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The Complete Family Tour Of Sri Lanka

The Complete Family Tour Of Sri Lanka
The Ultimate All Island Family Experience

Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage

The Complete Family Tour Of Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka Tour Schedule


7 Night Sri Lanka Tour

 

1

Depart UK

 

2

Arrive Colombo 

  • Relax On Arrival At Colombo

3

Dambulla

  • Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
  • Millennium Elephant Foundation

4

Dambulla

  • Jeep Safari To Minneriya National Park

5

Kandy 

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

7

Hill Country

  • By Train Through The Hill Country

8

Yala

  • Beautiful View Of The Hill Country At Ella

9

Yala

  • Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala

10

Beach

  • Beach Stay For Number Of Nights As Required

 

Depart
Sri Lanka
Arrive UK

  • Transfer To Airport

 

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

 

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

 

Kandy 

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.

 

Yala National Park 

One of the great national parks of Asia and the best location in the world to spot Leopards in the wild.

 

Galle 

The ramparts of an Old Dutch Fort enclose a perfectly preserved town full of historic colonial buildings.

 

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?

If you are a family that likes to travel and want to see the whole of Sri Lanka using Family-Friendly hotels, this tour is a good option. This is a full tour of Sri Lanka lasting 8 days. Our flagship family program is probably the most comprehensive island-wide family tour currently available and includes visits to all of the major cultural and wildlife attractions in Sri Lanka.

 

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.

 

After sampling the magical atmosphere of Kandy, a breathtaking journey through the lush, tea covered Hill Country by train takes you to altitudes of over 6000 ft and the magnificent landscapes of the Eastern Hill Country of Sri Lanka.

 

Descending to the plains through more wonderful scenery you reach the jungles of Yala National Park where you have the best chance in the world to see a Leopard in the wild.

 

The beautiful South Coast Road passes picture-postcard tropical beaches of the Deep South of the island. Galle has a charming maze of streets with hundreds of historic buildings protected by the ramparts of a Dutch fort.

 

You can easily fit in a beach stay at the popular South West beach resorts or the wonderful Deep South in addition to this tour.

 

Recommended For: Families who wish to see the whole of Sri Lanka in an islandwide tour.

 

When To Go?

This Sri Lanka Tour Is Possible All Year Round

 

November-April

Clockwise Tour With South West Or Deep South Coast Beach Stay

 

May-September

Anti-Clockwise Tour With East Coast Beach Stay

 

From 01 September - 15 October Yala National Park May Sometimes Be Closed To Visitors. In This Event, Uda Walawe National Park Will Be Used With Comparable Accommodation At Uda Walawe.

 

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?

Quite a bit. This tour is recommended for families who are used to travel and don’t mind long journeys in order to see everything that is worth seeing in the island.

 

Is This Tour Suitable For A Family With Small Children?

Yes, but you need to consider a few issues. There is quite a bit of travel involved in touring the whole of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya can be a steep climb for young children. We would not recommend the ascent to the summit for safety reasons. The Jeep Safari’s at Minneriya and Yala 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 to 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.

 

Is Yala Open Year Round?

Yala has remained open all year round for the past few years and we expect this to contiue but there is no guarantee. If Yala is closed in September – October we will include Uda Walawe National Park instead.

 

Is It Easy To Stay On The Deep South Beaches After This Tour?

Yes, this tour is ideal for a beach stay in and around Galle.

Catamaran At Negombo

Catamaran At Negombo

 

Tea With Elephants At The Millennium Elephant Foundation

Tea At The Millennium Elephant Foundation

Monks At The Entrance Of The Sigiriya Fortress

Monks At The Entrance Of The Sigiriya Fortress

Wild Elephant At Minneriya National Park

Wild Elephant At Minneriya National Park

 

Aliya Resort And Spa

Aliya Resort And Spa

 

Lighting Lamps At The Temple Of The Tooth

Lighting Lamps At The Temple Of The Tooth

Expo Luxury Rail Carriage

Expo Luxury Rail Carriage

Poona Oya Falls

Poona Oya Falls

 

Amazing Views From Kelburne Bungalows

Amazing Views From Kelburne Bungalows

 

Turning Leopard At Yala National Park

Turning Leopard At Yala National Park

Joes Bungalow At Yala

Joes Bungalow At Yala

 

Stilt Fishermen At Weligama

Stilt Fishermen At Weligama

Coastline At Unawatuna

Coastline At Thalpe

 

Apa Illuketia

Apa Illuketia

 

Coral Reef At Hikkaduwa

Coral Reef At Hikkaduwa

Eden Resort And Spa

Eden Resort And Spa

 

Family Cabana At Jungle Beach

Family Cabana At Jungle Beach

Day 1 - DEPART UK

The flight from LHR to CMB takes approximately 10 hours.

 

Day 2 - NEGOMBO

COLOMBO AIRPORT-NEGOMBO

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!

