Family, Bathing with elephants, Sri Lanka

Family vacation in Sri Lanka

13 Days | USD 930 * See details

Explore Sri Lanka with your family and discover alluring beaches, incredible heritage attractions and amazing wildlife. In Sri Lanka, “the pearl of the Indian Ocean,” you can enjoy the holiday of a lifetime as a family. Admire massive temples, relax on golden beaches and see elephants up close. Take a cooking lesson with a local family and cycle to discover the enthralling countryside. Visit historic cities and venture to Sri Lanka’s Hill Country for unparalleled sights. Catch the sunrise from top of a hillock, stroll through lush tea plantation and take a train ride through mountains. The young and the old can enjoy a fun and exciting vacation in Sri Lanka, the paradise island of South Asia.

Itinerary Plan

Family, Swimming, Indien Ocean, Sri Lanka
Day
1
Road to the South and first swim in Indian Ocean
Bandaranaike Airport To Galle

You will be greeted by your driver upon arrival at the airport. Then, transfer to your hotel in Galle and check in. Now, get ready to explore the amazing island of Sri Lanka. Stroll through the charming streets of Galle, flanked by restaurants, shops and art galleries. Kids can go to the ramparts to play. Spend the night in the renowned Galle Fort and enjoy dinner.

Travel duration - 4 hours
Galle, Sri Lanka
Day
2
Galle city tour and cycling excursion
Galle

In the morning, drive to the stunning Vijaya beach for an amazing day by the sea. Walk on the golden beach, enjoy the sun and you might even spot turtles! Meet up with your bike guide for a leisurely cycling trip through the countryside. Ride past rice fields, charming villages and beautiful gardens. Take a break to enjoy a refreshing glass of coconut water. The cycling trip will take about an hour and a half. Return to the hotel and go for a swim at the stunning Unawatuna beach. Children can swim safely in the alluringly blue water.

Safari, Udawalawe, Sri Lanka
Day
3
Elephant safari in Udawalawe
Galle To Udawalwe

In the morning, embark on a scenic drive to the central Hill Country of Sri Lanka. Along the way, stop by Udawalawe for a thrilling afternoon jeep safari to see elephants, sloth bears, deer, colorful birds, and if you are lucky, the largest leopards in the world. You can spot the animals with the help of your wildlife guide. Return to the hotel after the safari for dinner and overnight.

Travel duration - 3 hours
Kumbuk River, Ecolodge, Sri Lanka
Day
4
Elephant babies & nature activities
Udawalawe To Buttala

In the morning visit the Elephant Transit Home, where rescued elephants are taken care of before they are released back into the wild. En route, stop to visit Buduruvagala temple that has magnificent Buddhas carved out of stone. Afterwards, drive through lush tea plantations to your hotel in Buttala. Here you can swim in the river, take strolls and participate in many activities offered in the area. Lunch and dinner is included.

Travel duration - 3 hours
Little Adam's Peak, Ella, Sri Lanka
Day
5
Mountain walk & waterfalls
Buttala To Ella

Drive to Haputale, a stunning town surrounded by mountain ranges. Upon arrival, walk to the St. Benedict’s monastery in Adisham, a beautiful colonial bungalow with lovely gardens and orchards. From there, proceed to Ella. On the way, stop by the amazing Ravana waterfalls. Spend two nights at an alluring family guesthouse and enjoy exploring the surroundings.

Travel duration - 3 hours
Tuk-tuk safari, Haputale, Sri Lanka
Day
6
TukTuk safari through tea estates
Ella

Early morning, hike to the Little Adam’s Peak to catch the brilliant sunrise. Drive back to your hotel through tea plantations for breakfast. Late in the morning, drive to Bandarawela. Meet up with your tuk tuk driver and spend an adventurous family afternoon discovering fabulous tea plantations. There will be many stops so you can walk through the estates. Enjoy a picnic break at a place with a nice view. Then go to Haputale to tour a tea factory, and stop by the Lipton’s Seat for a breathtaking view. End of your tuk tuk ride. Return to your guesthouse for dinner and overnight.

tTrain, Ella-Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Day
7
Adventurous train ride & Kandy city tour
Ella To Kandy

At 10.50 a.m., take the train to Nanu Oya and enjoy the jaw-dropping scenery on the way. You will ride an air-conditioned car for the 3-hour journey. A snack will be served on board. Upon arrival, your driver will pick you up from your train station and transfer you to Nuwara Eliya, a beautiful colonial town with the charm of an English village. Enjoy the mild temperature and visit the lovely Victoria Park and stroll around the scenic Gregorys Lake. Then, drive to Kandy with photogenic stops at the Ramboda waterfall and Kothmale reservoir. Upon arrival in Kandy, go on a tour to discover the historical city which served as the capital of the last kingdom of Sri Lanka. Visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth, stroll around the Kandy Lake and stop by a vibrant vegetable market. Transfer to your guesthouse situated by the beautiful Mahaweli River.

Travel duration - 6 hours
Millenium Elephant foundation, Sri Lanka
Day
8
Bathing with elephants & Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Kandy

In the morning, tour the incredible Peradeniya Botanical Gardens to discover exotic flora, royal palms, cannonball trees and an impressive orchid collection. In the afternoon, go see elephants. You can either go to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (a very touristy place we don’t recommend), or the Millennium Elephant Foundation, a center that rescues elephants and has an elephant dung paper factory on site. After spending the day with elephants, return to your guest house for a cooking class both the kids and adults can enjoy. Dinner is included.

Dambulla Cave Temple, Sri Lanka
Day
9
Spice garden & Dambulla Cave Temple
Kandy To Sigiriya

Hit the road to the Cultural Triangle. On the way, stop by Matale to visit a spice garden to learn about the cosmetic, culinary and medicinal uses of Sri Lankan spices. Also, stop en route to visit the exquisite Nalanda Gedige temple. Upon arrival, tour the UNESCO-designated Dambulla cave temples with incredible murals inside and the view from top. Afterwards, transfer to Sigiriya, check into your eco-lodge and enjoy dinner.

Travel duration - 4 hours
Bullock cart ride, Hiriwaduna, Sri Lanka
Day
10
Sigiriya Lion Rock, village tour & Ritigala jungle exploration
Sigiriya

Early morning, tour the UNESCO-designated Sigiriya rock fortress, the most visited site in Sri Lanka. Your guide will show you the different parts of the site, such as gardens with natural caves, amazing frescoes and the ruins of the ancient royal palace at the top. At 11.30 a.m., visit a local village called Hiriwaduna for a traditional cooking demonstration, followed by a delicious rice and curry lunch. Stroll through the village, which is located by a water reservoir, and take a memorable bullock cart ride to discover the captivating countryside. Then explore the nature reserve Ritigala, home to an ancient Buddhist monastery. These ruins, dating back to the 2nd century, are in the middle of the jungle. Your driver will accompany you for this visit. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Lagoon, Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
Day
11
Sri Lankas highest Buddha Statue & arrival at Kalpitiya Beach
Sigiriya To Kalpitiya

Today, depart for the northwestern coast. On the way, make a small detour to see the magnificent Aukana Buddha statue, one of the highest statues on the island. Then arrive at Kalpitiya, a sleepy fishing village famous for isolated beaches and dolphins. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Travel duration - 4 hours
Dolphin watching, Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka
Day
12
Dolphin watching
Kalpitiya

Free day in Kalpitiya. Optional activities include dolphin-watching boat tour in the early morning and snorkeling. Enjoy the pristine beaches. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

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