Sri Lanka family adventure holiday

“Take your family on a two week tailor made tour in Sri Lanka that they'll never forget. English-speaking driver/guide, family-friendly accommodation and a choice of cultural and active adventures to suit the whole gang.”

Highlights

Safari in Wilpattu National Park | Climb up Sigiriya Rock fortress | Bicycle tour of Anuradhapura | Ritigala Monastery & Reserve | Elephants in Hurulu Forest Reserve | Hike in Knuckles Mountains | White water rafting on Kelaniya River | Family friendly hotels and homestays | Explore in bat-filled Belilena caves | Tea tasting | Colonial train ride from Kandy to Hatton | Tea plantations and waterfalls |

Description of Sri Lanka family adventure holiday

This two week tailor made adventure in Sri Lanka is for families who like to keep active on holiday as well as exploring and relaxing away from typical tourist trails.

From jeep safaris in Wilpattu National Park to cycle tours around the ancient city of Anuradhapura this is one family adventure holiday that you’ll never forget with a personalised blend of cultural enlightenment and exciting activities adding to the thrill of real life on the tear drop isle.

Not only will you be invited to try white water rafting on the Kelaniya River and train travel through traditional tea estates, but you’ll also get the chance to have your very own English-speaking guide and chauffer to show you Sri Lanka’s secret spots and regional recommendations.

Exploring in the company of a local guide is a real privilege and also gives you every opportunity to find out more about what you’re experiencing and where you’re visiting as you make your way from one characterful B&B guesthouse and village homestay to the next.

There's much more to just beaches in Sri Lanka and this tailor made tour lets your family find out more as they venture between temples, jungles and coastline on an incredibly immersive two week adventure.

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Departure information

Tailor made: Available all year where everything is tweak-able, giving you the freedom to build a unique and personal trip for your chosen date. Upgrade your accommodation for all - or just part - of your trip, slow down the pace with few extra nights here and there or add a few more active adventures along the way.
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Sri Lanka family adventure holiday

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We love our planet. Our philosophy is that the holiday you take shouldn’t be at the cost of the environment. A commitment to responsible and sustainable tourism is part of our DNA and your holiday will be designed with this in mind. Our local partners are very well informed about the standards we have set and we ensure that they closely adhere to them. Our responsible tourism promise aims to ‘ creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit’. Environment and sustainability is high on our list of concerns. We take pride in the achievement of a healthy balance between environment, local people and YOU, the tourist.

Visits to nature reserves and national parks are popular among holidaymakers to Sri Lanka. We give instructions to both our clients and guides on how to minimise impact on environment disturbance to the wildlife. During this tour you will have a chance to visit Yala National Park and also Ritigala Strict Nature Reserve. Purchasing tickets to these places helps financially to conserve the environment. These places depends on tourism and therefore flora and founa have to be maintained. We work with guides that are aware of environmental issues of the places, including elephant-human conflicts. They instruct our clients how to behave to not disturb the natural environment.

Your visit to Anuradhapura you will involve a bicycle tour which is a carbon-free method of exploring. White water rafting activity will also will be completely carbon-free method of exploring!


We offer many opportunities for our clients to experience what the ‘real’ Sri Lanka is:

We ensure that the hotels that we choosing for our holidays are doing something good for the environment, from recycling through growing their own fruits and vegetables to using solar power.

To ensure environmental awareness of our clients we provide them with detailed environmental information about places they visit, and how they can help.

We know our product well. We give instructions and training to our employees so they can provide the best and in-depth knowledge about the places that we are promoting.

Our clients are being inform how they can contribute to protect environment financially or if they would like to get involved in some local projects.

Community

Our specialist team designs each and every holidays with responsible holidays and ethical tourism approach.

We organise ethical & responsible holidays to Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Seychelles, Mauritius and Maldives.
We provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues.

