With a wide variety of activities, an easy-going culture and beautiful golden beaches, Sri Lanka is the perfect destination to discover with your family. This itinerary provides the ideal balance of relaxation and exploration, combining cultural excursions with outdoor activities and a 3-night break on the beach. To avoid monsoon season, the best time to visit the south and west coasts of Sri Lanka is between October and April.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines. (N)
Arrive in Colombo in the early afternoon and take a 30-minute transfer to the Jetwing Lagoon on Negombo lagoon for 1 night (Family Room). (N)
Take to the waters for your first glimpse of rural life in Sri Lanka with a morning catamaran ride from Negombo beach. Explore mangrove swamps, discover local fishing techniques or simply sit back and enjoy the ride. En route to Matale
(approximately 3 hours’ driving, excluding stops) visit the Pinnewala Elephant Sanctuary, set up to save abandoned or orphaned wild elephants. Stay 4 nights at Jim’s Farm Villas (Spice Garden Villa) to experience how a working farm in Sri Lanka operates and meet the farm’s animals. (B)
This morning climb one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated sights, the rock fortress of Sigiriya. Zig zag your way to the summit for breathtaking views and marvel at how the citadel, which sits at the top, was constructed in this challenging environment more than 1,500 years ago. Later, explore Dambulla caves, home to 2,000-year-old, brightly coloured wall paintings, large Buddha statues and a number of playful monkeys! (B)
Day at leisure to relax or enjoy the surrounding countryside. Optional activities include cycling among the lush 20 hectares of Jim’s Farm, walking in the Knuckles mountain range, learning how to cook delicious Sri Lankan cuisine or walking to the pretty, medieval Padeniya Raje temple. (B)
Rise early to visit the Temple of the Tooth in time for prayer. Later test out your haggling skills in the colourful markets of Kandy. Afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool, explore the sprawling Peradeniya Botanical Gardens or visit local craftsmen and learn from the local artisans specialising in woodcraft, batik, gems and pottery. (B)
Trains in Sri Lanka are a fascinating experience; this morning, take the midday train from Kandy to Hatton. Continue your journey to Koslanda (approximately 3 hours’ driving) and stay 2 nights at the Living Heritage Koslanda (Deluxe Room), located on a large, atmospheric estate and tea plantation. (B, D)
Day at leisure to experience the tea plantation, take part in trekking excursions, plant a tree or experience a Sri Lankan cookery lesson. (B, L, D)
Drive the 1-hour journey to the beautiful wildlife reserve of Yala, home to leopards, sloth bears, spotted deer, elephants, wild pigs and crocodiles. En route to the park, stop at the Diyaluma waterfall, where the downpour leaps over the cliff face. Stay 2 nights under canvas in the Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris camp (Family Tent) for a blend of wilderness camping and luxury comforts. (B, L, D)
Explore the park in search of the elusive leopard on a morning wildlife safari. Afternoon at leisure to relax, take an optional cycle ride outside the park or join a further jeep safari. (B, L, D)
Drive the 3-hour journey to the luxurious Fortress, just outside Galle, for 3 nights’ relaxation on Koggala beach (Fortress Room). (B)
Days at leisure. Why not take a tour of Galle and explore the historic Galle fort. Other options include a whale-watching excursion, visiting Galle’s mask museum or a trip to the turtle hatchery in Kosgoda, which has released over 500,000 turtles back into the oceans since it opened in 1986. (B)
Transfer to Colombo airport and fly home with Sri Lankan Airlines. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Where indicated, the tour accommodation is in two-bedroom, shared accommodation for four people. Where two-bedroom accommodation is indicated, alternative, separate one-bedroom accommodation is also available.
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Spread over 3 hectares of tropical gardens, Jetwing Lagoon, the first resort to be created by Sri Lanka’s legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa, is set near the coastal fishing village of Negombo, between the Indian Ocean and the tranquil Negombo Lagoon. Previously known as the Blue Lagoon, the hotel now features 55 comfortably furnished rooms and suites in contemporary style while retaining the original architectural features. Between the two restaurants, Jetwing Lagoon offers guests choice of cuisines to choose from, including traditional Sri Lankan food. Other facilities at this hotel include two well-stocked bars, an expansive pool, fully-equipped gymnasium and a...
A luxury boutique hotel, set in a 50 acre organic farm with stunning mountain views, Jim’s Farm Villas is centrally located midway between Dambulla and Kandy. Set amongst wooded hills and next to paddy-fields, the farm is a haven for birds - 102 species have been spotted so far. Specially designed to showcase the best of Sri Lankan craftsmanship all the rooms have cool kumbuk wood flooring, vaulted wooden ceilings and traditional teak and rattan furniture. With a choice of 3 villas which can be booked in their entirety or by individual room, Jim’s Farm Villas offers a good base for day trips to the fabulous heritage sights of the Cultural Triangle, nature parks and local ancient temples. Cookery lessons with the in house chef and bicycle rides around the surrounding area are also available.
Facilities: 14 rooms including family rooms, spa offering Ayurveda treatments,...
Living Heritage Koslanda is a boutique-style hotel built on its own estate and tea plantations with the help of local people, ensuring that traditional Sri Lankan design and architecture is portrayed throughout the property. The hotel's veranda and infinity pool offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and close to the hotel is the Diyaluma Waterfall, which can be reached on a walking tour through the lush forest. The hotel offers cookery demonstrations with their experienced chefs, who are always on hand to pass on their knowledge of Sri Lankan cuisine cooking dishes such as curry, string hoppers, rotis and many other specialities. Nature walks can also be arranged at the hotel.
Features: 10 rooms, outdoor infinity pool, Wi-Fi, restaurant, yoga.
Room amenities: Private courtyard, outdoor jacuzzi, hot water outdoor shower, television, DVD player,...
The award-winning Leopard Safaris, brainchild of Noel Rodrigo, a renowned Sri Lankan naturalist, offers luxury eco-friendly tented camps. Set on the edge of Yala National Park, the tents comprise sleeping areas equipped with comfortable beds, side tables and a private open-to-sky washroom.
Features: 10 tents, alfresco dining area, jungle bar, campfire.
Room amenities: Sleeping area with comfortable beds, side tables, en suite toilet and private open-to-sky washroom with changing...
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Negombo, close to Colombo's airport, grew from an historic little town with...
Yala is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and was given over to conservation in...