilaveli Beach Resort

30th-1st August – Sigiriya

2nd-3rd – Gammaduwa

4th-5th Kandy

6th – Negombo

7th – Departure

Sri Lanka is a popular holiday destination because it has so much to offer in a relatively small country, so the travelling time is comparatively short between the amazing cultural, historical, scenic and wildlife attractions. Amidst all the amazing historical sites (including eight Unesco sites) the diverse unique landscapes and the relaxed culture, it is the friendliness of the people you meet that will be your stand out memory.

The weather in Sri lanka is seasonal, and this itinerary has been chosen to make the most of the climate during the Summer months between April and October. You will start with a big game safari staying in traditional safari tents and taking game drives to spot elephants, leopards, sloth bears and others before staying at an amazing beach resort for some real R&R, swimming in the turquoise ocean and lazing on the white sand beach.  You will visit the most famous historical sites in the cultural triangle climbing spectacular Lion rock, meeting the monkeys that live and play in Dambulla, embark on  a comfortable trek in hill country and take in the spectacular views of tea country. In Kandy you will see the ancient  temple of the tooth and stay in a luxury guesthouse where you can try cooking local dishes with your host and take a fun tuk tuk ride! After packing in so much, but at a leisurely pace, the whole family will be left in awe of this spectacular small island; its wildlife, history, food, culture, and of course, its people.

Experience
Highlights

Explore the cultural triangle - a must see

Enjoy Safaris to spot elephants and leopards

Get off the beaten path discovering paddy farms, forests and villages

Visit the temple of the tooth

Your Local Host:

Prateeque

Hi! My name is Prateeque, your host. I grew up in India, in Bangalore and after completing an engineering degree, I decided to not actually follow this path and chose to follow my passion of travel. I quickly got a job as an actual tour guide in the wonderful southern region of Kerala, India, for a few months and ended up staying for 2 years.

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Experience Itinerary

Arrival Day

Arrive into Bandaranaike International Airport, where you will be met by your driver/ guide and transferred to Chilaw for your first night in Sri Lanka.

Chilaw is a lovely coastal town in the north west of sri lanka with a palm fringed sandy beach, perfect for your first dip after a long flight!

Tonight you will stay in Anantaya Resort and Spa, the perfect place to relax and unwind, with the Mangrove lagoon on one side and the ocean front sandy beach on the other.

 

 

Accommodation: Anantaya Resort – 1x Deluxe Double & 1x Deluxe Triple (3 separate beds)  – interconnecting requested

Meals: none

Wilpattu National Park Safari

Today you will transfer to Wilpattu National Park where you will spend the night in an African style safari camp.

Wilpattu has a dense forest landscape interspersed with scrub, sand dunes and the unique Villu wetlands. It is the largest National Park in Sri Lanka and you will embark on an evening game drive in search of elephants and leopards, which are drawn here by the many lakes. You may also spot sloth bear, crocodiles and more.  

Accommodation: Mahoora Luxury Camp  1x Standard Double Tent & 1x Family Triple (3 separate beds) as close to  each other as possible

Mahoora by Eco Team Wilpattu Safari Camp, which borders the National Park, is maintained as a mini nature reserve with minimum disturbances. you can enjoy  free wifi, a library and board games.Unlimited tea / coffee, fresh fruits, snacks, juices, soft drinks, and water is provided and there is a 24-hour power supply with laptop and digital camera charging facilities available.

Mahoora Safari Tents are the largest and most luxurious safari tents in Sri Lanka. Each tent is handmade locally using the finest of materials and designed to be fit for a king in the wild. Each of the safari tents boast a restful outer living area, an intimate bedroom and a private en-suite bathroom. Soft linens dress the comfortable full-sized beds, whilst wall-to-wall carpeting creates a feeling of comfort underfoot. The bathroom has a flushable commode, hot / cold shower and a washbasin and mirror. Experience a truly luxurious home in the wild with all the little details taken care of – from torches to umbrellas and luggage racks.*Note there is no air conditioning.

