Family Coastal Holiday

Colombo – Bentota – Galle – Kotugoda   

Enjoy a week of buttery beaches, turquoise waters and some of Sri Lanka’s best wildlife experiences on this seven-day family-friendly tour from Colombo to Galle.

Family Coastal Holiday

Colombo – Bentota – Galle – Kotugoda

DESCRIPTION

Enjoy a week of buttery beaches, turquoise waters and some of Sri Lanka’s best wildlife experiences on this seven-day family-friendly tour from Colombo to Galle. Travel south from Sri Lanka’s capital, stopping at some of the prettiest stretches of coastline along the way before arriving at Galle’s magical Dutch fort. Visit turtle hatcheries, spot dolphins and take a trip out to sea in search of the Blue whales.

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

  • Soak up the sun on some of Sri Lanka’s most beautiful beaches.
  • Hook the catch of the day when you try your hand at stilt fishing, a traditional fishing method used along the coast.
  • Pay a visit to the wonderfully wild Brief Gardens. The home once belonged to Bevis Bawa, brother of renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, and houses an eclectic collection of artwork.
  • Take a day trip from Kotugoda and help feed a baby elephant at the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala.
  • 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 trip to Ambalangoda, home to the traditional art of mask making.
  • Wander the charming, narrow-lined streets of Galle’s Dutch Fort; enjoy the colonial architecture, historic churches art galleries and restaurants.
  • Go sailing, sea kayaking or snorkelling in pristine waters or jump aboard a boat in search of dolphins and whales; the waters off southern Sri Lanka is thought to be one of the best locations in the world to spot blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins.
  • Spend some time on the beach!  Enjoy the warm sands and even warmer water on some of Sri Lanka’s most popular beaches.
  • Hire a surfboard and ride the waves at Wijaya beach.

KIDS

This holiday has been created for kids of all ages. The activities included in this tour are suitable for all children. There is no minimum age for children to go whale watching from the southern coast. Families should be aware, however, that trips last between 3 – 5 hours and that boats may stay out until a whale is spotted so trips may last longer.

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 – Bentota

Car: 3.5 hrs.

Overnight: Two-night stay at hotel in Bentota

Day 3-6: Bentota – Galle / Thalpe

Car: 1.5 hrs.

Overnight: Three-night stay at hotel in Galle or Thalpe

Day 7: Kotugoda

Car: 3.5 – 4 hrs.

Overnight: Overnight stay at family-friendly boutique hotel in Kotugoda

End of holiday

WHEN TO GO

The best time to enjoy this tour is between November and April.  Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27C.  Sri Lanka has two monsoons and from May to October the southwest monsoon makes this tour very wet!  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 one 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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