Family holiday to Sri Lanka

“A two-week family holiday, exploring the highlights and heavenly hideaways of Sri Lanka, fully guided and perfectly paced to suit all ages.”

Highlights

Colombo | Kurunegala | Sigiriya | Lion Rock Fortress | Polonnaruwa | Minneriya National Park | Cave Temple at Dambulla | Kandy | Temple of the Tooth | Nurawa Eliya | Bandarrawela | Ella Gap | Yala National Park | Ahangama | Galle

Description of Family holiday to Sri Lanka

A holiday that blends culture and wildlife, beautiful beaches, fun treks and a splash of fascinating Sri Lankan history – this two week adventure is active, adventurous and perfectly planned for families. Balancing just the right mix of sightseeing and relaxing, this trip will introduce you and your children to the best of Sri Lanka, from the 5th century rock fortress at Sigiriya to the cave temple of Dambulla. Visit a spice garden and a sari factory, cycle through friendly villages, then get up close to incredible wildlife, spotting leopard in Yala National Park and elephants in Minneriya National Park.

You’ll travel by minibus, jeep and bicycle, with a tour leader accompanying throughout, and will spend 12 nights in hotels, all with en-suite facilities. The hotel at Sigiriya is a particular highlight, surrounded by lush jungle and with both a swimming pool and a luxury sauna. There is plenty of time to relax, too, with several days at the palm-fringed beaches of Ahangama rounding off your trip. Minimum age: 5 years.

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Responsible tourism: Family holiday to Sri Lanka

Environment

Activity:
We are very conscious of the environment and try to limit our impact on our surroundings as much as possible. All of our vehicles used on this tour are subject to annual eco testing and we monitor this closely in order to reduce our carbon footprint. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants and use markets to purchase traditional crafts. We also leave a positive impression by visiting important National Parks, ruins and museums- our entrance fees to which contribute to their upkeep. For example, our game drives in Yala N.P. promote animal welfare and financially contribute to conservation projects in the area.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
All of the hotels we stay in are dedicated to hiring local staff and using freshly sourced produce wherever possible. This helps to benefit the surrounding community by providing employment opportunities and income alternatives where they may be otherwise hard to come by. We also try to select accommodation which has strong environmental policies. Where meals are not provided, we suggest that clients spread their commerce to small local businesses and try some authentic food. The local cuisine is predominantly vegetarian, with lots of rice. You can enjoy everything from traditional spicy curries to stalls selling tasty sweets and deserts. We stop for local delicacies whilst cycling, visit a farm house for lunch and eat at the home of a Tsunami victim in Tangalle.

Charity:
We have financially co-sponsored a local Tsunami relief project, which has enabled 25 families to be rehoused and for two schools to be equipped with toilets, running water and outdoor swings. In collaboration with a German operator and the village temple, we have helped towards 10 large water tanks and an eye clinic in a remote village with a donation of 200 pairs of glasses. We also assisted a principal agent of Unicef in development of day care and education of school children of the estate sector labourers in the hill country. Whilst visiting the Back to Life project we stay at a hotel re-built by our local operator after the original building was demolished by the Tsunami.

Local Craft and Culture:
There are plenty of opportunities to engage with local culture on the several visits to towns, villages and historically important sites and events. During the summer months our visit to the Temple of the Tooth may coincide with the Buddhist Kandy festival, which is a long honoured celebration of a relic thought to be found on the island. We may be able to see a performance of traditional Kandian dancing and fire walking here. There are many places to buy handcrafted souvenirs along the way (e.g. Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya) but one of the best places might be the Gem Museum at Kandy. Here clients can learn about the traditional methods of gem extraction.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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