Family highlights of Sri Lanka

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  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 7+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Negombo, Sri Lanka
  • Ends Negombo, Sri Lanka
  • +4
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Wildlife search for groups of Asian elephants, leopard, sloth bear, spotted deer, buffalo, sambar and mongoose.
  • Beach time relax on the tropical beaches of the Indian Ocean and take a surfing lesson (west coast version only).
  • Get active White water rafting on the Kelani River, ideal for beginners or intermediate rafters.
  • Characterful accommodation stay in a tented safari camp and a jungle lodge in the forest.
Starting and ending in Negombo, the trip "Family Highlights Of Sri Lanka" is a guided family tour that takes 9 days. You will travel through Ella, Negombo, Pasikudah and 3 other destinations in Sri Lanka. "Family Highlights Of Sri Lanka" is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Join us on an action-packed family adventure across this spiritual island. Search for leopard in Wilpattu National Park, staying overnight in a tented safari camp; cycle the backroads to discover ancient Buddhist cities in ancient Polonnaruwa and raft the white waters of the Central Highlands. Blessed with sun soaked beaches and a breadth of fun activities, its little surprise that Sri Lanka is one of our most popular family holiday destinations. Wildlife - search for groups of Asian elephants, leopard, sloth bear, spotted deer, buffalo, sambar and mongoose Beach time - relax on the tropical beaches of the Indian Ocean and take a surfing lesson (west coast version only) Get active - White water rafting on the Kelani River, ideal for beginners or intermediate rafters We offer an east and west coast version of this family holiday to benefit from the best weather conditions on each coast, staying on the east coast over the summer holidays and October half term and switching to the south west coast over Christmas, February and Easter.
5 - Excellent
Based on 295 reviews
  • Jeanmarie
  • On Jun 01 2020
5 - Excellent
Jeanmarie's review for another Explore tour
“I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. It was very well led by Gunther Hammer and we were a small group that got on very well and we had great fun”
  • Chris
  • On Jan 07 2020
4 - Very Good
Chris' review for another Explore tour
“Seems a lot more expensive than Andes to Amazon in Ecuador next door.”
  • Roger
  • On Feb 19 2020
5 - Excellent
Roger's review for another Explore tour
“Very easy to want to do it all again! Much better than an expensive island resort.”
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  • Day 1 : Trip starts in Negombo
  • Day 2 : Take a jeep safari in search of leopards in Wilpattu National Park, overnight tented camp.
  • Day 3 : Share a meal with locals in Habarana, travelling by canoe and tuk tuk; cycling tour of ancient Polonnaruwa.
  • Day 4 : Climb to the top of Sigiriya's dramatic Lion's Rock and explore Kandy's markets.
  • Day 5 : Drive to Kitulgala, adventure capital of Sri Lanka. White water rafting and jungle walks. Stay in a jungle Camp.
  • Day 6 : Continue to the Indian Ocean town of Hikkaduwa, free afternoon on the beach and marine park.
  • Day 7 : Morning surf lesson in Hikkaduwa. Rest of the day free to enjoy the beach
  • Day 8 : Free morning on the beach. Train journey from Hikkaduwa to Colombo, continue to Negombo.
  • Day 9 : Trip ends in Negombo
  • 8 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners
  • Beacon Beach Hotel (2 nights)
  • Big Game Safari Camp Wilpattu (1 night)
  • Acme Hotel (1 night)
  • Mahaweli Reach Hotel (1 night)
  • Rafters Retreat (1 night)
  • Coral Rock by Bansai (2 nights)
  • 4WD
  • Minibus
  • On Foot
  • Train
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Safari Guide(s)
  • Any international flights to/from Negombo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Family highlights of Sri Lanka tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Family highlights of Sri Lanka tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 21 December 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 21 December 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Family highlights of Sri Lanka tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Family highlights of Sri Lanka tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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