Family canoeing | Sri Lanka
FROM: CAD $2,645 pp

Go in search of herds of elephants, spotted deer and toque monkeys in the Udawalawe National Park. Enjoy white water rafting on the Kelani River and visit the famous World’s End viewpoint on the Horton Plains during this 9 day adventure for the whole family (for teens aged 12 years and above).

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Trip Highlights

Udawalawe National Park – Look out for elephants, leopards and other majestic species on SUV safaris through the national park
Horton Plains National Park – Trek to the scenic viewpoint at World’s End and take a dip in Baker’s Falls
Belihuloya – Canoe on the shimmering Samanalawewa Reservoir and admire the mountain scenery
Kitulgala – Go white water rafting down the Kelani River and explore inside of the spooky Belilena Cave
Kinchigune Nature Trail – Meet friendly villagers as you hike through lush countryside and paddy fields
Colombo – Enjoy a guided tour of the city including the Old Fort area and impressive Gangaramaya Temple


Breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 6 dinners
4 half day game drives through Udawalawe National Park
Rafting and canyoning in Kithulgala
Escorted by an English speaking national guide
2 nights 4 star hotel, 2 nights eco lodge and 4 nights camping
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 9

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$110-$120pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We suggest USD$25 – 35 per adult for the entire tour. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$45-$55pp, paid in local currency


Day 1


Saturday. Welcome to Sri Lanka! On arrival in Colombo your family will be transferred to our hotel where the rest of today is free to relax in the hotel or explore at leisure.
Overnight: Colombo

Day 2

Colombo sightseeing & Kitulgala

Colombo - Kitulgala. This morning we enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Colombo. Explore the old Fort Area in the north of the city and the impressive Gangaramaya Temple. The tour ends with a stroll along Galle Face Green, running parallel to the ocean. Expect to see locals flying kites in the sea breeze and playing games of cricket.

This afternoon we leave Colombo and travel to our Eco Lodge in Kitulgala. Enjoy a scenic family cycle ride through the countryside to Belilena Cave and admire the stunning views of our surroundings. Teens will enjoy exploring inside the spooky cave and remember to look out for bats hanging from the ceiling.
Overnight: Kitulgala  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Rafting and Canyoning in Kitulgala

Prepare to get wet today as we enjoy a fun day out on the water that all the family will enjoy. Go white water rafting on the Kelani River and pass striking scenery as we navigate the rapids for 5km. Later we embark on a canyoning adventure through the jungle. Discover majestic waterfalls and enjoy rock sliding before we reach the pristine lagoon for a swim. We then return to our lodge for a well earned rest.
Overnight: Kitulgala  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Kinchigune Nature Trail

Kitulgala - Belihuloya. This morning we set off on the Kinchigune Nature Trail, a 6km trail that winds through forests and runs alongside the Belihuloya River. Walk past paddy fields and meet the friendly locals in charming villages before we stop for lunch. Later we enjoy canoeing on the tranquil Samanalawewa Reservoir. Soak up the rugged mountain scenery and spot butterflies fluttering around as you paddle. This evening we camp in Belihuloya village.
Overnight: Belihuloya  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

Horton Plains National Park

Today we explore the windy and wild Horton Plains National Park, 2,100m above sea level. Trek to the World’s End viewpoint for breathtaking views of the mountains and green jungle, then take a dip in Baker’s Falls. Keep an eye out for some of the many species that inhabit the park. Sambar deer, wild boars and langur monkeys all live here, and we may be lucky enough to spot some of these animals before we return to the campsite.
Overnight: Belihuloya  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Udawalawe National Park

Belihuloya - Udawalawe. Our wildlife spotting continues today as we travel to a comfortable tented campsite in the famous Udawalawe National Park, our home for the next two nights. Embark on an SUV safari and look out for some of the 400 hundred wild elephants that live in the park. Other species we may see include leopards, deer, crocodiles, sloth bears and buffalo. After our busy day of game spotting we return to our campsite for dinner.
Overnight: Udawalawe National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Udawalawe Game Drives

Spotting wild animals can be down to luck and if we didn’t manage to see all of Udawalawe’s iconic species yesterday then we have another chance today. Return to the park this morning and again after dark, when the leopards come out to hunt.
Overnight: Udawalawe National Park  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8


Udawalawe - Colombo. Take one final trip into the park this morning and then say goodbye to Udawalawe as we return to Colombo for a relaxing afternoon at leisure. You may wish to return to Galle Face Green for a family game of cricket or browse the local bazaar for souvenirs to take home for friends and family.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 9


Our tour comes to an end today with an included departure transfer to the airport for your clan. We hope you enjoyed your holiday!

Extend your stay!

Consider spending some extra time exploring Sri Lanka's beautiful tropical coastline or simply relax and soak up the sun with a good book. Alternatively, opt to head to one of the other national parks to go in search of Sri Lanka's abundant wildlife. Extend your stay by a day, a week or even two! We offer a variety of properties for you to choose from. Browse our best places to visit, Sri Lanka's best beaches or wildlife in Sri Lanka pages for suggestions on what to see and do on your holiday. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know so we can accommodate your request.

For information about visas, top travel tips, best time to travel and much more, take a look through our travel guide.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. On all of our family tours we guarantee that parents and teens rooms will be side by side or directly adjacent. We offer a triple share option on this holiday, guaranteeing 3 proper beds in all hotel rooms. Alternatively as a travelling party of 3, you could book a Twin Share room and a Single Room.

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The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

OZO Colombo, Colombo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

OZO Colombo is a modern and stylish hotel, with sweeping Indian Ocean views from its rooftop infinity pool and many of its rooms. There's free WIFI access throughout the hotel and the guestrooms are bright and airy with all modern amenities. To top it off, there's also a fantastic fitness center and a restaurant serving delicious, authentic Sri Lankan cusine. OZO is centrally located on Marine Drive, near Galle Road and just a 10 minute drive from the city centre.

Rafters Retreat, Kitulgala

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Eco lodge

This beautiful eco-lodge is located in the heart of the Sri Lankan jungle. Flanked by lush greenery and raging rivers it's a perfect for those looking to take on the river with some white water rafting.

Kinchigune Tented Camp, Belihuloya

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

This semi-luxury campsite at Kinchigune boats comfortable permanent tents and immaculate shared bathroom facilities. With a number of adventurous activities on it's doorstep and overlooking the picturesque Samanalawewa reservoir it's an ideal place for families to stay.

Big Game Camping Udawalawe, Udawalawe National Park

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Camp

This tented safari campsite is located in a beautiful location, overlooking a reservoir to the east of Udawalawe. You'll experience comfortable beds, raised from the ground with stunning views. This small intimate camp is a perfect setting for exploring the abundance of wildlife within Udawalawe.

In Brief

Trip Type
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 12
Hotel Rating
4 star hotels, eco lodges and camps
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 5, Dinner: 6
Colombo, Kitulgala, Belihuloya, Horton Plains, Udawalawe National Park
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