Two-Week Southern Explorer

Colombo – Negombo – Cultural Triangle – Pussellawa – Bentota – Colombo

This relaxed two-week holiday has been carefully designed with younger children in mind and offers a range of exciting activities in safe and friendly environments.

Two-Week Southern Explorer

Colombo – Negombo – Cultural Triangle – Pussellawa – Bentota – Colombo

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Perfect for budding explorers is this wonderful trip through some of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular destinations. This relaxed two-week holiday has been carefully designed with younger children in mind and offers a range of exciting activities in safe and friendly environments. Kids can go on an elephant safari, visit a turtle hatchery, spot dolphins and enjoy a wide range of water sports. For parents, this tours balances history, culture and heritage with activities that the whole family will love.

This two-week itinerary can be fully customised to suit your family’s requirements and may include:

  • Dolphins! Between December and April hundreds of dolphins can be spotted leaping and playing off the coast.
  • Take the scenic train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, a charming colonial town built by the British in the early 1800s as a summer retreat.
  • Stay in a century-old tea planter’s bungalow and learn how Sri Lanka’s most famous crop goes from tea plantation to teapot.
  • Visit the turtle hatcheries in Bentota and learn how these sanctuaries are helping to protect these docile creatures. You can even help release baby turtles back into the ocean.
  • Take a jeep safari into Minneriya National Park and witness the enormous herds of Asian elephants that gather here during the dry season.
  • Wander the charming, narrow-lined streets of Galle’s 17th century Dutch Fort and enjoy the colonial architecture and historic churches as well as the boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
  • Soak up the sun on some of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful beaches in Bentota or go water-skiing, banana-boating, wind surfing or jet skiing.
  • Visit Dalada Maligawa, a magnificent temple in Kandy that houses a tooth relic of Lord Buddha.
  • Climb aboard a gentle giant and lumber through the jungles on the back of an elephant and then watch the baby elephants bathe in the river at the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.
  • Hook the catch of the day when you try your hand at stilt fishing, a traditional fishing method used along the coast.

KIDS

This itinerary has been created for little kids & big kids. This is a very gentle Sri Lankan holiday with minimal time in the car, lots of time on the beach, trips to turtle hatcheries and the chance to feed baby elephants. Big kids will enjoy the elephant and jeep safaris.

ITINERARY

This holiday traditionally starts and ends in Colombo, the capital Sri Lanka. This itinerary can be shortened or lengthened according to your family’s requirements. See sample itinerary below:

 

Day 1-2: Colombo – Negombo

Car: 20 mins.

Overnight: Two-night stay at hotel in Negombo

Day 3-5: Negombo – Cultural Triangle

Car: approx. 4 hrs. (with stops).

Overnight: Three-night stay at hotel in Habarana

Day 6-8: Cultural Triangle – Pussellawa

Car: 3 – 4 hrs.

Overnight: Three-night stay at hotel in Pussellawa

Day 9-13: Pussellawa – Bentota

Car: 4 hrs.

Overnight: Five-night stay at hotel in Bentota

Day 14: Return to Colombo, end of holiday

WHEN TO GO

The best time to enjoy this holiday is between November and April. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27C. At 500m, Kandy has an average temperature of 20C. Sri Lanka has two monsoons; May to September in the south and west and October to April in the north and east of the country. Travelling during this time might be a little damper than during other periods of the year, however rain usually only falls for a brief period in the afternoons. The sea remains a balmy 27C year-round. December to April is also the best time to spot whales and dolphins.

Tips!

What to take for the family: Throughout Sri Lanka light cotton clothing works best but do bring something warm for the mornings and evenings when staying in and around Kandy as it can get chilly in December and January. It’s also worth bringing a lightweight waterproof jacket. For families travelling with infants you’ll be pleased to hear that there are plenty of shops selling baby essentials. However, it’s worth packing enough with you to get started as well as snacks for hungry kids on car journeys. Sunscreen and a hat with a peak or wide brim are essential as are a sturdy pair of shoes if you plan to do any walking in the countryside surrounding Kandy.

Books: 

Little kids will enjoy Tea Leaves by Frederick Lipp. The short story tells the tale of a young girl Shanti who lives in Sri Lanka and travels from the tea gardens to the sea. The Quail’s Egg: A Folk-tale from Sri Lankaby Joanna Troughton is a sweet story about a mother quail’s efforts to get her egg back after it rolls into the crevice of a rock.

Waldo by Nathaly Hewawasam, is a good one for big kids and tells the adventure of a Doberman who escapes the dog pound where he has been living for as long as he can remember. Fourteen-year-old Nathaly is originally from Sri Lanka and wrote the book to help raise funds following the devastating tsunami in 2004. A portion of each book sale goes towards reconstructing homes in Sri Lanka.

For parents there are plenty of options. Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje tells the story of his return to Sri Lanka in the 1970s after growing up here in the 1940s and 50s.  It’s a wonderful look at the island and its people. Leonard Wolf’s time as a colonial administrator in Sri Lanka provides the backdrop for his novel The Village in the Jungle. First published in 1913 it’s a rather dark story of the harsh lives of Ceylonese villagers. The award-winning Sam’s Story by Sri Lankan writer Captain Elmo Jayawardena tells the story of Sam, an illiterate village boy working in Colombo. More light-hearted is A Year in Green Tea and Tuk-Tuks: My unlikely adventure creating an eco farm in Sri Lanka by Rory Spowers, a BBC journalist who moves his family to Sri Lanka in order to transform a tea estate into an organic farm.

 

  

  

RATES

This Holiday starts from US$ XXX for two adults and US $ XXX per child below 12 years. Our partner agent will be happy to propose an itinerary based on the above sample and to give you an exact quote based on your requirements.

This holiday is organised by our Sri Lanka-based partner agent who has extensive experience organising bespoke tours in Sri Lanka and is also well versed in family travel.

Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be given to you upon completing an enquiry.

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Sri Lanka

We just got back and had a wonderful time! The hotel was a very good choice. It was the right decision to stay at the airport for a night and the hotel there is beautiful and just right for the first night. We all enjoyed the hotel in Bentota…the garden and pool are beautiful. Also all the transport in Sri Lanka with [your partner agent] worked out very well. Overall a great vacation!

Ricarda, New Delhi

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