14 day tour
Sri Lanka with Kids

  • Climb the impressive Sigiriya Rock
  • Go on a safari in Yala in search of elephants and leopards
  • Relax at the end of your holiday at the beach of Unawatuna

During this trip through Sri Lanka you will discover just why this is an ideal destination to visit with kids. Start your journey relaxing at the beach in Negombo. Visit temples and caves where you can learn more about the Buddhist lifestyle of the Sri Lankan people. Embark on a spectacular train ride through green mountains and tea plantations. In Yala National Park you can go on safari, looking for elephants, sloth bears, the illusive leopard and the wild buffalo. Your trip through Sri Lanka with kids ends on the beachtown of Unawatuna, where you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and go on a whale watching tour (between November and March).

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14 day tour of Sri Lanka:

Route: Negombo –  Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Kandy – Ella –  Yala – Unawatuna – Mirissa – Galle

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Day 1: Airport–Negombo
After arriving at the airport, your driver will meet you and bring you by car in about 20 minutes to your hotel in Negombo. In Negombo you can visit its centuries’ old fishing industry, taste various sea food, or visit traditional fishing villages in the surrounding area.

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Day 2: Negombo–Sigiriya
After breakfast, it will take about 5 hours for your driver to take you to the ancient rock fortress city of Sigiriya. In the afternoon, you can climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Sigiriya was built as a complex city and a fortress by King Kashyapa at the end of the 5th century. It has been an UNESCO World Heritage site since 1982. The daytime climb can be a bit tough in the hot Sri Lankan sun, but when you arrive at the top you will be rewarded by an amazing view of the surroundings.

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Day 3: Sigiriya–Polonnaruwa–Sigiriya; optional cycle tour
In the morning you can do a cycling trip in the surroundings of  Sigiriya and Habarana, visiting rural villages together with a local guide. The tour allows you to see vegetable fields, rice fields and various crops farmed by villagers. Besides these areas are hot spots for wildlife and nature. The cycle tour goes through jungle and villages and takes about 4 hours. A great way to to get to know “the real Sri Lanka”.

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In the afternoon you will visit the ruined city of Polonnaruwa. Polonnaruwa is the second established ancient capital of Sri Lanka and it is another UNESCO World Heritage site. In Polonnaruwa you find lots of beautiful temples which are still in very good shape. One of the most famous attraction in this historic city is the Gal Vihara temple complex, where three colossal granite statues of Buddha are carved in the rocks.

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Day 4: Sigiriya–Dambulla–Kandy
Visit the Dambulla Cave Temple today, home to magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colours and shapes. It was constructed and painted around the 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era) and construction continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century, forming an unbroken line of history and painting styles of Sri Lanka for 2500 years. After visiting Dambulla, your driver will take you to Kandy (about 3 hours drive).

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Day 5: Kandy; optional cooking class
Today you have a free day to explore Kandy.

You can also choose to take a cooking class with a local family living in the mountains around Kandy. In the morning, you visit Kandy market and go shopping for the ingredients for lunch. Your driver will take you to the countryside to a cottage situated on top of a mountain, where you will learn to cook a typical Sri Lankan meal using just the right amount of spices and herbs to preserve the nutritional value and tastiness.

In the afternoon, you can visit the famous Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) and attend the evening sermon.

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Day 6: Kandy–Ella
Take a breathtaking train journey to Ella today – the train ride from Kandy to Ella is known as one of the most scenic in the world. The train finds it way through green mountains and tea plantations. Your driver will pick you from Ella railway station and will take you to your hotel in Ella.

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Day 7: Ella; optional hike to Ella Rock and Little Adam’s Peak
Ella a peaceful, scenic village in the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Today you can choose to trek to Ella Rock. Start from Bandarawela; trek partly along rail tracks, through forests and mountains with panoramic views. Climb Ella Rock and Little Adam’s Peak. The whole trek takes approximately 4 hours.

You can also choose to embark on a tuk tuk ride  and tea estate trail to Dambatenna Tea Factory and Lipton Seat, followed by a scenic tea estate walk with an expert guide. This trekking trip takes approximately a 3 to 4 hours.

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Day 8: Ella–Yala
After breakfast your driver will take you to Yala National Park, a drive of about 2 ½ hours. Yala is the most visited national park in Sri Lanka, and is an ideal place to spot the “big four” of Sri Lankan wildlife: the elephant, the sloth bear, the illusive leopard and the wild buffalo.

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Day 9: Yala; optional morning safari Yala National Park
Today you can do a morning safari in Yala National Park. You will be picked up at 5.30 AM from your hotel for a drive to the park. The safari starts at 6 AM, a great time to see the animals. A picnic breakfast for the safari will be arranged by the hotel.

After the safari your driver will take you to your next hotel in Yala, where you will stay in a tree house!

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Day 10: Yala; optional fishing and pottery excursions
Today you can learn to fish the old fashioned way at a scenic lake. Bring back your fish and let the local chefs to whip up an exciting meal for you. In the afternoon you can learn the intricate art of Sri Lankan pottery from expert artisans and make your own clay pot on a traditional wheel, as a special souvenir. Of course you can also chose to relax and enjoy at the swimming pool of the hotel. Or take a yoga class organised by the hotel.

Day 11: Yala–Unawatuna
It’s time for the beach! After breakfast your driver will bring you to Unawatuna, a drive of approximately 4 hours. Unawatuna beach is a picturesque bay beach that stretches for a kilometer, fringed by lush groves of coconut palm trees.

 

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Day 12: Unawatuna; optional whale watch excursion Mirissa (November till March)
Today you can choose to embark on a whale watching trip from Mirissa and Dondra Point. From November till March this is one of the best places in the world to see blue whale colonies in their natural habitat. Dolphins are regularly spotted as well. The BBC documentary titled “Ocean Giants” featuring the mesmeric world of whales and dolphins  was filmed around Sri Lanka and according to them 30 Blue Whales were sighted in a single day! There is a 95% chance of spotting Sperm Whales  and great chances of spotting Blue Whales as their migration path from Africa to Australia is just off Dondra Point.

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Day 13: Unawatuna–Galle–Unawatuna
Today you visit the beautiful colonial town of Galle, located in the southwestern tip of the island. Galle is an important historical landmark with its fortified city, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later developed in the 17th century during the Dutch Colonial period. The Dutch Fort in Galle is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. Take a walk through this historical heritage site.

Day 14: Unawatuna–Airport
Your journey through Sri Lanka comes to an end today. A transfer will be organized from your hotel to Colombo airport, where you will board your flight home.

 

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