The meal plan for your stay is all inclusive. For breakfast, continental and Sri Lankan dishes including fresh juices are available, the lunch will be freshly prepared Sri Lankan dishes. Unlimited tea/coffee, fresh fruits, snacks, juices, soft drinks, and water will be provided throughout the day as well as local alcoholic beverages (beer and imported wine), and there is a daily five-course dinner menu with signature dishes including a BBQ around the campfire.

During your stay all entry permits and park fees for the entire stay are included, you will be provided with an exclusive Jeep with front-faced comfortable elevated seats for maximized game viewing and photography opportunities and an experienced naturalist is exclusively provided for each booking. You are not sharing either the Jeep or the naturalist.
A complimentary picnic basket for the Safari with chilled beverages and snacks for the safari break will be provided. For each night of your stay you will have one game drive included,  either in the early morning starting at 05:30 am until 10:00am, or in the afternoon at 2:30pm until 6:00pm. You can also opt for a full day safari, please arrange this with your naturalist on arrival.

 

 

 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Morning Game drive in the park

This morning or in the afternoon  you will have the opportunity to return to the park in search of leopard, elephant, crocodile and sloth bears to name just a few of the animals calling this park home.

Your naturalist is an expert in seeking out the best spots to viewing and photographic these amazing animals. In the afternoon you can relax and enjoy the camp. At sundown, after a rewarding safari, sit by a roaring campfire with a chilled beer  and listen to the sounds of the wild!.

Nightfall brings new excitement; the thunder crack of ‘Elephant Crackers’ in the distance lit by farmers as a warning to elephants wandering too close to their harvest, an occasional hoot of an exotic owl, the soft purr of a jungle cat… you don’t quite realise you’re in the middle of an adventure until you live it!

Accommodation:  Mohoora by Eco Team 1x Standard Double Tent & 1x Family Triple (3 separate beds) as close to  each other as possible

 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Beach R&R in Nilaveli

Today after breakfast at the camp you will had to the beach resort of Nilaveli with its white sand beach, calm turquoise waters ideal for paddling and swimming or more adventurous watersports.

Enjoy three nights at your beach side resort

Accommodation: Nilaveli Beach Resort – 1x Ocean Front Premium Deluxe Family Room (1King & 2 Single beds) & 1x Ocean Front Double, request for rooms to be next to each other

Set on the white sands of Nilaveli Beach, the hotel has a private beach area, and swimming pool with terrace.

Rooms are characterful wooden huts, with thatched roofs inside they are nicely furnished with ensuite bathroom, fan,  tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer and have with a private balcony overlooking the sea. Guests can enjoy a delicious spread of traditional Sri Lankan meals as well as international cuisines at the in-house restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Dambulla Cave Temple

After breakfast you will head to Dambulla and its Cave Complex, the largest and best-preserved cave temples in Sri Lanka and a UNESCO world heritage site. There are more than 80 documented caves on this impressive site. You will  spend the  afternoon exploring the cave complex, and its many statues and brightly coloured frescoes, watching the playful monkeys that live in and around the temple. Watch out for them as they will have an eye on your snacks and other belongings !

Late afternoon, you will head back to the hotel for dinner.

 

Accommodation : Hotel Sigiriya – 1x Superior Triple Room (3 separate beds) & 1 Superior Double Room, request interconnecting or rooms next to each other

Hotel Sigiriya is located within the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Featuring the best view of the Lion’s Rock, it has an outdoor pool, a restaurant serving buffet breakfast and international dishes and there are three on site bars. Massage services can be booked at the Ayurveda Spa.

Air-conditioned and well appointed guest rooms have views of the garden. Each room is equipped with a minibar, tea/coffee making facilities and TV


Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Lion Rock

Though you may have see many pictures of ‘Lion Rock’, nothing can quite prepare you for the real thing.

Sigiriya, the 5th century “Fortress in the Sky” is perhaps the most jaw-dropping single wonder on the island. It’s known as Lion Rock because it was said there was a huge lion that used to stand at the entrance to the Palace, on the summit of the 600-foot high rock.

