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Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

The Classic Family Tour Of Sri Lanka
A Family Tour Of Sri Lanka For Children Of All Ages

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

The Classic Family Tour of Sri Lanka

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Classic Family Tour Of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Tour Schedule

5 Night Tour Of Sri Lanka



Depart UK




  • Relax On Arrival At Colombo



  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • The Millennium Elephant Foundation



  • Elephants At Minneriya National Park



  • The Magnificent Sigiriya Fortress
6 Kandy
  • Sightseeing At Kandy In A Classic Car


Hill Country

  • By Train Through The Hill Country



  • Beach Stay For Number Of Nights As Required


Sri Lanka
Arrive UK

  • Transfer To Airport


This Is A Private Tour With Your Own Vehicle And Driver-Guide


This tour is particularly recommended during late July and early August to experience "The Gathering Of Elephants" at Minneriya National Park and the spectacular Kandy Perahera Festival at Kandy.


Locations Visited On This Tour

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

The island’s No 1 visitor attraction is a very relaxed place to spend in the company of 70 elephants.


Minneriya National Park 

Famous as the location for the Gathering Of Elephants each year from July-Sept when huge herds are observed.


The Sigiriya Rock Fortress

One of the great Wonders Of The Ancient World requires a bit of climbing but has that ‘wow’ factor in abundance



A very pretty town and the gateway to the Hill Country with lots of quaint reminders of colonial era Ceylon.


The Hill Country By Train

Beautiful mountain ranges covered with tea plantations and amazing waterfalls that are best experienced by train.


Beach Stay –  Should You Choose The West Coast or East Coast

From November to April, the West, South West and Deep South of the island experiences fine weather and calm seas. The tropical scenery and well established resorts make these areas popular even during the Summer months of July and August even though seas are slightly rough.


From May to October, the amazing East Coast beaches are among the finest in the entire world with shallow seas where you can just wade out for hundreds of feet into the sea!

Why Do This Tour?

Sri Lanka offers everything that is required for a great family holiday. A lovely mix of culture, nature and fantastic beaches help to provide an ideal setting for a two week break.


Some of the finest family-friendly hotels and villas in South Asia are featured here, all featuring a choice of Adjoining, Interconnecting or Family Rooms if required.


The holiday begins with a day to recover from your flight at the beach resort of Negombo. Then journey to the Cultural Triangle, with lots of elephant-related activities on the way including the world famous Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and the Millennium Elephant Orphanage located nearby.


Take a Jeep Safari to see large herds of wild elephants gather by the lake at Minneriya National Park and take a tour on Elephant Back around the beautiful Habarana Lake too. The ashtonishing Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a must for any family with grown up kids.


Travel to the ancient capital city of Kandy and board the Hill Country Express train to view the magnificent tea covered Hill Country on one of the World’s Great Railway Journeys. After a night in the mountains surrounded by glorious tea estates you can reach the island’s famed tropical beaches for the remainder of your holiday.



Recommended For: Families with kids of all ages


When To Go?

This Sri Lanka Tour Is Possible All Year Round



Clockwise Tour With South West Or Deep South Coast Beach Stay



Anti-Clockwise Tour With East Coast Beach Stay


Frequestly Asked Questions About This Tour?

Are Family Rooms Available In Sri Lanka?

Family rooms with separate beds are very hard to find in Sri Lanka. Even in Family Suites, fold-away beds will be usually provided. Interconnecting Rooms are however found in most hotels.


How Much Travelling Is Involved?

This tour averages around 3 hours of travel between destinations. The tour consists of 5 nights so is a good option for families who want to see the important sights while keeping travelling to a minimum.


Is This Tour Suitable For A Family With Small Children?

Yes. You need to consider 2 issues. Sigiriya can be a steep climb for young children. We would not recommend the ascent to the summit for safety reasons. The Jeep Safari at Minneriya can be a bit bumpy at times.


Is It Possible Do This Tour Using Resort Type Hotels?

Yes, just let us know. We use a selection of villa type hotels at some locations for this tour in order to keep costs down and make touring in Sri Lanka affordable for families at a reasonable level of comfort and luxury.


Is It Possible To Incorporate White Water Rafting To This Tour?

Yes, with an early morning start you can get to Kithulgala from Kandy on good roads within 2 hours for a morning rafting session and travel afterwards to your hotel in the Hill Country. There is a minimum 11 year age limit for rafting.


Can You Go To Galle From The Hill Country In One Day?

Yes, especially with the new Southern Expresway cutting journey times but still be prepared for a 5 hour journey!

