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A family adventure to remember! Your first stop is an old and charming coconut estate just an hour and a half’s drive from the airport. Some call it, “jetlag heaven”. The main bungalow is surrounded by a lovely lawn so there’s plenty of space for the kids to run around and there is a lovely pool. Here we will learn about the proverbial coconut and all its different uses. The next morning we head for the hills, stopping on route on the banks of the Kelani River for a refreshing swim. We are staying in a family friendly boutique hotel overlooking rolling hills and verdant tea plantations. Tomorrow we’re going on a boat ride, we’re plucking our own tea and visiting a local tea factory to learn the humble beginnings of the steaming pot of team mummy likes so much! Our next stop is Kandy, Sri Lanka’s spiritual capital. We’re staying in a proper tea planter’s bungalow on a hill, about 45 minutes out of town. Visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth and go on a hair-raising ride around town in a local tuk-tuk. We then travel south east to Gal Oya, a rarely visited National Park that surrounds Sri Lanka’s largest man-made reservoir. Lookout for swimming elephants during you boat safari! Here we meet the island’s indigenous “forest people”. I bet you’re looking forward to tucking your toes into warm soft beach sand now! This is where mum and dad chill out and do nothing but lazing by the beach for the next three days. There’s plenty for the active though, from water sports to cycling and watching movies under the stars. Your final stop is our Cultural Triangle, though we like to call it our “Indiana Jones” territory. Here we explore the ruins of an ancient civilisation, learn about the age-old traditions of rice cultivation, visit a local village and school and have a ton of fun learning about those mischievous monkeys.

How long?

  • 13

    Nights
  • 14

    Days

Depending on the time of your flights, you may need an extra initial night near the airport. We will be happy to advise you.

Price?

Price is available upon request. Rates vary depending on the time of the year and the number of people traveling. Email us if you’re interested in this particular itinerary. Let us know when you’d like to travel and how many rooms you need in each hotel.

Day 1 to 2
Horathapola
Negombo
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Horathapola

Negombo

Horathapola, a family-owned mansion dating back to the 1920s lies tucked within a vast green coconut belt that stretches up the west coast from Negombo to Puttalam and inland to Kurunegala. Its relative proximity to Colombo International Airport makes it a perfect base for those who want to unwind, slow down and recover after a long flight, or a place to relax before leaving, although Horathapola is well worth at least two nights. The estate is also located en route to the Cultural Triangle.

The main house which is elegantly furnished, lies within a 50 acre coconut plantation. Coconut, rice, cashew nuts, mangoes and other fruits, as well as spices and hardwood trees are all grown on the estate.

An elegant hall greets you upon entrance with beautiful terracotta floors, ceiling beams and furnished with simple, stylish antiques. There is an extensive library and plenty of hidden nooks for those wanting to read a good book or relax in peace and tranquility.

Activities during your stay

  • Learn how coconuts are harvested and all the different uses they have
  • Take a bullock cart ride through the plantation
  • Let the kids run around the vast spaces and swim in the pool
Day 2 to 4
Camellia Hills
Hatton
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Camellia Hills

Hatton

Located in the central highlands of Sri Lanka, in the heart of the tea country surrounded by picturesque lush green valleys, Camellia Hills is a modern five-bedroom tea bungalow. A sister property of The Wallawwa in Kotugoda and Fort Bazaar in Galle Fort, Camellia Hills features a minimalist design appointed with contemporary furniture decorated in greys and blues and floral designs creating an ambience of warmth. The five bedrooms at the bungalow are split into Lakeview rooms and Camellia bedrooms. Architecturally designed to offer spectacular views of the Castlereagh reservoir from the central areas of the bungalow, Camellia Hills is a hotel that should not be missed.

