Your day-by-day itinerary
Amble along Negombo's Canals
Today your family will arrive in Negombo, a modest beach town on the palm-fringed west coast, not far from Colombo. During your time in Negombo, you’ll stay in an elegant villa with a swimming pool so you can relax, take it easy and acclimatise. The following day, you can soak up the sights and sounds of the town with your driver. Explore the fascinating colonial history, wander through the vibrant bazaar and watch the fishermen bring in their morning catch at the market.
Elephants in Buddha's Garden
From crumbling ruins to majestic elephants, this trip will take you on a discovery of Sri Lanka’s fascinating Cultural Triangle. You’ll begin by climbing Sigiriya’s mighty rock fortress before spotting wild elephants on a jeep safari – sure to be a highlight for the kids! Next, you’ll arrive at the ancient capital, Polonnaruwa.
Here, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back in time as you wander through the ancient stone city, where towering stupas, age-old wall paintings and royal stone baths are just waiting to be explored. During this cultural experience, you’ll stay in a charming hotel in Polonnaruwa and round your trip off with a visit to Dambulla’s rock cave temple, which lies high up in the hills.
Surf Away in Arugam Bay
It’s time for the on the laid-back beaches of the east coast as you and your family head to Arugam Bay to relax on palm-fringed sands, swim in clear waters and ride some waves! It’s an ideal spot to visit in the British school holidays when the south-west of the island is experiencing more rainfall.
The shores of the east coast are known as some of Sri Lanka’s finest and its quiet pristine beaches, blue seas and swaying palms make this pretty hard to argue with! But what sets Arugam Bay apart from the rest of them is its perfect surf. If you are an active bunch, we will pre-book a 90-minute surf lesson with an experienced instructor and you can practise as much as you like in your free time. If you like to explore the surrounding area, Kumana National Park brimming with wildlife is just a short ride away.
Life amongst the Rice Paddies
Although only an hour from the hustle and bustle of busy Kandy, Digana and its surrounding villages feels like a million miles away. From lush jungle to tumbling rice paddies, the only sounds you’ll hear are those of the wildlife and perhaps the occasional swish of a scythe. You’ll spend 2 nights in a simple eco-lodge and there is plenty of outdoor space for the kids to explore and blow off some steam!
Explore the Emerald Valleys of Ella
Known for its breathtaking mountain views and endless rolling hills, Ella is a peaceful village nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill country. You’ll arrive by train as you pass scenic landscapes, and stay in a cosy hotel with sweeping views. If you’re all feeling up to it you can take a gentle trek to Little Adam’s Peak.