The walk to the summit leads you on paths and staircases through some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world, past pools, statues, carvings and caves with ornate frescoes. There are plenty of stopping places on the ascent where you can admire the stunning panoramic views.

Once you reach the summit you can still find the foundations of the Royal Palace, which you will explore with your guide and learn the many fascinating stories about what took place in this incredible location.

Accommodation : Hotel Sigiriya – 1x Superior Triple Room (3 separate beds) & 1 Superior Double Room, request interconnecting or rooms next to each other

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Cycling and Monkeys

Today you’ll visit another World Heritage Site, the capital of Sri Lanka from 11th–13th Centuries, Polonnaruwa.

The city contains splendid and spectacular statues and the medieval capital was fortified with inner & outer moats and walls.

Explore royal palaces, audience halls and other spectacular examples of ancient Sri Lankan architecture by bike, the best way to see as much of possible of the city.

In the afternoon, head out on a guided walk of the ruins with a local primatologist. You’ll learn about the different monkey species that make the ruins their homes, an atmospheric tour you’re sure to remember.

Accommodation : Hotel Sigiriya- 1x Superior Triple Room (3 separate beds) & 1 Superior Double Room, request interconnecting or rooms next to each other

Meals :Breakfast and Dinner

Easy hike to Gammaduwa (8kms)

Today you will you’ll take the short drive to Andawala, where you will begin your guided hike to the remote village of Gammaduwa, a spot where you’ll get a taste of true Sri Lankan culture.

You suitcases will be transported to your hotel and you will take the rest of the journey on foot.

Your hike starts on tiny village paths and then leads you across small paddy farms, you will walk along narrow irrigation streams for the first 2kms before turning off into the forest. The trek continues through patches of forest interspersed with pepper farms until you reach the village of Hanguranketa. Here you will take a short break and refill your water bottles before the next stretch through this lush green landscape to reach the forest bungalow where you will spend the night.

You’ll stay at Gammaduwa Heritage Bungalow, a beautiful building on an old tea plantation, and a great base from which to start your journey to Riverstone tomorrow.

Accommodation: Gammaduwa Bungalow- Family Suite ( Two Bedroom Suite with 1 Double & 3 single beds in 2nd Room)

The deluxe rooms all have  ensuite bathrooms and either mountain or garden views. Half board is included due to the remote location of the property and  comprises a daily three course traditional Sri Lankan evening meal with many dishes cooked on wood fires using traditional clay pots. The “main” consists of five gourmet vegetable curry dishes. A European buffet style breakfast is served daily and there are also different traditional Sri Lankan options each day.

Melas: Breakfast and Dinner

At Leisure or Hike to Riverstone

Today your optional hike starts from the remote Gammaduwa village, in total it is around 12 km, winding along trails to an extremely remote village named Kargastene. Getting properly off the beaten track, you’ll then hike with a local guide across wide open grassland, before heading back into the jungle.

Stop at Puwakpitiya, a village with beautiful waterfall in the jungle, where you can swim and help to prepare a lunch of delicious, authentic Sri Lankan cuisine using fresh local ingredients. Your afternoon trek takes you to Riverstone, through jungle where elephants are often seen freely roaming.

Your guide can tailor the hike to your ability or how much you want to walk on the day so they can pre-plan your route.

In the afternoon you will return to your hotel to shower and relax after your amazing day of wonderful jungle trekking.

Alternatively you can spend the day at the tea plantation, 7 acres of land with glorious views where you can enjoy leisurely walks, and mountain biking on the trails, or join in the hands on tea making experience learning the secrets of how tea is grown, plucked, withered, rolled and oxidised on the plantation today, to make their own Monkeytail tea. You will learn the art of the connoisseur tea taster and how to distinguish the flavour and aroma of different teas.

Accommodation: Gammaduwa Bungalow – Family Suite ( Two Bedroom Suite with 1 Double & 3 single beds in 2nd Room)

double room in a lodge in sri lanka

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Temple of the Tooth

After breakfast you will depart for Kandy where you will visit one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world, the Temple of the Tooth, believed to hold one of the Buddha’s teeth.

