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Family Southern Explorer

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Family Southern Explorer

Introduction

The family Southern Explorer’ is a memorable experience of Sri Lanka’s spectacular southern beaches; fascinating elephants and marine turtles; and the ancient cultural heritage. This tour is recommended for families with young children who will enjoy fun-filled activities within a safe and friendly environment. We have designed an easy-paced holiday that allows families to experience real Sri Lanka and stay in high-quality accommodation with character.

Highlights
Enjoy Negombo’s palm-fringed beaches and fishing catamarans
Watch baby elephants at the Pinnawela orphanage as they feed and frolic in the river
Go on an adventurous trek through the jungles on elephant back in Habarana
Experience Kandy’s ancient heritage
Golf, ride horses and go cycling in the Victoria Golf & Country Resort
Experience white water rafting in kithulgala
Go water skiing, banana boating or wind surfing on Bentota lagoon
Take in the sun and surf at Bentota
Observe the endangered marine turtles in Kosgoda
Roam around Galle’s 17C Dutch Fort

Day 1 & 2

Our chauffer guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to Jetwing Blue, a luxurious contemporary hotel with an extensive beach frontage in Negombo situated just 20 minutes from the airport. Spend your days relaxing on the sunkissed beaches. Take a ride on a catamaran with a local fisherman. These large traditional fishing boats with their bellowing sails are only found in this region of the island.

Accommodation
Jetwing blue
Jetwing Beach is a chic and stylish five-star hotel in Negombo, set on a beautiful stretch of private beach just 20 minutes away from the international airport. It is also enroute to the Cultural Triangle and hill country making this a perfect first or last stop on a holiday in Sri Lanka where you can recuperate after a long flight amidst great luxury and warm hospitality
Sitting on the bronzed sand of Negombo Beach, 5-star Jetwing Blue Resort boasts 2 spectacular outdoor pools, a spa and 2 dining restaurants. It provides rooms with breath taking views of the ocean.

Day 3,4 & 5

After an early breakfast, travel to Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle via the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, a remarkable project that protects the island’s abandoned or orphaned wild elephants that would otherwise have surely died. From small, modest origins it has grown into one of Sri Lanka’s most famous attractions. Pinnewala enthralls adults and children alike. Roaming free within the Sanctuary, except when occasionally shepherded by their Mahouts (keepers) the elephants’ highlight is their regular bathing sessions in the river. We also recommend a visit to the nearby Eliphus Maximus project that produces beautiful paper out of recycled elephant dung – a fascinating project for children and adults alike. Maximus creates awareness regarding elephants and provides much needed employment to the village community. Maximus Elephant Dung Paper was the winner of a World Challenge 2006 conducted by BBC and Newsweek.

Travel on to the cultural triangle and check into Chaaya Village for your three nights stay. Children will welcome the wide range of buffet food available and will enjoy playing in the swimming pool or running around extensive gardens frequented by monkeys, mongoose, and rock squirrels. Go on an elephant safari at Habarana where you’ll be taken on elephant back through a jungle trek and across shallow waters. You might also consider an adventurous jeep safari in Minneriya National Park best known for the biggest gathering of Asian Elephants. During the dry season, herds of upto 150 elephants can be seen here. Sambar deer, toque monkeys, as well as plenty of birdlife, including cormorants and painted storks can be seen.
Accommodation
Chaaya Village
Chaaya Village is a four-star hotel perched at the edge of a tranquil lake in the village of Habarana in the Cultural Triangle. Habarana is in close proximity to the famous UNESCO World Heritage sites of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, and Sigiriya. Habarana is a four-hour drive from Colombo and a three-hour drive to/from Kandy.

Day 6 & 7

The journey from the cultural triangle to Sri Lanka’s hill capital – the small lakeside city of Kandy – will occupy most of the morning. Check-in to Clove Villa, a small boutique villa on the outskirts of Kandy. Visit the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy where a sacred tooth relic of the Lord Buddha is enshrined since 4th Century A.D. The temple has decorative walls, a golden roof and fine woodwork. Religious services (pooja) with traditional music and drumming are held daily at dawn, mid-day and in the evening where guests can participate.
Accommodation
Clove Villa
Clove Villa is a boutique villa set in the suburbs of Kandy just 15 minutes away from Kandy town. This is an ideal location from which to access Kandy’s cultural sites. Clove Villa is enroute to the Cultural Triangle. The journey from Colombo’s international airport take will about three hours.e-and-a-quarter hour drive from the International Airport

