Family Holiday, Sri Lanka

 

A week-long expedition to some of the island’s highly sought-after heritage sites and vacation spots for you and your family.

DayLocationAttractions
Day 1 & 2DambullaPinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Dambulla Cave Temple
Sigiriya
Day 3 KandyBoat Ride
Cultural Dance
Temple of the Tooth
City Tour
Peradeniya Botanical Gardens
Day 4 & 5Nuwara EliyaGregory Lake
Labookellei Tea Factory and Estate
Haggala Gardens
Day 6 & 7BentotaEnjoy the Beach
Turtle Hatchery
Water Sports
Boat Ride (Madu River)
Day 8Departure

What is included:

  • Accommodation at 3 star and 3 star equivalent hotels on double sharing basis
  • 7 breakfast meals
  • All transfers in a chauffeur-driven car
  • Local government taxes applicable

What is not included:

  • Meals not stated above
  • Air fare
  • Entrance and activity fees
  • Guide Fees
  • Tips and gratitudes
  • Visa fees
  • Insurance
  • Airport taxes
  • Camera and video permits at cultural sites.

Other information

  • Hotels are subject to availability and the prices will vary according to availability. Therefore price is subject to change
  • If the tour exceeds the given Km limits, every additional Km will be charged at Rs.45 per km
  • All reservations are subject to standard check-in of 14 hrs and check-out time of 12hrs
  • Rates mentioned are subject to change/revision based on any changes made by hotels and the government
  • Management will not be responsible for any belongings that are lost or stolen or damaged during the tour

Cancelation and Payment Policy

  • Cancellations within 01 to 08 days of the arrival date – 100% of the value of the booking
  • Cancellations within 9 to 15 days of the arrival date – 50% of the value of the booking
  • Cancellations within 16 to 28 days of the arrival date – 25% of the value of the booking
  • Cancellations beyond 28 days of the arrival date – Fee of USD 50 will be withheld for the work carried out

25% payment to be made upon confirmation and the balance to be paid 10 working days prior to arrival

 

Day 1: Dambulla/Habarana

En route to the historic city of Dambulla, get up close and personal with the gentle giants at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, the largest in South-East Asia. Observe the daily routine of a vast number of elephants as they are fed and cared for throughout the day by experienced mahouts. Schedule your visit to coincide with the elephants’ bathing and feeding times and you and your family are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience that you can cherish forever. (And yes, your kids are allowed to pet them).

Come lunch time, you can check into the hotel, and either enjoy the buffet there or head out for lunch someplace else, after which you can relax at the hotel premises and even ride an elephant while you’re at it.

In the evening, you and the family can visit the ancient Dambulla Rock Temple renowned for its mural paintings and Buddha statues and also happens to be one of the eight UNESCO world heritage sites in the country.

You may have dinner either at the hotel or outside, depending on your preference. Night stay at Dambulla.

Day 2: Dambulla/Habarana

After a quick breakfast at the hotel, you and your family can spend the morning climbing the world famous Sigiriya rock fortress – yet another UNESCO heritage site, famous for its ancient frescoes as well as its extensive network of gardens, reservoirs and plumbing dating back to the 5th century AD. Your kids will have a wonderful time exploring and climbing the winding stares all the way to the top while you take in the splendour of a bygone majesty.

You will be escorted back to the hotel in Dambulla where you are expected to spend the night.

Day 3: Kandy

After breakfast at the hotel, we check out and head straight to Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka.

On the way, you may stop at the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, home to over 4000 species of exotic flora from various parts of the world and a true feast for the senses. The lush greenery provides a great backdrop for all your family photos and selfies. You and your children alike will have hours of fun marveling at the massive tree trunks and the rare orchids on display here.

Check into the hotel where you may have lunch if you so choose, or you are welcome to try the many eateries and restaurant scattered around the city. (Be sure to check out the Kandy City Centre, one of the biggest malls in the country).

