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Sri Lanka Family Holiday

14 days Sri Lanka, Asia
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
3
4
Family Holidays | Min age 5 years
Trip code: 
HHFL
Trip Highlights: 
See wild animals on an exciting jeep safari in Uda Walawe National Park
Camp in the middle of a tea plantation
Climb Lion Rock
See the incredible Buddhist temples & Glorious golden beaches
Cycle through the village of Pewehera
Flight Inclusive prices from
Child £2,438 Adult £2,709
Price includes flights, transfers, all accommodation and entry fees, as well as a selection of meals. More info »
Prices without flights from
Child £1,013 Adult £1,125
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions related to Sri Lanka Family Holiday

Are the vehicles air conditioned?

Yes, on the whole they are.

Do I need a sleeping bag for the camping?

No, all your bedding will be provided.

Do we need to take our own towels?

Towels will be provided in hotels, however you may wish to bring your own to use at the beach.

What grade is the optional rafting?

The river grade varies from 1 to 3. There are age restrictions on this activity: Anyone wishing to do this activity must be at least 8 years old. Children aged between 8 and 12 will be able to do the rapids graded 1 and 2, and anyone over 12 will be able to do the grade 3 sections. An ability to swim is essential.

Questions related to Sri Lanka

Do I need to bring a mosquito net?

No. Most places provide a mosquito net if one is necessary. However, we recommend you use oan insect repellent containing 'Deet' and covering up where appropriate.

Can I drink the water?

We recommend you drink bottled water, which is widely available.

What will the weather be like?

The best times to visit are generally July to September and December to March. Straddling the path of the monsoons, heavy rainfall is experienced twice a year, but on different coasts and at different times. This peculiar pattern means that it is always the ‘right season’ somewhere on the island. The north-east monsoon occurs from October to early January (affecting northern and eastern parts). The south-west monsoon occurs from May to early September (affecting the south-west corner). At these times, rainfall is often heavy but short-lived. In the lowlands or along the coast, it is invariably hot (sometimes very hot, up to 37°C) and humid (average daytime temperatures are in the mid-20s) with sea breezes providing some relief along the coast. In the highlands around Nuwara Eliya, the average daytime temperature of around 15°C can drop considerably at night. November-January is generally coolest, whereas March-June is usually the hottest period.

Do I need a visa?

Holders of UK & IRL passports do require a visa – however these are issued on arrival. Other EU nationals should contact us for information. Nationals of all other countries should contact their local embassy or consulate.

What money should I take?

The local currency is the Sri Lankan rupee. Sterling, or any other major currency is readily exchanged. Credit cards can be used in most of the larger hotels and souvenir shops. 

Is it safe to travel in Sri Lanka?

We avoid the north and north-east of the island where there are problems with the Tamil Tigers. Elsewhere security is tight, especially in Colombo and around the airport. Military or police roadblocks are common. We have never encountered a security incident. We can react swiftly to change the itinerary if necessary and thus estimate the potential danger to be minimal. Most people are pleasantly surprised at how relaxed and unthreatened they feel during their stay.

Questions related to General Information

What do I take with me?

See your Trip Notes, these have a detailed packing list. On most international flights you're restricted to twenty kilograms baggage and we recommend you always pack light. Generally hard suitcases are not suitable.

What's included within the trip price?

Everything listed within the itinerary is included; accommodation, on-tour transport, the services of a group leader and local guides, entrance fees, excursions and activities, as well as a number of meals. See your Trip Notes for full details. Transfers to and from the airport in-country are also included for those on Group Flights, as well as a mandatory ATOL Protection Charge of £2.50 which protects your booking. 

What's not included in the price?

Generally anything not listed in the itinerary. This includes optional tours and excursions, some meals, visas, vaccinations, excess baggage charges, porterage at hotels, insurance, international and entry/departure taxes overseas, and things of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, room service charges, phone calls, etc. As well as any new government taxes or price increases for hotels, transportation and airfares implemented after the tour programme for this brochure was costed.  

If I book late is it cheaper?

No, it is not a package with charter flights and accommodation, whereas if there is spare capacity the price is reduced to ensure it fills up.

With small group adventures flights and ground arrangements are reserved separately, due to the flexibility involved. On most trips we have a contract with a preferred airline and an allocation of flights at a special rate. However from between 1-3 months before departure, depending on the airline, we have to hand back our unused allocation. Therefore we have to buy airline tickets on the open market, which can result in flight supplements.

This point is even more prevalent for family trips, where demand for flights is high during the school holidays. Therefore reserving places late is likely to include high flight supplements.

Speak to a Travel Consultant for more information, but the rule of thumb is it’s best to reserve your place earlier.  

Is there a maximum age?

All of our trips are designed to be accessible to anyone with a good level of fitness. If you are travelling on one of our southern Africa tours and are aged 65 or over, you will need to provide a medical certificate signed by your doctor.

Can I book a trip without flights?

Yes you can do this on every trip.

What is the accommodation going to be like?

Accommodation is clean, simple and choosen for its value for money, location and atmosphere. You'll mainly stay in twin rooms which have private facilities within small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area. Sometimes though you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. In such we also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.

There are also camping options on several of our trekking and wildlife trips, for which all equipment is provided, but it might be necessary to bring personal gear such as sleeping bags.

Accommodation commences on the first night of the "without flights" itinerary until check-out on the day of departure. Please note accommodation on all trips are subject to change.

What is a group adventure?

The average group size is between 6-12, although groups can be larger or smaller than this. Generally they will be of all ages and from all walks of life. However, you will have similar interests and the shared experiences on the itinerary soon bring everyone together.

Can I organise a trip with just my friends or family?

Yes, just let us know your chosen trip and we can organise a private departure. Prices may vary from those given on the website, depending on the size of the group and date of departure.

How knowledgeable and experienced is the Group Leader in general?

The local guides undergo extensive training in all aspects of travel in the region. They are full-time professionals and are selected for their empathy and knowledge of the area you are visiting.