A gentle family journey in Sri Lanka

16 Days from £2695 per adult. All trip details below can be tailored just for you
16 Days
Family Holiday
Beach
Culture and Archaeology

This relaxed yet absorbing itinerary affords plenty of pleasurable time by the sea, while offering much of cultural and interior interest – and while not at the seaside, you will enjoy the benefit of having a private guide and vehicle in the interior. Boating along jungle waterways, marvelling at the Buddhist splendour of the Tooth Temple in Kandy, learning about tropical plants, climbing rock fortresses, watching wild elephants and swimming in warm seas and clear pools – all await you on this charming journey, perfect for families with younger children.

Itinerary

Price from £2695 per adult. £1516 per child under 12 years of age. Based on sharing double / twin rooms

Day 1 - Depart London

Fly overnight from London to Colombo.

Includes Breakfast.

Day 2 - Ranweli

Arrive Colombo. Met by your private chauffeur /guide and drive to Ranweli, reaching the hotel via a pontoon ferry. Just 45 minutes from the airport Ranweli is a haven of peace and relaxation with a small beach, freshwater lagoon and a checklist of 120 species of bird.

Staying at Ranweli Holiday Village. Includes Breakfast.

Day 3 - Ranweli

Enjoy a morning’s wildlife watching by boat in the fresh water lagoon and waterways. Free afternoon to relax and explore.

Staying at Ranweli Holiday Village. Includes Breakfast.

Day 4 - Ranweli

Free day to relax and enjoy on-site activities.

Staying at Ranweli Holiday Village. Includes Breakfast.

Day 5 - Ranweli - Habarana

After breakfast, pick-up by your chauffeur/guide and drive to the Elephant Freedom Project at Kegalle. Watch the small number of elephants being washed before continuing on to Habarana, located in the heart of the famous Sri Lankan Cultural Triangle, containing many ancient and important UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Staying at Cinnamon Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 6 - Polonnaruwa and Minneriya

Spend the morning at one of Sri Lanka’s top cultural sites: Polonnaruwa, the country’s second Buddhist capital and home to four massive figures of the Buddha, cut from a single slab of granite. In the afternoon, you will visit the Minneriya National Park home to the famous ‘gathering’ of hundreds of elephants that come here to find water during the dry season months (especially August and September). Other sightings can include deer, two species of monkey, pelicans, leopards and sloth bears. Out of season (when Minneriya is flooded) you will visit Hurulu Eco Park, where wild elephants also congregate and other wildlife can be seen.

Staying at Cinnamon Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 7 - Sigiriya Rock Fortress - Elephant ride

In the morning visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress to climb the iron ladders to the top (not for the very young or unfit) and explore the Water Gardens, frescoes of beautiful maidens and the Mirror Wall with ancient graffiti. In the afternoon, enjoy an elephant ride to Habarana Lake.

Staying at Cinnamon Lodge. Includes All Meals.

Day 8 - Kandy

Drive south into the foothills of Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. Arrive at your hotel by the Mahaweli River, a short distance outside Kandy. Free afternoon to relax and explore the hotel facilities: large swimming pool, games including table tennis and pool, awe-inspiring scenery.

Staying at Cinnamon Citadel. Includes All Meals.

Day 9 - Kandy

Visit the historic town of Kandy including the famous Temple of the Tooth Relic, where the sacred tooth of the Lord Buddha is enshrined. Free afternoon.

Staying at Cinnamon Citadel. Includes All Meals.

Day 10 - Kandy

After breakfast, visit Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, the premier gardens in Sri Lanka, where one can see well over 5000 varieties of tropical and sub tropical plants. The orchid house here is supposed to be the best in Asia. In the afternoon, enjoy leisurely walks along the trails leading from the hotel into the surrounding forests and countryside.

Staying at Cinnamon Citadel. Includes All Meals.

Day 11 - Wadduwa

Drive to Wadduwa on the coast south of Colombo. Transfer to the hotel and afternoon at leisure to relax (your private guide will return to Colombo).

Staying at Blue Water Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 12 - Blue Water Hotel

Three days to relax by the beach and enjoy the facilities of this excellent hotel.

Staying at Blue Water Hotel. Includes All Meals.

Day 15 - Colombo to London

Drive back to Colombo and check in for your flight home.

Includes In-flight Meals.

Day 16 - Arrive UK

Includes In-flight Meals.

Travel Info

Are Flights Included?
Yes

Flight Info:
Sri Lankan Airlines direct flight from London Heathrow to Colombo

Area Specialist

Alan Godwin
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If travelling from March to September, switch to Trincomalee for beach at the end. The weather will be a lot better and there is even the chance of seeing blue whales there.

If you have any queries about this tour please feel free to call me directly on +44 (0)1803 866965 or...

We’ve had an excellent, enjoyable holiday with lots of wildlife, lovely accommodation and excellent service… We would be delighted to recommend your services to anyone. Sri Lanka is excellent value for money.

Mr R B - Cumbria

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Cinnamon Lodge: 8.034573, 80.748821
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