Family spotting elephants in Udawalawe National Park | Sri Lanka
FROM: €895 pp
Sri Lanka Family Holiday - 8 Days map

Take your family on a Sri Lankan adventure! Discover the Dambulla cave temples and the ancient Sigiriya rock fortress; spot elephants on a jeep safari through Minneriya National Park, before exploring Kandy the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings with an evening visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic! This enchanting Island offers experiences for all ages. This holiday is perfect for families with children aged 5 years and over.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Minneriya National Park - Go in search of wildlife on a jeep safari
Kandy - Go on a city tour including Tuk Tuk ride, Temple of the Tooth and cultural performance
Sigiriya - Explore this remarkable 5th century fortress ruins
Polonnaruwa - Explore the ancient capital city of Ceylon
Dambulla - Marvel at this spectacular ornate rock temple
Giragama Tea Factory - Learn about this working tea factory with a long history
Colombo - Visit the Fort area, Galle Face Green and Gangaramaya Temple
Matale - Wander around these spice gardens

Included

Breakfast daily
Guided sightseeing - Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya, Gem Mine and Colombo
Escorted by an English speaking national guide
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles
7 nights 3-4 star hotels
Scenic tuk tuk tour in Kandy
Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 8

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$150-$170pp, paid in USD
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. No tip kitty for children

Itinerary

Day 1

Negombo

Welcome to Sri Lanka! You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city of Negombo. Here you will have the rest of the afternoon to settle in and explore the highlights at your own leisure.
Overnight: Negombo

Day 2

Sigiriya

Negombo - Sigiriya. After breakfast we bid farewell to Negombo and set off for the town of Sigiriya, home of the famous Sigiriya ancient rock fortress and near to the Dambulla cave temples. Spend the rest of the afternoon getting better acquainted with this lovely town. Sit back, relax and try some of the local traditional foods including pittu.
Overnight: Sigiriya  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya Rock and Village. Our first stop this morning is to the ancient Sigiriya rock fortress of the 5th Century King Kasyapa, undoubtedly one of the most iconic sights of Sri Lanka. Let the kids’ burn off some energy with the climb up to the ruins of the palace and penthouse. Once we reach the ruins we have time to wander through some of the oldest landscape multi-tiered gardens in the world, and revel in the breathtaking landscape of the surrounding jungles.

After descending from the ruins we make our way along the village path to a typical village lake, known as a “Wewa”, passing by homes surrounded by green woods and watch huts which the locals use at night to keep a lookout for wild elephants and boar. Here we cross the lake by canoe arriving at a local farm where we meet the owners and spend some time watching them share the secrets of Sri Lanakan cuisine before we sit down to enjoy the delicious meal which has been prepared using a traditional hearth.
Overnight: Sigiriya  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Minneriya National Park

Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Sigiriya. After breakfast we make our way to the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa. Here we take time to wander along the shimmering waters of the man-made lake, the Parakrama Samudra and uncover intricately carved lotus pillars, meditative halls, ceremonial towers, as well as magnificent royal baths and palace ruins before stopping at the famous Gal Vihara Temple.

This afternoon we head to Minneriya National Park where we search for wildlife by Jeep Safari. Despite its relatively small size there is an unusually wide range of habitat types, from dry tropical forest to wetlands and grasslands found here which is home to Elephants, sambar, spotted deer, macaque and purple-faced langur monkeys, sloth bears and if we are incredibly lucky we may spot a leopard on our game drive. An adventure for all ages! After an exciting day we return to our hotel in Sigiriya for a relaxing evening.
Overnight: Sigiriya  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Dambulla Rock Temple

Sigiriya - Kandy. This morning we discover the famous Golden Cave Temple; one of the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. Dating back to the 1st Century BC, this stunning complex of 5 caves contains over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre statue carved out of the cave rock.

