7D 6N Family package
Spend some quality time away from home on this 7 day package. Learn history while you enjoy family walks, go on an adventurous boating trip in a lagoon and discover the local flora and fauna.
Home to endless attraction and fun, Sri Lanka is a must visit holiday destination for you and your family! Pluck fresh strawberries from a farm, climb a mountain, visit a park, enjoy the beauty of Victoria gardens, shop and dine! While doing all this, meet locals and make friends for life during your holiday. After all, Sri Lankans are known for their warmth and hospitality!
Estimated Distance393 Kms
Estimated Footprint37 Kg CO2e
IncludeIncludes BreakfastEnglish Speaking DriverAirport TransfersGround TransfersFuel, Tolls & Road TaxesDriver’s AccomodationDriver’s MealsGovernment & Service Taxes
Not IncludedLunch & DinnerEntrance Charges at SightsInternational AirfaresAirport TaxesTravel InsuranceEarly Check In ChargesPersonal ExpensesTips & Other Expenses
Day 01 Negombo
On arrival at the International Airport, be greeted by your driver who will take you to Negombo.
Negombo is a modest beach town located close to Bandaranaike International Airport. It is approximately 35 km north of Colombo City and 10 kms from the airport. Known for its huge and old fishing industry with busy fish markets and sandy beaches, you can enjoy panoramic ocean views, a golden beach at your doorstep, some delicious seafood cuisine and a dip in the ocean.
Go and explore the city by foot with our guided walk.
Negombo has been called ‘Little Rome’ for centuries, and you will see these beautiful (Gothic) churches towering alongside the road, over the lush trees. We stop over at the largest and Grandest church (It is called Grand Street Church after all) from the 1800s. From there on it’s a short drive and stroll through the streets that were in the Negombo Fort area where its housing structure is yet very Dutch in all form and manner. We also see the actual fort walls, the very British little church on the hill and the Bell Tower; although with the last, one really has to use their imagination.
Being known for its sea-food, the experience would not be complete until you have visited the fish market; where you get to see at the grassroots level the love people have for the trade. The dry-fish market is on the beach adjoining, and the process is quite an interesting one. We will then venture on to a boat ride – but this time on the lagoon where you get to see little tricks the fisher folk employ to bait the fish/crabs and prawns. This boat ride is especially scenic at sundown, and the boatman will navigate in a manner that you get the best sun-set photo.
Day 02 Colombo
This would be your day to explore Colombo. Wake up in the morning and head to Colombo after breakfast. Visit the Gangaramaya temple. The Gangarama Vihara is one of the most visited venerable temples in the country, decorated with wonderful brass work, stone carvings and other Buddhist art. Also a place of learning, it houses a museum, complete with a residential hall. For the uninitiated, this could be an introduction to Buddhism. Visit the Beira lake. You can rent duck paddle boats to go around the lake.
After this, head to the Old Dutch Hospital for lunch. This is one of the oldest buildings in the Colombo Fort area, dating back to the Dutch colonial era (ca. 1681). Today it houses nice restaurants and cafes, and cool shops you must check out.
Head back to your hotel and relax by the beach. In the evening get ready for your experience of choice.
Day 03/04 Nuware Eliya
Check out of your hotel early and head to Nuwara Eliya, a place often referred to by the Sri Lankan Tourism Industry as ‘Little England’ and is located at the heart of Sri Lanka. Thanks to its cooler climate, the city has a different feel from other parts of the country. The town centre is small enough to walk around with many key places to visit such as Single Tree Mountain, Victoria Park, Hakgala Gardens, Lake Gregory and numerous tea plantations. Take your pick!
Pay a visit to a strawberry farm. Spend some time at its café where you can buy fresh-from-the-farm strawberries, as well as jam and tea. Sit and enjoy the view and do not miss the strawberry cream, crush, and shakes!
If you want some relaxed time, go boating at Gregory lake. For a taste of the past, have a drink at the old colonial Hill Club or Grand Hotel - there is so much to do out here!
Day 05/06 Kandy
After breakfast, head to Kandy.
Head to the Ceylon Tea Museum. After all, any visit to Sri Lanka is incomplete without the tasting and buying of some tea.
Ceylon Tea Museum: Located approximately four kilometres from the Kandy city, the Ceylon Tea Museum in Hantana is housed in a tea factory building which was abandoned for more than a decade. Built in 1925, the spacious four storied Hantane Tea Factory stands as a proud monument to the success story of Ceylon Tea. Locals know the place more as a tea factory than as ‘Ceylon Tea Museum’. Take a stroll around Kandy Lake. Visit the war cemetery if you have time. Retire early and get ready for your next day.
Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic - Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic. According to legend, the tooth was taken from the Buddha as he lay on his funeral pyre. It was smuggled to Sri Lanka in 313 AD, hidden in the hair of Princess Hemamali who fled the Hindu armies besieging her father's kingdom in India.
Sustainable village: The next day, visit a sustainable village and go on a half day guided walk to meet interesting local people and learn about their way of life. Visit the home of a jewellery maker who handcrafts delicate Kandyan jewellery and watch as he fashions individual pieces from sheets of copper and semi-precious stones. Visit the home of a lady who runs an incense making cottage industry with a group of local women. Experience the entire process, starting with the melting of the various resins together with specific oils, the preparation of the incense mixture together with ash and exotic scents and finally the lady will allow you the opportunity to get your hands dirty and actually prepare your own incense sticks! Take away a pack of home-made incense sticks, an exotic reminder of your Sri Lankan adventure. In the evening, go for a stroll around kandy lake.
Day 07 Airport
This is the last day of your trip.
Visit the Royal Botanical gardens. Peradeniya, the Botanic Gardens, grow over 4,000 species of plant and are about 5.5 km west of Kandy. It attracts over 2 million visitors per year. You will see a large collection of orchids here. You can also find medicinal plants and spices. The National Herbarium of Sri Lanka is next door. Wander through the tranquil, immaculately-designed lawns, pavilions and plant houses, enjoying the tropical vegetation of the island’s largest botanical garden. Spend up to 3 hours here before heading to the airport.
Your Trail on map!
- Hotels are subject to be change according to the availability, but same star category of hotels shall be provided
- The rates are subject to change in the event government changes the tax policy
- Optional excursions and add-on services can be provided at additional cost
- The official check-in time at all hotels will be 1400 hrs & check-out time at 1200 hrs
- Early check- in / late check-out subject to availability from hotel and additional charges may be applicable
- Travel timing is approximate. Road Conditions, Traffic, etc need to be factored in