The Sri Lankan Family Adventure

8 Nights & 9 Days, Year-round itinerary

1

Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be transferred to a nearby hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Spend 01 night at your hotel.

The Wallawwa, Kotugoda

  • Room Family Suite
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
2

Morning, leave for Kithulgala (2 ½ hour drive)

This afternoon, go on a guided nature walk in the Makandawa Rainforest Reserve, located a short distance across the river from the River Camp. The reserve has rich birdlife and has and many endemic species such as the Sri Lanka Orange Billed Babbler, Black Eagle, Scarlet Minivert, Chestnut Owlet and Blue Magpie, which makes it a great spot for avid birdwatchers. The hike takes you through a thick canopy of lush forest, trees towering above and providing natural shade and coolness even on the hottest day. The reserve has several waterfalls and its possible to swim in local swimming holes inside the reserve.

Spend 02 nights at the Bordlerlands River Base Camp in Kithulgala.

Borderlands River Base Camp, Kithulgala

  • Room Family Cabana
  • Basis All Inclusive (All meals and selected excursions with accommodation)
2

Full day for adventure-based activities catering to families with children from four year olds to young teens. The activities are perfect for parents with kids and are conducted by fully trained guides, who are experts at maintaining a safe but really fun environment. With canyoning, rafting on the lower section of the Kelani River, family movie nights, campfires with marshmallow roasting, swimming and tubing in the river as well as flat water kayaking, we promise that our camp will be popular with all kids, and a great getaway for adults and the perfect way for families to spend quality time together in a safe, natural and unique location.

Overnight at the Bordlerlands River Base Camp in Kithulgala.

Borderlands River Base Camp, Kithulgala

  • Room Family Cabana
  • Basis All Inclusive (All meals and selected excursions with accommodation)
4

Morning, leave for Haputale and enjoy a scenic drive through the central highlands passing through the mountain ranges laden with tea fields, numerous streams, picturesque waterfalls and patches of cloud forests. En—route to Haputale stopover at a tea factory and estate for a guided tour.

Spend 02 nights in Haputale.

Melhiem Resort, Haputale

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board
5

Make an early morning start with a packed breakfast to Horton Plains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and take a guided walk along the nature trails to a viewpoint known as World’s End with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. On the walk back you can stop over to see the impressive Baker’s Falls in full flow. Sambar, Sri Lanka’s largest species of deer are encountered regularly in the plains close to the entrance.

Afterwards, return to your hotel in Haputale and spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Haputale.

Melhiem Resort, Haputale

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board
5

Morning, leave for the Gal Oya Lodge in Gal Oya

In the afternoon, go on a boat safari to explore the area’s wildlife, which takes you through some stunning landscapes comprising of grasslands, rocky escarpments on the banks of the reservoir and provides panoramic views of the Danigala, Nilgala, and Ulpotha mountains ranges in the backdrop. Gal Oya is a key nesting location for large congregations of water birds in their thousands which include species such as the Greater Cormorants, Indian Cormorant, Little Cormorant Grey Heron, Spot-billed Pelican, Indian Darter and Asian Openbill. Raptors including the White-bellied Sea Eagle and Grey-headed Fishing Eagle are plentiful and are seen soaring above the water. The highlight at Gal Oya however is the opportunity to encounter large numbers of Asian Elephant which are occasionally known to swim across the reservoir to get across to different parts of the reserve.

Spend 02 nights at the Gal Oya Lodge.

Gal Oya Lodge, Gal Oya

  • Room Bungalow
  • Basis Full Board
7

Spend the full day exploring the Nilgala Forest is a dry evergreen forest which is a part of Gal Oya National Park that comprises of tall grasses, scrub jungle with some rocky outcrops, wines and some very large trees such as Aralu, Bulu, Belli, Waa, and Kahata. Nilgala. The forest also contains some important indigenous medicinal plant species which are found in the grassland habitats. Small herds of Elephants can be seen here and the other animals encountered include Spotted Deer, Barking Deer, Jackal, Wild Boar, Giant Squirrel, Toque Macaques and Grey Langur. Nilgala is also abundant in birdlife with a variety of forest and dry-zone species encountered with the highlight for birders being the presence of rarities such as the Painted Francolin and the Yellow-footed Green Pigeon.

Nilgala is accessed by jeep however there are also a number of walking trails available within the national park. The Makara trek is about an hour long walk through the jungle passing through a series of rocky outcrops and caves. The trail leads to a viewpoint known as the Dragon’s mouth along the Nilgala River, where the river flows under a layer of boulders and emerges from the other side. For those wishing to while away the hours in one of the park’s most beautiful spots, swim and relax, a delicious picnic lunch can be prepared on site by the hotel’s chef which can also be coupled with a jeep safari.

Overnight at the Gal Oya Lodge.

Gal Oya Lodge, Gal Oya

  • Room Bungalow
  • Basis Full Board
8

Early morning, go on the walk of discovery with the local Veddah chief, who will guide you through a walk in the jungle where you can learn how the Veddahs lived in harmony with nature. You can see how their tribe made use of the bounty found within these forests and how they made use of medicinal plants and herbs to treat their illnesses. Walk through their ancient hunting grounds, visit the cave dwellings and gain an insight on how the hunter gatherers lived in the jungles of Gal Oya.

Late morning, leave for Kegalle stopping en-route in Kandy for lunch. Time permitting, you may like to visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. The sacred tooth relic of the Buddha was smuggled in to Sri Lanka from India by a princess in the 4th century AD and was initially kept in Anuradhapura and then moved across the country over time before being housed in Kandy. This sacred temple attracts thousands of white-clad pilgrims on a daily basis bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani for their offerings which are known as pujas.

Afterwards, check-in at the Rosyth Estate House in Kegalle, where you will stay overnight.

Rosyth Estate House, Kegalle

  • Room Family Room
  • Basis Half Board
9

Departure transfer to the Bandaranaike International Airport

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