14 Days | 13 Nights
Adult | Child | Infant
The Family Vacation Explorer is one of our best sellers among families travelling for Easter vacations & Summer School holidays. It offers a memorable experience of Sri Lanka’s spectacular beaches, fascinating wildlife, and a glimpse of history. This holiday itinerary is recommended for families with young children who will enjoy a truly tropical vacation filled with things to do and to explore. The itinerary is designed for families to bond together as this small island got something for all ages and interests.
As always, we are able to tinker with this itinerary if you wish and add an extra night here and there. Our Travel consultants can help you plan the holiday as per your budget and family interest along the way.
Arrive and transfer for overnight stay at a nearby beach resort of Negombo where you can relax after the flight in the quickest possible time. On arrival meet your Tripavi representative who will introduce you to your private chauffeur-guide. Your chauffeur-guide will stay with you for the duration of your trip. If time permits today you have the option to explore a fishing village or go on a boat ride in the Negombo lagoon.
Travel to the Cultural Triangle via the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, a remarkable project that protects the island’s abandoned or orphaned wild elephants. You will also visit Millennium Elephant Foundation set up to rescue and a captive care for Elephants in Sri Lanka spread around 15 acres and functioning through volunteers from all over the world. Tourists can observe and assist with their daily bathing in the Kuda Oya River that runs through the grounds. The funds generated from both visitors and volunteers is used to maintain the elephant’s well-being. Continue on to Sigiriya and enjoy the rest of the afternoon by the hotel pool side.
After breakfast we recommend an early start for the day with a visit to the Sigiriya Rock fortress a UNESCO World heritage site. It is an impressive site from a distance, rising 200 metres from the jungle. With hundreds of steps to climb to reach the top of the 5th century rock fortress, the views from the top over the surrounding landscape are sights to behold. Here you can see the world-renowned frescoes of the Heavenly Maidens of Sigiriya. Your next adventure would be the village tour starting with a refreshing detox juice. Then start amazing village tour by Tuk Tuk ride to arrive by a lake for another one more interesting local transportation way the traditional catamaran ride. Life jackets will be provided by the team members while you can enjoy the local snacks and refreshing herbal drink served by lotus lake. During this experience you can enjoy the beautiful environment, paddy felid, local community, many local fresh fruits and vegetables & lots of pretty birds, and most of the time a water monitor to add to your excitement. As you arrive at the end of ride to visit the traditional mud house refreshing cold towels will follow and enjoy the Sri Lankan buffet with varieties of fresh organic local food. This tour will be the ideal opportunity for you to encounter authentic local life, culture and vibrant hospitality. Return to the hotel for quick refresh and may be for change of attire for a National park adventure. Our next highlight of the day is a great jeep safari to see elephants, monkeys, peacocks, fish eagles and other wild birds in their natural habitat. Tracks are bumpy but nothing that the jeeps couldn't handle. This amazing experience is to visit Minneriya or Kadulla National parks at dusk. Your driver will be in constant touch with our park naturalist to check what’s hot on the plate among the two parks as most of the time during the dry season hundreds of Elephants cross the water holes and try to get to best grasslands at dusk within the two parks. Return to the hotel after great days’ adventure to have deep in the pool before dinner. Dad’s and Mom’s will have mind blowing session to select the picture of the day before bed time.
After travel east to the coastal town of Trincomalee for your beach stay. En-route visit Ritigala Mountain 30 min de-tour from Habarana to experience the deep strict nature reserve of sprawling, jungle-covered ruins of this extensive forest monastery takes down the lines of Indiana Jones, Temple of Doom adventure. Ritigala was probably a place of refuge (as long ago as the 4th century BC) and also has mythological status. It’s claimed to be the spot from which Hanuman (the monkey god) leapt to India to tell Rama that he had discovered where Sita was being held by the king of Lanka. The story continues as you return from this unusual location to head on the highway for your beach stay. This north-east coastline is Sri Lanka’s equivalent of the Maldives, with never-ending white sandy beaches, coral islands and shimmering blue seas. From March to October, the seas are at their best.
