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12-Day Sri Lanka Family Tour

12-Day Sri Lanka Family Tour

By MaggieUpdated Jan. 19, 2024
Have a Fun Family Time in Sri Lanka

For family trips, the most troublesome issue is how to meet the needs of both adults and children. We have specially developed some activities to help you balance family preferences, enabling both adults and children to enjoy themselves.

The sample itinerary below is only one version of the possibilities. Get involved and share your thoughts with us to make your journey unique. We will create your dream itinerary.

  • Days:12±
  • Best for: Families & First-timers
  • Departure date: Up to you
  • Sample price:US1629 each (2 per room)*
  • Flights:SE Asia's included (international on request)

*The price is based on a private tour for 4 people. The cost for a customized private SE Asia tour from US$140/person/day

Sri Lanka Tour Map (Suggested Route)

Sri Lanka Tour Map

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Tour Highlights

Here are the awesome attractions, the most must-do activities selected by Asia Highlights (AH Hand-Picked), and exclusive cultural experiences offered by Asia Highlights (Only With AH) included in this tour:

Engage in a conversation with slumbering Lion Rock that has slept for a thousand years.

Lion Rock

Make friends with cheeky monkeys in Polonnaruwa Town.

fLion Rock
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Learn Sri Lankan cooking at a beautiful little local home.

cooking

Experience traditional dance forms and cultural practices at the Kandy dance show.

Kandy show

Explore Sri Lanka's best-preserved colonial fort during a treasure hunting adventure.

 fort
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Play with baby turtles in a sea turtle farm.

sea turtle

Indulge in thrilling water sports at Bentota River.

take a sampan ride in mekong delta

Enjoy hassle-free travel at an all-inclusive beach resort.

Lanka Princess All Inclusive Hotel
Lanka Princess All Inclusive Hotel

Suggested Itinerary for Inspiration

Normally the full-day guided tour starts from 9 am and ends around 5 pm. Your preferences design the real journey. The days, stops, and travel pace can be adjusted. We're ready to create a unique Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam trip for you.

Day 1
Arrive in Colombo

Our chauffeur-guide will meet you at the arrivals hall and take you to your hotel in Negombo.

After check-in, enjoy the rest of the day at the hotel relaxing and decompressing from your long flight.

Day 2
Colombo City Highlights Tour
  • Start your day from Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque (Red Mosque), a striking architectural gem. Appreciate the stunning visuals, and learn about the mosque's cultural and historical importance.
  • Visit Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, which is a prominent religious and cultural center in Colombo.
  • Walk around Independence Square, and learn how Sri Lanka got its independence from the British Empire.
  • Spend your afternoon in Colombo National Museum. The largest and oldest museum in Sri Lanka, it houses an extensive collection of artifacts that showcase the rich cultural and historical heritage of Sri Lanka.
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
Day 3
Colombo to Dambulla — Sigiriya Lion Rock and Village Tour
  • In the morning, proceed to Dambulla.
  • On the way climb the 5th-century Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is a World Heritage site. The base of the rock is surrounded by a moat, rampart, and extensive gardens, including mesmerizing mid-water gardens.
  • Continue your exploration in the quaint rural village of Kayanwala Pahala Wewa. Choose to walk or take a bullock cart to a picturesque lake in the village, and end the tour with a tuk-tuk or tractor ride back to the starting point.
The Lion Rock
The Lion Rock
Day 4
Dambulla Cave and Polonnaruwa Town
  • Explore magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings in Dambulla Cave. It was there that king Valagambahu took refuge from invasions in the 1st century B.C., later turning the caves into a rock temple.
  • Journey on to the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa in the afternoon. The medieval city was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO due to its significance and beauty.
  • You will be able to observe the habitat of cheeky monkeys during the tour. This is an interesting experience for children as they get to see these monkeys having a family time — playing, cuddling, and being cheeky.
Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
Ancient City of Polonnaruwa
Day 5
Dambulla to Kandy — Spice Garden and Cooking Experience
  • In the morning proceed to Kandy, "the blessed city" (approximately 3½ hours by road).
  • En-route, visit Spice Garden, which is a delightful stop. For centuries spices have been one of Sri Lanka's most celebrated exports. Spices such as such as cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, pepper, and cardamom are grown in home gardens as a small-scale industry.
  • Drop into a beautiful little local home built in the 1970s, where your host will teach you the art of Sri Lankan cooking and all the stories related to the food they eat.
Spice Garden
Spice Garden
Day 6
Discover the Top Attractions of Kandy
  • In the morning, visit Temple of the Tooth (named after its Buddha tooth relic). It's Sri Lanka's most sacred Buddhist shrine. We suggest attending the ceremony at 9:30 a.m., which features a spectacular procession of elephants, dancers, musicians, fire-eaters, whip-crackers, and flag-bearers.
  • The National Museum is very close to Temple of the Tooth. You can see artifacts relating to Buddhism and Sri Lankan history in the museum.
  • Visit Royal Botanical Garden in the afternoon. The Botanical Garden is home to an impressive variety of plant species, including rare and exotic plants from different parts of the world.
  • In the evening, you can see a traditional dance performance.
Temple of the Tooth
Temple of the Tooth
Day 7
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, Nuwara Eliya Tour
  • After breakfast, set off for Nuwara Eliya (approximately 3 hours away).
  • On the way stop at cascading Ramboda Waterfall.
  • We'll escort you to a tea plantation where the world's best Ceylon tea is produced. After learn about the process of manufacturing tea, get hands-on experience of tea picking, and don't forget to sip a cup of pure Ceylon tea in the factory before continuing to "Little England" town.
  • Before checking in at the hotel, you will have a chance to visit the post office and Gregory Lake in the city of Nuwara Eliya.
tea plantation
Tea plantation
Day 8
Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe — Scenic Train Ride and Ella Tour

