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Sri Lanka Family Island Explorer

Sri Lanka
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Available Departures: Apr, Jul, Aug

14 days from

US$2,115

Adult

US$1,235

Child
without flights
Multi Activity
Family
LEISURELY LEISURELY

The perfect Sri Lanka family adventure holiday with a mix of activities, culture and wildlife

Trip Code: FSL
Minimum child age: 6
Child discount up to and including age: 11
Holiday Grades

Our Holiday Grades Explained

To show the relative difficulty of our holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the 'Is this holiday for you?' section or contact us.

 1 - 3 LEISURELY
1 - 3 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

View leisurely holidays
4 - 6 MODERATE
4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

View moderate holidays
7 - 9 CHALLENGING
7 - 9 CHALLENGING

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

View Tough holidays

Sri Lanka Family Island Explorer

6+

Age

Swimming

Animals And Wildlife

Cooking

Family Bike Rides

Highlights
  • Visit orphaned baby elephants at the Elephant Transit Home at Udawalawe
  • Explore the rock fortress of Sigiriya, go on safari to see leopard and elephants
  • Make a batik, visit a temple and go whitewater rafting!
  • Relax at the end with 2 days on an Indian Ocean Beach, Sri Lanka

At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 16
  • 13 days multi-activity and sightseeing including short walks
  • Max altitude - 2200m
  • SWIMMING: Available on 9 nights at the hotel pool and in rivers
  • Join In Colombo

Accommodation & Meals
  • All meals included
  • 4 nights Hotel
  • 9 nights Hotel with swimming pool
Overview

Setting out to explore Sri Lanka's great variety, on this family adventure holiday to Sri Lanka we see many of its most colourful attractions - towering waterfalls, spice gardens, Indian Ocean beaches, historic towns and some of the Buddhist world's most remarkable temples. After a village walk and a visit to the amazing rock fortress at Sigiriya, we travel to the ‘hill-capital' of Kandy, where we have the chance to make our own souvenir batik. We then have a session of fun whitewater rafting on the Kelani River, before heading up to Newara Eliya, to visit a tea plantation and hike to the dramatic viewpoint at World's End. We also visit the orphaned baby elephants at the Elephant Transit home. Jeep safaris at Udawalawe and Yala take us close to wild elephants and maybe even an elusive leopard, before we round off this great holiday with 2 days at the coast for surf, sand and optional watersports.

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children of 6 years and upwards. Designed with children in mind, this holiday includes fun activities, wildlife viewing/safari's, a couple of short walks and sightseeing visits. The holiday also includes a short whitewater rafting trip, children must be over 11yrs old to take part, and all participants must be able to swim unaided for 25 metres. All safety equipment (buoyancy aids, h …

Suitable for children of 6 years and upwards. Designed with children in mind, this holiday includes fun activities, wildlife viewing/safari's, a couple of short walks and sightseeing visits. The holiday also includes a short whitewater rafting trip, children must be over 11yrs old to take part, and all participants must be able to swim unaided for 25 metres. All safety equipment (buoyancy aids, helmets, etc) and professional guiding is included. The rafting will depend on the river conditions but is usually grade 3-4, it will not be harder. The longest walk will take 3 hours, with lots of stops to rest and enjoy the ever-changing scenery. In order to visit as much of this fantastic country as possible in our two weeks, there is a reasonable amount of driving involved, the transfers are 3 - 5 hours. We also have jeep safari's and a visit to the elephant transit home to see baby orphans. We end with a couple of days at the beach to relax and enjoy the Indian Ocean.

Why KE?

Compared to similar holidays our Family Sri Lanka Adventure includes more fun elements to keep you and the kids entertained in this fascinating country, as well as a real cultural insight. We offer a GREAT child price plus all meals are included too!

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Itinerary

Our holiday starts at the group hotel in Sigirya. Our Sri Lankan tour leader will meet us at the airport and accompany the group on the single timed transfer (3hrs) to Sigirya, where we stay for the next 3 nights.

Swimming: At the hotel pool.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

L D

Time

3 hrs driving

After breakfast at the hotel we leave for the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Here we explore by bicycle. During the ride we can meet the local village people and learn about their way of life. We stop by one of the many lakes in the region for a delicious Sri Lankan style picnic lunch. In the afternoon there is an optional Jeep Safari of Minneriya National Park which is famous for is migratory herd of over 250 elephants. The largest gathering of elephants in this park takes place between the months of May and September. We return to our hotel in Sigiriya.