You’ll have chance to wander round the Botanical Gardens which has more than 4000 species of plants and a renowned collection of orchids, before checking in to your hotel.

Accommodation: Hanthana House – Adjacent Rooms 1 Double & 1 Triple (3 Single beds)

Hanthana House is a traditional Kandyan home located in the foothills of the beautiful Hanthana Mountain range just 15 minutes drive away from the noisy city. Listen to the chirps and songs of the amazing variety of rare and colourful birds. Experience the warmth and uniqueness of a family’s own house, get to know local habits and culture as you participate in the daily life of the locals. Eat local food,  and perhaps learn how to cook a complete meal on firewood in a traditional kitchen. Hanthana House homestay is run by Mr. Pathirana (Pathi) and his family, it is  not just a homestay; it is an unforgettable experience close to nature in attractive surroundings with the added benefit of tasty and authentic Sri Lankan home cooking!

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Village Walk, TukTuk Ride, Market Visit and Cooking Class

Today your guided village walk will take you  through a local village near Kandy, allowing you to observe daily life in a rural setting. Interacting with locals, discovering traditional homes, and learning about local customs and traditions.

Back in the kitchen, you’ll have the chance to learn how to prepare traditional Sri Lankan dishes under the guidance of a local chef.

Tuk-tuks are a popular mode of transportation in many Asian countries, known for their open-air design and agility in navigating through narrow streets, and you will have the opportunity to take this fun mode of transport to go a little further afield, with your local driver, see the local countryside and the rural community here in Kandy.

Accommodation: Hanthana House –  Adjacent Rooms 1 Double & 1 Triple (3 Single beds)

 

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Hundira

Today, after breakfast you will transfer to Negombo ( approximately 2 hours 30 mins ) so you are close to the airport for your flight home tomorrow, and can spend your last night on the coast.

Villa Hundira is cocooned by the skirts of the lagoon and by canopies of trees; it is a luxury boutique villa with just 14 rooms and suites, tastefully decorated and furnished with hand picked items, each has its own unique style. With their cooling wooden floors and open planning, they are plentiful in space and comfort- making you more than happy to stay in all day.

 

Accommodation Villa Hundira- 1x Family Water Suite (2 bedroom suite with 5th bed placed in the living room)

Meals: Breakfast Lunch and Dinner

Departure Day

Today, you will be transferred back to Negombo Airport for you return flight.

*Late check out requested

We hope you have had an incredible time with us here in Sri Lanka, and leave feeling as though you have not only covered the highlights of this magical isle, but also seen the authentic hidden gems most tourists miss.

Location Information

Your adventure starts on arrival at  Bandaranaike International Airport, where you will be met by your driver/ guide and transferred to Chilaw for your first night in Sri Lanka.

From there you will travel to Wilpattu National Park and go on safari to spot elephants and maybe even leopards! Enjoy relaxing by the beach for the next three days before heading to Sigiriya and the amazing Unesco heritage sites of the cultural triangle. Your next stop is Gammaduwa where you will enjoy the peace and tranquility of Matale district, with its  picturesque landscape and temperate climate. Your final stop will be in Kandy renowned for its temples, gardens and natural reserves.

Day 1 Chilaw

Day 2-3 Wilpattu National Park

Day 4-6 Nilaveli Beach Resort

Day 7-9 Sigiriya

Day 10-11 Gammaduwa

Day 12-13 Kandy

Day 14 Negombo

Day 15 Departure

  • Accommodation for 14 nights on Half Board Basis
  • All transfers
  • 2 half-day safaris at Wilpattu National Park + Safari Jeeps
  • Dambulla Cave Temple entrance fee
  • Sigiriya Rock Entrance Fee
  • Village cycling experience with lunch in Habarana
  • Pidurangala sunset picnic
  • Polonnaruwa entrance fee
  • 1 half day safari at Minneriya National Park + Safari Jeeps
  • Hike to Gammaduwa
  • Temple of the Tooth entrance fee
  • Kandy Botanical Gardens entrance fee
  • Kandy market visit and tuk tuk ride with cooking class and lunch
  • Water and refreshments during the activities
  • English speaking guide for all experiences