Ceylon: The Children’s Island

Sri Lanka - Your tailor-made trip

8 days - from 1110€

Day 1

First moments in Sri Lanka
Welcome to Sri Lanka! Today is the first day of your holiday exploring Sri Lanka with kids. Your driver will greet you at Bandaranaike International Airport in Negombo before bringing you to your hotel to settle down. Negombo, located on the west coast, is one of Sri Lanka’s largest cities and is famous for its white-sand beaches as well as its cultural heritage. If you arrive early, you will be able to explore the city and discover Sri Lanka’s charm on your first day. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2

Diving into central Sri Lanka
After breakfast at your hotel in Negombo, your driver will meet you to transfer you to Kandy. You will make a stop in Kegalle for a very special encounter with the elephants – a highlight of your trip through Sri Lanka with kids! Take a stroll right next to one these majestic creatures rescued by the Millenium Elephant Foundation. Upon arrival in Kandy you can take time to rest and relax at your hotel or explore the surrounding areas.
Day 3

Exploring Kandy
Begin your day at a leisurely pace, enjoying breakfast at your hotel before meeting your driver who will take you into the heart of the city. You can spend the day walking around the lake and enjoying the peacefulness which is associated with this city in Sri Lanka’s Hill Country. Before sunset head to a cultural show before discovering the unforgettable Temple of the Tooth, where you will attend the evening ceremony - an experience like no other! After the ceremony, your driver will bring you back to your hotel.
Day 4

Entering the tea country
Today you discover the heart of the Tea Country: Nuwara Eliya, often nicknamed “Little England”. This two-hour journey south takes you through lush greenery, passing beautiful landscapes and quaint villages. You can also choose to take the train for an authentic Sri Lanka experience. You then drive further south to reach the town of Haputale, home of the famous viewpoint: Lipton’s Seat. Upon arrival your driver will take you to your hotel to check in for the night.
Day 5

In the heart of the tea plantations
This morning, you board a Tuk Tuk to reach the gazebo where Thomas Lipton used to sit and look upon his plantation. Kids love this exciting ride in the traditional Sri Lankan three-wheeler! Enjoy the rest of the day appreciating the peacefulness of the region and its green scenery. You can do the Little Adam’s Peak walk, take pictures of the very well-known Nine Arches Bridge or simply enjoy the comfort of your hotel.
Day 6

Heading south to the coast
The south coast of Sri Lanka is a combination of history, culture and beautiful bays. There are a whole range of activities that you can enjoy such as snorkeling and swimming in Unawatuna Bay, diving excursions, cycling tours around the city and local villages or a visit to the Japanese Peace Pagoda. Take advantage of a relaxing day on the beach, or simply lounge by the pool and enjoy the hotel facilities.
Day 7

Galle city tour
Today your driver will pick you up and bring you to the emblematic city of Galle. Upon arrival, you will embark on a city tour to see the Dutch Church, splendid colonial mansions and the famous Galle Fort. Every street of this charming town has something to offer: from cafes and boutique shops to seaside restaurants and colonial buildings bursting with history and culture. In the evening your driver will drive you back to your hotel for a last sunset on the Indian Ocean.
Day 8

Airport transfer for departure
Waking up this morning marks the last day of your Sri Lankan holiday with Shanti Travel. After breakfast at your hotel, your driver will meet you and take you either directly to the airport for your departure flight, or via central Colombo for some last-minute souvenir shopping. Enjoy your last coastal drive before heading home, taking in the one-of-a-kind sights and absorbing the essence of this wonderful country. We bid you farewell and look forward to touring with you on your next holiday to Asia.

Travel conditions

  • Government taxes and service taxes.
  • Transfers by micro-van (5 passengers) with an English-speaking driver. 
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the program in one double and one twin room (with twin beds where possible).
  • Meals: the price includes accommodation in half-board basis (breakfast and dinner at the hotel).
  • Activities: Elephant walk experience and lunch, traditional dances show in Kandy, tuk tuk ride in the tea plantations.
  • Visa fees and bank charges.
  • International airport taxes.
  • International flights.
  • The services of a national guide. Rate varies according to the number of days and sites. 
  • Tips.
  • Drinks and personal expenses.
  • Fees for optional entrances, excursions and activities.
  • Lunches and dinners during your entire stay except day 2 lunch included (expect to pay 2 to 3 € in a local restaurant for a local meal, and from 8 to 20 € in an international restaurant per meal/person).
  • Repatriation assistance.
  • Anything that is not listed in the "Prices includes" section.
Garance Travel Expert Sri Lanka This family-friendly holiday has been designed to show you the best of Sri Lanka with kids. Discover this country of wonder and charm with your entire family, exploring historic sites, discovering Sri Lanka rural life as well as enjoying peaceful moments in the Hill Country or by the clear waters of the Indian Ocean. This holiday promises family fun for all!
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