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Sri Lanka with children

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Highlights of this tour:

The beach town of Negombo, the Lellama fish market, the Pinnawela elephant orphanage, the ancient capital Kandy, a train ride through the highlands from Peradeniya (Kandy) to Ella, a visit to a tea factory, a trek to Mini Adam’s Peak, the Ravana Falls, the sacred pilgrimage site Kataragama and a safari in the Yala National Park.

The following is included in the tour:

  • Return flights from the UK to Colombo
  • 5 nights at 3-star hotels
  • 3 nights at 2-star hotel
  • 8 x breakfast (days 3–10)
  • Local, English-speaking driver/guide on excursions and tours
  • Travel by car or minibus with air conditioning
  • 24-hour manned emergency telephone throughout the tour
  • Departure guarantee – the tour goes ahead regardless of the number of participants

The following package of excursions is included:

  • The Lellama fish market in Negombo
  • The Pinnawela elephant orphanage
  • Train ride from Peradeniya (Kandy) to Ella
  • Trek to Mini Adam’s Peak
  • Visit to the Nine Arches Bridge
  • Visit to a tea factory in Ella
  • The Ravana Falls
  • The sacred pilgrimage site Kataragama
  • Safari in the Yala National Park
  • Admission fees to the sights and attractions mentioned

Our promise to you:

  • The top highlights along this travel route
  • A well-constructed travel itinerary. No time wasted & world class logistics
  • Guaranteed price, with no hidden surcharges
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
Single room supplement £655
The price is based on families of 3-4. If there are more/fewer of you travelling together, please contact us for a price.

Choose this tour because...

Sri Lanka is a fantastic country to travel to with children. The distances are manageable, the experiences are very child friendly, and the locals will welcome you with open arms.
We’ve selected family friendly hotels, where you can stay in the same room, and all the hotels have a swimming pool. An array of exciting experiences are included on the itinerary, but not too many, so you also have plenty of time to relax along the way.

After the flight, you get off to a gentle start in the beach town of Negombo. From here, you head to Kandy, stopping at the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela, where you can experience playful elephants bathing in the river.

From Kandy, you embark on a scenic journey through Sri Lanka’s highlands with lush green mountains, tea plantations and waterfalls to the delightful town of Ella.
Ella is idyllically situated at the end of a large canyon, and on a clear day you can see all the way to the coast. From Ella, you drive via the sacred pilgrimage site Kataragama to the Yala National Park, where an amazing wildlife experience awaits you on a jeep safari, when you can spot monkeys, elephants, crocodiles and, with a little luck, a leopard.

You have the option of extending this tour with a beach holiday at one of Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Flights from the UK
Day 1: Flights from the UK

Departure day, where you will fly to Colombowith connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Arrival in Colombo – Negombo
Day 2: Arrival in Colombo – Negombo

You arrive at the airport in Colombo and pick up your luggage. Your guide is waiting for you in the arrivals hall, holding up an Asia Tours sign. He will drive you the short trip to your beach hotel in Negombo, where you can relax after the long flight and acclimatise to the time difference and the new temperatures.

Drive: approx. 30 minutes

Overnight stay Paradise Beach Hotel 

Day 3: Negombo on your own
Day 3: Negombo on your own

Negombo is known for its wide, golden sandy beach, and you have the day at your leisure to swim, play or relax with a good book by the hotel’s swimming pool.

You can also go on a tour and discover the Dutch channels, a legacy of the colonial era, when the Dutch built more than 100 km of canals to transport goods.

Enjoy a beautiful sunset from the beach.

You have the option to purchase the following tour:

Overnight stay Paradise Beach Hotel 

Day 4: Negombo – The elephant orphanage Pinnawela – Kandy
Day 4: Negombo – The elephant orphanage Pinnawela – Kandy

Negombo offers a good mix of tourism and local life. Many of the locals still make their living from fishing, and early in morning, the fishermen come ashore and get their catch ready to sell at the small Lellama fish market.
Be sure not to miss out on this experience. You will be picked up early at the hotel by your driver/guide, who will take you down to the exciting fish market, where you can walk around and look at the night’s exciting catch and experience the authentic atmosphere.

After this experience, you are driven back to the hotel, where you can eat breakfast and check out before your driver/guide takes you to Kandy.

