Sri Lanka family vacation

“Tailor made 2 week vacation capturing all the fun that this company founder has had again and again in Sri Lanka with her kids, usually on a bike. You have a chauffeur guide.”

Highlights

Rock fortress of Yapahuwa | | Polonnaruwa | Lots of swimming pools | Sigiriya | Kandy | Dambulla Cave Temple | Temple of the Tooth | Nuwara Eliya | Bambarakanda Waterfall | Galle

Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
When you are on the south and southwest coast, be aware that there is a very strong rip, and so best to keep to the small, enclosed bays when swimming.
Trip type:
Tailor made to suit family ages and requirements.
Included:
Accommodation, all breakfasts, some meals, airport transfers, activities, tours, air conditioned car and driver guide.
Accomm:
Small, locally owned 3* hotels or guesthouses, with possible upgrade to boutique hotels.
Meals:
Many meals are included, but when you are out and about, it feels like Masterchef on Tour.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka family vacation

Environment

We operate all of our tours in Sri Lanka in conjunction with a local partner that share our environmental values and have pioneered many social and environmental programmes within Sri Lanka. As an example, in the aftermath of the tsunami they were very active in finding small projects that desperately needed the funds being offered by overseas travelers who had previously visited the country. Their intervention was critical in providing food and shelter for over 1,000 people in a small monastery just outside Colombo.
One of the big environmental problems in Sri Lanka is the disposal of plastic, for example plastic bottles. As tourists cannot drink the local water and have to rely on bottled water, we take visitors to a local supermarket in Colombo where they are able to buy large cylinders of water which they use to refill their water bottles through the course of the trip. Although this is a small scale initiative, it all helps.
In general in Sri Lanka we use small locally owned and family run accommodation which has been built (and furnished) using local materials.
Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. The majority of our staff either walk or cycle to work and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.

Community

Our tours in Sri Lanka are always escorted by an English speaking driver who are central to the experience provided to travelers. We ask the drivers to ensure that they stop frequently in local villages and markets so that our guests are able to stop off and explore. They will assist with the purchasing of (delicious) tropical fruits and will often take travelers to small chai (tea) shops. This all helps to provide much needed income for small rural communities whilst at the same time providing a wonderful experience for travelers.
Most programmes will also involve a visit to a school or village which provides our guests (and particularly the children) with a fascinating insight in to the local way of life and culture.
Our drivers are also able to provide advice on how to behave appropriately when traveling in Sri Lanka, for example taking off your shoes before entering a temple or house.

Reviews of Sri Lanka family vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


White water rafting on Kelani river was great fun. Exciting without being frightening.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Sigiriya was superb and not to be missed but I would recommend getting there as early as possible to avoid the crowds. Later on, 4ish, I would highly recommend climbing the adjacent rock, Pidurangala, far less touristy with phenomenal views and more of an untamed feel. Decend to the white Budda to enjoy the sun set at about 6pm (July)

Also we went round Polonnaruwa which, for us, was the only mistake. The ruins are impressive but with 2 teenagers, very hot weather and a woeful ignorance of history it didn't go down well.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We stayed at the Elephant freedom project which was absolutely marvelous. You join in as part of the family, clean out the 2 elephants, walk them to the river and and wash them. You could see the elephants loving it. They only allow 6 people in during the day so you have to book in advance.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Marvellous range of experiences which we all enjoyed.

Reviewed on 02 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Elephants
Friendliness of the Sri Lankans

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?




3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not particularly

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The wonderful food and gentle people!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Sri Lanka is amazing, but our tour operator provided a very discounting service.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not sure

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


A great place, a wonderful experience for the children but no effort made to get the itinerary right for a family with young children and many opportunities to fit in some amazing places in a fascinating country

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for taking the time to send us your comments about your vacation. I am very pleased to read that you enjoyed your time meeting people in Sri Lanka and that you felt
that it was a wonderful experience for the children but am very sorry to hear that overall
you found the trip a little disappointing, and that the itinerary was not quite right for a family with young children.

We strive very hard to ensure that our tours are tailored to the ages of the children
traveling. For example, when planning the trip we try to give accurate driving times to
enable parents to make an informed decision about whether the programme is suitable for
their family. Whilst there is of course always scope for the driving times to increase or
decrease according to the most recent road conditions, these estimates should be reasonably accurate. I will speak to our local partners in Sri Lanka to check the times that we advised you and to ensure that we are providing correct information.

I am also sorry to hear that you felt that we offered a discount service. Again we try very hard to match the programmes that we offer to the budget and requirements of individual families, and offer a wide range of accommodation from simple lodges to very luxurious hotels. I know that during the course of this trip there was a remote eco-lodge that, on arrival, you did not feel was suitable for the family and were not happy with the level of cleanliness. As it was quite late in the evening we were not able to make alternative arrangements that night but did arrange to move you the following day. We are discussing this matter with the hotel management and will not use this lodge again until we are satisfied that steps have been taken to address the situation.

It is our intention that our travelers have the vacation of a lifetime and I am very disappointed that this does not seem to have been the case on your trip. I will contact you offline to further discuss your experiences so that we can ensure that we properly address any issues that arose.


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