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Highlights

  • Visit orphaned baby elephants at the Born Free Elephant Transit Home
  • Explore the rock fortress of Sigiriya
  • Make a batik, visit a monk and go whitewater rafting!
  • Relax at the end with 2 days on an Indian Ocean Beach, Sri Lanka

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, childern must be over 3ft 11 (1.2m) in height or 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. 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the hotel in Sigirya. A single transfer from Colombo Airport is provided.
  • Cycle ride around Polonnaruwa. Afternoon optional jeep safari to see elephants.
  • Walk and Ox cart ride, afternoon visit to Rock Fortress.
  • Drive to Kandy, visit Buddhist monks, make a batik, optional cultural show.
  • Optional visit to Temple of Tooth. Drive to Kitulgala, dugout canoe river crossing, short walk.
  • White water rafting, tea plantation visit, transfer to Nuwara Eliya.
  • Horton Plains walk to Worlds End. Drive to Bandarawela, cooking with chef.
  • Downhill walk through tea plantations from Lipton's Seat. Cricket match at Bandarawela.
  • Transfer to Udawalawe National Park to see elephants. Transfer to Embilipitiya.
  • Visit the Born Free Foundation Elephant Transit Home. Afternoon at Yala National Park.
  • Transfer to Mirissa on the beach. Time at leisure on the beach.
  • A second day at the beach. Optional snorkelling and whale watching.
  • Transfer to Seeduwa via Galle. Overnight near the airport.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Colombo Airport is provided.
2016
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  • The child price age for this holiday is 6 - 11 years
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the hotel in Sigirya. A single transfer from Colombo Airport is provided.

    Morning rendezvous at Colombo airport. KE Land Only package services begin when we are met by our Sri Lankan tour leader at the airport and board our transport for the transfer to Sigirya. There is the opportunity after checking in to take a short walk to acclimatise to the tropical climate in the hotels own nature trail. We spend the next 3 nights at this hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals ld

  • Cycle ride around Polonnaruwa. Afternoon optional jeep safari to see elephants.

    After breakfast at the hotel we leave for the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. Here we explore the ancient city as well as the surrounding small villages by bicycle. During the ride we will have plenty of opportunity to stop and 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 consisting of 12 different vegetables and lake fish! 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 bld

  • Walk and Ox cart ride, afternoon visit to Rock Fortress.

    Leave early morning with a packed breakfast or after an early breakfast 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 of fishing, or washing clothes at the periphery of the lake. We will wade through some shallow streams or if there is a more water in the streams then we might get a lift by a local fisherman and his boat. At Chena there is the opportunity to stop to enjoy the farmer’s hospitality and perhaps enjoy a drink of sweet King Coconut or some other seasonal fruit. We now take a bullock cart (Ox cart) which will transport us through the next part of the journey through dense shrub forests, home to many forest birds and other wildlife including monkeys, bear, python and even elephant. We return to Sigiriya for lunch. In the afternoon after the main heat of the day 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. It is a wonder of human ingenuity how this magma plug from an extinct volcano has been utilized as a stronghold for centuries! We return to the hotel in Sigiriya.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Kandy, visit Buddhist monks, make a batik, optional cultural show.

    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, even today, occupy themselves with transcribing Buddhist history and legend to Ola Leaf manuscripts. We watch as this ancient art is patiently practiced by monks and artisans. 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 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 bld

  • Optional visit to Temple of Tooth. Drive to Kitulgala, dugout canoe river crossing, short walk.

    We have a few hours in the morning to explore Kandy on our own, possibly visiting the Temple of Tooth before leaving at around 11am for Kitulgala, the film location of David Lean’s masterpiece “The Bridge On The River Kwai”. Kitulgala is an excellent area for adventure activities. We have lunch and cross the Kelani river on a dugout canoe for a short walk through the Kelani valley forest reserve. The rainforest like terrain is home to many of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds. We continue walking to arrive at a series of rock pools nestled within an area of grove of trees, the perfect place for a swim. We overnight at a hotel situated on the Kelani River.
    Swimming: In the rock pools along the walk

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • White water rafting, tea plantation visit, transfer to Nuwara Eliya.

    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 height of 3ft 11 (1.2m) or over the age 11yrs. It’s then on to Nuwara Eliya, 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. The climate, misty glens and the decidedly British character make Nuwara Eliya a must on any Sri Lankan travel itinerary. Overnight Nuwara Eliya.
    Swimming: In the river.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Horton Plains walk to Worlds End. Drive to Bandarawela, cooking with chef.

    At 2200m the Horton Plains are part of Sri Lanka's highest plateau in the central mountain country. This 'Fen' is a very scenic region with an astounding variety of scenery from mountains to grasslands, from marshes to trout streams. Sri Lanka's best-flavoured high grown teas are grown in the surrounding areas. There are spectacular views from 'Worlds End' where the plateau plunges a thousand feet in a straight sheer drop. It’s a cool and bracing climate, excellent for trout fishing (!) and very good walking country. Distinctive flora (many English field flowers grow on the plains) colourful butterflies and many rare highland birds. After a 2-3 hour walk it’s on to Bandarawela. This is an unhurried, unpretentious hill-country town which exists to supply the needs of the tea plantation workers, farmers and its hardworking inhabitants. The people of Bandarawela enjoy a simple way of life; where school children and grandparents work together on the family plot for the home’s requirement of fruit and vegetable and also tend their cattle and goats. Another distinctive feature of Bandarawela is the colonial flavour still preserved in the many old buildings including the Bandarawela Hotel and the old Cargill’s Supermarket. In the late afternoon / early evening the hotel chef will take us to the local market, just a short distance away. Here we select the fresh fruit, vegetables and meat for dinner. We then return to the hotel in Bandarawela and assist with the preparation of a traditional Sri Lankan dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 2 - 3 hrs walking

  • Downhill walk through tea plantations from Lipton's Seat. Cricket match at Bandarawela.