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

First Class Hotels :

Jetwing Beach , Negombo


Special Choice :

Villa Hundira , Negombo


Day 3 - DAMBULLA

COLOMBO – DAMBULLA

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!

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Special Choice :

Sigiriya Village , Dambulla


DAY 4 - 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.

 

Day 5 – KANDY

DAMBULLA – KANDY

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.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

First Class Hotels :

Cinnamon Citadel , Kandy


Special Choice :

Hotel Thilanka , Kandy


Day 6 - KANDY

KANDY – HILL COUNTRY

 

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.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

First Class Hotels :

Cinnamon Citadel , Kandy


Special Choice :

Hotel Thilanka , Kandy


Day 7 - THE HILL COUNTRY

KANDY – HILL COUNTRY

A Train Journey Of Approx 6 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.

 

We include the full-length railway journey through pine and cloud forests near Horton Plains as well as the mind-boggling views of the Eastern Hill Country at Haputale. Clients are booked on the super luxury Expo Carriage or the Observation Car when available.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

Luxury Hotels :

98 Acres , Ella


Special Choice :

Waterfalls Homestay , Ella


Day 8 - YALA

HILL COUNTRY (ELLA) – YALA

44 Miles Approx 3 Hours

 

The Magnificent Views At Ella

The most beautiful views in the entire island can be seen from the so called Ella Gap – A spectacular break in the mountains with views all the way down to the coast from the edge of the southern escarpment.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

First Class Hotels :

Laya Safari , Yala


Special Choice :

Hibiscus Garden , Yala


Day 9 - YALA

Encounters With Leopards And Wild Elephants At Yala

The jewel among Sri Lanka’s wildlife reserves and one of Asia’s premier sanctuaries is justifiably famous for its population of Leopards that can easily be observed hunting and lazing around during daylight hours. The island’s big cat is attracted by the presence of large herds of Spotted Deer, Sambar (Elk) and Wild Boar that comprise its staple diet.

 

Apart from the wildlife, the stunning landscapes at Yala consist of strange shaped rock outcrops that are the ideal habitat of the aggressive Sloth Bear and a coastline dotted with beautiful lagoons harbouring migratory flamingoes and ferocious Marsh Crocodiles.

 

Around 100 Elephants are also found in and around the park. Today there are said to be 18 to 20 ‘tuskers’ in the reserve, including some huge ‘cross-tuskers’.

YOUR CHOICE OF HOTEL:

First Class Hotels :

Laya Safari , Yala


Special Choice :

Hibiscus Garden , Yala


Day 10 - TO SRI LANKA’S BEACHES

The South Coast Road And The Stilt Fishermen Of Koggala

A lovely coast road passes through a succession of picture-postcard beaches and idyllic bays such as Weligama, widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the world. The island’s unique Stilt Fishermen can be seen in this area during the late afternoons.

 

The Old World Town Of Galle

Galle has a charming old Dutch Fort (1640) which is the best preserved in Asia. Huge ramparts enclose an Old Town of great historical and architectural value. The labyrinth of streets and alleyways contain about 200 old colonial buildings that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site of prime importance. 

 

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

See turtle hatchlings prepared for release back in to the sea. If you are lucky you may be allowed to release some yourself.

 

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

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

The Complete Family Tour Of Sri Lanka

First Class - Room And Breakfast (Breakfast)

Special Choice – Half Board (Breakfast + Dinner)

Based On 2 Persons Sharing Room

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


FEATURED TOUR – LAND HOLIDAY ONLY
HOTEL CATEGORY
SUMMER 2016 WINTER 2016
FIRST CLASS HOTELS £998 PP
£1016 PP
SPECIAL CHOICE OF HOTELS £848 PP
£886 PP

*Price Excludes Beach Stay

 

Terms and Conditions

INCLUDES

• 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. 

 

EXCLUSIONS

• Flight and accommodation supplements may apply at peak periods.

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

 

OFFERS AND DISCOUNTS

• 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.

 

TAILOR MADE ALTERATIONS

• 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.

 

DISTANCES AND TRAVELLING TIMES

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.

 

YOUR BEACH STAY

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.

 

TOUR FORMAT

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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HOTELS FEATURED ON THIS TOUR

  • 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.

    http://www.jetwinghotels.com/jetwingbeach
  • 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.

    http://www.theme-resorts.com/aliyaresort/
  • 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.

    http://www.cinnamonhotels.com/CinnamonCitadelKandy.htm
  • 98 Acres

    98 Acres

    A luxury nature resort on a tea estate near the pretty village of Ella with an unbelievable view stretching down through the Ella Gap towards the lowlands in the far distance. Cottages are scattered among tea gardens and reached by electric buggies.

    http://resort98acres.com/
  • Laya Safari

    Laya Safari , Yala

    A surprisingly luxurious hotel in the intermediate zone jungles of Yala National Park. It is also located on the beach which is an added bonus. Luxurious split level rooms have plenty of space too. Plenty of wildlife in the vicinity as the national park is just next door.

    http://www.layahotels.lk/safari/
 

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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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