Jetwing Beach Restaurant

Jetwing Beach Restaurant

Elephants At The Millennium Foundation

Elephants At The Millennium Foundation


Chaaya Village

Chaaya Village


View From The Summit Of Sigiriya

View From The Summit Of Sigiriya


Baby Elephant At Minneriya National Park

Baby Elephant At Minneriya National Park

Delicious Sri Lankan Fruit Platter

Delicious Sri Lankan Fruit Platter


Mandira Strathdon Bungalow

Mandira Strathdon Bungalow

The Kandy Perahera Festival

The Kandy Perahera Festival


Mini Moke

Mini Moke


Expo Rail Luxury Carriage

Expo Rail Luxury Carriage

Dairy Farm In The Hill Country

Dairy Farm In The Hill Country

Reef Protected Beach At Bentota

Reef Protected Beach At Bentota


Amaya Beach At Pasikuda

Amaya Beach At Pasikuda


The flight from LHR to CMB takes approximately 10 hours.




5 Miles Approx 15 Minutes


Relax On Arrival At Negombo

Arrive at the beach resort of Negombo and relax at your hotel or villa after your long flight. The beach at Negombo is wide and long with many fishing catamarans to be seen out at sea.


There are some lovely sunset boat rides that are easily arranged locally on the Negombo Lagoon. The marshes and mangroves on the fringes contain a wealth of wildlife, including ferocious crocodiles!


First Class Hotels :

Jetwing Beach , Negombo

Special Choice :

Villa Hundira , Negombo



94 Miles Approx 4 Hours


Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawela is Sri Lanka’s most visited attraction, and provides a very relaxed place to spend a few hours watching elephants. It is home to the largest group of orphaned Elephants in the world!  Most of the 70 animals have been found injured or abandoned in the wild.


Depending on the time of day, you can watch the little baby calves some only a few weeks old are fed by bottle and the whole herd is then bathed in the adjoining river. A not to be missed experience.


Bathing And Riding With Elephants At The Millennium Elephant Foundation

A charitable foundation next to the elephant orphanage that looks after the welfare of domesticated elephants in Sri Lanka. There are around 7 elephants here. You have a chance to try an Elephant Ride and even bathe with one of their elephants!


Special Choice :

Sigiriya Village , Dambulla


Elephant Back Ride Around The Habarana Lake

One of the most popular activities at Habarana are elephant back rides around the lovely Habarana Lake and adjoining forests. The highlight is when the elephant takes a dip in the lake with you on its back!


By Private Jeep To See ‘The Gathering’ Of Wild Elephants At Minneriya National Park

One of the Great Sights Of The Natural World happens each year when huge herds of Asian Elephants gather by the large lakes of the Cultural Triangle during the Dry Season. Sometimes up to 300 elephants can be seen together – the largest number of wild elephants gathering in one place on the entire planet!


Best Time To Visit: Late July-September. Elephants can be seen in lesser numbers throughout the rest of the year.




44 Miles Approx 2.5 Hours 


The Magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The amazing rock fortress of Sigiriya is often listed as 8th Wonder Of The Ancient World and is easily the most impressive historic sight in Sri Lanka. You enter through The Royal Pleasure Gardens with a series of ponds and landscaped terraces until the ascent of the rock fortress begins through a series of dramatic staircases.


Hidden half-way is a cave that reveals the Sigiriya Frescoes. This is Sri Lanka’s premier artistic treasure and is a must for all visitors. If you have a head for heights, you can reach the top via the gigantic Lions Paws, which are the remnants of a huge stone lion that used to guard the entrance. There are stunning views of the forested plains below from the top.


PLEASE NOTE: Extreme caution is required if you intend to let your kids climb to the summit as there are no safety rails.


First Class Hotels :

Cinnamon Citadel , Kandy

Special Choice :

Hotel Thilanka , Kandy


Sightseeing At Kandy In A Classic Car

Delightfully located in a valley surrounded by hills, Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings. The UNESCO protected Old Town area is a lovely place for an afternoon walk along a maze of streets leading to the Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth and the Kandy Lake. At the Upper Lake Drive Viewpoint you can see whole of Kandy magnificently framed against forest clad hills in the background.


We will take you around Kandy in one of our company owned classic cars, including vehicles from the wartime era such as a Morris 8 or a 1950s classic like an Austin Cambridge A55. There is even a beautiful Mini Moke that is great for kids! 


Visit The Temple Of The Buddha’s Tooth in the evening, for the ‘’pooja ceremony’’ that starts around 6:30 pm. At this time crowds gather to offer flowers and prayers to the sacred relic in the inner sanctum and the temple drummers are in full swing – a magical experience.


