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Family Fun in Sri Lanka

Safari, beach and cultural holiday in Sri Lanka

Suited for children of all ages, this comprehensive family itinerary is a wildlife, culture, and coast tour of Sri Lanka. Explore the capital city of Colombo; get to grips with the country’s fascinating history and rich culture in Kandy; take a train to see scenic tea plantations; go on safari in Yala National Park and then chill on the island’s quieter south coast beaches. It will be busy but there will also be ample opportunity to give the kids, and yourselves some downtime.

The tour begins in Colombo, the capital, with a stay in the nostalgic 19th-century Galle Face Hotel, set along the city’s main seaside promenade. This follows with a visit to Kandy, the country’s second major city. From your base in the mountain retreat of Kings Pavilion, you will visit the Temple of the Tooth, housing the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. While in the area you will also get to climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress and learn traditional Kandyan dance techniques. There’s also the opportunity to trek to a rural village and learn from the villagers about their village life. From here journey to the Tea Country region on a scenic train journey. During your stay, take tours of tea plantations, hike to waterfalls and simply relax. A thrilling safari is next. At Yala National Park stay in an African-style safari camp called Leopard Trails. Here you will embark on jeep safaris in search of leopards, Asian elephants, sloth bears and many more. Conclude this memorable family adventure at Why House near Galle’s coastline. This is a fabulous place to recoup after your busy itinerary.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport
  • 1 night - Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2 nights - Kings Pavilion, Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • 2 nights - Nine Skies, Ella, Sri Lanka
  • 2 nights - Leopard Hills Yala National Park, Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
  • 3 nights - Why House, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Ends - Transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Sri Lanka
  • Nights Icon 10 Nights
  • City Icon City
  • Beach Icon Beach
  • Safari Icon Safari
  • Scenic Icon Scenic

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Guide Price

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Includes flights from JFK
Price per person based on a family of 4
Itinerary Details


Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport

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Day 1

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport where you will be transferred to your hotel in the city.

  • 1 night
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Galle Face Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | 2 x Superior Rooms
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Day 2 - 4

Today your driver will take you on the approximately 3.5-hour drive to Kandy.

  • 2 nights

Kings Pavilion
Bed & Breakfast | Master Suite
Sri Lanka

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Day 4 - 6

Today you will travel by scenic train from Nanu Oya Station to Ella (3 hours) for your stay in the Hill Country.

  • 2 nights

Nine Skies
All Inclusive | Ella Rock Suite
Sri Lanka

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Day 6 - 8

Today you will travel for approximately 3-hours with your driver to Yala National Park.

  • 2 nights

Leopard Trails Yala National Park
All Inclusive | Leopard Trail Suite
Sri Lanka

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Day 8 - 11

Today you will journey to Galle, and following a city tour, you will check into your hotel.

  • 3 nights

Why House
Bed & Breakfast | 2x Main House Suites
Sri Lanka

Why House Main House Suite

Day 11

Today you will be returned to Bandaranaike International Airport for your flight home.

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  • Meals & accommodation as specified
  • Drinks as specified
  • Road and rail transfers as specified
  • Private guiding & chauffeuring
  • All entrance fees and excursions as specified
  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
  • Community projects contribution with Uthando
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  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional activities / experiences
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  • Tea Plantations Icon Tea Plantations
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