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Family Wildlife, Culture and Coast Holiday to Sri Lanka

Educational Family Wildlife, Culture and Coast Holiday to Sri Lanka

A comprehensive tour of the island of Sri Lanka’s best bits, this family vacation, best for families with teens, is packed with fun-filled cultural, beach and wildlife activities. Explore the cities of Colombo and Kandy; get to grips with heritage sites in the Cultural Triangle; take a train through the scenic tea plantations; see leopards and Asian elephants in Yala National Park and then chill out on the island’s exquisite south coast beaches.

There are 6 stops on this tour of Sri Lanka beginning in the capital of Colombo where the family will join a street food walking tour to begin to soak up the culture. It’s then off to the Cultural Triangle region with a stay at a private and luxurious boutique hotel Taru Villa Maia. Highlights here include climbing the UNESCO Sigiriya Rock Fortress and cycling the backroads of Anuradhapura with a historian visiting 3 famous temples. The city of Kandy is also a cultural hub. You will get to visit the famous Temple of the Tooth, housing the relic of the toot of the Buddha. Kings Pavilion is a boutique hotel in the mountains away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s then time to board a train and chug through the gorgeous hill country towards Camellia Hills, a gorgeous tea planter’s bungalow. This will be a relaxing stay for the family, although there also hikes to waterfalls and visits to tea factories. Next is Yala National Park, for your Sri Lankan safari in a park with the highest density of leopards in the world, as well as Asian elephants, mugger crocodiles and a host of other wildlife. Staying at Leopard Hills, it’s just like an African tented safari camp experience. Conclude this epic adventure at KK Beach Hotel in Koggala on the island’s south coast. With direct access to the beach, there’s no end of fun that the family can have here. The nearby area offers outdoor activities including snorkelling, scuba diving., bike rides and boat trips down Koggala Lake.

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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 - Taru Villas Maia, Habarana, Sri Lanka
  • 1 night - Kings Pavilion, Kandy, Sri Lanka
  • 2 nights - Camellia Hills, Tea Country, Sri Lanka
  • 2 nights - Leopard Trails Yala National Park, National Parks, Sri Lanka
  • 3 nights - KK Beach, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Ends - Transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for your international flight home

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  • Beach Icon Beach
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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 met and transferred to your hotel in the city.

  • 1 night
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Galle Face Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | 2 x Inter-Connected Standard Rooms
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Galle Face Junior Suite 2
Taru Villa pool
Taru Villa Communal
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Day 2 - 4

Today you will depart with your driver for Habarana, stopping at Dambulla Cave Temple enroute.

  • 2 nights

Taru Villas Maia
Bed & Breakfast | 2 x Superior Rooms
Sri Lanka

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Day 4

This morning you will climb Sigiriya before the approximately 2.5-hour drive to Kandy.

  • 1 night

Kings Pavilion
Bed and Breakfast | Family Suite
Sri Lanka

Kings Pavilion Deluxe Room
Camellia Hills lake view bedroom
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Day 5 - 7

Today you will travel by train to Hatton Railway Station in Dickoya, and then be privately transferred to your hotel.

  • 2 nights

Camellia Hills
All Inclusive | Lakeview Room and Camellia Room
Sri Lanka

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Day 7 - 9

Today you will take the approximately 5-hour drive to Yala National Park.

  • 2 nights

Leopard Trails Yala National Park
All Inclusive | Suite with extra beds
Sri Lanka

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KK beach bamboo restaurant
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Day 9 - 12

Following a morning jeep safari you will be driven to Koggala.

  • 3 nights

KK Beach
Penthouse Suite with extra beds | Bed & Breakfast
Sri Lanka

KK Beach Penthouse Suite

Day 12

Today your driver will return you to the airport which is approximately a 2.5-hour drive. Here you will connect with your international flight home.

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  • Carbon-offsetting with One Tree Planted
  • Conservation donation to Save the Rhino
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