Swimming: At the hotel pool.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

Time

1-2 hrs driving

We leave early for Hiriwaduna (20 minute transfer) for our 3 hour walk through this archetypal Sri Lankan village. The amazing birdlife, butterflies and possible sightings of crocodile only add to the charm of seeing the villagers as they go about their early morning tasks. We will wade through some shallow streams or maybe get a lift from a local fisherman. We might stop to enjoy the farmer's hospitality and enjoy a drink of coconut or other seasonal fruit. We end our walk through dense shrub forests, home to other wildlife including monkeys, bear, python and even elephant.

In the afternoon we visit and climb the Rock Fortress at Sigiriya. This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the most famous of Sri Lanka. The rock fortress is renowned for its complex of water gardens, ancient frescos and the Mirror Wall.

This evening, we enjoy a night walk at the Sam Popham's Arboretum which is home to several species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and mammals and the rare, nocturnal slender loris. The endemic slender loris is a cuddly looking primate with big eyes which spends most of its life in the canopy.

Swimming: At the hotel pool.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

Time

1 hr driving

Our destination today is Kandy, Sri Lanka's hill capital, stopping en route in Matale to visit the Alu Vihare Temple. In addition to frescoed caves this temple is also home to Monks who we can sometimes see in peaceful reflection around the temple. Kandy is at the heart of Sri Lanka's age old arts and craft industry. In the afternoon we visit a batik manufacture who will guide us through the complicated task of creating our very own hand made batik which we can take home as a souvenir.

We have an optional visit to see the Temple of the Tooth, Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic - a tooth of the Buddha.

We spend the night in this atmospheric town encircled by mountains with its tranquil lake at its centre. In the evening we can opt to see the traditional cultural dancing show in town.

Swimming: At the hotel pool.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

Time

2-3 hrs driving

This morning we have a tuk tuk ride to the food market. The market is a great place to embrace the sounds, sights and smells of the country. We see all the seasonal fruit and vegetables and learn the Sinhala names.

We take our ingredients to our hosts kitchen and she will show us how to prepare some Sri Lankan curries and dishes. We help her making the lunch with maybe scraping a coconut and extracting the milk, grinding the spices for a sambal, or making the fire for the pot.

After lunch we leave for Kitulgala (approximately 2 hrs drive). This was the location for the old classic 'The Bridge On The River Kwai'. This area is great for adventure activities. We overnight at a hotel situated on the Kelani River.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Time

2-3 hrs driving

After breakfast we have a 30 mins drive to the 'put in' for our White Water Rafting excursion on the Kelani River. This short but exhilarating excursion is pitched at a level suitable for good swimmers who are over the age 11yrs. If you are not participating in the white water rafting there is a short forest walk whilst we wait for the rafters. We can have a swim in the rock pools before our lunch.

It's then on to Nuwara Eliya (approximately 2 hrs drive), driving past 'Devon' and 'St.Clair's' waterfalls and visiting a Tea Plantation and Factory en route to watch the process of turning the raw green leaf into the familiar final product. It is the home of the famous Ceylon Tea and the rolling mountains are a carpet of velvety green tea plantations, interspersed with gushing streams and tumbling waterfalls. Overnight Nuwara Eliya.

Swimming: In the river and the hotel pool.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

Time

3 hrs driving

We drive up onto the plateau of the Horton Plains National Park, 2200m above sea-level, and set off on our walk to 'World's End'. Known locally as 'fen', the landscape is spectacular, with an astounding variety of scenery from mountains to grasslands, from marshes to trout streams. Sri Lanka's best flavoured high-grown teas are found growing in the surrounding area. The dramatic drop-off at the edge of the plateau is particularly well demonstrated at 'World's End,' where there is a 300 metre precipice.