The evening can be spent exploring the Temple of the Tooth (or Dalada Maligawa, as it is locally known), the single most sacred place of worship for followers of the Buddha – a sort of Vatican or Mecca for Buddhists the world over. It is said to be home to the Buddha’s tooth relic which is paraded around the city in August every year, in a glamourous and coloruful display of culture and tradition.

The city tour will also include a vibrant cultural dance. Marvel as the Kandyan dancers perform gravity-defying stunts to the joy and bewilderment of your kids.

You may have dinner either at the hotel or a preferred restaurant outside. The night can be spent at the hotel.

Day 4: Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast will be served at the hotel, followed by a long but picturesque drive to Nuwara Eliya, home to some of the highest peaks and plains of the island.

On the way, you can drop by the Labookellei tea factory and plantation, one of many producers of fine, world renowned Ceylon Tea. The plantation staff will give you a guided tour of the premises with an introduction on tea cultivation and the manufacturing process that you and your family will no doubt find fascinating. Plus, you will be served a heavenly homemade chocolate cake before you leave with a refreshing cup of tea to wash it down with.

Once again, lunch can be had either at the hotel or at a preferred restaurant outside, after which you may check in.

And then it’s time to wind down by the Gregory Lake, one of the most breathtaking lakes in the island. This 91.2 hectare body of water is sure to take your breath away, and your kids will be thankful for the chance to just chill.

In the evening, you may pay a visit to the Haggala Botanical Gardens, located 1745m above sea level. While not as extensive as its Kandyan coutnerpart, Haggala boasts a wide array of indigenous mountain flora that grow among various types of plants from other subtropical countries.

Dinner time would arrive soon and you and your family may dine at the hotel or find a suitable location elsewhere. The night will be spent at the hotel in Nuwara Eliya, and we suggest you get a good night’s rest as the next day is going to be a long one.

Day 5: Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast will be served at the hotel, followed by a 32km drive to Horton Plains, a national park on the island’s highest plateau located a staggering 6900 – 7500 metres above sea level.

A haven of biodiversity, a majority of the flora and fauna found at the park are endemic to the region. Your kids will be beyond delighted to spot Sambur deer that are often not afraid to get close to humans.

You and the family can hike up to the famous World’s End, a precipice with a 2854ft drop that will take your breath away.

There is also Baker’s Falls, a popular waterfall that attracts many a local and foreign tourist, despite the at times blistering cold.

For lunch you can head back to the hotel and eat there, or if you’re in the mood for something else, you are welcome to explore the city.

The rest of the evening can be spent relaxing with your family until dinnertime. (Either at the hotel or outside).

Day 6: Bentota

Breakfast at the hotel, followed by a long drive to Bentota, a beautiful coastal town in southern Sri Lanka, located on the southern bank of the Bentota River mouth. Among the attractions here are a picture-perfect beach that stretches for miles, a turtle hatchery (your kids are going to love it) and mangroves.

Have lunch at either the hotel or at any of the beach-front restaurants scattered across the area, after which you can check into the hotel.

You are here to relax, so hit the beach with the family and spend all day there, catching some rays or taking a dip with the kids.

Have dinner at the hotel or outside and get back to the hotel for your scheduled overnight stay.

Day 7: Bentota

Don’t be surprised if this turns out to be the highlight of your stay in Sri Lanka. Breakfast will be served at hotel. And then we make our way to the Bentota River for some serious watersporting action. Water-skiing, diving, windsurfing, wave boarding, banana-boating, speed boating, jet skiing… you name it, they’ve got it.

Then we check out the turtle hatchery, a sanctuary for many different species of endangered turtle, folllowed by a fun boat ride on the Madu River.

Have lunch at either the hotel or outside and spend the rest of the evening relaxing by the beach.

Dinner at either the hotel or outside. The night will be spent at the hotel in Bentota.

Day 8: Departure

All good things must come to an end, so after a memorable final breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport via Colombo.

Feel free to indulge in copious amounts of retail therapy while in Colombo. The number of malls and department stores are ever on the rise, so rest assured you will be spoiled for chioce.

If you can spare the time, you may even take a short tour of the city.

You will be driven to the airport in time to catch your flight.

 

How to obtain Visa

http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/

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