Sri Lanka Family Holiday - 8 Days

Sri Lanka Family Holiday - 8 Days

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Sri Lanka Family Holiday - 8 Days

8 Days Starting in Negombo and ending in Colombo

Visiting: Negombo, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya, Kandy, Colombo

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

2041/FSFH

Recommended For:

Family-Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 18

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

Family tours: For children aged 5 & over. Under 12 yrs pay the child rate.Teenager tours: For 12 - 18 years. All pay the adult price.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

Activities:

4WD

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Tour Overview

Take your family on a Sri Lankan adventure! Discover the Dambulla cave temples and the ancient Sigiriya rock fortress; spot elephants on a jeep safari through Minneriya National Park, before exploring Kandy the last capital of the Sri Lankan Kings with an evening visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic! This enchanting Island offers experiences for all ages. This holiday is perfect for families with children aged 5 years and over.

Highlights

  • Minneriya National Park - Go in search of wildlife on a jeep safari

  • Dambulla - Spectacular ornate rock temple

  • Kandy - City tour including Tuk Tuk ride, Temple of the Tooth and cultural performance

  • Sigiriya - Remarkable 5th century fortress ruins

  • Giragama Tea Factory - A working tea factory with a long history

  • Colombo - The Fort area, Galle Face Green and Gangaramaya Temple

  • Polonnaruwa - The ancient capital city of Ceylon

  • Matale - Spice gardens

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Negombo
Location: Negombo
Meals Included: No Meals

Welcome to Sri Lanka! You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city of Negombo. Here you will have the rest of the afternoon to settle in and explore the highlights at your own leisure.

Day 2 : Sigiriya
Location: Sigiriya
Meals Included: Breakfast

Negombo - Sigiriya. After breakfast we bid farewell to Negombo and set off for the town of Sigiriya, home of the famous Sigiriya ancient rock fortress and near to the Dambulla cave temples. Spend the rest of the afternoon getting better acquainted with this lovely town. Sit back, relax and try some of the local traditional foods including pittu.

Day 3 : Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Location: Sigiriya
Meals Included: Breakfast

Sigiriya Rock and Village. Our first stop this morning is to the ancient Sigiriya rock fortress of the 5th Century King Kasyapa, undoubtedly one of the most iconic sights of Sri Lanka. Let the kids’ burn off some energy with the climb up to the ruins of the palace and penthouse. Once we reach the ruins we have time to wander through some of the oldest landscape multi-tiered gardens in the world, and revel in the breathtaking landscape of the surrounding jungles.

After descending from the ruins we make our way along the village path to a typical village lake, known as a “Wewa”, passing by homes surrounded by green woods and watch huts which the locals use at night to keep a lookout for wild elephants and boar. Here we cross the lake by canoe arriving at a local farm where we meet the owners and spend some time watching them share the secrets of Sri Lanakan cuisine before we sit down to enjoy the delicious meal which has been prepared using a traditional hearth.

Day 4 : Minneriya National Park
Location: Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya, Sigiriya
Meals Included: Breakfast

Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Sigiriya. After breakfast we make our way to the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa. Here we take time to wander along the shimmering waters of the man-made lake, the Parakrama Samudra and uncover intricately carved lotus pillars, meditative halls, ceremonial towers, as well as magnificent royal baths and palace ruins before stopping at the famous Gal Vihara Temple.

This afternoon we head to Minneriya National Park where we search for wildlife by Jeep Safari. Despite its relatively small size there is an unusually wide range of habitat types, from dry tropical forest to wetlands and grasslands found here which is home to Elephants, sambar, spotted deer, macaque and purple-faced langur monkeys, sloth bears and if we are incredibly lucky we may spot a leopard on our game drive. An adventure for all ages! After an exciting day we return to our hotel in Sigiriya for a relaxing evening.

Day 5 : Dambulla Rock Temple
Location: Kandy
Meals Included: Breakfast

Dambulla - Kandy. This morning we discover the famous Golden Cave Temple; one of the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. Dating back to the 1st Century BC, this stunning complex of 5 caves contains over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre statue carved out of the cave rock. The afternoon finds us at a local spice garden where we can wander through the fields and learn about the countries famous spices.

Day 6 : Kandy
Location: Kandy
Meals Included: Breakfast

Kandy, the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings is ours to unravel today. We start our tour with a tuk tuk ride around the scenic artificial lake made by the last king of Kandy and the Bazaar. This afternoon we find ourselves at a local tea plantation and factory in Giragama to learn about the secrets of making one of the worlds’ most famous hot drinks. After freshening up at the hotel we end our day with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, to watch some traditional Sri Lankan dancing – a highlight for the whole family!