Activities during your stay

  • Go rafting, canoeing or swimming on the Kelani river
  • Learn the art of tea plucking and see how a tea factory works
  • Walk along tea trails and take a traditional boat ride across the lake
  • Take a dip in the pool overlooking tea plantations
Day 4 to 6
Ellerton Bungalow
Kandy
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Ellerton Bungalow

Kandy

Perched on a hilltop, offering magnificent views of the Mawanella Mountain Range, Ellerton is a 100 year old refurbished plantation bungalow. Located half an hour from Kandy, the bungalow is set within nine acres of an organic tea and spice estate and is ideal for families, couples and groups of friends for its private and secluded location.

A testament to its colonial heritage, Ellerton offers accommodation in 7 rooms located in the Main House, Valley House and the stand-alone Garden Room. The views from the room are unrivalled and even better from the spectacular infinity swimming pool.

Activities during your stay

  • Enjoy a scenic train ride to Kandy and visit an old train station
  • Play with the resident dogs
  • Laze by the fireplace in this old tea planters bungalow
  • Visit the Temple of the Tooth and learn about the Buddha
  • Explore Kandy by tuk tuk
  • Explore the Udawattakele forest reserve
Day 6 to 8
Gal Oya Lodge
Gal Oya
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Gal Oya Lodge

Gal Oya

Located on the fringes of the Gal Oya National Park, Gal Oya Lodge blends naturally into its forest surroundings, offering innovatively designed luxury accommodation in the island’s south-east.

Spread across 20 acres of private forest, the loge is strategically located for guests who want to enjoy boat safaris over Sri Lanka’s largest reservoir.  Gal Oya Lodge practices environmentally responsible tourism and each of its ten bungalows have been constructed from locally sourced natural materials.

Sightings of a resident elephant herd are frequent throughout the year, and the real magic lies in seeing them swim between islands. Gal Oya is also home to over a 150 species of birds, other animal species and rare medicinal plants used in Ayurveda medicine.

Activities during your stay

  • Go on an evening boat safari in Gal Oya National Park for a chance to see swimming elephant
  • Meet the traditional tribesmen of Sri Lanka
  • Explore the outdoors on a night safari
Day 8 to 11
Uga Bay
Passikudah
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Uga Bay

Passikudah

Set on pristine white sand meters away from the calm and clear ocean, Uga Bay is a coastal resort located in Passikudah, a town known to have one of the longest stretches of shallow beaches in the world – with the water only inches deep and a gentle current, visitors to this part of the island’s coast can walk kilometers into the sea at day or night.

The hotel itself ranks up as one of the best properties on the East Coast and offers family friendly accommodation by the sea with an infinity pool and the most modern comforts one can find in the area. Fusing tropical and Mediterranean architecture, the modern new property features amazing views of the beautiful bay; stepping into the hotel, the semi-circular design of the property allows ocean views from every one of the 44 spacious rooms, as well as from the luxuriously private Bay Suite and Beach Villas.

Activities during your stay

  • Go sailing, kayaking, snorkeling
  • Head out to explore on a bike ride in the area
  • Watch a movie under the stars
  • Take a dip in the calm ocean waters
Day 11 to 14
Ulagalla Resort
Anuradhapura
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Ulagalla Resort

Anuradhapura

Ulagalla incorporates an eco-friendly design blended with modern comforts. Spread across 58 acres of working paddy fields, organic vegetable plots and ornamental gardens that host 25 chalets, a sensitively-restored ancient Wallauwa (manor house), a 30m swimming pool, a gym and a sensual sunken spa.

Public areas of the resort – a first-floor restaurant, fully-equipped bar and reception area – are all located in the main house, a 150-year-old fully-restored mansion once home to the village chieftain. Linking all areas of the resort is an eco-friendly transport system through on-call golf buggies and pedal bicycles, two of which are provided for guests in each chalet. With an emphasis on sustainability, Ulagalla operates on a solar energy farm that powers half of the energy requirements and their chalets are built using recyclable material.

The activities offered at Ulagalla – archery, horse riding, kayaking and nature walks – have also been chosen for their minimal impact on the environment.

Activities during your stay

  • Explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa otherwise known as ‘Monkey Kingdom’
  • Visit a local village and learn how to cultivate rice
  • Climb Sri Lanka’s most iconic and impressive archaeological site, Sigiriya Rock Fortress

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