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?
Day1: Depart UK
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Colombo.
Day2: 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.
Day3: 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.
Day4: 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.
Day5: 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.
Day6: 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.
Day7: 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.
Day8: 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.
Days9-10: 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.
Day11: 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.
Days12-13: 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.
Day14: 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.
Prices from (exc. international flights):£1,349per adult,£1,299per child
Prices from (inc. flights from/to UK):£2,445per adult,£2,145per child
Child prices apply for ages 11 and under at the time of travel.