Take a scenic morning train from Nuwara Eliya to Ella. Have a short visit to Nine Arch Bridge and Ravana Falls at Ella. Then your chauffeur-guide will drive you to Udawalawe.

train
A train is passing the Nine Arch Bridge
Day 9
Udawalawe to Bentota — Udawalawe Safari and Galle Fort Treasure Hunting Adventure
  • Start the day with a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park early in the morning. Around 6:00 a.m. is an active time for the park's abundant wildlife, particularly elephants, making it ideal for wildlife spotting.
  • Go to Galle Fort on a treasure hunting adventure in the afternoon. Children can have fun look for clues, learning about a new topic at each stop, and finishing the whole experience with a lot of new knowledge.
  • Near sunset, you can witness the charming sight of fishermen perched on stilts against the scenic backdrop of the ocean.
  • Stay at an all-inclusive hotel in Bentota, which provides three meals a day.
jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park
Jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park
Day10
Sea Turtle Conservation Project
  • Have a free and leisurely time on the beach during the day time.
  • Your guide will take you to a Sea Turtle Conservation Centre in the afternoon. You will see various kinds of sea turtles, such as green, loggerhead, hawksbill, olive ridley, and white turtles. After 6.00 p.m., once the sky gets dark and the water is safer, baby turtles are released into the ocean.
Sea Turtle Farm
Releasing Baby Sea Turtle
Day 11
Water Sports at Bentota

Have fun on the beach, and maybe enjoy tube riding, jet skiing, and/or banana boating on Bentota River.

 Banana Boat Ride
Banana boating
Day 12
Departure

Say goodbye to enchanting Sri Lanka. Your guide will accompany you to Colombo to ensure a smooth passage to check in at Bandaranaike International Airport for your flight back home or onward.

Hand-Picked Hotels

We select hotels with style and local features. Let us know your preferences and we'll find your ideal hotel.

Fairway Colombo
Central located hotel in Negombo
Occidental Paradise Dambulla
Forest Hotel in Dambulla
hotel in Kandy
Central located hotel in Kandy
hotel in Nuwara Eliya
Central located hotel in Nuwara Eliya
lanka princess
Bentota All-inclusive Hotel

Tour Price:

12 days from
USUS$1629 p/p(with 4-star hotel options)
  • The price is based on a private tour for 4 people during the low season.
  • The price varies based on program, travel date, number of people.
  • We could also price a tour including both 4-star and 5-star hotels for you.
  • The price for a child younger than 8 is approximately 80% of the adult's price.
  • We accept payments in multiple currencies (GBP, AUD, CAD, EUR...).

Price Includes:

  • Privately-driven air-conditioned vehicle with ample space (except where stated)
  • English-speaking local chauffeur-guide for the sightseeing
  • Attraction tickets and itinerary activities
  • Accommodation for all nights
  • Flights/trains between itinerary cities
  • Hotel breakfasts and itinerary lunches/dinners
  • 24/7 helpline while touring
  • Governmental taxes

Price Excludes:

  • International flights not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Overweight luggage more than 20 kg per person
  • Visa fee, if applicable
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Personal expenses

Tour code: ah-lk-4

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