We then proceed to Pattipola Railway station to a scenic 2hr train journey to Bandarawela (railway station which is situated in the highest elevation and 25 minutes from the entrance of the Horton Plains). It is a real opportunity to gain an insight to local lifestyles and culture. Arriving into Bandarawela we check into our accommodation.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Time

1 hr drive, 2-3 hrs walk, 2 hr train

After breakfast we drive to the Dambatenne tea factory. From here we change vehicles and drive through the lush tea plantations to the viewpoint called 'Lipton's Seat'. This is the lookout that the Scottish tea baron Sir Thomas Lipton used to survey his burgeoning empire. The view are some of the best with rolling hills of plantations and montane forests. We have a picnic lunch and walk down to the vehicle, walking approx 1 hour. From here we transfer back to Bandarawela. The playing field at Bandarawela often has local children playing cricket and if we wish we can join in or play our own match. This is usually a highlight of the holiday for the children. We then return to our hotel in Bandarawela.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Time

1-2hrs driving

Today, we drive to the Udawalawe National Park (approximately 2 ½ hrs drive), the best place on the island for seeing wild elephants. This impressive reserve area has enjoyed protected status since 1972 and is home to a large herd of elephants, several species of deer, wild boar, wild buffalo, jackal and the elusive leopard. Surrounded by mountain ranges, the terrain of the park is a mixture of grassland (rather like the savannah of Africa) and shrub jungle. Teak plantations, water holes, the large Udawalawe Reservoir and the Walewe River make this place special. Our exploration of the park by jeep should allow us to get close to wild elephants. Overnight Udawalawe.

Swimming: At the hotel pool.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B L D

Time

2-3 hrs driving

The Elephant Transit Home is for baby elephants who are injured or orphaned in the wild and are cared for and rehabilitated in a natural setting. Once the elephants are old enough and strong enough they are radio collared and released in to the National Park in small groups. The first group to be released in to the park successfully reproduced in the wild in 200. We spend some time here watching them being fed.

This afternoon we have a jeep safari at Yala National Park. This National Park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, as well as more recently leopard research and conservation. Vegetation here is primarily grassland and shrub jungle with patches of dense growth. There are also several salt and fresh water lagoons which are a haven for a large variety of resident and migrant birds. Overnight Tissamaharama.

Swimming: At the hotel pool.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

Time

1-2 hrs driving

There is an optional morning jeep safari of Yala National Park for a second chance to track the Sri Lanka Leopard. We then transfer coast (approximately 3 hrs drive). En route we stop off at the town of Galle, an old colonial Dutch port with an impressive fortified harbour. Our base for the next few days is at Induruwa. Our hotel is located next to the beach, and has a swimming pool.

Swimming: In the pool and the sea.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

Time

3-4 hrs driving

Today we have time to explore the area at our leisure and relax by the pool or on the beach. Optional snorkelling and whale watching excursions to see Blue Whales and many Dolphin species will be possible between the months of November and April.
Swimming: In the pool and the sea.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

We have a final morning at the coast before transferring to Negombo, near the airport.

Swimming: At the hotel pool.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

Time

2 hrs driving

Our holidays ends after breakfast at the hotel near Colombo Airport. We have a single timed transfer to the airport.

Meals

B

Time

30 mins driving
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Single timed Colombo Airport transfers
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All meals
  • Rafting excursion at Kitugala with qualified river guides and all safety equipment (over 11yrs only)
  • 1 jeep safari at Udawalawe and Yala National Parks
  • Batik making at Kandy

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Departure tax on leaving Colombo (if applicable)
  • Tips for trek staff and hotel staff
  • Optional excursions as in the itinerary
  • Miscellaneous expenses - soft drinks and souvenirs etc.

The group will meet at the group hotel in Sigirya.

A single timed transfer from Colombo Airport to the group hotel in Sigirya (3hrs) is provided in the morning on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary.

On the last day of the Land Only itinerary, there will be a single timed transfer to Colombo Airport for flights departing at lunchtime.

Anyone may join the group transfers by prior arrangement. Travelling as a group saves energy. If this is not practical, we can provide private transfers at an additional cost.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All meals included from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on day 14.

Sri Lanka’s rich history includes several periods of colonisation which have influenced the country’s cuisine. The staple food of Sri Lanka is rice, which is boiled or steamed and served with a variety of curries ranging from very mild to very fiery. A typical Sri Lankan meal would consist of a main curry of fish, beef, chicken or mutton, accompanied by several other side dishes made with vegetables or lentils, pickles, chutneys and 'sambols' - a spicy condiment made of ground coconut or onions mixed with chilli, dried fish and lime juice. Other Sri Lankan foods include Hoppers - rice pancakes commonly eaten for breakfast and lunch, and lamprais - a dish of Indonesian / Dutch origin comprising of rice cooked in a meat stock and slowly baked in a banana leaf with a variety of meat and vegetable sides. In the majority of tourist hotels including the ones we shall be using for this trip it is also usual to find several Western dishes offered on the menu.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. You should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

