14 Night Sri Lankan Family Adventure

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
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What you'll do

Overview

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 :

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 Departure

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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.

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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:  Big Game Camp Standard T...Read All

Morning Game drive in the park

This morning 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 driver 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 while lighting is supplied by flame torches, hurricane lamps, and th...Read All

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 – King Room Ocean View

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 ...Read All

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 !

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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 landsc...Read All

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 wit...Read All

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 fores...Read All

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...Read All

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: Kandyan Manor – Double Room

Kandyan Manor is a traditional Kandyan home l...Read All

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 des...Read All

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 plent...Read All

What's included

Included

  • Accommodation for 14 nights on Half Board Basis
  • All transfers
  • Game drives at Wilpattu
  • Guided visit to Visit Dambulla Cave Temples
  • Guided visit to climb Sigiriya rock
  • Guided walk to explore Polonnaruwa
  • Guided hike to Gammaduwa
  • Optional guided hike to Riverstone
  • Guided tour of Kandy and the temple of the tooth
  • Village Walk, Tuk Ride, Market Visit and Cooking Class in Kandy
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.

An opportunity opened up to go to Sri Lanka to become manager for the country, so when I was offered it, I jumped at the chance. During my time working in travel, I’ve travelled the majority of both India and Sri Lanka and discovered almost place you could possibly explore in these crazy, yet amazing countries.

I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and exploring, even as a kid. ... Read All

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.

An opportunity opened up to go to Sri Lanka to become manager for the country, so when I was offered it, I jumped at the chance. During my time working in travel, I’ve travelled the majority of both India and Sri Lanka and discovered almost place you could possibly explore in these crazy, yet amazing countries.

I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors and exploring, even as a kid. I would go out on my bike and get lost and then try to find my way back. I grew up in an urban setting, so any chance I could get I was out exploring. The feeling of release you get from the outdoors, is completely different to anything you can feel.

The one thing that inspired me to work in travel and pursue it as a long term career, is the feeling of pure amazement when discovering something new or seeing something spectacular for the first time. It’s an indescribable feeling, but you’re just totally immersed in this place and you just forget about everything else for a while.

And seeing this look on people’s faces and being with them when they’re doing this, is something I found out very quickly when I was tour guide I absolutely loved and just had to pursue this further.

Another thing is, you always learn in travel, there’s always something new that comes up, whether it be an experience, untapped location, or new people, you’re always learning and this pushes me to find new things to do.

It’s fair to say that Sri Lanka is oversaturated, there are plenty of companies here offering the same tours to the same places. We however, like to go off the beaten track. It’s unbelievable how much there is to see in this wonderful country away from the main sights. For example, the busy national parks e.g. Udawalawe National Park can have up to 600 jeeps a day on it’s roads. But if you go just 2 hours away at Gal Oya national park, it’s much less busy and you can get much closer to the wildlife.

Location

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 Departure

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