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Introduction 

Experience Sri Lanka with all your senses: We have put together this 7-day round trip especially for families with children from 5 years who are visiting Sri Lanka for the first time and would like to experience the authentic culture of the tropical island in addition to the well-known highlights. 

In one week, you can see well-known and unknown sights from culture, nature, and wildlife and experience an entertaining excursion program for young and old. Many opportunities to try things out and do it yourself as well as short car trips and plenty of exercises ensure variety. The 19 excursions, 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 2 safaris, village visits, cooking course, bike tour, night hike, and train ride are primarily geared towards the interests of young visitors. 

Family-friendly accommodation and transport in an air-conditioned vehicle with a private driver ensure maximum flexibility and comfort during the trip. 

Swing with your children on the lianas of ancient trees, discover unknown aromas, feel the thrill of a snake charm, and get a little scare together at night in the wilderness! 

Why this travel package? 

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

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Perfect for getting to know the tropical island for the first time and for combining it with a beach stay

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A varied excursion program for young and old

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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 7 days Sri Lanka round trip 

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Starts in:

Colombo

National Park safari: 2

(Toyota High Luxury Jeep)

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Ends:

Airport/Hotel

Sights: 25

(3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites) 

Duration: 7 days

(with breakfast) 

Places visited: 6

(6 nights) 

Day 1: Airport - Habarana - Dambulla

Welcome to Sri Lanka! Become a rice farmer and eat with your fingers! 

Highlights 

  • Reception at the BIA and drive to Dambulla 
  • Village safari with ox cart, catamaran & tuk tuk 
  • Relaxation at the family pool 

Your private driver welcomes you at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and your tour of Sri Lanka starts immediately with the drive to Dambulla 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. Wild elephants can often be seen on the shores of the lake! 

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 Dambulla 

WATER GARDEN SIGIRIYA

Day 2: Dambulla

Ginger Curry & Indiana Jones – Learn To Cook Spicy & Look For Stones! 

Highlights 

  • Ritigala Forest Monastery 
  • Vegetable market in Dambulla 
  • Cooking course “Rice & Curry” 
  • Safari in Minneriya National Park 

Welcome to the climbing paradise! In Ritigala hide the ruins of an abandoned, ancient forest monastery, romantically overgrown by the jungle. The remains of an Ayurvedic monastery hospital, meditation paths, and the remains of a gigantic stone bathing pond are hidden here. Millstones for the Ayurvedic herb leaves are still in place. They were used to prepare medicinal baths. 

Particularly noticeable: the elaborately decorated urinal stones of the monks. At this point, the ascetic clergy made it clear what they thought of jewelry and art! Send your children on a search! 

The site was once used as a film set for some of the “Indiana Jones” movies. A special delight for young visitors: the rocky path through the jungle and the huge, ancient trees with the lianas. You feel like Mowgli in the jungle book! 

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! Before that, stroll through the largest vegetable market in Sri Lanka – a paradise of colors and smells! 

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 Dambulla 

WATER GARDEN SIGIRIYA

 

Day 3: Dambulla - Riverston - Kandy

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

Highlights 

  • Dambulla Cave Temple (UNESCO World Heritage Site) 
  • Hikes in the Knuckles Mountains 
  • Bambarakiri waterfall 
  • Picnic at Mini Word’s End 
  • Drive to Kandy 
  • Evening ceremony in the Temple of Tooth Relic in Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage Site) 

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. Look closely! 

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

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 abandoned 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! 

In the evening you will experience the puja ceremony in Kandy. The Temple of the Tooth 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. 

The room with the shrine in which the tooth is kept is opened three times a day in a ceremony for pilgrims and visitors. According to tradition, the owner of the relic has the right to rule over Sri Lanka. 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. 

Overnight and breakfast in Kandy 

THE KANDY HOUSE

Day 4: Kandy - Kitulgala

Secret Towers & Green Hideouts – Adventure in the deep rainforest! 

Highlights 

  • Ambuluwawa Crazy Tower 
  • Hike through the jungle to the Aberdeen Falls 
  • Picnic and swimming 

The ascent to the 48-meter-high Crazy Tower on Ambuluwawa Mountain is only for those with a head for heights! The tower is twisted like a snail shell and the stairs get narrower and narrower, which makes the passage up a real adventure. Those who make it to the top will be rewarded with a unique view over the Mahaweli river valley and an exclusive snapshot motif. Don’t forget your selfie stick! 

Now you can experience that real jungle feeling! Kitulgala is a world full of wonders in the middle of the rainforest. Colorful plants, exotic birds, and strange insects cavort on all floors! The forest is full of life and the play of light and shadow through the thick, tall trees is fantastic. 

