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5 days Sri Lanka for families with children! Short round trip with 10 excursions, visit of 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites, safari, cooking course, train ride, village visit, 2 hikes, family accommodation & private driver. Ideal if you are only planning a short stay on the island or want to combine a short tour of Sri Lanka with a beach holiday afterward. 

The varied family short trip offers visits to a small selection of sights from culture, nature, and wildlife as well as exciting ancient sites. Action and adventure await the whole family on a visit to the rainforest and  a jeep safari in the national park. A visit to the village is a good opportunity to get to know everyday life in Sri Lanka with your children and to encounter the locals. 

Encounter wildlife, visit spectacular temple ruins, admire a giant, and cook spicy food! 

Why this travel package? 

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5 days Sri Lanka short round trip for families with children from 5 years

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Visit the top sights & unknown highlights

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Ideal for combining with a beach holiday

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Short trips in an air-conditioned vehicle with a licensed private driver

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Certified, German-speaking guide bookable

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Family-friendly & quality-tested accommodations with breakfast

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Recommended travel time: all year round

Itinerary 5 days family short trip 

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Starts in:

Colombo

National Park safari: 1

(Toyota High Luxury Jeep)

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Ends:

Airport/Hotel

Sights: 10

(3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites) 

Duration: 5 days

(with breakfast) 

Places visited: 3

(4 nights) 

Day 1: Airport - Habarana

Welcome to Paradise! With the ox cart to the elephant watch! 

Highlights 

  • Reception at the BIA and drive to Habarana 
  • Village tour with ox cart, catamaran & tuk tuk 
  • Relaxation at the family pool in the hotel 

Your private driver welcomes you at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and your tour of Sri Lanka starts immediately with the drive to Habarana in the center of the island. 

Lovely rice fields, colorful vegetable gardens, and exotic rubber plantations pass by and the well-stocked market stalls along the street invite you to a fresh snack. Here you will find exotic superfoods and sustainable soft drinks straight from the environmentally friendly coconut packaging! 

In Habarana you change to the ox cart: it goes leisurely through the travel fields to a landing stage. Here you set sail with the classic catamaran and head for a traditional farming village. Visit the village house, vegetable garden, and rice field, and watch the farmers and artisans go about their daily work. Children are welcome to help! 

The village women will prepare a traditional lunch for you, which you will have in the village house. Children are allowed to eat in the treehouse, which is used at night to spy on predatory elephants! Here you can eat with your hands! 

In the afternoon you can relax with the family by the pool of the hotel. 

Overnight and breakfast in Habarana 

WATER GARDEN SIGIRIYA

Day 2: Habarana

Cloud girls & wild elephants – a visit to ancient It-Girls and hilarious pachyderms! 

Highlights 

  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Cooking course “Rice & Curry” 
  • Jeep safari in Minneriya National Park 

In the morning it goes up high: climb the 200-meter high rock “Sigiriya Rock”. 1860 steps lead up to the ruins of the 1,500-year-old, legendary Royal Palace on the Lion Rock. Many a spiral staircase is a real thrill! Halfway through the ascent, you will reach the Cloud Maiden: around 20 impressively well-preserved frescoes as evidence of ancient Sinhalese art. Once at the top, you will be rewarded for the arduous ascent with a fantastic view over the extensive gardens and the jungle of Sri Lanka. 

The history of this place dates back 7,000 years when King Ravana founded this amazing complex. Researchers suspect that the original palace lies undiscovered inside the rock. Allegedly one sees otherwise tightly closed crevices open from time to time.

Those who do not dare to climb the rock can stroll through the surrounding gardens and irrigation systems of the palace or watch the cheeky monkeys that frolic at the foot of the rock and provide good entertainment. When it rains, even the ancient fountains work! 

At lunchtime, you and your children pick up the wooden spoon to cook spicy food! Under the guidance of a Sinhalese housewife, you will prepare a traditional “Rice & Curry”. Then eat! 

In the afternoon you will experience a very special pool party: groups of up to 200 elephants gather in the Minneriya National Park every evening at the reservoir to bathe and drink. From the jeep, you can watch the animals from a short distance. 

