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Private guided tour - Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Family Trip

Highlights

  • Explore this fascinating country on a family tour with a private guide

  • Learn about tea production and see where some famous leaves originate

  • In Yala National Park, embark on a family safari in search of elephants and leopards

  • Stay overnight in selected family hotels

  • Customizable tour - we would be happy to book a beach extension for you

Description

Sri Lanka, like a glistening pearl in the ocean, is a beautiful secret waiting to be discovered. Head to the southeast of India and explore the history, nature, and culture of this unique country! Join us on this family trip along with a private guide who will take good care of you and your family.

Destination

Asia

Colombo - Negombo - Sigiriya - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Ella - Yala National Park - Mount Lavinia

Sri Lanka is an excellent destination because it’s pleasant to visit all year round. We recommend a trip to the south and west of Sri Lanka between November and March, whereas the north and east of the country are best from May to September.

When you arrive at Colombo International Airport, your transfer will meet you by baggage claim. Hop into the car and head to your first hotel in Negombo. Unpack and relax after your long journey before you’re picked up in the afternoon for a boat safari through the Negombo lagoon. Smell the authentic aromas of food in the distance, observe the daily activities of the locals on the banks, watch many fishing boats sail by, and sit back and relax as the coconut trees sway in the wind. After your one-hour boat ride, you will drive back to your beach hotel, where you can end the day watching the stunning sunset.

Travel time Colombo Airport - Hotel Negombo: approx. 30 minutes / approx. 15 km

Overnight stay with breakfast in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Before heading off to your next destination, visit the Negombo fish market. Hundreds of fishing boats go to sea every day and bring their fresh catches here to sell. The early birds arrive at 4 AM in hopes of buying the best fish.

Next on the itinerary is Sigiriya in the Golden Triangle. In the early afternoon, visit the famous rock fortress. The colossal monolith will pop up into your view out of nowhere. Your guide will share interesting facts about the rock formation, like how it served as a fortress in the fifth century. From the plateau, you can relish incomparable views over the surrounding landscape.

After your eventful day, head back to the hotel and let the evening fade away with a delicious meal.

Driving time Negombo - Sigiriya: about 3 hours 30 minutes / approx. 145 km

Overnight with breakfast and dinner in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Are you looking forward to more nature? Well, you’re in luck! Today you will visit the holy city of Kandy. As you drive into the city, you will notice that it’s nestled in the middle of lush, green nature, and surrounded by many tea plantations. Make a stopover visit to a spice garden and learn insightful information about where pepper grows. The drive is already an adventure in itself! Are you wondering what the city tour has in store for you and your family?

Once you arrive in Kandy, freshen up and then drive to the human-made Kandy Lake. Spot the animals that frolic around the water, and catch glimpses of the lake’s turtles, fish, pelicans, and snakes. The adventure continues to a viewing platform of the city, where you can take unforgettable photos of the impressive landscape.

Later on, you will head back into the city center for a traditional dance performance in the evening. Then, visit two city highlights that light up beautifully in the night: Raja Wasala (the royal palace) and Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic). Here, you will witness an exciting ritual that occurs every evening; the most sacred relic, a canine of the Buddha, will unveil. Thousands of devout Buddhists flock from all of the areas every day to attend this ceremony.

In the evening, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Travel time Sigiriya - Kandy: about 2 hours 30 minutes / 100 km

Overnight with breakfast and dinner in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Another day exploring Kandy is on your itinerary for today. First, you will explore the Botanical Garden, a pure paradise boasting unique orchids, cacti, and many other tropical plants.

What can you expect at a batik factory? Today, you will find out! Your tour guide will give you an insight into an old process to color fabrics using cutouts and wax applications.

You’re right on schedule to feed the baby elephants! Drive to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where you can visit many orphaned and injured elephants from the area. The facility cares for the 70 elephants that currently live here. In a large outdoor enclosure, the babies can roam around freely with the visitors.

In the evening, head back to your hotel in Kandy for dinner.

Overnight with breakfast and dinner in Kandy, Sri Lanka

Drive down a winding road, past the evergreen tea plantations, through the impressive mountain landscapes, and toward the glittering waterfalls of Nuwara Eliya. This destination is the former stronghold of the colonial English high society and home of the world-famous Ceylon tea. Along the way, you will visit a tea plantation and learn the secrets of growing superb tea.