One important area for sustainable tourism that we wish to highlight is ‘tea and spices’. Tea and spices are often purchased by tourists in Sri Lanka and taken home as a gift for friends or family. In our tours around Sri Lanka we encourage our clients to visit fairly-traded and organic tea and spices plantations. We also inform and advice our clients where they can buy products that have been fairly-traded.

You have to try a king coconut drink! It is the best refreshment while travelling in and about Sri Lanka. It is always cool, and refreshing. It is full of minerals. Most importantly, this small purchase will contribute to the small local businesses. We encourage our clients to eat at least one meal per day in local restaurants. This is beneficial for both local businesses and for tourists. Local businesses will gain the economic benefits through income and tourist will get unforgettable experience by interacting with local people.


On this tour you have the option to a stay with a local family. This is a great opportunity to learn about the country. You can learn how to make traditional rice and curry from the locals!

Our promises to support communities in this tour show that we implement responsible tourism wherever is possible in this program.
You will have an opportunity to visit local village where you can purchase craft and art directly from the craft man. You will also have many chances to try delicious, traditional food from small restaurants. Local communities will greatly benefit from the income. Local economy will also benefit as products are grown locally.

When visiting Kandy you will see a cultural show. The income from the ticket sale help to preserve local traditions and culture alive.

During this tour you will have a chance to visit tea plantations and spice gardens where you can buy the products directly cutting middle man and giving better income for farmers.

Visiting temples will help you to understand local traditions, culture and religion. Having knowledge about these will help you to understand and respect their life. We inform our clients about local culture, customs, how to behave, and what to wear whilst visiting places so as not to not offend local people and their culture.

When visiting attractions we will use a local guides. They are self educated guides who depend on tourism financially.
We use many small, locally own accommodations. You will support communities by staying in these places.

We provide a list of places as well as local communities and institutions if you would like to leave donations.

We are a responsible travel company and has confidence in our capacity to operate as one because we do know the country well. We can truly give you detailed advice about the places you want to visit that would be of benefit to locals and to the environment, whilst serving your need to realise your holiday aspirations.

6 Reviews of Sri Lanka family adventure holiday

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Reviewed on 14 Sep 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Many memorable parts; wildlife safaris; ancient historic & cultural sites; visiting tea plantations with a factory tour & tasting; scenic train journeys; an
Ayurvedic medical visit & massage; white water rafting; a mountain hike; excellent beaches and hotels including smaller, homely (boutique) hotels,
connected through an experienced & attentive guide and driver - all very good.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you can stretch to two full weeks, it is good to include some beach time after a week or so, as moving on after every 1 or 2 nights to make the most of the
wide range of attractions spread across the country, can seem a bit intense otherwise. Sri Lanka may have been subject to ethnic tensions in the past - now it all seems to work without anxiety. Tourism is well supported and appreciated.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We felt our holiday did support a range of staff workings guides and in the hotels, restaurants & cafes and attractions. We did not meet many local people.
There was one particularly environmentally and socially proactive hotel chosen within our itinerary, which shows what can be done. Hopefully the revenue
from safaris in the National Parks supports wildlife conservation, and entrance fees to historic sites promote preservation, for example of the amazing World
Heritage Sites.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday arranged with a local tour operator to provides a guide and driver to accompany our family group of five through the bespoke itinerary that we
helped to evolve, gave us the chance to experience the best possible combination of activities, with some flexibility to adapt a little e.g. to try an additional train journey. Sri Lanka has a lot to offer a wide range of visitors, This holiday suited our family very well - we feel we made the most of our 14 days there.