Overnight and breakfast in Habarana 

WATER GARDEN SIGIRIYA

Day 3: Habarana - Dambulla - Riverston - Kandy

Knuckles & Fish Therapy – A Day at the End of the World! 

Highlights 

  • Cave temple in Dambulla (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Walk at Mini World`s End & Riverston View Point 
  • Bambarakiri waterfall 
  • Drive to Kandy 

Today you visit a giant! The rock temple of Dambulla is famous for its 5 caves, in which there are 153 statues of Buddha carved out of the rock and well-preserved paintings that trace the life of the Buddha. It is said that the water on the ceiling of the main cave flows upwards! 

The temple is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. The focus is the huge, resting Buddha in the first temple cave. 

Now you leave the classic travel route and take a detour into untouched landscapes. The name Knuckles Mountain Range is derived from the knuckle shape, which is formed by the five highest peaks between 1,500 and 2,000 m altitude. The deserted landscape in this mountain range is an oasis of silence and deceleration. 

Mini World’s End is one of the most beautiful places in the Knuckles Mountains. The place is one of several “World`s End” called, steeply sloping rocks in Sri Lanka. Spread out your picnic blanket here and enjoy the view. Explore the area on short hikes to waterfalls and viewpoints. 

The Bambarakiri waterfall offers a ticklish amenity for tired hikers’ feet: fish therapy! Schools of small fish clean the feet. Pure wellness for free! 

Overnight and breakfast in Kandy 

THE KANDY HOUSE

Day 4: Kandy - Watawala - Kitulgala

Temples & tea plantations – by train through the green highlands! 

Highlights 

  • Visit the Temple of Tooth in Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage) 
  • Train ride from Kandy to Watawala 
  • Walkthrough the rainforest 
  • Drive to Kitulgala 

The Temple of the Tooth in Kandy is the holiest site for Buddhists in Sri Lanka and at the same time the most beautiful Buddhist temple in the country. A Buddha’s canine tooth is kept as a relic in the main temple. 

According to tradition, the owner of the relic has the right to rule over Sri Lanka. The room with the shrine in which the tooth is kept is opened three times a day for pilgrims and visitors in a puja ceremony. Monks in saffron robes and women in white clothes pass the shrine. Here you can – like the locals – lay flowers and light an oil lamp. 

During the train ride from Kandy to Watawala, you will be enchanted by the green landscape of the dense tea plantations. The rolling hills fly by like paintings. The section is one of the most beautiful railway lines in the world. 

The best tea in Sri Lanka grows in this area: Maskeliya. The only teas to which this tea is added is real Ceylon tea. Definitely try it! 

Now you can experience that real jungle feeling! Kitulgala is a world of wonder with tons of colorful plants, birds, and insects on every floor! The forest is full of life and the play of light and shadow through the thick, tall trees is fantastic. 

Overnight and breakfast in Kitulgala 

THE ARGYLE LUXURY BOUTIQUE

Day 5: Kitulgala - Aberdeen Falls - Airport / Hotel

Rafting & rainforest – plunge into the waves and bathe in the natural pool! 

Highlight 

  • On request (optional): Adventure Sports 
  • Hike to Aberdeen Falls with swimming and picnic 
  • Drive to the airport/hotel 

The Kelani River offers some of the most exhilarating white water rafting in Sri Lanka. The crystal clear water of the river, which plunges through a rocky gorge just above Kitulgala, is a perfect area for rafting professionals and beginners. Rapids of levels 2 to 3+ with promising names like “Butter Crunch”, “Killer Falls” or “Virgins Beast” await brave challengers. 

At the end of the tour, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the rainforest again. The 98 m high Aberdeen Falls are among the most picturesque waterfalls in Sri Lanka but are rarely visited. The path to the pool of the waterfall leads through dense jungle. Once there, the clear water invites you to take a refreshing swim and you can picnic on the bank with a view of the impressive natural spectacle. 

End of the journey 

 

Services

Entrance fees according to the itinerary

Accommodation in a family room with breakfast 

Transfers and round trip in an air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking private driver 

Transfer to the airport / extension hotel 

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