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Uga Ulagalla HERO

Sri Lanka Family Adventure

Inspirational safari, beach and cultural holiday to Sri Lanka

This family-friendly adventure is a comprehensive tour of Sri Lanka’s best bits. Staying in some of the best hotels the island has to offer it will be action-packed with sightseeing of the best cultural attractions, wildlife drives and beach activities. There will also be enough time to simply relax together as a family.

The main cultural element of the trip will start in Anuradhapura staying at the eco-boutique Ulagalla Resort. It is ideally located for exploring the Cultural Triangle. Sights not to be missed are the Dambulla cave temple, Sigiriya Lion Rock, and the city of Anuradhapura. Here you will enjoy a backroads cycling journey with a local historian. Next, it is off to Pasikudah, a coastal setting that provides an ideal environment for a range of watersports, including snorkelling and scuba diving, kayaking, water skiing and fishing. You will stay at the luxurious resort Uga Bay which includes, for the grownups, a one-of-a-kind underground spa. Safari next, in the off-the-radar Gal Oya National Park. From Gal Oya Lodge, which is an ecolodge spread across 20 acres of private jungle, the family will be immersed in nature. You will spend your time enjoying jeep drives, boat safaris to watch elephants swimming and forest walks with the Vedda tribe, one of the last remaining communities of forest-dwelling, indigenous people of Sri Lanka. The last element of the trip will be a stay in a cosy, colonial-era tea bungalow Goatfell, in the scenic hill country, famous for its valleys, mountains, waterfalls and tea plantations. The perfect terrain for hiking, don’t miss a climb up Little Adam’s Peak, an unchallenging hike for kids and boasting panoramic views of the green landscape.

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Day by Day summary

  • Starts - Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport
  • 1 night - Uga Residence, Colombo
  • 2 nights - Uga Ulagalla, Cultural Triangle
  • 3 nights - Uga Bay, East Coast
  • 2 nights - Gal Oya Lodge, Gal Oya National Park
  • 3 nights - Goatfell, Tea Country
  • 1 night - The Wallawwa, Colombo
  • Ends - Transfer to Bandaranaike International Airport for your international flight home

At a glance

  • Country Icon Sri Lanka
  • Nights Icon 12 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

Day-by-day

Catch your overnight flight from JFK to Bandaranaike International Airport

UGA Residence Pool
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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

Uga Residence
Bed & Breakfast | 2 x Park Suites
Sri Lanka

UGA Residence Residence Suite
Uga Ulagalla Breakfast setup
Uga Ulagalla Private Dining Experience
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Day 2 - 4

Today you will depart with your driver on the approximately 4-hour drive to Anuradhapura.

  • 2 nights

Uga Ulagalla
Bed & Breakfast | 1 x Ulagalla Pool Villa with extra beds
Sri Lanka

Uga Ulagalla Ulagalla Villa Bedroom
Uga Bay Hotel Entrance
Uga Bay Hotel Beach Dining
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Day 4 - 7

Today’s drive will be approximately 3.5-hours to Pasikudah.

  • 3 nights

Uga Bay Hotel
Bed & Breakfast | 1 x Bay Suite with extra beds
Sri Lanka

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Day 7 - 9

Today you will journey with your driver to Gal Oya National Park which is approximately a 3-hour drive.

  • 2 nights

Gal Oya Lodge
Bed & Breakfast | 1 x Villa with Double & Twin Rooms
Sri Lanka

Gal Oya Lodge Bungalow
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Day 9 - 12

Today’s drive will be 4-hours to Nuwara Eliya in the Tea Country.

  • 3 nights
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Goatfell
All Inclusive | 2 x Concorida Rooms (Twin & Double)
Sri Lanka

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The Wallawwa verandah
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Day 12

Today you will travel to Kotugoda which is 20 min from the airport. The drive here will be around 5-hours.

  • 1 night

The Wallawwa
Bed & Breakfast | Interconnecting Garden Suite & Wallawwa Room
Sri Lanka

The Wallawwa Mountbatten Suite

Day 13

Today you will be returned to the airport for your international flight home.

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Includes

  • Meals & accommodation as specified
  • Road transfers as specified
  • VIP Fast Track at Bandaranaike International Airport
  • 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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Excludes

  • Entry visas and fees
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Beverages
  • Optional activities/ experiences
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  • Whale Watching Icon Whale Watching
  • Canoeing Kayaking Icon Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Cycling Icon Cycling
  • Hiking Icon Hiking
  • Horseriding Icon Horse Riding
  • Snorkelling Scuba Diving Icon Snorkelling/Scuba Diving
  • Watersports Icon Water Sports
  • Kids Bushcraft Icon Kids Bushcraft
  • Food Experience Icon Food Experiences
  • City Sights Icon City Sights
  • Train Journeys Icon Train Journeys
  • Tea Plantations Icon Tea Plantations
  • Markets Icon Markets
  • Temples Icon Temples
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