Sri Lanka family holiday

“Tailor made 2 week holiday capturing all the fun that this company founder has had again and again in Sri Lanka with her kids, usually on a bike. You have a chauffeur guide.”

Highlights

Colombo | Negombo | Wilpattu National Park | Sigiriya | Dambulla Cave Temple | Polonnaruwa | Kandy | Temple of the Tooth | Knuckle Ranges and tea plantations | Trincomalee | Galle

Description of Sri Lanka family holiday

This two week Sri Lanka family holiday offers families a rich and varied range of activities, excursions and things to do all within a relatively short distance of each other which cuts down on travel time and the ‘are we there yets?’ Opportunities to rest, relax and enjoy the scenery come thick and fast on this tailor made trip, with everything from waterfalls and tea plantations to beaches and rainforests providing an exotic backdrop from where to search for wild animals and fabulous photographs. Cultural sites are just as fascinating and beautiful as their natural equivalents with the statues at Sigiriya, the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa and numerous remote jungle villages bound to inspire the imaginations of young Lara Crofts and Indiana Joneses.

Thanks to a customisable itinerary this family holiday puts you in the driving seat with giant Buddha statues and hidden caves one day followed by river camps and hot coal dances the next. This style of trip will appeal to families who like to be flexible and depending on the age range of your children, we can help you organise a unique and really special tour that everyone will remember long after the tans have faded.

The south coast, for instance, is ideal for families who prefer beach time within quieter districts with white sands and whale watching the perfect recipe for a day well spent. Alternatively, hiking deep into the Knuckles mountain range and spending nights in remote mountain villages may well appeal to other families who love the thought of plotting their own path and distances leading to waterfalls, paddy fields and those all important mountain views.

No matter what you’re looking for from this family holiday in Sri Lanka one thing is for sure enjoying some cool down time in the converted small boutique hotels amongst the highland tea plantations is a real joy and there’s nothing better than a Sri Lankan welcome to make you all feel right at home. Sri Lankans love children and you’ll find the smiles grow if you’ve got kids in tow, with stall holders, hoteliers and local people falling over themselves to ensure you and your family are made to feel well and truly welcome.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
When you are on the south and southwest coast, be aware that there is a very strong rip, and so best to keep to the small, enclosed bays when swimming.
Trip type:
Tailor made to suit family ages and requirements.
Included:
Accommodation, all breakfasts, some meals, airport transfers, activities, tours, air conditioned car and driver guide.
Accomm:
Small, locally owned 3* hotels or guesthouses, with possible upgrade to boutique hotels.
Meals:
Many meals are included, but when you are out and about, it feels like Masterchef on Tour.
Overview:
We believe that travel is for everyone. This is a really core principle for us and we passionately believe that where there’s a will there’s a way. We take all ages and all levels of fitness and we do everything possible to ensure that our tours are accessible for everyone, irrespective of physical ability or cognitive conditions. In our experience, there is almost always a way of making a tour suitable for everyone. It’s conceivable that there may be some situations that we can’t accommodate but we haven’t come across them yet!
Limited mobility:
Everything that we do is tailor made so if we have guests with limited mobility, for example, we will tailor the programme to take this into account, and will suggest hotels which will suit. Just let us know what your requirements are and we can talk you through the options
Wheelchair:
In most of our destinations, it is not possible to arrange a special vehicle adapted for wheelchairs, but we are able to arrange a large vehicle which will have ample storage for a wheelchair. Some hotels have wheelchair access; these may be few and far between but we can suggest where these might be possible. Where there is no wheel chair access, but not too many steps, hotel staff are always happy to help with lifting the wheel chair.
Blind/ limited vision:
All of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveller with limited vision. Information in braille is almost never available but local support can be provided, for example ensuring that porters are available to carry luggage in airports / train stations / hotels so that the travel partner is free to assist the person with limited vision.
Deaf/limited hearing:
As stated above, all of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be able to provide necessary assistance to a traveller with limited hearing.
Cognitive conditions:
We have experience in providing appropriate spaces for all travellers, whether this means hotels with access to outdoor space, ground floor rooms, quiet rooms and so on. As all of our customers will be travelling as part of a family group therefore we would expect that one of the family would be also be on hand to provide necessary one on one assistance to a traveller with cognitive conditions as required.
About this Free from food:
If guests have serious dietary issues (or allergies) we will arrange translations into the relevant local language(s) to explain these, and will brief guides to ensure that appropriate food is served.
LGBT:
The staff who are responsible for running our tours will always be LGBT friendly. Many of the destinations in which we operate do not offer equal rights to the LGBT community, and outward displays of affection may be problematic. We will be able to give advice on this on a country by country basis.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We operate all of our tours in Sri Lanka in conjunction with a local partner that share our environmental values and have pioneered many social and environmental programmes within Sri Lanka. As an example, in the aftermath of the tsunami they were very active in finding small projects that desperately needed the funds being offered by overseas travellers who had previously visited the country. Their intervention was critical in providing food and shelter for over 1,000 people in a small monastery just outside Colombo.
One of the big environmental problems in Sri Lanka is the disposal of plastic, for example plastic bottles. As tourists cannot drink the local water and have to rely on bottled water, we take visitors to a local supermarket in Colombo where they are able to buy large cylinders of water which they use to refill their water bottles through the course of the trip. Although this is a small scale initiative, it all helps.
In general in Sri Lanka we use small locally owned and family run accommodation which has been built (and furnished) using local materials.
Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. The majority of our staff either walk or cycle to work and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Our tours in Sri Lanka are always escorted by an English speaking driver who are central to the experience provided to travellers. We ask the drivers to ensure that they stop frequently in local villages and markets so that our guests are able to stop off and explore. They will assist with the purchasing of (delicious) tropical fruits and will often take travellers to small chai (tea) shops. This all helps to provide much needed income for small rural communities whilst at the same time providing a wonderful experience for travellers.
Most programmes will also involve a visit to a school or village which provides our guests (and particularly the children) with a fascinating insight in to the local way of life and culture.
Our drivers are also able to provide advice on how to behave appropriately when travelling in Sri Lanka, for example taking off your shoes before entering a temple or house.

Climate

5 Reviews of Sri Lanka family holiday

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Reviewed on 28 Aug 2018 by

We thoroughly enjoyed it all. It was a good mix of culture, wildlife viewing and local learning such as tea picking, coconut processing Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2018 by

For my wife rekindling her childhood memories. For us both the beautiful landscapes in the Hill Country and from Sigiriya. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2016 by

Marvellous range of experiences which we all enjoyed....Sigiriya was superb and not to be missed Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Mar 2016 by

Fantastic Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2014 by

The wonderful food and gentle people! Read full review

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