Day 6 & 7

Travel on to Kandy which is steeped in history and culture. Visit the ancient Temple of the Tooth where a tooth relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined. Attened to the pooja at temple in the evening and cultural dance next day you can do a city tour in Kandy Ceylon tea museum an essential stop on any Sri Lankan tea tour, this museum occupies the 1925-vintage Hantane Tea Factory, 4km south of Kandy on the Hantane road. Abandoned for more than a decade, it was refurbished by the Sri Lanka Tea Board and the Planters’ Association of Sri Lanka. There are exhibits on tea pioneers James Taylor and Thomas Lipton, and lots of vintage tea-processing paraphernalia. Knowledgeable guides are available and there’s a free cuppa afterwards in the top-floor tearoom.Visit Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre. This is the busiest dance show venue and in high-season it can be overwhelmingly crammed with tour groups. However, the auditorium makes it easier to take photographs than at other venues. It’s on the northern lake shore. Seeing as it’s so busy the earlier you arrive the better.

Accommodation
Amaya sky
Ideally located in the prime touristic area of Kandy Central, Amayaa Sky Hotel promises a relaxing and wonderful visit. Both business travelers and tourists can enjoy the hotel’s facilities and services. Safety deposit boxes, laundry service, 24-hour room service, family room, restaurant are on the list of things guests can enjoy. Each guestroom is elegantly furnished and equipped with handy amenities. To enhance guests’ stay, the hotel offers recreational facilities such as massage, garden. For reliable service and professional staff, Amaya Sky Hotel caters to your needs.

Day 8

Today you journey to the western foothills of the central highlands for your overnight stay in Kitulgala. This is an area with tropical rainforests, winding rivers and an undulating terrain. Kitulgala owes its popularity to the Kelani River which offers exciting Grade 3 rapids for rafting. Rise to the sound of bird call and the gushing waters of the mighty Kelani; go white water rafting or canoeing. You will stay overnight at the Paradise garden resort in Kitulgala.
Accommodation
Paradise gardens resort
Offering an outdoor swimming pool and a spa and wellness centre, Paradise Garden Resort is located in Kitulgala. Free WiFi access is available in this holiday park.The accommodation will provide you with a patio, sating area with sofa and work desk. There is also an electric kettle. Featuring a shower, private bathroom comes with free toiletries. You can enjoy mountain and pool view from the room.At Paradise Garden Resort you will find free bikes. Other facilities offered at the property include grocery deliveries, a shared lounge and a ticket service. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, horse riding and fishing. The property offers free parking.This holiday park is 34.2 miles from Bandaranaike International Airport.

 

Day 9,10,11,12 & 13

Travel southwest to the coastal town of Bentota and check into Bentota beach hotel for a five-night stay where you will relax and enjoy the sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Children will be kept entertained with the numerous watersports on offer on the calm Bentota lagoon, alongside the sea including banana-boating, water-skiing, jet-skiing, windsurfing and wave boarding. They will also love seeing the baby turtles at the Kosgoda Turtle Conservation Project which is a pioneering effort in conserving the endangered Marine Turtle species that come to nest in along the west coast of the island. Globally, all seven species of marine turtles existing are endangered. Out of these seven, five species of sea turtles come ashore to nest in Sri Lanka. The process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming back to sea is an ancient and phenomenal ritual that is fascinating to observe. You have an opportunity to contribute the Marine Turtle Conservation efforts through the project in Kosgoda where you will observe this endangered species without interfering with its natural breeding habits. We also recommend a visit to Galle’s 17C Dutch Fort which is about an hour south of Bentota. Galle Fort’s well-preserved ramparts overlooking the cricket stadium, lighthouse staring into the Indian Ocean, narrow streets lined with colonial period buildings still in use, museums, shops, cafes, and boutique hotels full of character, make for an interesting morning’s excursion.

Accommodation
Bentota beach hotel
Located in the heart of Bentota, this eco-friendly resort is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Bentota Beach and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Kande Vihare Temple. Beruwela Harbour is 3.9 mi (6.3 km) away. This resort features a full-service spa, a fitness center, and a coffee shop/café. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a 24-hour business center, coffee/tea in the lobby, and massage/treatment rooms.

 

No of Nights Hotels Price
2 Jetwing Blue £101
3 Chaaya village £219
2 Amaya sky hotel £170
1 Paradise Garden Resort £82
5 Bentota Beach Hotel £312
13 Total £884

Tickets

Place Description Price
Elephant orphanage Entrance Fee Rs. 2500.00 £12
Minnariya Entrance Fee Rs. 5934 for 2 £29
Sigiriya Entrance Fee Rs. 3900.00 £19
Kandy temple Entrance Fee Rs. 1000.00 £5
Cave temple Entrance Fee Rs. 1500.00 £7
Total £72

Other tickets depend on customer interest