Today you can bask in the sun or go snorkelling and discover the magnificent marine life of Pigeon Island National Park is one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 03 km off the coast of Nilaveli, a coastal town in Eastern Province. The island's name derives from the rock pigeon which has colonized it. Pigeon Island was designated as a sanctuary in 1963. This national park is the 17th in Sri Lanka named in 2003. The island was used as a shooting range during the colonial era. With its powdery white sands and glittering coral gardens, tantalises with possibilities. The reef here is shallow, making snorkeling almost as satisfying as diving, and its home to dozens of corals, hundreds of reef fish (including blacktip reef sharks) and turtles. If you’re not interested in snorkeling you also have the option of going on a whale and dolphin spotting excursion into the deep seas. Often, pods of spinner dolphins will swim alongside your boat, leaping into the air and showing off their acrobatics - a thrilling experience for kids and adults too.
Later in the day visit Fort Frederick, first used by the Portuguese in 1624, followed by the Dutch and later by the British. At the northern tip of Fort Frederick is a cliff known as Swami Rock which drops around 110 meters into the sea below. Here you also get to visit the famous Koneshvaram Hindu temple. The temple lies on a high rocky promontory surrounded on three sides by the sea. It bears a history of over three millennia with its records indicating its roots in 1580 BC. This, still beautiful, historical monument is what remains of what once was a sprawling temple city equal to the ancient city of Madurai, India.
After breakfast head south on the coastline to Passikuddha, it is famous for its golden bay and clear, shallow waters in which you can wade 50 meters out to sea. The bay of Passikudah is truly scenic and is protected by a reef that runs across the bay making it one of the safest and calmest stretches of coastline in the east. The reef is home to some lovely coral formations and schools of reef fish can be seen while snorkelling. Enjoy the rest of the day on relaxing at your beach front hotel.
In the morning we would take you on a ½ day excursion to the town of Batticalo were you will experience some of the highlights on guided Bike ride. Cycle along Batticaloa’s narrow lanes and get a taste of rural Sri Lankan life. Along the way, stop off at a Shiva temple, organic farm and handloom factory to see one of the island’s ancient craft and experience a local crab curry in the Batti way. Today we also encourage you to visit a community project to make a positive impact on your holiday by making a commitment for a session to empower a rural welfare projects in the east coast. More details will be provided depending on the time of visit and your interest. Rest of the day at your leisure.
Travel south west to the hill country capital of Kandy, to the edge of the Knuckles mountain range, for your overnight stay at Victoria Golf and Country Club Resort. It is one of the most picturesque courses in Asia. But non-golfers are equally welcome. Aside from its golf attractions, Victoria offers horse treks and mountain biking and a variety of walking trails through woods alongside the reservoir and to the summits of some of the lower peaks. There is also a swimming pool and tennis courts on this tranquil a 50-acre site that boasts a profusion of birdlife, deer and monkeys. This is a long drive, usually taking most of the day, but your chauffeur-guide can suggest places for you to stop and explore along the way such as spice garden in matale. If you wish to top up on your budget and cut short the travel time why not a scenic air taxi experience from Batticalo to Victoria Golf club.
The inhouse naturalist is available for the adults and children to explore few nature treks in the morning and mountain bike ride. While in the afternoon adults enjoy a round of golf, children can have a swim or go horseback riding or head to the tennis court and later in the afternoon relax by the pool side.
Your journey today the western foothills of the central highlands is match by one of the main attractions as you stop by in Kandy to visit the ancient Temple of the Tooth where a tooth relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined is one of Sri Lanka’s most worshiped Buddhist shrines. Your overnight stay at will be at the rustic Borderlands riverside camp in Kitulgala. This evening you have the option to get on to the river and enjoy some time with the kids after long day on the road.
Today rise to the sound of bird call and the gushing waters of the mighty Kelani; go white water rafting or canoeing. Borderlands also offers guided hikes through the local forests surrounding Kithulgala, from short 1-hour hikes to a “secret” canyon, passing by friendly, smiling villagers. Climb for stunning views of the Kelani River valley, the verdant jungle, and the rocky crag faces of the higher Hill Country. Alternatively take a half day hike to Makandawa Rainforest Reserve, located a short distance across the river from Borderlands. The reserve has rich birdlife and has and many endemic species. Return to the camp for BBQ dinner and overnight stay under the stars.
Bentota is a family favourite. The west-coast beaches are at their best during December to April, however if you’re still travelling outside this time period, water sports and the things to do are abound. Visit the Kosgoda Turtle Conservation Project, and travel south to explore the famous Galle Fort. We also recommend a visit to the foundation of goodness and get involved in some valuable community work.
After breakfast, you will be met by your chauffeur-guide and head towards the International Airport for your departure.
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