The afternoon finds us at a local spice garden where we can wander through the fields and learn about the countries famous spices.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Kandy

Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings is ours to unravel today. We start our tour with a tuk tuk ride around the scenic artificial lake made by the last king of Kandy and the Bazaar. This afternoon we find ourselves at a local tea plantation and factory in Giragama to learn about the secrets of making one of the worlds’ most famous hot drinks. After freshening up at the hotel we end our day with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, to watch some traditional Sri Lankan dancing – a highlight for the whole family!
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Train to Colombo

Kandy - Colombo. All aboard the train to Colombo this morning where we continue our day with a sightseeing tour of the capital stopping at some of the cities highlights including the 100 year old clock tower, Pettah bazaar and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall – a gift to Sri Lanka from the people of China. After checking into our hotel the rest of the day is at leisure to take a stroll along the beach or Paradise Road for some souvenir shopping.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Colombo

This morning we check out of our hotel and make our way to the airport to head home. We hope you enjoyed your holiday!
Breakfast

Extend your stay and head to the beach!

Wild Sri Lanka & Beach for Families - 13 day tour
This exciting journey travels through Sri Lanka’s famous cultural triangle and offers something for the whole family. Discover the wildlife that waits in the Minneriya and Yala National Parks, walk along the sandy Golden Mile and bathe in the crystal waters of Beruwela beach in this amazing adventure for all ages.

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

Prices & Dates

'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. Child prices are for children aged between 5 - 11 yrs. We also offer a triple share option on this tour, please contact us for details. Departure dates marked with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons.

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Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
€895
Child €555
€1,235
€895
Child €555
€1,235
€895
Child €555
€1,235
€895
Child €555
€1,235
€895
Child €555
€1,235
€895
Child €555
€1,235
€895
Child €555
€1,235
€1,125
Child €775
€1,515
€1,125
Child €775
€1,515
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€985
Child €655
€1,355
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,025
Child €665
€1,415
€1,185
Child €845
€1,615
€1,185
Child €845
€1,615

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Accom Negombo Family
€55
€95
Post Tour Accom Colombo Family
€65
€105
Galle Beach Break - 4 days (Adult)
€525
€755
Galle Beach Break - 4 days (Child)
€525
€755

Hotels

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.

Goldi Sands Hotel, Negombo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Goldi Sands Hotel is a modern resort style hotel nestled on the golden beaches of Negombo, and just 15 minutes away from the Bandaranaike International airport. Surrounded by colonial Dutch buildings, Negombo also offers a huge fish market, lagoon boat rides and water sports such as windsurfing or water-skiing. Guests can enjoy massages or beauty treatments at the Ayurveda Spa The guestrooms and suites feature private balconies which overlook the beautiful Indian Ocean. All rooms are stylishly decorated and well equipped with a variety of amenities. The on-site restaurant serves traditional Sri Lankan dishes and fresh seafood. Drinks and light refreshments can be enjoyed at the bar, and with regular theme nights and beach barbecues there’s plenty on offer for evening entertainment.

Sigiriya Jungles, Sigiriya

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Nestled amidst lush green landscapes and overlooking the iconic Sigiriya Rock, Sigiriya Jungles is the ideal holiday resort for cultural explorations in Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. Spread across a picturesque 10-acre property with individual chalets, the resort offers three restaurants, two bars, free WiFi, and an array of amenities, including an outdoor pool, spa, and fitness center. Each room offers a seating area, TV, minibar, and a private bathroom with a rainshower. The resort's unique 100 feet wooden bridge provides stunning views of Sigiriya Rock and the Pidurangala Monastery, adding to the enchanting experience.

Hotel Topaz, Kandy

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Hotel Topaz is a charming hotel with a stunning roof top view. The elegant rooms are spacious and accentuated with splashes of vibrant colour with private balconies and good facilities. The large outdoor pool is a lovely spot to unwind with far-reaching views of the surrounding hills. Buffet meals can be enjoyed at the hotel's restaurant with theme nights that include Chinese and Mexican cuisine. Guests can also relax in the spa or the TV lounge which stocks a large collection of DVDs.

Radisson Hotel Colombo, Colombo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Radisson Hotel Colombo (formerly 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 centre and a restaurant serving delicious, authentic Sri Lankan cusine. The hotel is centrally located on Marine Drive, near Galle Road and just a 10 minute drive from the city centre.

At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Colombo
Ends
Colombo
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 18
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star hotels
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7
Countries
Minimum Age
5 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
Yes
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