Finally, you will arrive at your destinaion in the early afternoon where you will also check-in to your next hotel. In the evening, stroll beside the shores of the human-made Gregory Lake and through the stunning vegetation of Victoria Park.

Travel time Kandy - Nuwara Eliya: about 3 hours / approx. 80 km

Overnight with breakfast and dinner in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Today’s destination is the famous “World’s End” - a 1000 meter deep, steeply sloping rock in the Horton Plains National Park. When you arrive, you will feel like you’re on another planet. The dense forests, wild waterfalls, and rugged cliffs transport you to a different world. If you’re lucky to have blue skies, you can even enjoy a view of the Indian Ocean 80 km in the distance.

The journey continues to Ella, a small village reminiscent of a classic Italian town. Its charming cityscape is the perfect stopover for some relaxation.

Travel time Nuwara Eliya - Ella: about. 2 hours 30 minutes / approx. 60 km

Overnight stay with breakfast and dinner in Ella, Sri Lanka

On the way to Yala National Park, make a pit stop at the 40 meter high Ravana waterfall and the Buddhist temple Buduruwagala.

Yala National Park nestles in the south of Sri Lanka and is home to crocodiles, wild boars, elephants, monkeys, and above all, one of the densest leopard populations worldwide. You and your family can look forward to a memorable safari in the afternoon! Listen to the sounds of nature and let your gaze wander over the pristine landscapes.

Travel time Ella - Yala National Park: about 2 hours 30 hours / approx. 112 km

Overnight stay with breakfast and dinner in Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka

On the way to Galle, you will have the opportunity to watch the fishers crouch on stilts (balancing on a thin wooden plate) while they try to catch sardines, mackerel, and other small fish.

The southern port city of Galle is one of the most beautiful cities in Sri Lanka. The massive fortress walls of the old town were built from granite and coral more than 350 years ago! Take a pleasant walk on the well-preserved walls while the warm breeze accompanies you.

The adventure doesn’t stop there! Continue your drive to Mount Lavinia, where you will spend your final evening reminiscing your trip while you eat an authentic Sri Lanka meal.

Travel time Yala National Park - Mount Lavinia: about 5 hours / approx. 270 km

Overnight with breakfast and dinner in Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

Today it’s time to say goodbye. After breakfast, drive to the airport and take your return flight home. Are you thinking about extending your vacation? How about a beach getaway in the Maldives? Let us know what you want, and we are happy to organize it!

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Jetwing Blue Negombo*****, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Jetwing Blue Beach Hotel is on the west coast of Sri Lanka and, in addition to its direct beach location, offers modern, high-quality rooms, a large swimming pool, a spa, and a fitness gym. Enjoy dinner on the beach or a refreshing drink on a beach lounger. Need some rest after an eventful round trip? It's the perfect hotel to relax for a few days. The rooms come equipped with rain showers, WiFi, minibar, satellite TV, a safe, and a balcony or terrace.

Aliya Resort & Spa****, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Surrounded by lush tropical vegetation, the boutique hotel offers a breathtaking view of Sigiriya's famous rock monolith. In the center of the resort, you'll find a large infinity pool, three restaurants, and a bar. Pamper yourself with local and international delicacies made fresh by the talented chefs. Take advantage of the beautifully designed spa area and book a soothing massage or traditional treatments. Free WiFi is available in public spaces throughout the hotel.

The Deluxe Guest Rooms are modern and elegant, offering a bath and shower, toilet, air conditioning, hairdryer, minibar, safe, TV, and coffee/tea facilities.

The Golden Crown Hotel*****, Kandy, Sri Lanka

The Golden Crown Hotel impresses with a view of the green hills around Kandy; even when you swim in the infinity pool, you'll be blown away by the fantastic surroundings. In addition to a fully equipped gym, you'll also find a wellness and spa area where you can relax with massages and other treatments.

The elegantly furnished and spacious rooms all have a balcony, a rain shower, a safe, WiFi, and a Smart TV.

