Sri Lanka Family Holiday
Hill Country, Sri Lanka
Hill Country, Sri Lanka
The ‘hill country’ in Sri Lanka, stretches across the midsection of the country. Its northern section, around the historic city of Kandy, was home to Sri Lanka’s last independent kingdom. The southern hill country is largely influenced by the British colonial era, and its tea producing legacy. At the heart of the tea-growing uplands lies the town of Nuwara Eliya, that serves as a base of trips into the misty uplands of Horton Plains and World’s End.
This Family tour to Sri Lanka begins in its Cultural Triangle, a region known for its historical and religious sites. Travel to Kandy, one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka. It is known for the famed Buddhist sacred Temple of the Tooth, and the Royal Botanical Gardens, famous for their orchids. In the ‘Hill Country’, train ride between Nuwara Eliya and Ella is a feast for the eyes. Activities include a day hikes into the tea gardens and climbing Little Adam's Peak.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY SRI LANKA FAMILY HOLIDAY…
And, experience its cultural highlights with visit to the Hill Country.
This private tour of Sri Lanka features the country’s cultural highlights with visit to the Hill Country. Explore towns with British influences and stay in Tea Garden Bungalows, reminisces of the British Raj.
Highlights include seeing elephants, touring major Buddhist sites, visiting a tea plantation and a spice garden, exploring historic towns and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This tour is best suited also for Sri Lanka family tour, with activities that will appeal to family members of all ages.
Begin in Colombo, the vibrant capital of Sri Lanka, a city of contrasts. Opt to sleep in an elegant colonial mansion or a suite at the Hilton, feast at gourmet restaurants or on irresistible street foods, shop at chic boutiques or barter in chaotic Pettah market, pray at holy… you get it. The list goes on and on.
Next, explore the highlights of the Cultural Triangle, a region filled with fascinating monuments of the great Sinhala civilization. Tour the ancient Buddhist cities of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. See monumental stupas, ruined palaces and sculptures carved in stone. Visit one of Sri Lanka’s most revered Buddhist sites, a temple built around a sacred bo (bodhi) tree thousands of years old.
Visit Sigiriya Rock, an ancient rock citadel that is Sri Lanka’s most spectacular site. Also called ‘the Lion Rock’ and ‘the Rock Fortress’, it is a treasure trove of rare art. See the Sigiriya Damsels frescoes, which were painted on the rock walls and climb to the top of the rock to explore the ruins of a fifth-century palace and take in panoramic views over mountain valley below. Enjoy a private safari in a local wildlife preserve to look for wild elephants, colorful birds and other animals.
Continue to Kandy, the last royal capital of Sri Lanka that lies in a wooded valley deep in the hills, around an artificial lake. It is considered as one of the most scenic cities in Sri Lanka and is famous for The Temple of the Tooth, one of the most venerable places for the Buddhist community.
Kandy truly comes alive in late July/August for Kandy Perahera, a 10 day festival where Buddha's tooth in a golden casket is paraded – one of the most spectacular in all Asia. Kandy is a good transit point to the cultural triangle to the north or hill country to the south.
Venture into the Hill Country, where verdant tea plantations cover rolling mountains. Stay at a luxurious Relais & Chateaux-affiliated hotel in a renovated tea planter’s cottage. Learn about tea picking and processing during a tour of a historic tea factory, and sample different types of high-quality Sri Lankan tea. During leisure time, hike through the tea fields or relax by the pool.
Transfer to Galle, one of Sri Lanka's most cosmopolitan cities. Famous for its 17th century Dutch Fort, it is possibly the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in south and southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions.
Stay in the heart of the Galle Fort historic district at Amangalla, one of the finest and most romantic luxury resorts in Sri Lanka. Also, enjoy flexible private excursions to regional highlights such as a sea turtle hatchery, a traditional mask workshop, a lace-making workshop, and the private country estate of Geoffrey Bawa, Sri Lanka’s most acclaimed modern architect.
Sri Lanka Family Adventure Sri Lanka family tour with activities that will appeal to family members of all ages.
(10 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Galle
Day 1 – Arrive
Colombo Private transfer to hotel for 1 night.
Afternoon flexible private city tour.
Day 2 – Cultural Triangle
Pinnawala Private transfer to hotel for 3 nights with touring en route.
Day 3 – Cultural Triangle
Anuradhapura & Mihintale Full-day private tour.
Day 4 – Cultural Triangle
Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa Full-day private tour.
Day 5 – Cultural Triangle
Dambulla – Kandy Private transfer to hotel for 1 night with private touring en route.
Evening private dance performance.
Day 6 – Tour
Hill Country Morning private tour.
Afternoon private transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 7 – Tour
Hill Country Morning tea factory tour.
Afternoon at leisure.
Day 8 – Transfer
Galle Private transfer to resort for 2 nights.
Afternoon private tour.
Day 9 – The surrounds
Galle Full-day private flexible tour of the region.
Day 10 – Depart
Galle Private transfer to airport.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
When to go Sri Lanka is a year round destination with a tropical climate. However the best time to go is between December and April when there are less rains and the climate is cooler. It is also the peak time for whale-watching in the south of the island where both blue and sperm whales can be seen. Rains arrive in May and stay until September during which it is hot and humid in the cultural triangle and the west coast. However, the hill country around Nuwara Eliya, Horton Plains and Bandarawela remains cooler. June is a good time to visit the eastern port of Trincomalee, where blue and sperm whales are observed closer to land. Try and avoid travelling between September and November when cyclones may occur with heavy rains.
Getting There Sri Lankan Airlines flies twice daily from Heathrow to Colombo. Sri Lanka airlines and BMI fly direct to Colombo while other International carriers like Emirates fly via Dubai and Jet Airways via India. Direct flights take 10 hours. If your itinerary includes India, then you can take domestic carrier (Indian Airlines or Jet Airways), which operates daily flights to Colombo from a number of southern Indian cities. The airport Colombo airport is located 32 km north of capital. You should leave at least an hour and a half for the drive to/from the city centre.
Passport/Visa UK Passport holders travelling to Sri Lanka for business or tourist purposes are required to get the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) Visa. ETA holders are issued a 30 day short visit visa at the port of entry in Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, you are required to produce your passport to the immigration officer to obtain the necessary clearance. It is advisable that you keep a copy of the ETA approval with you. Passports should have one blank page and be valid for no less than six months from the date of arrival.