Family Highlights of Sri Lanka - Private Tour

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  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 7+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Negombo, Sri Lanka
  • Ends Negombo, Sri Lanka
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The "Family Highlights Of Sri Lanka - Private Tour" starts from and ends in Negombo. It is a family tour that takes 9 days taking you through Pasikudah, Wilpattu National Park, Negombo and 3 other destinations in Sri Lanka. "Family Highlights Of Sri Lanka - Private Tour" is a guided private that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Take an action-packed family adventure across this spiritual island. Search for leopard in Wilpattu National Park, stay overnight in a fixed tent 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
  • Linda
  • On Nov 03 2020
5 - Excellent
Linda's review for another Explore tour
“Fantastic trip for me as it had all my favourite activities - wildlife and birdwatching, archaeology/history, and water-based activities eg. canoeing, boat and lagoon trips, swimming and particularly fantastic snorkelling. We were very unfortunate with the weather at Placencia so all boat trips were cancelled. Wilfred decided to leave Tikal earlier to see if we could get earlier ferry to Caye Caulker - we didn't manage this but still managed to organise a 2 -hour snorkelling trip on arrival, which was great, and partly made up for the lost trip at Placencia. I don't understand why you shortened the trip at Caye Caulker, because the snorkelling and other boating activities there are superb. I was very envious of the 3 people with the extra night there. I realise you changed it because of some criticism in the past - but nearly everyone on our trip went specifically to Belize, rather than any other Central American country because of the excellent snorkelling. It is also not that unusual to have a spell of adverse weather so you need more than 2 whole days on trip for possible trips. There are also lots of boat trip potential even if you are not interested in getting in the water.”
  • Keith
  • On Jan 20 2020
5 - Excellent
Keith's review for another Explore tour
“Our first trip with Explore was to South Africa for our honeymoon and it was fantastic. Out of the many trips we have taken it remains our favourite.
Costa Rica is well up there with a couple of others in second place. A wonderful experience.”
  • David
  • On Mar 03 2020
5 - Excellent
David's review for another Explore tour
“Excellent trip, with an exceptionally good leader, Wit.The local guides in Cambodia were also very good, and it was extremely powerful (and moving) to hear their personal recollections of the Pol Pot era”
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  • Day 1 : Start trip 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 lodge
  • 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
  • Hotel J (2 nights)
  • Big Game Safari Camp Wilpattu (1 night)
  • Giritale Hotel (1 night)
  • Mahaweli Reach Hotel (1 night)
  • Rafters Retreat (1 night)
  • Coral Rock by Bansai (2 nights)
  • Driver(s)
  • 4WD
  • Car
  • On Foot
  • Activity Guide(s)
  • 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 - Private Tour tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Family Highlights of Sri Lanka - Private Tour 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 23 December 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 23 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 - Private Tour 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 - Private Tour 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.
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