Grand Hotel****, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

The elegant hotel was the former home of the governor of Sri Lanka; therefore, you can expect the architecture style to be an Elizabethan-era manor house. It's the perfect starting point for exploring the sights of the Sri Lankan highlands because of its central location in Nuwara. The hotel offers a range of facilities for a comfortable stay, including a currency exchange desk, restaurant, café, bar, pub, many shops, and a lush garden guests can use for recreational use. The hotel has 156 rooms that include a safe, WiFi in rooms and public areas, an en suite bathroom, air conditioning, heating, a balcony or terrace, hairdryer, TV, coffee/tea making facilities, and a telephone.

The Secret Ella***, Ella, Sri Lanka

This unique hotel is in a spectacular location on a hill above Ella. From your lounger at the infinity pool, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding tea gardens on gentle mountain slopes. The chalets, rooms, and suites are stylish and modern. In addition to a minibar and a TV, the room facilities also include free WiFi and an electronic safe.

Jetwing Yala*****, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

This luxurious hotel nestles right next to Sri Lanka's famous Yala National Park. Jetwing Yala offers elegant rooms and a wide range of amenities. Kick back and take this opportunity to relax after an exciting safari in the park. How about insightful chats with your family, talking about your favorite encounters, and the impressive wildlife and nature you saw today? Besides a pool and direct access to the beach, the hotel also offers a gym and spa. You can order drinks, snacks, and delicious meals at the beach or pool bar as well as in the restaurant. The rooms all have a balcony or terrace with a view of the Indian Ocean or the surrounding wilderness.

Mount Lavinia Hotel****, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

Travel back in time to a hotel you've never seen before. What used to be a governor's villa is now your accommodation for the next couple of nights. The hotel is only 15 km from Colombo and offers various shopping opportunities nearby. In addition to a total of 226 rooms and suites, the hotel offers a reception, business center, lobby with a lounge, several restaurants and bars, a swimming pool, and souvenir shops.

The elegantly furnished rooms boast colonial design and offer coffee/tea making facilities, air conditioning, bath and shower, toilet, minibar, satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer, and a balcony.

Closest city: Colombo

Closest airport: Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport

Including

  • Eight nights in the accommodations mentioned above or similar:
    • One night at Jetwing Blue Hotel***** with breakfast in a Family Room, Colombo
    • One night at Aliya Resort & Spa**** with breakfast and dinner in a Deluxe Room, Sigiriya
    • Two nights at The Golden Crown**** with breakfast and dinner in a Premium Deluxe Room, Kandy
    • One night at the Grand Hotel**** with breakfast and dinner in a Quadruple Room, Nuwara Eliya
    • One night at The Secret Ella*** with breakfast and dinner in a Family Suite, Ella
    • One night at Jetwing Yala***** with breakfast and dinner in a Family Room, Yala National Park
    • One night at Mount Lavinia Hotel**** with breakfast and dinner in an Ocean View Room, Mount Lavinia
  • Transfers and sightseeing in an air-conditioned car with an English-speaking chauffeur and guide
  • The starting price is valid during the travel period 01.09.20 - 31.10.20

Excluding

  • International flights

  • Entrance fees (approx. $140,-USD per person, payable on-site)

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the scope of services

  • Optional tours and activities

  • Personal expenses, such as tips and minibars

  • Photo and video permits during sightseeing tours (if required)

  • Visa fees

  • Travel insurance

Additional experiences

Anantara Kalutara Resort

  1. Overnight price per person from 109 € excl. Flight in the Premier Garden View Room including breakfast
  2. Our recommendation: 7 nights per person from 610 € excl. Flight in the Premier Garden View Room including half board & special
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Hiriwadunna Village Tour

  1. Price per person from 12 € excl. Flight
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Kandy dance show

  1. Per person from 10 € excl. Flight
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Ulagalla

  1. Overnight price per person from 152 € excl. Flight in a Pool Villa incl. half board
  2. Our recommendation: 7 nights per person from 910 € excl. Flight in a Pool Villa incl. half board, transfer, & special
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Jungle Beach by Uga Escapes

  1. Overnight price per person from 94 € excl. Flight in a Beach Villa incl. breakfast
  2. Our recommendation: 7 nights per person 650 € excl. Flight in a Beach Villa incl. breakfast
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Ceylon Tea Trails

  1. Our recommendation: 4 nights per person from 1.315 € excl. Flight in a Luxury Room incl. all-inclusive, activities, & special
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