Combine friendly locals with fantastic weather and incredible palmed-fringed beaches and you’ll start to see why Sri Lanka is such a desirable destination. With one of the largest concentrations of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, Sri Lanka has much to be discovered. Take in ancient sites where legendary temples boast beautiful details intertwined with exceptional wildlife and stunning scenery.
Located just off the Indian mainland, this tropical paradise with its friendly locals and fantastic weather will have you struggling to leave. Immerse yourself in the history and culture that is unique to this small island and see your children learn along the way.
Sri Lanka also boasts incredible wildlife. With approximately 123 species of mammals, many of which can't be seen anywhere else, your family has the perfect opportunity to see such graceful beasts as Asian elephants, Sri Lankan elephants, leopards, and not to forget the worlds biggest animal, the blue whale.
Due to its smaller size Sri Lanka is easy to explore, allowing you to fit any number of exciting experiences into your time in the country. From tea plantations and rain forests, to the white sandy beaches of the coast, there is plenty to see and do.
The island of Sri Lanka has so much to offer and it can sometimes be hard to know where to start. Below is just a suggestion to what we can offer that can be used as a framework to start making your plans, amended, or completely changed to best suit your family's requirements for an extra special adventure holiday.
Arrival in Sri Lanka
Upon arrival at Bandaranaike Airport you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of your day relaxing by the pool or take a short ride to Negombo a picturesque fishing village. Here you will find the Angunukaramulla Buddhist Temple alongside a small Dutch fort dating back to 1678.
Day 2 - 4
After breakfast you will be driven to the Habarana. The next three days are full of adventure and activities; spend time wandering around a coconut and pineapple farm learning how these exotic products are grown and how they are utilised in everyday life. Visit the Samarasinghe's Manor and accompany their eight resident elephants down the river for bath time.
Day 5 - 6
On the way to Kandy swing by Dambulla. Known for its incredible cave temples cut into the rock and frescoes dating back over 2,000 years, it's considered the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. Spend time exploring the beautiful Kandy at your leisure or visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic where prayer services are held daily at dawn, midday, and in the evening.
Stop Over in Nuwara Eliya
After breakfast your journey to Nuwara Eliya begins. En route you will visit a tea estate for a "Tea Experience" where you will visit tea plantations and where professional tea pluckers will give you the opportunity to learn how to pluck the tea leaves. They'll then take you through the whole process from drying through to producing the different types of tea. Don't forget to try the samples!
Day 8 - 9
Your next stop is Yala National Park where your first exciting excursion is a dawn safari; go in search of leopards, elephants, bears, and crocodiles with an expert naturalist. With an estimated 35 leopards and 400 elephants, Yala gives you a great opportunity to see these animals in their natural habitat.
Day 10 - 11
Travelling south you will find yourself in Galle. While driving through the acres of cinnamon plantations why not take the time to learn about this fascinating plant? Later you will be able to experience the ever famous stilt fisherman engaging in their daily catch. While in Galle take a guided walk to reveal quirky and extraordinary things about this ancient city built by the Dutch.
Day 12 - 13
Colombo and Home
The last leg of your journey will see you head back to Colombo. Enjoy the island's largest city as it bursts with life and colour. This modern city with an ancient heart is a monument to its colonial history; make sure to visit the famous Gangaramaya Temple, with its many statues of Buddha. After a relaxing sleep the next stop is the airport where your holiday comes to a close.
Because our adventure itineraries are completely bespoke we can tailor the experiences you'll enjoy to your exact specifications. Below you'll find just a few suggestions of activities and experiences you can find in Sri Lanka.
Running from November through to April, have an early morning breakfast before you set out in search of blue whales, sperm whales, and spinner dolphins in Mirissa.
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
This fortress is thought to be one of the oldest tourist attraction in the world and some may say one of the most spectacular. Standing more than 200m tall over the surrounding plains, the rock is said to be a solidified magma plug from a long eroded and extinct volcano. For the really adventurous, why not climb to the top?
On the Beach and Under the Sea
Coming back from a holiday, it is always important to feel relaxed and as if you have actually had a holiday, which can be hard in this day and age. Why not spend an extra couple of day relaxing in a beachfront property or ask us to arrange your itinerary with this in mind?
Royal Botanical Gardens
Explore the incredible Botanical Gardens, founded in 1824, and containing some of the most valuable collections of plants and trees in the world. You will be accompanied by Mr. Bandara Palipana, Professor of Botany, who would take you for a fascinating walk around the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy, which is renowned for its collection of orchids.
Our dedicated adventure consultant will be able to put together a bespoke quote for your perfect adventure holiday. The prices below include accommodation, a complete itinerary of activities, luxury transfers between destinations and any English speaking guides that you'll need along the way.
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