based on 13 nights inc. flights & selected experiences
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
International economy flights and taxes from the UK
Leopard Trails Included on an All Inclusive Basis
Stafford Bungalow Included on a Half Board Basis
Jim's Farm Included on a Half Board Basis
per person based on a family of two adults, two children.
Perfect itinerary for a family with teenagers - a great mix of adventure and relaxation
A private driver/guide throughout giving you complete flexibility
Spot an elusive leopard in Wilpattu National Park
A mix of both down time as well as cultural experiences and fun activities
Year round destination. The months of December to April are probably the best time to visit, as temperatures rise to around 28C during the day but cool down at night. Two monsoons affect Sri Lanka, one hitting the south coast during May to September but leaving the north fairly dry, and the other hitting the north between October and January. Downpours are usually short and sharp.
Sri Lanka is a fantastic destination for teenagers. Remote villages to explore, national parks to visit and leopards to find, tuk tuks to take through ancient temples – the list is endless. Through this itinerary you’ll be able to experience all the highlights with a great combination of wildlife, adventure and culture before finishing up with some relaxing time on the beach, making sure that everyone is kept entertained.
Starting off, on arrival in Sri Lanka you will have two nights staying just outside Colombo. Your driver/guide will meet you at the airport and will be on hand throughout your journey in Sri Lanka making your trip through this beautiful country is as seamless as possible. No need for you to think about logistics, you can leave that to us! After an international flight we want to give you some time to unwind so that you are starting your journey fresh for when the real adventure starts. Colombo is an interesting city to explore and one that is fast on the move. Spend one afternoon with your guide with a guided walk of Colombo full of beautiful shady boulevards, visiting some lovely cafes and stopping into the boutiques of Galle Road.
Then it is up north to Wilpattu National Park where you will be spending the following two nights. From Colombo the drive to the park is just over five hours but numerous stops can be made along the way to break up the journey and to stretch your legs. On the edge of the park you’ll be staying under canvas for the full safari experience and we have included twice daily safaris for you so that you can venture out in search of leopards and the possibility of seeing the odd wild elephant congregating near a water-hole. Given that Wilpattu is a much lesser visited park in Sri Lanka, you’ll have a much more wild and true safari experience here as you explore the tropical jungles and forests of Sri Lanka.
Next on the adventure after Wilpattu, you’ll head towards the Hill Country where you have a night to break the journey at Jim’s Farm. The journey in the car will take just over four hours, but again plenty of stops can be arranged along the way to make the journey more interesting. Located on the edge of the Cultural Triangle, in a small village near Matale you'll love the authentic feel of this home away from home. The Farm has a great location allowing you to dip into the culture of the region but providing a base surrounded by nature and interesting activities to get involved in such as visits to local villages and a tour of the working farm. We know with teenagers that cultural highlights can be interesting but you don’t want to be spending your entire day wandering around ruins.
After one night here, you will head deeper in the Hill Country, as no trip to Sri Lanka is complete without at least a taste of this region famed for its emerald tea plantations. Over your three nights here you’ll be able to enjoy the spectacular nature of the region as you take walks through the tea plantations and enjoy visiting local villages.
The whole family will then no doubt be wanting some beach time and have included five nights to finish on Tangalle's golden beaches. Spend your days either relaxing by the pool, on the beach or enjoying some of the many activities on offer in the area such as cycling through the countryside through local villages and spending the day exploring Galle Fort where we can send you to the best seaside restaurant to taste the freshest of spiced Sri Lankan seafood. At the end of your trip, from Tangalle you will be transferred by car to Colombo in order to connect to your flight home.
It is not just Sri Lanka's Hill Country that is home to tea plantations; not far from Koggala Lake is the South Coast's very own tea plantation. See the ladies plucking tea leaves and visit the tea factory and learn about Sri Lanka's most famous export.
Cycle through the charming city of Colombo at dusk, as you visit some of its most iconic landmarks.
Get up early (leave around 7am) to go to Kudawella Fishing Harbour. Take a walk around the small harbour packed full of fishermen selling their catch.
While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.
Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.
During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.
Today head to the centre of Kandy, once known as the Kingdom of Kandy. Take some time to visit the famous UNESCO protected Temple of the Tooth. Next wander around the colourful market followed by some tea at the historic Queen's Hotel.
The Royal Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya, Kandy, is renowned for its wide variety of plant species
and beautiful flowers. Of particular note is the collection of a variety of orchids.
Enjoy a evening safari in Yala National Park. Yala is a must for anyone wanting to spot the elusive leopard, and with over 250sqkm / 96sqm of land to explore, you will likely have some luck in spotting not only leopard, but sloth bear and elephants.
This evening you will visit The Temple of the Tooth. The stunning 17th-century Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is believed to house the left upper canine tooth of the Lord Buddha himself.
Meet with Ranju the artist during an intimate visit to his studio in Kandy. Gain an intimate insight into Sri Lanka's budding art scene and the artist behind some extraordinary pieces.
There's plenty to keep everyone entertained at Jim's Farm Villas. During you stay visit the local Buddhist temple, go on a farm tour, try some Tai Chi or play volleyball. There's even the chance to have a lesson in the art of sari dressing and cooking.
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