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Discover Sri Lanka's amazing history of early Buddhism, lush green jungle, cool highlands, ornate temples and wonderful food on this two-week itinerary.

  • Learn a Sri Lankan dance
  • Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Go elephant watching on safari
  • Learn to cook a local dish
  • Have fun on the beach
  • Explore cave temples

This family activity holiday in Sri Lanka allows for plenty of interaction with the local people, enabling you to learn about their culture, dance, clothes, customs, religion and food. The children will love watching Asian elephants on a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park. Oh, and dont forget those palm-fringed, uncrowded beaches with their outrigger canoes and stilt fishermen. Its paradise – what more could you want?

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

    Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Colombo.

  2. Day 2: Arrive Colombo, relax on the beach

    Arrive Colombo and meet at the group hotel. Enjoy free time to relax after the flight in the hotel or on the beach.

  3. Day 3: Dambulla Caves

    Delve into Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle – an area defined by the former capitals of Kandy, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, where the island’s major historical and cultural monuments are found.

    Your journey today will take you past the the ancient city of Kurunegala, picturesquely set against the backdrop of Aetha Gala (Elephant Rock). Further on you will stop to visit Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now an important place of pilgrimage for those who come to see the modern giant gold Buddha - said to be one of the biggest in the world.

  4. Day 4: Visit a local village & Pollonaruwa

    This morning you'll visit a typical Sri Lankan village, an incredible opportunity to be immersed in the local culture. The journey includes a walk, catamaran tour and ride on a tractor.

    In the afternoon, visit Pollonaruwa, another World Heritage Site and residence of the Sinhalese kings who ruled from Anuradhapura. Here you can explore the ancient walled city and see a 14-metre long reclining Buddha. 

  5. Day 5: Cycling tour & cookery demonstration

    Morning cycling tour through the countryside around the giant Minneriya reservoir, stopping along the way to visit local villagers who will prepare a delicious Sri Lankan lunch for you. This is a great way to meet local people and see how they live.

  6. Day 6: Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress

    Transfer to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya and see the ruins of the Summer Palace on the summit. Then visit a spice garden in Matale and learn about the culinary and medicinal uses of the common spices before transferring to Kandy.

  7. Day 7: Explore Kandy, Temple of the Tooth

    Visit Kandy’s Botanical Gardens, renowned for a collection of a variety of orchids. Have the afternoon at your leisure before an early evening city tour of Kandy and a visit to the Temple of the Tooth.

  8. Day 8: Train to visit Tea plantation factory

    Take a gentle train ride with incredible views through the hills to Nanuoya and onwards to Nuwara Eliya.  In the afternoon there will be a visit to a tea plantation to visit tea fields and see a tea factory.

  9. Days 9-10 : Drive to Udawalawe National Park, jeep safari

    Visit the characterful village of Ella and enjoy superb views as far as the south coast. See the spectacular Rawena Ella Waterfall and then transfer by vehicle down from the hills to Udawalawe National Park

    The following day you set off on a wildlife safari to spot elephant, buffalo and fantastic birdlife. In the afternoon, visit an elephant sanctuary where orphaned baby elephants are cared for before being released back into the wild.

  10. Day 11: Continue to Unawatuna on south coast

    Transfer down the coast to Unawatuna, your beach base on the southern tip of the island, stopping along the way to visit a turtle hatchery.

  11. Days 12-13 : Whale watching, optional visit to Galle by train

    Head out on a special whale watching excursion to spot whales and dolphins (seasonal – November to April), relax on the beach and take an optional scenic train ride along the coast to Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  12. Day 14: Drive to Colombo & fly back to UK

    Transfer from the south coast to Colombo Airport in time for your flight back to the UK.

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): £1,349 per adult, £1,299 per child
  • Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK): £2,445 per adult, £2,145 per child

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

Other information

  • Duration: 14 days
  • Ideal for ages: 5+
  • Itinerary type: Small group

Departure Guide

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What’s Included

All prices are per person and include:

  • Accommodation

    This tour spends 12 nights in hotels of a 3* standard, all with en suite facilities, on a twin share basis.
  • Meals

    12 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners
  • Activities

    • Cookery class

    • Cycling

    • Safari

    • Scenic train

    • Whale watching

Flights

You can typically expect to pay from £1,080 for an adult, and from £850 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

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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 23 Dec 4 Jan £1,759 £1,699 Guaranteed** Book or Enquire
2019 7 Apr 19 Apr £1,399 £1,349 Guaranteed** Book or Enquire
2019 7 Jul 19 Jul £1,299 £1,249 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 28 Jul 9 Aug £1,299 £1,249 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 11 Aug 23 Aug £1,349 £1,299 Available* Book or Enquire
2020 5 Apr 17 Apr £1,459 £1,399 Available* Book or Enquire