On the way to Kandy, you will pass the elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. It’s a wonderful experience to see all the elephants that live here. The elephant orphanage takes care of orphaned and injured elephants. When it opened in 1975, there were just seven elephants – a number that has grown to more than 80 today! The Sri Lankan elephant is on the list of endangered species due to the reduction of its habitat, and the herd has halved over the past 75 years. In Pinnawela, they have succeeded in creating a breeding program for elephants.

You get right up close to the fascinating giants, and you might also see the cute, playful baby elephants.

A couple of times a day, the many elephants walk through the high street down to the river to bathe. It is a wonderful sight to behold, the elephants splashing about merrily in the water. You can enjoy your lunch at one of the riverside restaurants, watching the bathing elephants.

After visiting the elephants, you drive on to Kandy.

Kandy enjoys a scenic location at an altitude of around 500 metres, between the green mountains and down to the artificial lake of the same name. It is known as the city that clung to its freedom long after the rest of the island came under colonial rule, and has managed to preserve its unique traditions and culture, which live on to this day through music, dance and architecture.

Drive: approx. 4 hours

This evening, you have the option of purchasing a tour, where you can experience Kandy’s ancient traditions in a musical dance show:

Overnight stay Hotel Suisse 

Day 5: “Make your own breakfast” – train ride from Kandy – Ella
Day 5: “Make your own breakfast” – train ride from Kandy – Ella

Today you will receive a small introduction to Sri Lankan cooking, as you’ll be making your own breakfast. The hotel’s chef demonstrates how the dishes are made, and then it’s your turn to try – naturally with the help and guidance of the chef! Afterwards, you can enjoy your delicious dishes.

You have the morning to yourselves in Kandy, before taking the train to Ella. Your driver/guide will drive you to the train station in Peradeniya, which is located just outside Kandy. You board the train with just a backpack for the day, while your driver drives the rest of your luggage to the hotel in Ella.
A wonderfully scenic train ride through Sri Lanka’s lush green highlands awaits you. The train snails its way through the hilly landscape, and through the window you can see small waterfalls, green fields covered with tea plantations and lots of local life in the small towns you pass.

You reach Ella at dinner time, where your driver/guide is waiting for you and drives you to the hotel.

Train ride: approx. 6 hours

You have the option to purchase the following tour:

Overnight stay Ella Gap Hotel 

Day 6: Ella on your own – visit to a tea factory
Day 6: Ella on your own – visit to a tea factory

Ella is beautifully situated in the mountains at the end of a canyon, Ella’s Gap, and on a clear day you can see all the way to the coast.

Ella is surrounded by tea plantations, and in the afternoon, your driver/guide picks you up and drives you to a tea factory, where you will experience the whole process from when the leaves are picked to when the tea is packed and ready to be exported overseas. Sri Lanka is world famous for its tea production.

In the evening, you can go for a stroll in Ella and have dinner at one of the cosy little cafés or restaurants. There is a lovely, relaxed atmosphere in this scenic mountain village.

Overnight stay Ella Gap Hotel 

Day 7: Ella – trek to Mini Adam’s Peak and the Nine Arches Bridge
Day 7: Ella – trek to Mini Adam’s Peak and the Nine Arches Bridge

Today, a short trek to Mini Adam’s Peak awaits you. It’s a walk of a few hours that may well give you a little sweat on your brow! Mini Adam’s Peak is a perfect hike for families, and is not to be confused with its big brother, the “real” Adam’s Peak, which is a tough hike, located in a completely different part of the country.

From the top of Mini Adam’s Peak, you get a fantastic view down through Ella’s Gap.

In the afternoon, your driver/guide takes you down to the Nine Arches Bridge, a beautiful, iconic bridge that Ella is known for.

Overnight stay Ella Gap Hotel 

Day 8: Ella – The Ravana Falls – Kataragama – Yala
Day 8: Ella – The Ravana Falls – Kataragama – Yala

The time has come to say goodbye to Ella, and you drive along winding mountain roads to Yala.

On the way, you stop at the beautiful waterfall, Ravana Falls, and the town of Kataragama, which is one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in Sri Lanka. Every year, thousands of Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims make the pilgrimage to pay their respects, meditate and pray to their gods.
Buddha is said to have meditated at the Kiri Vehera stupa in Kataragama on his third and final visit to Sri Lanka.

