Two-Week Eastern Explorer

Colombo – Negombo – Cultural Triangle – Trincomalee – Kandy – Kotugoda

This two-week Eastern Explorer holiday has been designed for families with young kids to enjoy fun-filled activities in safe and friendly environments.

Two-Week Eastern Explorer

Colombo – Negombo – Cultural Triangle – Trincomalee – Kandy – Kotugoda


This two-week Eastern Explorer holiday has been designed for families with young kids to enjoy fun-filled activities in safe and friendly environments. This easy-paced holiday introduces families to the island’s cultural heritage and magnificent elephants, and explores the beautiful palm fringed beaches of the lesser-visited northwest and northeast.

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

  • Take a ride on a fishing catamaran in Negombo; these traditional vessels are only found in this corner of the island.
  • Visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and watch these playful creatures as they bathe and splash in the river.
  • Go snorkelling and marvel at the marine life around the coral reefs of Pigeon Island off Trincomalee.
  • Learn how to make paper from elephant poo at the Eliphus Maximus project and then buy some for friends back home.
  • Venture out to sea in search of Blue whales and bottle nosed dolphins on a whale watching boat trip.
  • Spend an afternoon in Kandy and visit the Temple of the Tooth where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is held.
  • Head to Fort Frederick and watch the colourful poojas held here at dusk.
  • Experience the Kandy Perehera, one of Asia’s most spectacular cultural pageants.
  • Lumber through the jungle on an elephant ride (recommended age 5 and above) around Habarana.
  • Enjoy a jeep safari through Minneriya National Park and witness herds of up to 150 elephants gathering.
  • Wander around the botanical gardens in Kandy and then learn the legends of Kandy Lake.


This itinerary has been created for kids of all ages. The Eastern Explorer holiday is particularly suited to families with young children who will enjoy fun-filled activities in safe and friendly environments with relatively limited driving times. The only activity not suited to young children is the dolphin and whale watching trips on the east coast. It’s recommended that children are 10 years or older to enjoy these boat trips as the boats are small (19 footers). It’s recommended that children are aged 5 and above for elephant rides.


This holiday traditionally starts and ends in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, however it can be fully customised to suit your family’s requirements. See below for sample itinerary:

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 6-9: Cultural Triangle – Trincomalee

Car: 2.5 – 3 hrs.

Overnight: Two-night stay at luxury beachside hotel in Trincomalee

Day 10-12: Trincomalee – Kandy

Car: 5 – 5.5 hrs.

Overnight: Three-night stay at a large family-friendly riverside hotel.

Day 13: Kandy – Kotugoda

Car: 2.5 – 3.5 hrs.

Overnight: One-night stay in a family-friendly boutique hotel.

End of holiday


The best time to enjoy this holiday is from May until the middle of October. The hill country can be wet at this time of year but these months are the best for experience the east coast.


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.


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.





This Holiday is approximately US $3,953 for two adults and one child below 12 years. Please note that this is an approximate price only and that this itinerary can be fully customised to suit your family’s requirements.

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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