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It would be impossible to pick one moment from our holiday as we packed
in so many amazing adventures. Rafting, wildlife safaris (seeing a sloth
bear and some leopards takes some beating), cooking lessons with locals
(and generally eating some fabulous food), some very special hotels and
locations to stay - but if forced to select only one distinct memory, then it has to
be the people of Sri Lanka. They are so warm, welcoming and happy to help.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go. It is a beautiful country full of adventure, sights and wildlife. The welcome you get everywhere just makes you feel at home as soon as you arrive. Our driver also learned what we liked and disliked - so tailored his outputs, suggestions and thoughts to what would interest us.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Certainly staying at more locally owned and smaller hotels felt of benefit to the
people. Most hotels seemed to source local food therefore retaining value
locally. The last location we stayed at definitely embodied this principles of conservation, local employment and training and retaining all value locally(supporting local school etc with monies from the hotel).

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing. First Class. A trip of a lifetime - will be very hard to top.

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The holiday was excellent for providing a great variety of experiences, all of which we enjoyed: wildlife, beautiful mountain views at tea plantations, ancient ruins and Buddhist temples, spice growing and gem stone mining, local massage and beach relax.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


There was a lot of flexibility about what you want to see and so think about the balance best for you.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. One small hotel in particular was run on very ecological lines and was a
community project supporting local workers. We were impressed generally by the desire to protect flaura and fauna. We were concerned that tourism has been badly hit by the terrible Easter events and were pleased to see it slowly returning as it is clearly very important to the country.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


The holiday was excellent. The country is very beautiful and small enough to see a lot in 2 weeks. People are very friendly and having English spoken and on signage everywhere helps. We enjoyed the balance of wildlife, culture, walking and R&R.

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


So many amazing memories! Seeing see blue whales swimming, a colony of bats on the roadside, wild peacocks, hearing the wonderful bird song, watching a land monitor play 'chicken' with the traffic in a town and all the cars carefully driving around it!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Absolutely book it because you'll have an amazing time.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The smaller hotels we stayed in employed the local people and sourced local produce which was great. Two of the hotels had their own filtered water thus cutting down on bottled water.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Truly marvellous!

Reviewed on 11 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There are many fantastic memories because we had such diverse itinerary. The abundance of wildlife certainly stood out throughout the trip. The elephant orphans were just fantastic to see. Turtles swimming next to the beach after spotting blue whales. The elephants in the national parks plus leopards, bears and so many beautiful birds. There were also unexpected treats like stumbling upon a Hindu village ceremony at new year, and the train ride in the cab of the loco proved to be a train-lovers dream

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Spend the extra time as we did confirming what the itinerary has on offer and don't be afraid to tweak it to get the most from every day. You will not see everything and some of the journeys in Sri Lanka are 3-4+ hours, so make sure that you do not take on too much and try to travel too far.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


There was definitely a feeling that the workers in the small local hotels benefited from our business and tips. Furthermore, local guides and services were used when possible. The holiday greatly increased our awareness of environmental matters in Sri Lanka and the Ibis Hotel in Wilpattu was an excellent example of the combination of low impact tourism helping people in the local community. The wildlife tour operators were considerate and responsible which was very encouraging for us - we never felt our enjoyment was at the animals' expense.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We experienced an abundance of culture, wildlife, trekking and beach days to round off one of the best experiences of our lives. We are all eager to explore more of the small but incredibly diverse island.

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were so many memorable experiences on our holiday - white water rafting to the set of the Bridge on the the River Kwai, watching the sun rise from
Little Adam's Peak outside Ella, the train journey from Ella to Nanuoya, climbing Lion Rock at Sigiriya early in the morning, scuba diving for the first time at
Pasikuda - but the stand-out one has to be seeing hundreds of elephants, including many babies, at Kaudulla, because we hadn't planned it, but our driver
recommended it and the guide knew exactly where the elephants were that day.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't try to do too much, or take longer over it. There is so much to do and see, so it's easy to get carried away.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It's great to feel that more of our spending went straight to locals, rather than into the pockets of UK-based holiday companies. Not sure about the
environmental impact of being driven everywhere in a Toyota Hiace, though.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Despite being caught up in some monsoon downpours, it was a wonderful experience, with such welcoming people everywhere we went.

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