SRI LANKA FAMILY ADVENTURE


13 Days / 12 Nights

NEOMBO & KALPITIYA

Stretching from Colombo to Negombo along the coast is the old Dutch Canal lined with fishing villages and nature areas. Exploring by bicycle on the canalside paths is highly rewarding, as is a privately guided boat tour through the bird-filled Muthurajawela wetlands. Negombo is renowned for its daily fish market and the sight of outriggers returning home after a fishing trip is something to behold.
Travelling further north, through coconut plantations, is Kalpitiya and Dutch Bay. Aside from kitesurfing, the area’s principle draw is the schools of dolphins which play in the offshore waters. From November to March, boat safaris depart every day in search of spinner dolphins. Snorkelling trips to the Bar Reef with its array of big fish are equally popular.

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THE SOUTH-WEST COAST

The south-west coast is awash with pristine beaches and idyllic properties, perfect for relaxation after an epic journey exploring the ancient cities and cool highlands of the interior. Travelling east from Galle are the unspoilt beaches of Thalpe and Weligama (meaning ‘sandy village’); Mirissa, a top whale-watching spot and the ideal place to dine on seafood; Tangalle’s palm-fringed coves; and Hambantota, a convenient base for exploring the nearby national parks of Bundela and Yala as well as the temples at Kataragama and vast coastal saltpans.
For families, Weligama Bay is considered the best and safest beach for children in the south. Alternatively, head to Kalapitiya on the west coast or the east coast’s gently shelving beaches at Trincomalee

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Day 1 : Fly to Colombo (N)

Day 2 : Marawila
Arrive and transfer to Horathapola Estate (Family Lodge) for 1 night in this planter’s bungalow with garden and outdoor pool. Afternoon at leisure. (D)

Day 3 : Wilpattu National Park
Drive to Wilpattu National Park for 2 nights at Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris. Afternoon wildlife drive. (B, L, D)

Day 4 : Wilpattu National Park
Morning wildlife drive. Optional afternoon activities such as birdwatching, cooking classes and amateur photography walks. (B, L, D)

Day 5 : Anuradhapura
Drive to the Cultural Triangle for 4 nights at Ulagalla (Deluxe room with attic). (B)

Day 6 : Sigiriya
Morning climb of Sigiriya rock fortress. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 7 : Polonnaruwa • Minneriya Tank
Cycling at Polonnaruwa. Lunch at Priyamali Gedara. Optional afternoon at Minneriya Tank. (B)

Day 8 : Habarana • Hiriwadunna
Morning elephant experience at Habarana. Hiriwadunna village trek. Optional afternoon cookery lesson or cycle ride at Pelwehera. (B)

Day 9 : Trincomalee
Drive to Trincomalee on the east coast for 4 nights at Uga Jungle Beach (Beach Villa). Range of water sports on offer including snorkelling on coral reefs at Pigeon Island. (B)

Day 10-12 : Trincomalee
At leisure. Optional whale-watching trip. (B)

Day 13: Fly to Colombo
Domestic flight to Colombo for an overnight stay at The Wallawwa (Family suite). (B)

Day 14: Fly home (B)

GUIDE PRICE $3,395 PER PERSON

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