Day 7 : Train To Colombo
Location: Colombo
Meals Included: Breakfast

Kandy - Colombo. All aboard the train to Colombo this morning where we continue our day with a sightseeing tour of the capital stopping at some of the cities highlights including the 100 year old clock tower, Pettah bazaar and the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall – a gift to Sri Lanka from the people of China. After checking into our hotel the rest of the day is at leisure to take a stroll along the beach or Paradise Road for some souvenir shopping.

Day 8 : Colombo
Location: Colombo
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we check out of our hotel and make our way to the airport to head home. We hope you enjoyed your holiday!

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    3 - 4 star hotels

  • Breakfast daily

  • 7 nights 3-4 star hotels

  • Guided sightseeing - Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Nuwara Eliya, Gem Mine and Colombo

  • Scenic tuk tuk tour in Kandy

  • Escorted by an English speaking national guide

  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 8

  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned tourism vehicles

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visa

  • Tip for your tour guide. We suggest USD$25 – 35 per adult for the entire tour. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture

  • Entrance Fees: USD$120-$130pp, paid in local currency

Age Policy

Family tours: For children aged 5 & over. Under 12 yrs pay the child rate.Teenager tours: For 12 - 18 years. All pay the adult price.

Accommodation

Goldi Sands Hotel



The Goldi Sands Hotel is a modern resort style hotel nestled on the golden beaches of Negombo, and just 15 minutes away from the Bandaranaike International airport. Surrounded by colonial Dutch buildings, Negombo also offers a huge fish market, lagoon boat rides and water sports such as windsurfing or water-skiing. Guests can enjoy massages or beauty treatments at the Ayurveda Spa

The guestrooms and suites feature private balconies which overlook the beautiful Indian Ocean. All rooms are stylishly decorated and well equipped with a variety of amenities.

The on-site restaurant serves traditional Sri Lankan dishes and fresh seafood. Drinks and light refreshments can be enjoyed at the bar, and with regular theme nights and beach barbecues there’s plenty on offer for evening entertainment.





Sigiriya Jungles



Nestled amidst lush green landscapes and overlooking the iconic Sigiriya Rock, Sigiriya Jungles is the ideal holiday resort for cultural explorations in Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. Spread across a picturesque 10-acre property with individual chalets, the resort offers three restaurants, two bars, free WiFi, and an array of amenities, including an outdoor pool, spa, and fitness center. Each room offers a seating area, TV, minibar, and a private bathroom with a rainshower. The resort's unique 100 feet wooden bridge provides stunning views of Sigiriya Rock and the Pidurangala Monastery, adding to the enchanting experience.





Hotel Topaz



Hotel Topaz is a charming hotel with a stunning roof top view. The elegant rooms are spacious and accentuated with splashes of vibrant colour with private balconies and good facilities. The large outdoor pool is a lovely spot to unwind with far-reaching views of the surrounding hills. Buffet meals can be enjoyed at the hotel's restaurant with theme nights that include Chinese and Mexican cuisine. Guests can also relax in the spa or the TV lounge which stocks a large collection of DVDs.





Radisson Hotel Colombo



The Radisson Hotel Colombo (formerly OZO Colombo) is a modern and stylish hotel, with sweeping Indian Ocean views from its rooftop infinity pool and many of its rooms. There's free WIFI access throughout the hotel and the guestrooms are bright and airy with all modern amenities. To top it off, there's also a fantastic fitness centre and a restaurant serving delicious, authentic Sri Lankan cusine. The hotel is centrally located on Marine Drive, near Galle Road and just a 10 minute drive from the city centre.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    18

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    18

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 8

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    3 - 4 star hotels

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 8

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18

  • What is the maximum group size?

    18

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    3 - 4 star hotels

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews of this Operator

Calvin  

Wonderful experience

05-Jan-2023

Jamal is our tour guide. Right from the start, he created a group chat in whatsapp and if any issues to make sure we contact him. He was on the ball with every issue thrown at him. Luggage being left behind, stragglers wondered off in a different path, hotel room etc. He explains the various site along our route to give us a better understanding of the local cultures. We had a great time, thanks to Jamal.

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On The Go Tours Sri Lanka was an incredible experience that was made even better by our tour guide Akthar. He was incredibly knowledgeable about his country and he loved sharing it with us. The tour covers a wide range of activities so you can truly experience what Sri Lanka is all about. The beautiful 4-5 star hotels at the end of every day was an absolute bonus. Thanks for a great trip OTGT I’m sure this won’t be my last

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09-Aug-2023

I had used them once before and loved them. I decided to try them again for a Baltic tour not knowing that they put me on another Tour group- Baltic vision. Loved that tour but was not impressed they marked up the cost for me over 100%. I understand taking some for yourself because of paperwork, but over double the cost everyone else paid on the tour. Just double check before you book with them that you’re not over paying.

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    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 59 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

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