Sri Lanka Family Holiday

Sri Lanka Family Holiday

From $ 1,965 AUD

Description

Naturally gorgeous, culturally captivating and steeped in mysticism, Sri Lanka makes for a wonderful introduction to both travel and the Indian subcontinent for children and adults alike. Embark on a 12-day family tour and discover temples carved from cliffs, fortresses built on boulders and wildlife-rich parks. Expose your family to different ways of life while cycling through peaceful villages and touring working tea plantations. Wonder at wildlife when you go safari in search of wild elephants, deer and crocodiles. Chill out by the beach in Mirissa while the kids are playing with other young travellers on the tour. Educational, active and leisurely paced, this trip is everything you could want in a family getaway.

Trip Name
Sri Lanka Family Holiday
Last Updated
2020-04-04
Days
12
Capacity
16
Overview
Naturally gorgeous, culturally captivating and steeped in mysticism, Sri Lanka makes for a wonderful introduction to both travel and the Indian subcontinent. Discover temples carved from cliffs in Dambulla and fortresses built on boulders in Sigiriya. Cycle through peaceful scenes of village life and tour working tea plantations in the hill country around Bandarawela. Visit the country's most significant religious relic, the Temple of the Tooth, in Kandy, safari through Udawalawe National Park in search of leopards and monkeys, see baby elephants up close at a rescue centre and chill out by the beach in Mirissa. Educational, active and leisurely paced, this trip is everything you could want in a family getaway.
Highlights
  • Take in sweeping vistas of the outlying terrain from Sigiriya's rock-top fortress
  • Spy elephants in their natural habitat at Uda Walawe National Park and see rescued infants up close at the onsite Elephant Transit Home
  • As a family learn the steps of traditional Kandyan dance during lessons with the locals
  • Soak up some beach time along the pristine, palm-fringed sands of Mirissa

Itinerary

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only and are subject to availabilities. For our families we have priced an all inclusive package including entrance fees, transport and local guide where relevant to assist you with budgeting the exact amount required on tour. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. The optional activities listed in your itinerary are activities that are available to you as a guideline and have been checked locally. The decision to partake in any activity not listed above is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about or problem with, any such optional activity your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to Intrepid Travel.

