This 13-day family holiday tour encompasses many of the highlights of Sri Lanka but at a more leisurely pace! For the adults, there's an array of beautiful ancient cities set in fantastic scenery, for the kids there’s an array of fun adventure activities. That's not to mention the incredible wildlife (elephants galore!) and stunning golden beaches!
Arrive at Colombo International Airport. Please clear immigration & visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel if you do not have goods to be declared to customs. TOTAL HOLIDAY OPTIONS Executive will page you by your name. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer to the hotel, check-in at the hotel and stay overnight in Negombo.
After breakfast, enjoy Negombo City Sightseeing. Negombo is located approximately 30kms north of commercial capital (Colombo) in Sri Lanka. It is located at the mouth of the Negombo lagoon. The wide sandy beaches and the safe seas are the major attractions and much more to see in the city. During the city tour, you can visit Negombo Fish Market & harbor, Dutch church & port, St. Mary’s Church and Hindu Temple. Negombo being a major fishing village in Sri Lanka is a must-visit place while you stay in Sri Lanka. You have the opportunity to take a walk among the numerous fish stalls while observing the procedure of Marketing by various people. Quite an experience, the time there will be loud and entertaining. Stay overnight in Negombo.
After breakfast check out of the hotel and drive to the heart of the Cultural Triangle and visit the fabulous Golden Temple at Dambulla (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where the kids can marvel over the huge lion’s mouth! There are five caves here containing approximately 200 statues of Lord Buddha. Afternoon to relax by the pool. Three nights in Dambulla.
After breakfast, travel to Sigiriya and Climb the iconic Lion Rock (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which stands about 650ft high and was a capital of Sri Lanka in the 5th century and a magnificent rock fortress. There is much to see here including water gardens, mirror wall, frescoes, Cobra cave and lion’s paws which will really grab the children’s imagination. From the top, there are fabulous views of the surrounding countryside and mountains in the distance. Afternoon, proceed for a wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park. The Park is based largely on a huge tank (reservoir) and serves as an important gathering place for Sri Lanka’s large elephant population. Besides elephants, Minneriya is also home to many species of mammals; like the deer, sambur and sloth bear. Thereafter continue your drive to Dambulla. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Stay overnight in Dambulla.
After breakfast travel to Hiriwaduna to Experience the Village Tour, meet the farmers and their family; learn about their daily life and the organic and shift farming methods in Sri Lanka. The guided walk goes alongside Hiriwadunna Lake giving an opportunity to spot birds, land monitors as we cross a little jungle rivulet by Catamaran and reach farmers simple “wattle and daub”. The bullock cart ride through the paddy fields would be another very interesting experience that feels like you're travelling back in time when the early Sri Lankans used the bullock cart as the main mode of transportation. Return to the hotel with rest of the afternoon at leisure or check with the resorts if they have a bicycle available and enjoy the ride through the small back road of the village.
After breakfast check out and drive towards Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage Site) - this Royal city was the last indigenous capital of Sri Lanka. Kandy is situated about 1500 ft above sea level and is said to be the most picturesque of all the Sri Lankan cities as it nestles in the hills with the Lake at the bottom. On the way, visit a Spice Garden, where you can take a walk around the garden to see how they grow and learn about Ayurvedic medicine. Visit Temple of the tooth relic which is the most visited temple in Sri Lanka and is the only temple in the world with a tooth relic of Buddha. You will visit the Temple during the ceremony to soak up the atmosphere. Watch the Cultural Show these are traditional Sri Lankan dances accompanied by folk music that derived from the Temples. Stay overnight in Kandy.
After breakfast travel to Nuwara Eliya (“little England”) through the tea plantations - this is the best drive of your tour where you will see thousands of acres of Tea Plantations and some breath-taking views as you slowly climb up through the hills to get to “little England” which is over 6000 feet above sea level. On the way, you are sure to spot some Tea Pickers and also some Waterfalls. On arrival visit a Tea Factory to see just how tea is produced. Stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya.
We have an early start to enjoy the morning safari at Yala National Park - The most familiar is Block I (14,101 hectares) and this were established in 1938. Yala is famous for its big herds and a large number of Elephants, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Crocodiles, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, and many other animals. Later return to the hotel for breakfast with the rest of the day at leisure.
The morning after breakfast check out and drive to the South coast and visit the Dutch Fort at Galle. This was originally built in 1589 and is still active and functioning. The highlights here are The Museum, The Dutch Church, The Lighthouse, Clocktower and the Cricket Ground or take a walk around ramparts and imagine the sea battles that must have taken place here. Later continue your drive to Bentota and check-in for three nights. If interested you can visit nearby Turtle Hatchery, Enjoy a boat ride, fish Spa and cinnamon village (Not included).
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and travel to Colombo. If time permits you can explore Gall Face Green, shopping mall and enjoy dinner at the local restaurant. Tour finishes in the evening with transfer to Colombo International Airport.
Accommodation in hotel with private facilities (Check-in 1400hrs /out 1200hrs in, Deluxe hotels)
Private air-conditioned Car/Van with English speaking Chauffeur-guide for travel & transfers
Meals as motioned above. (B= Breakfast, D=Dinner)
Entry tickets to the monuments/ sights as below:
Negombo city sightseeing tour
Dambulla cave temple
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Jeep safari in Minneriya & Yala
Bullock cart ride
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Tea plantation visit
Colombo city sightseeing tour
Bottled water while travelling
Meet and greet at the airport by THO
All currently applicable taxes
Any meals other than specified, drinks, laundry, mineral water, telephone calls, postage
Camera and Video entry charges at Monuments/Forts etc
Train or domestic airfares excluding those mentioned in includes column
Optional tour and meals unless otherwise mentioned in the includes column
Visa & passport fees
Travel insurance of any kind
Tips and gratuities
Extra baggage charges
Early check-in or late checkout.
Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details / submit your individual visa application.
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