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.
Play cricket with the locals
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 exhilarating 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.
Day1: Depart UK
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Colombo.
Day2: 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.
Day3: 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.
Day4: 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.
Day5: 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 bullock cart ride and a tasty Sri Lankan meal. Visit Kandy, stopping en route to see a spice garden, and watch an evening Kandyan dance show.
Day6: Kandy: Botanical Gardens & city tour
Visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya. The afternoon is free at leisure to relax or continue exploring Kandy. Go on an evening city tour of Kandy before a friendly game of cricket with the locals.
Day7: 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.
Day8: Kithulgala: whitewater rafting
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.
Day9: Transfer to Colombo & fly back to the UK
Transfer to Colombo International Airport for your flight back to the UK.
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.
Prices from (exc. international flights):£1,199per adult,£1,149per child
Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK):£2,219per adult,£1,939per child
Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.
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.
7 breakfasts & 3 lunches
You can typically expect to pay from
£1,020 for an adult,
and from £790 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.