First Class Hotels :

Cinnamon Citadel , Kandy

Special Choice :

Hotel Thilanka , Kandy



A Train Journey Of Approx 4 Hours


By Train Through The Hill Country

The Highland Queen leaves Kandy Railway Station for a spectacular journey through the Hill Country. There are lovely views of waterfalls and tea estates among the glorious scenery of the Great Western mountain range. Clients are booked on the super luxury Expo Carriage or the Observation Car when available.


Special Choice :

Mandira Bungalows

Avian Breeze , Nuwara Eliya



A Journey Of Approx 5 Hours 


Devon And St Clair’s Falls

The spectacular descent of the Hill Country towards Sri Lanka’s beaches passes two of the island’s most famous waterfalls, Devon and St Clair’s Falls, which are easily viewed from the roadside.


The Mlesna Tea Centre overlooking St Clair’s Tea Estate has a nice viewing platform and a Tea Museum. A great place to stop for a cup of tea.



Kithulgala is a very pretty location with tropical rainforest and luxuriant vegetation in the valley of the Kelani River. This is where Sir David Lean’s classic wartime film ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai was filmed.


Sri Lanka’s Beach Resorts

A beach stay on Sri Lanka’s famous palm fringed coastline combined in addition to this tour will make for an excellent 2 week holiday on the island.



Depart Sri Lanka – Daytime flights arrive back in UK the same day.

Classic Family Tour Of Sri Lanka

First Class - Room And Breakfast (Breakfast)

Special Choice – Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner)

Based On 4 Persons Sharing Room 

SUMMER: 01/05 – 31/10 WINTER: 01/11 – 30/04

£832 PP
£744 PP

*Price Excludes Beach Stay


Terms and Conditions


• Private tour of Sri Lanka in an air-conditioned vehicle with English speaking driver/guide.

• All entry fees for places of interest as described in itinerary including jeep hire at national parks. 

• Meal plan as stated. 



• Flight and accommodation supplements may apply at peak periods.

• Beach stay at end of tour if required will be charged separately with options given.



• Children under 6 years of age sharing parents bed are given the land tour FREE OF CHARGE!!

• Special rates available for 2 adults and 1 child sharing triple room.

• Discounts available for families and groups.



• You are welcome to suggest changes or alterations such as a more relaxed tour with fewer activities, additional nights at places that may interest you, and adventure activities like white-water rafting.

• Tell us about any special interests and we will incorporate them in to your tour schedule.

If you want to widen your choice of tour hotel options, go to our View All Hotels index and tell us the mix of hotel you wish to stay at? If you have chosen your own hotels, we will include these along with your quote request.



All distances are point to point and do not include stops for sightseeing en-route. Actual travelling times may vary according to traffic, local weather and other factors.



There are a large number of beach hotels featured on our website. You are welcome to browse the View All Beach Hotels index and ask for your own choice of beach hotel. Alternatively we will feature a standard set of 5 beach hotel options that we can personally recommend.


You are welcome to specify the actual number of beach nights you require - otherwise a 6 night beach stay is featured.



Unless specified, we usually feature the clockwise version of the tour, even for Summer Season enquiries, as the beach resorts on the South West and Deep South remain very popular at all times of the year. The East Coast is still regarded as a rather ‘adventurous’ destination.


If you request guaranteed fine weather, sea bathing, snorkelling or watersports, we will feature beach hotels located on the coast that is ‘in season’ at the time of your travel.

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  • Jetwing Beach

    Jetwing Beach

    The flagship property of the Jetwing hotel chain. A stylish and contemporary hotel, each of the rooms opens up into a large private terrace, which looks out over the Indian Ocean. A state of the art Spa, watersports and great child-care facilities are on offer.

  • Aliya Resort and Spa

    Aliya Resort and Spa

    A modern, luxury nature-themed resort with lots of elephant (aliya) references. Chic interior design and a brilliantly thought out combination of a traditional village with upmarket features such as a huge swimming pool and a choice of fine dining restaurants.

  • Cinnamon Citadel

    Cinnamon Citadel

    Cinnamon Citadel is located on a bend of the Mahaweli River, the longest river in Sri Lanka. Unlike many other hotels at Kandy, it has the advantage of relative closeness to the city's main attractions. The Citadel has its own jetty for Boat Trips on the Mahaweli River.

  • Mandira Bungalows

    Mandira Bungalows

    Set deep in the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country are a series of beautiful old colonial tea estate bungalows that once belonged to British planters of old Ceylon, These are now luxurious retreats for those who wish to relive the past on an authentic journey to days gone by.


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Our driver Rohan was exceptional. He drove us with care, explained everything in detail and offered us numerous additional stops for activities such as elephant rides, a look around Kandy market and a trip to Nuwara Eliya. I would make sure, next time I go to Sri Lanka, that I had Rohan driving me around.

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