Day 1 - Negombo
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Known as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, the island offers travellers palm-studded beaches, rolling plantations, and sacred sights steeped in spirituality. There are no activities planned today until your group welcome meeting at 6 pm. We'll be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have these with you. If arriving in Negombo earlier, spend some time poolside at the hotel, or head out to explore the neighbourhood.
Day 2 - Dambulla
Begin the adventure by heading out to Dambulla, located at the end of a moderate 4-hour drive from Negombo. This town plays home to some of the world’s most spectacularly decorated cave-temples and serves as a great starting point to trek into nearby natural wonders and historic sights. Upon arrival, you‘ll have the option to visit the Dambulla vegetable wholesale market. This huge labyrinth of shops and stalls sitting south of the centre of town offers a fascinating look at the vast range of produce grown in Sri Lanka. Items you see being carted about with manic energy will be sold in Colombo tomorrow.
Day 3 - Dambulla
Today’s adventure takes you from Dambulla to Sigiriya, a colossal stone monument hosting a ruined fortress at its peak. Let the kids burn off some energy with a climb to the top of enormous Sigiriya rock and its ancient fortress. If you’re lucky, you should be able to take in sweeping views of the thick forests below before descending once more. Once you return to Dambulla, take the family for a pleasant bike ride around the courtyside. The numerous temple complexes and religious monuments are well worth a visit if you get the chance.
Day 4 - Kandy
Say farewell to Dambulla in the morning and take a 3-hour drive towards beautiful Kandy, often recognised as the cultural capital of Sri Lanka. The verdant hills surrounding the city along with the tranquil lake in the centre creates the perfect scenery for family photo opportunities, and the old shops and restaurants will keep you busy for hours. Spend the afternoon basking amongst rows of flowers and towering palm trees in the Royal Botanical Gardens. The garden plays home to more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and various trees. It’s a leisurely walk, full of colour. We will also visit the Spice Gardens to learn about Sri Lankan spice plants and herbs.
Day 5 - Kandy
This morning you’ll visit Dalada Maligawa (the Temple of the Tooth), which houses the country's most sacred relic: a tooth said to be the Buddha's. Pilgrims have been coming to pay homage at this site since the 16th century. We visit a local family for dinner and learn the steps to traditional Kandayan dancing during some lessons from local performers.
Day 6 - Bandarawella
After breakfast we hit the road by private bus past lush green hills to Nuwara Eliya (3 hrs) In Nuwara Eliya we have a quick visit of this old British hill station is the heart of the tea growing industry and full of colonial charm. Built entirely during the 19th century, its old world architecture reflects what you might normally expect to find in an English country village. Once referred to as 'Little England' by British colonialists, it’s a fascinating mix of water buffalo and brick Victorian buildings, golf courses and tea plantations We then board the train to board the a local train to Bandarawela (2hours) and head to our accommodation and enjoy the views across the hills and tea plantations. Note: the local train is often booked out, in the event this happens the group will continue by private transport to Bandarawela.
Day 7 - Bandarawella
After a few days on the road, today runs at a bit of a slower pace. Bandarawela is an unhurried, unpretentious hill-country town that exists to supply the needs of the tea plantation workers and their families. The people of Bandarawela enjoy a simple way of life, where school children and grandparents work together harvesting their crops and tending their livestock. Another distinctive feature of Bandarawela is the colonial flavour still preserved in the many old buildings, including the Bandarawela Hotel and the old Cargill’s Supermarket. Enjoy a leisurely morning walk through the countryside, past tea pickers plucking the tips of the plants and throwing them into the baskets on their backs. The afternoon is free for your enjoyment – you could always get the family together and challenge some of the locals to a friendly game of cricket.
Day 8 - Udawalawe
After a hearty breakfast and 8:30am checkout, drive to Uda Walawe National Park (approximately 3 hours). This park has an amazing array of animal and birdlife, with more herds of wild elephant than anywhere else in Sri Lanka. Following lunch, discover how this majestic creature has been part of Sri Lankan culture for centuries during a visit to the nearby Elephant Transit Home. Run by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation, ETH provides shelter for orphaned or abandoned baby elephants with the aim of releasing them into the wild. Arriving at a viewing platform at feeding time ensures you'll get to see the elephants only metres away! Once feeding is over, hop in a jeep for a safari inside the park. Wildlife regularly spotted here includes macaques and larger monkeys, spotted deer, crocodiles and sometimes even leopards. This is a real safari experience, nothing like a zoo or safari park – truly an adventure for all ages! We check into our campsite around 6pm after a full day of adventure.
Day 9 - Mirissa
After starting the day with a hearty meal,  we travel to the chilled-out beach town of Mirissa and settle in for the night. Mirissa, a stunning crescent beach, dotted with palm trees, ocean waves and local spots to eat authentic Sri Lankan food. You will have free time to discover one of the best spots in Sri Lanka! Mirissa is a great place to go whale and dolphin watching during the months from November to April.
Day 10 - Mirissa
Take a change of pace this morning with a bit of free time. Relax around Mirissa’s lovely waterfront or take in some of the local sights. The waters are clear and inviting if you’d like to go for a splash in the Laccadive Sea, or you could follow the fresh fish coming in from shore and perhaps grab a bite to share with the family. Consider gathering the family and heading (by tuk-tuk or bicycle) to nearby Weligama, where colourful fishing boats bring fresh fish to sell along the shore. The local cottage industry of lace products is also well worth a look. In the evening, visit the Dutch Fort in Galle for a spot of kite flying. If the colours of the kites don’t get you excited, the kaleidoscopic hues of the sunset surely will.
Day 11 - Colombo
Check out of the hotel and head towards Colombo. Once you arrive, take a bit of time to wander through the bazaar, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the bustling market. Afterwards, enjoy a bit of free time. You’re in the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, so there’s more than enough things to do to while away the day. The waterfront is full of life, sights and stalls which makes for an excellent starting point. Regroup in the afternoon and head to Galle Face Green – 5 hectares of ocean-side park bliss.
Day 12 - Colombo
Your Sri Lankan family holiday concludes this morning after breakfast. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. Additional accommodation is available through your booking agent at the time of booking your trip.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
21-12-201801-01-2019AUD $ 1,670-
22-12-201802-01-2019AUD $ 2,140-
29-12-201809-01-2019AUD $ 2,140-
31-12-201811-01-2019AUD $ 2,080-
05-01-201916-01-2019AUD $ 2,160-
31-03-201911-04-2019AUD $ 2,045-
06-04-201917-04-2019AUD $ 1,965-
07-04-201918-04-2019AUD $ 1,965-
13-04-201924-04-2019AUD $ 2,080-
29-06-201910-07-2019AUD $ 2,005-
06-07-201917-07-2019AUD $ 1,965-
13-07-201924-07-2019AUD $ 1,965-
20-07-201931-07-2019AUD $ 1,965-
27-07-201907-08-2019AUD $ 1,965-
03-08-201914-08-2019AUD $ 1,965-
10-08-201921-08-2019AUD $ 1,965-
17-08-201928-08-2019AUD $ 1,965-
21-09-201902-10-2019AUD $ 1,965-
22-09-201903-10-2019AUD $ 2,065-
28-09-201909-10-2019AUD $ 1,965-
19-10-201930-10-2019AUD $ 1,965-
21-12-201901-01-2020AUD $ 1,965-
22-12-201902-01-2020AUD $ 1,965-
27-12-201907-01-2020AUD $ 1,965-
28-12-201908-01-2020AUD $ 1,965-
29-12-201909-01-2020AUD $ 1,965-
04-01-202015-01-2020AUD $ 1,965-
11-01-202022-01-2020AUD $ 1,965-
08-02-202019-02-2020AUD $ 1,965-
28-03-202008-04-2020AUD $ 1,965-
04-04-202015-04-2020AUD $ 1,965-
11-04-202022-04-2020AUD $ 1,965-
23-05-202003-06-2020AUD $ 1,965-
27-06-202008-07-2020AUD $ 1,965-
04-07-202015-07-2020AUD $ 1,965-
11-07-202022-07-2020AUD $ 1,965-
18-07-202029-07-2020AUD $ 1,965-
25-07-202005-08-2020AUD $ 1,965-
01-08-202012-08-2020AUD $ 1,965-
08-08-202019-08-2020AUD $ 1,965-
19-09-202030-09-2020AUD $ 1,965-
26-09-202007-10-2020AUD $ 1,965-
10-10-202021-10-2020AUD $ 1,965-
19-12-202030-12-2020AUD $ 1,965-
26-12-202006-01-2021AUD $ 1,965-

Accommodation

10 nights Hotel,1 night camping

Transport

Private bus,train,cycle

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