For the first three nights, we stay in a family run finca just outside of Playa San Juan. Though the rooms are simply furnished, staying here is a great way to experience a traditional way of life on Tenerife. It also adds a great cultural contrast to the colonial architecture of La Laguna and bustling capital of Santa Cruz. Rooms at the finca in Playa San Juan have shared facilities, though rooms are not en-suite, there are adequate bathrooms to ensure comfort. The final 4 nights are spent in contrasting towns, UNESCO La Laguna (2 nights) and the capital Santa Cruz (2 nights). Here we use simple tourist hotels and both properties enjoy excellent central locations. Rooms in La Laguna and Santa Cruz are ensuite.

Accommodation is based on twin share. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Single rooms (for the last four nights only) are available for a supplementary cost. If you are planning to extend your holiday, additional nights at the group hotel are available on request.

During the holiday we will use comfortable hotels and guesthouse accommodation chosen for its suitability for family groups. On 9 nights our hotels have swimming pools.

Children under the age of 12yrs will usually share rooms with their grownups. This might be a twin, triple or quad room, a double with an extra bed, or multiple rooms depending on the number of family members.

If you are travelling with children over the age of 12yrs, you will be in separate rooms or sharing twin/multi-bed rooms.

Please talk to us about your requirements and we will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

Additional hotel nights are available pre and post the holiday. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary. Please contact the office for further details.

There will be an English-speaking Sri Lankan tour guide, together with one or more support vehicles and drivers. Or a guide/driver for smaller groups. Qualified whitewater rafting guides will look after the group during the trip on the Kelani River.

The altitudes on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you trek above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels while trekking above 2000 metres.

Approximately £600 per family (2 adults and 2 children) should easily cover all personal spending including tips for local staff, optional activities, refreshments, hotel bar bills etc. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Also, if you expect to buy considerable quantities of soft drinks or beer, you should make an allowance for this. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Sri Lankan rupees) prior to travelling. You can bring at least some of travel money in the form of cash and exchange it into local currency on the day of your arrival in Sri Lanka. You can take money directly out of the ATM’s in the larger towns that we travel through. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally easy to exchange in Sri Lanka.

Optional extras:

All prices are subject to change.

  • Cultural Dance in Kandy $5 per person

  • Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park $45 per person

  • Extra jeep safari in Yala National Park $45 per person

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides and crew. They do not form part of their wages. KE always pays local staff the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. For our part, we advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. For your local staff we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. We suggest a tip to your leader the equivalent of US$20-25 per family member (with perhaps a little more for small groups of five or less).

Our holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' at the start of the trip, but having a day or two at the beginning will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of a long journey or travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your holiday. We can easily arrange for you to have additional nights and airport transfers.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage and a daypack. For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

UK passport holders require an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) to visit Sri Lanka. You can apply online at www.eta.gov.lk

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

VACCINATIONS

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you specific require any vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella), along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required if travelling from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transitted for more than 12 hrs through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

The unit of currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee.

Sri Lanka has a typically tropical climate with an average annual temperature of 27°C at sea-level. It is, of course, cooler at higher elevations, with annual average temperatures of 20°C in Kandy, dropping to 16°C at Newara Eliya. Year round, the conditions in the hill country are pleasant for hiking, with cool evenings. Bright, sunny, warm days are the rule and are common even during the height of the monsoon - climatically Sri Lanka has no off season. The south-west monsoon brings rain from May to July to the western, southern and central regions, while the north-east monsoon brings rain to the northern and eastern regions in December and January.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

We welcome all family dynamics and we will try to accommodate you in the roomings of your choice. The only stipulation for joining a family group holiday is that 1 party member is 17yrs or under, and they are accompanied by an adult. An average group size is around 10 members in total. Further general information and FAQ's are available here: KE Family Adventure Holidays general information.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please note that a paper copy of your travel insurance is required if you are travelling to Huaraz and the Huayhuash region.

This holiday is part of our Explore International range. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Please try to keep the weight of your baggage to a minimum. See the ‘baggage allowance’ section for further details.

