Family vacation in Sri Lanka

“A delicious 12 day introduction to beautiful Sri Lanka, paced and planned with kids in mind, featuring a happy mix of activities and leisure. ”

Highlights

Negombo | Dambulla | cave temples | Sigiriya Lion Rock and bike ride | Kandy | botanical gardens | Temple of the Tooth | dinner with a local family | Nuwara Eliya | train to Bandarawela | countryside trek | tea plucking experience | Uda Walawe National Park | Elephant Transit Home | Mirissa | whale and dolphin watching November to April | Galle | kite making and flying | Colombo

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03 Apr 2021
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7 years
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This trip is for families only (including any aunts, uncles or cousins who’d like to come along, of course). As long as you’re traveling with a child under the age of 18, you’re a family in our eyes. Plus, unlike other travel companies, children aged 17 years and younger receive a 10% discount off the price of their trip. Traveling our way is a bit like traveling with a group of friends. Made up of 3-5 like-minded families, the kids tend to hit it off on these trips straight away, allowing you to enjoy some well earned R&R. We often find the whole family ends up making friendships with people from all over the world, staying in touch long after the adventure ends.

Our family group sizes are small enough to avoid the crowds and reach some out-of-the-way places, but big enough for a good social mix. Our average group size of 10 allows us to hop aboard local boats, buses or trains, eat at friendly, family-run restaurants and kick back in traditional accommodation and homestays.

We know the biggest challenge on a family trip is keeping the kids entertained. So we’ve planned in advance. Nearly all of our hotels feature pools, and each day has a great mix of action-packed adventure and flexible free time. Your local leader can also suggest activities based on your kid’s hobbies or school curriculum.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
As a global tour operator, we take our role in tourism extremely seriously. We recognise the impact tourism has on local communities and environments and we plan and travel with this at the forefront of our minds at all times.

We incorporate the principles of sustainable development in the way we provide our travelers with real life experiences. These values are more than just words on a page; they are ingrained in our culture and the daily operations of every office and every trip. We expect our staff and travelers to travel with the principles of responsible travel in mind and endeavour to demonstrate these values at all times - respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

This trip gives our travelers a chance to integrate into the local culture and get involved with the daily practices of Sri Lanka. We visit a locally family run coconut plantation and learn how the coconut is used from ‘nose to tail’. A main ingredient in almost all Sri Lankan dishes, we learn that the whole tree, the roots and leaves, as well as the husk are put to good use. Our visit encourages travelers to minimise their waste distribution by learning how to utilise every aspect of the locally sourced foods.



Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We encourage deep and meaningful connections with the local people and on this trip we meet with local people and learn how their livelihoods were affected by the 2008 tsunami. The experiences our travelers have here give them a real insight into Sri Lankan culture and provide them with a snap shot of daily life after this disaster. We also spend time with a local family, joining them in preparation for the evening meal which we are invited to.

We use local restaurants and businesses wherever possible to support the local economy and this puts imperative financial resources back into the community. On this particular trip, we peruse the local seafood market for the ‘catch of the day’ and have it cooked up at a local seaside restaurant. Our travelers take a master class to learn the local way of cooking seafood and spend time and eat lunch with a local Tamil family, taking in the distinct flavours that the Tamil cuisine offers.

Our commitment to sustainable tourism doesn’t stop when our tour does. We use local transport wherever possible on our tours. We run and support a variety of projects, from healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, sustainable development and environmental and wildlife protection. Our own in house foundation has been in operation for over 11 years; a not-for-profit fund that has distributed over AU$3 million to more than 70 non-government organisations since 2002. Donations come from our travelers and are then matched by us dollar for dollar.

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