The Ultimate Family Holiday in Sri Lanka

14 Nights & 15 Days, Summer Itinerary

Season: From April to October (7 months)

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After breakfast, leave for Yala.

In the afternoon, go on a guided safari to Yala National Park, where you can encounter Leopards, Asian Elephants, Sloth Bears and an array of other wildlife.

Spend 02 nights in Yala

Cinnamon Wild, Yala (Silver Category)

  • Room Jungle Chalet
  • Basis Half Board

Uga Chena Huts, Yala (Gold Category)

  • Room Pool Cabin
  • Basis All Inclusive
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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.

Jetwing Blue, Negombo (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast

The Wallawwa, Kotugoda (Gold Category)

  • Room Garden Suite
  • Basis Half Board
2

Morning, leave for The Mud House in Anamaduwa.

In the late afternoon, go on a guided excursion to the Paranakanda Temple, which is atop a giant rocky outcrop. Access is by cycle or tuk tuk and this is one of the areas ‘must see’ attractions.

Spend 02 nights in Anamaduwa.

The Mud House, Anamaduwa (Silver Category)

  • Room Family Hut
  • Basis Full Board

The Mud House, Anamaduwa (Gold Category)

  • Room Family Hut
  • Basis Full Board
3

Full day for locally based excursions which can be arranged by the Mud House. Suggested activities include:

Birdwatching:
The ‘dawn chorus’ is for many a natural alarm clock and an audible reference to the multitude of species that may be encountered. Over a 100 different species have been recorded at The Mud House. A typical Bird Watching trip would start with an early morning cup of tea in your hut before gently strolling the lanes and paths. The various lakes are often hotspots for a flurry of colourful specimens, but it can be just exciting trying to catch a quick glimpse of the smaller species hiding in the forest cover. The walk tends to last for an hour or two, and we return for a shower followed by a hearty breakfast.

Cycling:
All guests are given a bike to use for the duration of their stay. As the Mud House covers a vast area of land, many guests cycle and explore the various trails between the two lakes and to get to and from the restaurant area at meal times. It is possible to do a lot of the local excursions by bike, such as the Paramakanda temple and Tonigala rock. Many of the nearby villages and lakes can also be reached by bike, as well as the bright lights of Anamaduwa town, which is just under 8 km away. There are bicycles in many different sizes, including a selection for children of most ages.

Kayaking:
Fun for all times of day, kayaking in the early morning or late-afternoon on the lake can be a great way to watch the birds and take in the surroundings at a sublimely leisurely pace.

Lakeside Picnic:
Picnics are a great way for a family to enjoy a day out. The Mudhouse is surrounded by an inter-connected network of lakes which are a part of an ancient irrigation system. Picnics can be arranged with travel by bike, motorbike, tuk-tuk, tractor or vehicle, depending on far we need to go. Kayaks, hammocks, mats, cushions and picnic kits will be transported to ensure maximum comfort and pleasure at the various beauty spots

Cooking Lessons:
The Mudhouse serves traditional village cuisine cooked the traditional way – with clay pots and firewood hearths. You can participate in a cooking lesson, in order to prepare the meals for lunch or dinner. Much of the produce used is harvested fresh from the farm and delivered directly to the kitchen. You can discover how to prepare some of the delicious local recipes from scratch.

Guided Nature Walks:
Walk through the nature trails around the Mud House, where you can learn to identify different species of trees and plants to looking in more depth at the overall concept and landscaping.Explore the design and architecture of the various buildings at The Mudhouse as well as how it works in terms of water, recycling, reforestation and other details of running such an operation. Look more closely the lakes and how they support complex networks of life, before finishing with a tour of our own farm. It often possible to spot lots of different wildlife on such walks, with varieties depending on the particular season. This trip is particularly good for kids and families.

Overnight in Anamaduwa

The Mud House, Anamaduwa (Silver Category)

  • Room Family Hut
  • Basis Full Board
4

Morning, leave for Sigiriya

Afternoon, climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Visit the palace ruins of King Kassapa which was constructed on top of a massive 200 meter high rock surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, frescoes of half-naked women and other structures.

