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The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
A miniature version of one of our most popular family itineraries, this itinerary offers a quick taste of Sri Lanka’s wildlife, tropical beaches, and the cultural heritage.
Arrive. Transfer directly to Kalapitiya, on Sri Lanka's north-west coast, one of the most beautiful and escapist areas of the island where pristine beaches lie close to shimmering lagoons. During the season, hundreds of dolphins can be spotted in the seas off Palagama Beach and there is a chance to try some water-sports, too. Wilpattu National Park, arguably Sri Lanka’s most beautiful, offers a great day’s excursion and is home to the elusive leopard and sloth bear and is accessible from its Western entrance, just under an hour away.
Travel to the Cultural Triangle. The great sites lie in close proximity, including Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Temple and the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa where cycling is also possible. The National Parks of Minneriya and Kaudulla are also nearby, where large groups of elephants, sambar deer and toque monkeys are regularly seen, as well as plenty of bird life.
Families are often pleasantly surprised how quickly children take to Colombo. It is a compact and friendly city offering lots of simple pleasures to keep everyone enthralled. Take a walk around Fort and Pettah with a resident host. Explore the shops, pubs and restaurants at the Dutch Hospital Shopping complex. The kids will love a Segway tour around the lush parks in the heart of Colombo.
Head straight to the airport from here.
Palagama Beach is a tiny village in itself that spreads across acres of secluded private land in the north-west fishing village of Alankuda. This is an escapist area of wild beaches, sand dunes, and coconut palms. Guests have a choice of staying in one of three colourful wooden cabanas or one of two more spacious houses.
Wild Grass is a luxurious eco-retreat 15 minutes from Sigiriya rock which offers seven smart villas that deserve to be ranked alongside the best accommodation in the Cultural Triangle. Surrounded by jungles, a small lake and hills, Wild Grass is set in 30 acres of unfenced jungle which is frequently visited by birds, wild rabbits, deer and even the occasional elephant.
Galle Face Hotel, originally constructed in the 19th century, incorporates traditional Victorian features with stylish contemporary design. It is an attractive alternative to Colombo’s modern business hotels: the stately wooden panelling and staunchly Victorian rooms are resonant of a bygone age.
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