You should bring the following items:

  • Comfortable walking shoes / Trainers
  • Teva style sandals or old trainers (for the rafting)
  • Socks & underwear
  • Quick drying trousers / Trousers / Shorts / Skirts
  • T-shirts / shirts (long sleeved loose-fitting are good for sun protection)
  • Light fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof overtrousers
  • Sunhat with wide brim
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Small towel
  • Headtorch & spare batteries
  • Water bottles 2 x 1 Litre (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)
  • Water purification tablets
  • Daypack 20 to 30 litres (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you need to carry)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep rucksack contents dry)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Sun cream
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Basic First Aid Kit – Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters, blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). 

The following items are optional:

  • Buff or scarf (for dusty jeep roads in the National Park)
  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Camera
  • Snorkel & mask
  • Flipflops
  • Rash vest
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Note:

At religious sites it is necessary to cover shoulders and wear long trousers or a skirt that extends below the knees. You also have to remove hats and shoes. The stone floors can be very hot so it is a good idea to take a pair of socks that you can put on when visiting temples.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 from 2 reviews

Wonderful experience - great mix of activities ★★★★★

We thoroughly enjoyed our Sri Lanka tour and felt it provided a great mix of activities ( trekking, whitewater rafting, swimming, etc), culture (visiting ancient buddhist temples and through our excellent guide about the history of the island) and to cap it all a great fun group dynamic. Also the little personal touches, like playing a game of cricket with some locals, really made for a memorable experience .

By Michael from Teddington | 13 August 2016

A fantastic family holiday with perfect blend of wildlife and adventure ★★★★★

Thoroughly enjoyable experience. The range of places we visited, mix of activity and wildlife, culture and company made for a really lovely holiday. We would definitely consider a KE adventure holiday in the future.

By Jane from OXFORD | 18 October 2015

Traveller Reviews
5 out of 5 from 2 reviews

Wonderful experience - great mix of activities
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

We thoroughly enjoyed our Sri Lanka tour and felt it provided a great mix of activities ( trekking, whitewater rafting, swimming, etc), culture (visiting ancient buddhist temples and through our excellent guide about the history of the island) and to cap it all a great fun group dynamic. Also the little personal touches, like playing a game of cricket with some locals, really made for a memorable experience .

By Michael from Teddington | 13 August 2016

A fantastic family holiday with perfect blend of wildlife and adventure
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Thoroughly enjoyable experience. The range of places we visited, mix of activity and wildlife, culture and company made for a really lovely holiday. We would definitely consider a KE adventure holiday in the future.

By Jane from OXFORD | 18 October 2015

DATES & PRICES

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2024

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  • Sri Lanka Family Island Explorer
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: FSL /02/24/
  • This trip begins on Sun 28 Jul and ends on Sat 10 Aug
  • This departure is available and departs within 3 days. Secure your place today with full payment by contacting the KE office
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  • Sri Lanka Family Island Explorer
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: FSL /03/24/
  • This trip begins on Sun 18 Aug and ends on Sat 31 Aug
  • This departure is available and departs within 24 days. Secure your place today with full payment
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  • Sri Lanka Family Island Explorer
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: FSL /04/24/
  • This trip begins on Sun 22 Dec and ends on Sat 4 Jan
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
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2025

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  • Sri Lanka Family Island Explorer
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: FSL /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 6 Apr and ends on Sat 19 Apr
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
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  • Sri Lanka Family Island Explorer
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: FSL /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 27 Jul and ends on Sat 9 Aug
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
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  • Sri Lanka Family Island Explorer
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: FSL /03/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 17 Aug and ends on Sat 30 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
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  • Sri Lanka Family Island Explorer
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: FSL /04/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 21 Dec and ends on Sat 3 Jan
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
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Land Only Information

The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining Colombo. A single timed transfers are included.

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Changes to flights

Please be aware that the flight industry is experiencing a high level of service fluctuation and changes to your flights may occur. This may also require amends to the transfers and joining arrangements. Thank you all for continuing your patience and understanding.


Private Family Groups

If you've found the perfect adventure for your family but want to travel on dates that suit you, then please contact our friendly Family Adventure Team who will be happy to discuss the possibility of arranging a private departure for you and your family.

BOOK WITH KE CONFIDENCE - No surcharge guarantee

The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, KE have undertaken to guarantee the Land Only price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our 'No Surcharge Guarantee'.

KE Adventure is a fully bonded tour operator. We hold an ATOL license (No: 2808) and are bonded with ABTA (Membership No: W4341)


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