Amble along Negombo's Canals

Days 1-3

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

Days 3-5

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.

Customer in the ruins of a temple

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.

Secluded Shores of the East Coast

Days 5-7

Secluded Shores of the East Coast

It’s time for the on the secluded beaches of the east coast as you and your family head to Trincomalee to relax on palm-fringed sands, swim in clear waters or simply enjoy a good book. It’s an ideal spot to visit in the British school holidays when the south-west of the island is experiencing more rainfall.

Local men and children leaning on a boat at the beach

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! During the day, you can relax on the beach or if your family are a bit more adventurous, you can take a trip to the paradise shores of Pigeon Island to explore a colourful world underwater as you snorkel among the coral reefs. You’ll stay in a comfortable hotel right on the beach.

two ladies cooking homemade curry in Sri Lanka

Days 7-9

At Home in the Curry Kitchen

Get a real taste of Sri Lanka during a comfortable homestay experience, where you can learn to cook up a storm at home in the curry kitchen. You’ll stay in your own private room and after a good night’s sleep, explore the local area before heading to the market to do the shopping for your lunch. Learning the secrets to making an authentic curry is sure to be a lot of fun for all the family.

local sri lankan man with buffalo

Days 9-11

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

Days 11-13

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.

White building and tuk-tuks on the street

Days 13-14

Colombo

You’ll arrive in Colombo in the evening. You’ll spend the night in a stylish boutique hotel located by the lake in Colombo with air-conditioning. The hotel’s location makes it a little quieter than many of the other hotels.

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Sri Lanka with the Family: Elephants, Beaches and Emerald Fields
Sri Lanka with the Family: Elephants, Beaches and Emerald Fields
Sri Lanka with the Family: Elephants, Beaches and Emerald Fields
Sri Lanka with the Family: Elephants, Beaches and Emerald Fields
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If you fancy staying in a bit more style during your trip in Sri Lanka then you can upgrade to our In Style version of this itinerary. We’ll first upgrade you in Negombo to an eco-friendly resort surrounded by mangrove forests and winding rivers. In Polonnaruwa you’ll stay in a cosy cottage set amongst tropical jungle plants. During your time at the beach we’ll also upgrade your beach hotel. Finally, in Ella, you’ll stay in a comfortable mountain hotel with a pool situated in a wonderfully romantic location.

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