You arrive at your hotel in Yala in the late afternoon.

Drive: approx. 4 hours

Overnight stay Elephant Reach 

Day 9: Safari in the Yala National Park
Day 9: Safari in the Yala National Park

You enjoy a quiet morning, relaxing at the hotel. In the afternoon, a fantastic safari experience awaits you in the Yala National Park.

The Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s oldest national park, and its second largest at 978,807 km2. The park is home to more than 215 different species of bird and 44 different species of mammal. You may be lucky enough to see elephants, deer, crocodiles, wild boars, buffalo, monkeys and leopards here.

Yala is said to be one of the best places in Sri Lanka to see leopards. However, they often hide in the bushes and are hard to spot. You have a skilled guide with you to help spot the animals and talk about the park’s impressive flora and fauna.

Please note: Yala National Park will occasionally close some sections, or the entire park in the period between September – October. If you are visiting Sri Lanka in this period, please be aware that your safari in Yala may be replaced with a safari in Udawalawe National Park instead.

Overnight stay Elephant Reach 

Day 10: Yala – the airport – the journey home starts
Day 10: Yala – the airport – the journey home starts

From Yala, the trip heads to the airport in Colombo. From here, you fly to the UK, with connecting flights along the way.

You have the option of extending this tour with a beach holiday at one of Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches. See more below.

Drive: approx. 6 hours

Day 11: Arrival in the UK
Day 11: Arrival in the UK

You land in the UK after an eventful tour.

Combination options after your tour
4 days/3 nights | Beach holiday extension in Negombo
4 days/3 nights | Beach holiday extension in Negombo

Price:
Per person in double room: + £276

Per child u/12 years: + £147
Single room supplement: + £160

We warmly recommend extending your holiday in Sri Lanka with a beach holiday. The period from December to March is the best time to visit the south and west coast of Sri Lanka, and the resort town of Negombo lies on the west coast, just 30 minutes or so from Sri Lanka’s international airport.

Negombo is known for its wide, golden sandy beach and its pleasant holiday atmosphere. It is a versatile holiday town, where you have every opportunity to relax and enjoy your last few days in Sri Lanka with a good book by the pool or on the beautiful sandy beach.

Negombo has a wide selection of hotels, restaurants and shops, and there is a good mix of tourists and locals.

Below you can see a selection of excursions available:

Overnight stay Jetwing Blue

5 days/4 nights | Beach holiday extension in Passikudah
5 days/4 nights | Beach holiday extension in Passikudah

Price:
Per person in double room: + £566

Per child u/12 years: + £180
Single room supplement: + £266

We warmly recommend rounding off your holiday in Sri Lanka with a beach holiday extension. The period from May to September is the best time to visit Passikudah, located on the east coast of Sri Lanka.

The small coastal town has one of the world’s longest, bathing-friendly beaches. You can walk more than 1 km out into the sea without getting out of your depth. The bay at Passikudah is protected by a reef, which makes it one of the island’s safest places to bathe. It is also a great place to snorkel and see the wonderful colourful fish and beautiful corals.

Passikudah is famous for its picturesque beauty, with palm trees, soft golden sand and crystal clear waters. Enjoy the last days of your holiday here in paradisiacal surroundings.

Note that on this extension for Passikudah, you will spend 3 nights in Passikudah and 1 night in Negombo.

Overnight stay The Calm Resort & Spa / Jetwing Blue

4 days/3 nights | Beach holiday extension in Mirissa
4 days/3 nights | Beach holiday extension in Mirissa

Price:
Per person in double room: + £266

Per child u/12 years: + £266
Single room supplement: + £125

We warmly recommend extending your holiday in Sri Lanka with a beach holiday. The period from December to March is the best time to visit Sri Lanka’s south and west, and here on the south coast of Sri Lanka is the small resort town of Mirissa.

Mirissa has really earned its place on the world map after no fewer than 26 different species of whales have been discovered swimming close to the town in the season from October to April, including the biggest whale of them all: the blue whale.

But there is more to Mirissa than whales alone. The cosy little resort has a superb sandy beach, surrounded by swaying palm trees, and it’s hard not to fall a little bit in love with the place – the perfect place to round off your Sri Lankan adventure.

Below you can see a selection of excursions available:

Overnight stay Paradise Beach Club

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