Two-Week Family Adventure in Sri Lanka

Colombo • Alankuda • Cultural Triangle • Knuckles Mountain Range • Dickoya • Kitulgala • Uda Walawe National Park • Ahangama • Colombo 

This two-week family adventure in Sri Lanka combines some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes with fun-filled activities, time by the beach and magical wildlife encounters.

Two-Week Family Adventure in Sri Lanka

Colombo – Alankuda – Cultural Triangle – Knuckles Mountain Range – Dickoya – Kitulgala – Uda Walawe National Park – Ahangama – Colombo

DESCRIPTION

This two-week family adventure in Sri Lanka combines some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes with fun-filled activities, time by the beach and magical wildlife encounters. You may trek through mountain villages, camp in the wilderness, go white-water rafting on the Kelani River and climb a sacred mountain to see the sunrise. Other activities include visits to tea plantations, mountain biking and wildlife encounters with wild elephants, dolphins and whales.

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

  • Soak up the sunshine on the beach or try your hand at kitesurfing, scuba diving and snorkelling. The Bar Reef, just off Kandalukutyia, is home to beautiful tropical fish, stingrays and several species of Marine turtle.
  • Explore the mythical ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya (Lion’s Rock), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular sites. Climb to the top for awe-inspiring views and ancient frescoes.
  • Take a hot air balloon ride and witness the sun rise over the Cultural Triangle or lumber through the jungle on the back of a friendly elephant.
  • Stay in a century-old tea planter’s bungalow and learn how Sri Lanka’s most famous crop goes from tea plantation to teapot.
  • Take a train ride through the hill country past tea covered hills and roaring waterfalls on your way to Sri Pada (Adams Peak). Climb this sacred mountain and be inspired by the sunrise from the summit.
  • 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.
  • Look out for dolphins! Between December and April hundreds of dolphins can be spotted leaping and playing off the coast of Kalpitiya.
  • Take your binoculars to Wilpattu National Park and try to spot the elusive leopard. The park is also home to sloth bear, deer, jackal and oodles of birds.
  • Once the film location for ‘Bridge over the River Kwai’ the Kelani River is now the setting for some of Sri Lanka’s most thrilling adventures: white water rafting, canyoning, abseiling, kayaking and hiking.
  • Go on an elephant safari at Habarana and then soar high above the ground in a hot air balloon (and witness herds of wild elephants roaming free.
  • Camp under the stars in Uda Walawe National Park, home to 500 wild elephants. You can also visit the orphaned baby elephants being cared for at the Elephant Transit Camp before they are released into the wild.
  • Hook the catch of the day when you try your hand at stilt fishing, a traditional fishing method used along the coast.
  • 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.

KIDS

This itinerary has been created for big kids & teens. Children under 11 years are not allowed on the upper section of the Kelani River when rafting. If parents want to raft along the upper section then kids under 11 can wait with a member of staff (or parents) at the camp and then join in for the lower section of the river.  Canyoning, abseiling and kayaking are suitable for children aged 5 and above. We recommend that children should be around 5 years old for the elephant ride and children must be 7 or older to go hot air ballooning. 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. 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 – Alankuda

Car: 3.5 hrs.

Overnight: Two-night stay at hotel in Alankuda

Day 3-4: Cultural Triangle

Car: 2.5 – 3 hrs.

Overnight: Two-night stay at hotel in Habarana

Day 5-6: Knuckles Mountain Range

Car: 4 – 4.5 hrs.

Overnight: Two-night stay at hotel in Knuckles Mountain Range

Day 7-8: Dickoya

Train: 4 hrs.

Overnight: Two-night stay at hotel in Dickoya

Day 9: Kitulgala

Car: 2.5 hrs.

Overnight: Overnight in tented accommodation.

Day 10: Uda Walawe National Park

Car: 4 hrs.

Overnight: Overnight in tented camp.

Day 11-13: Ahangama

Car: 4 hrs.

Overnight: Three-night stay at hotel in Ahangama

Day 14: Colombo

Car: 3 – 3.5 hrs.

Return to Colombo, end of holiday.

WHEN TO GO

The best time to enjoy this tour is between November and April. Sri Lanka has two monsoons and from May to October the southwest monsoon makes this tour very wet! Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27C. At 500m, Kandy has an average temperature of 20C. The sea remains a balmy 27C year-round. Climbing Adams Peak at night is only possible between December and April, at other times of the year it can be climbed during the daytime. 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 warm clothing (jumpers, scarves) if travelling in December and January, as it can get cold. You’ll also need something warm for the mornings and evenings at other times and it’s worth bringing a lightweight waterproof jacket. Bring a good pair of shoes for the river (trainers or a pair of sport sandals with an ankle strap), a pair of quick dry shorts, a torch (or headlight), insect repellent and leech socks. Sunscreen and a hat with a peak or wide brim are essential as are a sturdy pair of walking/hiking shoes for climbing Adams Peak.

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$ 4,050 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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