    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 approx 1 hour. From here we transfer back to Bandarawela. The playing field at Bandarawela is usually full of local children playing cricket and if we wish to join 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 bld

  • Transfer to Udawalawe National Park to see elephants. Transfer to Embilipitiya.

    Today, we drive (approx 3hrs) to the Udawalawe National Park, 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. We then transfer (approx 45mins) to our hotel near the town of Embilipitiya.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Visit the Born Free Foundation Elephant Transit Home. Afternoon at Yala National Park.

    The Elephant Transit Home is an admirable initiative which is sponsored by the Born Free Foundation. Baby elephants who are injured or orphaned in the wild are brought to the Transit Home where they are cared for an 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 2008! After spending some time here watching them being fed, we continue to Tissamaharama for an afternoon jeep safari of Yala National Park. Yala – Sri Lanka’s most known National Park is popular for Elephant, Leopard, Bear, Crocodile and Wild Boar. Its open undulating terrain made it famous for elephants for many years, but recently the park has also received much fame through publicity by National Geographic and the Discovery TV channels, which focused on a leopard research/conservation and identification project. Claims have subsequently been made that Yala National Park has the world’s highest concentration of leopard per square kilometre. 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 bld

  • Transfer to Mirissa on the beach. Time at leisure on the beach.

    There is an optional morning jeep safari of Yala National Park for a second chance to track the Sri Lanka Leopard! We then transfer (approx 3hrs) to the coast for some deserved rest and relaxation. Our hotel is located next to the beach in Mirissa and also has a swimming pool
    Swimming: In the pool and the sea.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • A second day at the beach. Optional snorkelling and whale watching.

    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 bld

  • Transfer to Seeduwa via Galle. Overnight near the airport.

    We travel up Sri Lanka’s west coast to Galle, an old Dutch port from colonial times with an impressive fortified harbour. Another drive of approximately 3 hours will take us to Seeduwa (near the airport) and our final night in Sri Lanka.
    Swimming: At the hotel pool.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Colombo Airport is provided.

    After breakfast we have a single, timed group transfer to the airport where KE Land Only package services end.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • 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 equipment (life vests and helmets included)
  • 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.

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.

All meals included
There will be a single group transfer arranged on day1 to meet the Emirates Airlines flight from London which arrives at approximately 0830am. Anyone may use this transfer regardless of which flights are chosen, but if you are not travelling Emirates airlines you must check the time of this transfer with the KE office within 14 days of departure. Clients must provide their flight details and should inform the KE office if they do not wish to use the complimentary airport transfer on arrival. If your flight schedule does not allow you to take advantage of this transfer, independent airport transfers can be arranged at an additional cost. At the end of the holiday there will be a single transfer to Colombo Airport timed to the check in of the Emirates flight to London. This transfer will normally reach the airport at approximately 08.00 am. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.
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. The final night of the holiday is spent at a hotel in Seeduwa, near the airport.

Usually children of 11yrs and under will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or for a family of 4 have a double with 2 extra beds or 2 rooms. Children over 12 yrs will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or have 2 rooms for a family of 4. 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.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

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.

Approximately US$750 per family (2 adults and 2 children) should easily cover all personal spending including tips for local staff (allow $30 per family member), 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. We recommend you carry your travel money in the form of cash rather than travellers cheques as you will exchange the majority of this into local currency on the day of your arrival in Sri Lanka. If for security reasons you prefer to use travellers cheques this is OK but please note that travellers’ cheques often exchange for less favourable rates. Sterling and US Dollars 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).

There is no baggage limit on this holiday other than that imposed by your international carrier but we do ask you to restrict your luggage to 1 main bag plus small day-pack per person.

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 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.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your baggage to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Walking boots, or study, comfortable walking shoes for children

  • Trainers

  • Sandals or old trainser (for the rafting)

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Trekking trousers

  • Waterproof overtrouses

  • Shorts

  • Thermal baselayer shirts

  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts

  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt

  • Light fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Sunhat with wide brim

  • Warm hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Swimwear

  • Daypack 20 to 30 litres (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you need to carry)

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottles 2 x 1 Litre

  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Small towel

  • Antibacterial handwash

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • 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). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Travel clothes

  • Buff or scarf (for dusty jeep roads in the National Park)

  • Trekking poles

  • Pen-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)

  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)

  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)

  • Camera

  • Toys / games / books / a football etc.

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.

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.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Sri Lanka

UK and USA passport holders do require a visa/ETA. The ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) fee is US$30 and you need to apply for this online prior to departure at www.eta.gov.lk

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 transited 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.

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

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. 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 FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

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.

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