Spend 02 nights in the cultural triangle around Sigiriya

Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board
5

Morning, go on the Hiriwadunna Village Experience, which is an opportunity for the villagers to invite foreign guests into their homes, share a meal with them and see their lifestyle in close quarters. Sri Lankan villagers are extremely sociable and it is here, that you will experience to its fullest, the famed Sri Lankan hospitality. You begin by traveling on a Bullock Cart, which was the common means for carrying goods in pre-automobile Sri Lanka. Afterwards you will travel on a dugout canoe at the nearby lake and the tour ends with a home visit to a villager’s residence where you can savour a delicious home-made Sri Lankan rice and curry lunch.

In the afternoon, visit Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park to view ‘The Gathering of Elephants’ which is a seasonal congregation of elephants that takes place between June through to November. During other times of the year, Elephants can be seen at the Hurullu Forest Reserve.

Overnight in Sigiriya.

Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board
6

Morning, leave for Passekudah on the East coast. Afternoon at leisure by the beach.

Spend 02 nights in Passekudah

Uga Bay, Passekudah (Silver Category)

  • Room Beach / Ocean Studio
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
7

Full day at leisure by the beach.

Water sports such as jet skiing, sea kayaking or windsurfing can be included. There are also some shallow coral reefs where you can go snorkeling.

Overnight in Passekudah

Uga Bay, Passekudah (Silver Category)

  • Room Beach / Ocean Studio
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
8

Morning, leave for Kandy.

In the evening, 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.

Spend 01 night in Kandy

Cinnamon Citadel, Kandy (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board
9

This morning, travel by train on an observation deck carriage to Ella enjoying a scenic rail journey with panoramic views of the highlands as you pass through numerous tea fields, patches of cloud forests and waterfalls. One of the highlights of the journey is traveling on the 9 arches bridge, which is a beautiful example of English engineering and design and built entirely out of solid rocks, bricks and cement without the use of steel.

Upon arrival in Ella Railway Station, travel by road to your hotel in Haputale. Boasting some of the most stunning views of the country, located on the southern edge of the hill country, Haputale is a town clinging on the long narrow mountain ridge which falls off on both sides. This produces some amazing vistas which can be viewed in its full glory at sunrise and sunset.

Spend 03 nights in Haputale.

Melheim Resort, Haputale (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner only)
10

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.

Melheim Resort, Haputale (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner only)
11

After an early breakfast, travel to the Lipton’s Seat viewpoint. This place gets this name after the famous tea planter Sir Thomas Lipton who was said to have used this spot to observe the surrounding region of his tea plantations. On a clear day the view will be breath taking and the best time to visit is early morning as the mist starts rolling in. This place gives a stunning view of areas such as the Handapanagala lake, Chandrika tank, Udawalawe Reservoir and the Wedi Hiti Mountains, as well as the Hambantota Harbour on the southern coast.

Afterwards, go on a guided tour of a tea factory and estate. The factory displays machinery and equipment used in the times of the colonial period, and demonstrates the process of manufacture. The tour ends with a refreshing cup of this great brew.

In the afternoon, visit the Adisham Bungalow, which is monastery of the Sylvestro Benedictine monks. This large stone building was initially built by Sir Thomas Lester Villiers in 1931 who was a tea planter and later sold in 1961 to the Benedictine monks. The building has a unique old world charm which is brought out by the antique furniture and architecture. Time permitting, you can also visit the nearby St. Andrew’s Church which was built in 1875 and is known for its architectural splendor.

Overnight in Haputale.

Melheim Resort, Haputale (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner only)
12

After breakfast, leave for Yala.

In the afternoon, go on a guided safari to Yala National Park, where you can encounter Leopards, Asian Elephants, Sloth Bears and an array of other wildlife.

Spend 02 nights in Yala

Cinnamon Wild, Yala (Silver Category)

  • Room Jungle Chalet
  • Basis Half Board
13

Early morning and late afternoon safaris at Yala National Park for wildlife viewing. Yala is also an excellent destination for birding with over 200 recorded species.

Overnight in Yala

Cinnamon Wild, Yala (Silver Category)

  • Room Jungle Chalet
  • Basis Half Board
14

Early morning, you have one last guided safari in Yala National Park.

Late morning, leave for Colombo.
Time permitting, go on a guided tour of Colombo in the late afternoon.

Spend 01 night in Colombo

Cinnamon Grand, Colombo (Silver Category)

  • Room Deluxe Room
  • Basis Bed & Breakfast
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