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With so much varied and stunning scenery in a country smaller than Ireland, you will soon understand why Sri Lanka is one of our favourite destinations. If you want to explore the country’s highlights on a family activity holiday like no other, then Active Sri Lanka is perfect.

  • Climb Sigirya Rock Fortress
  • Cycle along the coast
  • Go whitewater rafting
  • Ride a train through tea plantations
  • Watch a dance show in Kandy

Starting your adventure from Colombo, cycle a coastal road towards the famous cultural triangle, where you will explore caves, climb the Sigirya Rock Fortress, spot elephants and learn to cook your favourite Sri Lankan dish. Enjoy sacred Kandy and the beautiful tea country before rounding off with an exhilarating whitewater rafting experience.

An exciting holiday for adventurous families who have a desire to travel in an active manner. This is a full and varied itinerary and the comfortable hotels will be a welcome place to rest at the end of each day. A reasonable fitness level is required.

For those families wanting to spend longer in Sri Lanka, we offer an option to extend your trip with a beach stay in Mirissa, or a wildlife safari in Yala National Park. Please contact us for more details.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Colombo.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Colombo; relax on Negombo beach

    Arrive Colombo airport and transfer to hotel in Negombo. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore on the beach.

  3. Day 3: Cycle to Kurunegala, drive to Dambulla

    Cycle from Negombo towards the Cultural Triangle, past Dammalasuriya. Transfer to Kurunegala for lunch and visit the Dambulla caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  4. Day 4: Visit Sigiriya, safari in Minneriya

    Drive to Sigiriya, another World Heritage Site known as the ‘Fortress in the Sky’ to climb the Lion Rock Fortress and enjoy panoramic views.

    Afterwards, transfer to Minneriya and enjoy a cycle ride where you’ll make stops to visit a children’s nursery, meet local villagers and watch the local people prepare a delicious Sri Lankan lunch for you. Visit Minneriya National Park for an evening safari adventure to enjoy spectacular sights of elephant herds.

  5. Day 5: Village trek, cooking class, dance show

    Take a gentle cycle ride along the beautiful countryside around the giant Minneriya Tank reservoir. Then trek through typical Sri Lankan villages, enjoy a catamaran ride, a tractor ride and a tasty Sri Lankan meal. Visit Kandy, stopping en route to see a spice garden, and watch an evening Kandyan dance show.

  6. Day 6: Kandy: Botanical Gardens & city tour

    Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya. The afternoon is free at leisure to relax or continue exploring Kandy. This evening, you’ll return to Kandy for a tour of the city.

  7. Day 7: Train to Nuwara Eliya

    Enjoy a beautifully scenic train journey through the lush hills of the highland region devoted to the cultivation of tea. Your destination is Nuwara Eliya, known as the ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka.

  8. Day 8: Whitewater rafting; return to Colombo

    Drive to Kithulgala and enjoy a whitewater rafting adventure on the Kelani River, or alternatively walk a nature trail in the area with a guide. After lunch, return to Colombo for your final night. 

  9. Day 9: Fly back to the UK

    Free to depart at any time for your return flight.

    Alternatively, why not extend your stay in Sri Lanka with a beach or wildlife extension?

    Mirissa is a beautiful crescent of beach on Sri Lanka’s south coast, where you can do as much or as little as you like. Relax on the palm fringed beach or for those craving more activity, take an optional whale watching trip (seasonal), surfing lesson or go snorkelling. However you decide to spend your time, Mirissa is the perfect way to round off your holiday seeing the sights of this wonderful country. 

    Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s oldest national park and renowned for being the best place in the country to watch wildlife. The children will love watching monkeys swing through the trees, peacocks parade their colourful feathers and elephants roaming around. Stay in a comfortable handpicked lodge with a swimming pool to cool off at the end of the day. 

You should note: Our August departure coincides with Perahera, the Festival of the Tooth which is celebrated in Kandy. Enjoy large processions of elephants, dancers, jugglers and musicians in elegant costumes.

Guide prices

  • Prices from (exc. international flights): £999 per adult, £949 per child
  • Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £1,829 per adult, £1,629 per child

Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.

Other information

  • Duration: 9 days
  • Ideal for ages: 12+
  • Itinerary type: Small group

Departure Guide

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What’s Included

All prices are per person and include:

  • Accommodation

    We spend seven nights in hotels of a 3* standard, offering comfortable accommodation and friendly service. All rooms have en suite facilities and are booked on a twin-share basis; most are air-conditioned.
  • Meals

    7 breakfasts & 3 lunches
  • Activities

    • City tour

    • Cookery class

    • Cycling

    • Dancing

    • Hiking

    • Rafting

    • Safari

    • Scenic train

Flights

You can typically expect to pay from £780 for an adult, and from £630 for a child aged 11 and under.

Flight prices are subject to change, and prices tend to be higher during peak periods or when booking late.

For peace of mind, we recommend that you book your flights with us. If you choose your own flights, please ask us to confirm all arrangements first.

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Departures

Choose your preferred departure date from the 11 options below, then make a no obligation booking request, or enquire if you would like to ask us a question.

Our small group holidays require a minimum of just four participants to operate. Most of our holidays are also available on a private basis or can be tailored to meet your requirements.

Itinerary dates Prices per person from (exc. flights)
Year Starts Ends Adult price, excluding flights, from Child price, excluding flights, from Holiday Status Options
* Available: this holiday is available to book. ** Guaranteed: this holiday is available to book and has reached a minimum of four participants, so is guaranteed to run.
2018 15 Jul 22 Jul £1,199 £1,149 Available* Book or Enquire
2018 22 Jul 29 Jul £1,199 £1,149 Available* Book or Enquire
2018 5 Aug 12 Aug £1,199 £1,149 Available* Book or Enquire
2018 22 Aug 29 Aug £1,279 £1,259 Available* Book or Enquire
2018 23 Dec 30 Dec £1,349 £1,329 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 17 Feb 24 Feb £1,049 £999 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 24 Feb 3 Mar £1,049 £999 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 14 Apr 21 Apr £999 £949 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 21 Jul 28 Jul £999 £949 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 11 Aug 18 Aug £1,059 £1,010 Available* Book or Enquire
2020 16 Feb 23 Feb £1,099 £1,049 Available* Book or Enquire