The 98 m high Aberdeen Falls are among the most picturesque waterfalls in Sri Lanka but are rarely visited. The path to the hidden waterfall leads through thick a jungle. 

Once there, the clear water of the natural pool invites you to take a refreshing swim and you can have a wonderful picnic on the bank with a view of the impressive natural spectacle. 

Overnight and breakfast in Kitulgala 

THE ARGYLE LUXURY BOUTIQUE

Day 5: Kitulgala - Hatton - Haputale

Landscape cinema & Lipton’s footsteps – Take the train to the enchanting highlands! 

Highlights 

  • Drive from Kitulgala to Hatton 
  • Train ride from Hatton to Haputale 
  • Walkthrough the tea plantations 

Now it’s off into the green: from the jungle landscape to the central highlands covered with tea plantations. 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! 

From Hatton, take the train that winds its way through the breathtaking hilly landscape. Enjoy the passing landscape and the local hustle and bustle on the train. Definitely try one of the delicious snacks from the hawkers! 

The tranquil town of Haputale at 1,400 m above sea level is ideal as a starting point for hikes and walks in the surroundings characterized by forests and tea plantations, such as Lipton’s Seat, Adisham Monastery, or one of the numerous tea factories. Along the way, there are wonderful vantage points which, on a clear day, allow a view of the natural surroundings and down to the coast. 

Overnight and breakfast in Haputale 

NINE SKIES

Day 6: Haputale - Ella - Tissamaharama

Waterfalls & Wildlife – By bike through the tea fields and by night in the wilderness 

Highlights 

  • Bike tour or hike through the tea plantations 
  • Visit a tea factory 
  • Drive to Tissamaharama 
  • An evening with BBQ around the campfire 
  • Torch hike 

Explore the beautiful landscape around Haputale by bike or on foot. Endless plantations, bubbling streams, and thundering waterfalls invite you to take relaxing tours. 

Find out more about the cultivation and processing of the various types of tea in Sri Lanka in a traditional tea factory. Stroll through the vast tea plantations or become a tea picker yourself and discover how arduous this work is. During the “High Tea” that follows, you will experience how different the teas taste! 

You leave the picturesque highlands towards the south coast via the famous mountain village of Ella. In Ella Gap, some worth seeing viewpoints as well as the famous Nine Arches Bridge invite you to stop with a view of the dreamlike landscape, before wide rice fields and endless grasslands spread out on the flat plain. The chances of seeing elephants living in the wild are good in this area. 

Adventurous families spend the night in a tented camp in the wilderness. You spend the evening around the campfire in the very best wildlife atmosphere. Courageous children can venture into the bush with a flashlight in the dark. 

Overnight and breakfast in Tissamaharama 

UGA CHENA HUTS

Day 7: Tissamaharama - Galle - Airport / Hotel

Palm trees & pirate nests – road trip on the panoramic road on the Indian Ocean! 

Highlights 

  • Early morning safari in Yala National Park 
  • Galle Old Town and Galle Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site) 
  • Visit a turtle sanctuary 
  • Transfer to the airport/hotel 

Very early in the morning, we go stalking in the jeep. The Yala National Park on the eastern south coast is the most popular national park in Sri Lanka. Here you can watch a variety of animals such as crocodiles, elephants, mongooses, and monkeys, but above all the largest leopard populations on the island. 

Anyone who has decided to stalk the “Big Five” of Sri Lanka has the chance to see elephants, sloth bears, and leopards in front of the photo lens. 

A special kind of road trip awaits you afterward: Always along the sea, past the most beautiful beaches of the south coast, the journey goes towards Galle. On the coast, the famous stilt fishermen stand in the water, ready for the obligatory photo. Very Instagramable! 

You reach the historic port city of Galle with its imposing colonial buildings and tropical flair. Before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, Galle was the island’s main port and reached the height of its development as a flourishing trading center during the Dutch colonial era in the 18th century. The fortress around the old town with around 400 magnificent colonial-style buildings testifies to the city’s eventful history. 

When strolling over the walls of the well-preserved fortress and through the partly renovated old town with its trendy shops and trendy cafes, visitors experience an unmistakable colonial flair. On the promenade in front of the lighthouse, snake charmers and cliff divers provide easy thrills! 

In the early afternoon, you will visit a turtle sanctuary. To prevent the illegal sale of eggs laid on the beach, the employees collect the eggs immediately after they are laid and release the animals a few days after they hatch. You get an insight into the interesting work of the animal rights activists and can experience the cute animals up close. 

Now it’s time to say goodbye! An eventful Sri Lanka tour comes to an end. Hopefully, you will leave our beautiful island with many unforgettable impressions and memories! Get home well! 

Ayubowan! 

Or stay a few more days to relax and bathe on the coast! 

 

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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