10 days from $3,720 per person*
  • White water rafting with a professional raft guide.
  • Spot wildlife on a guided jungle safari in Yala National Park.
  • Private guided hike in the highlands of Ella.
  • Travel by train through the lush Sri Lankan countryside.
  • Family-friendly accommodations throughout.
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Rafting, hiking, wildlife, scenic train rides and more - a perfectly tailored Sri Lankan discovery for the whole family.

We know the travel needs of a family are often different than those of a couple or group of friends, and we've thoughtfully tailored this exploration of Sri Lanka with that in mind. Ride in a bull-drawn carriage and explore an organic plantation busy at its daily work. Explore village trails on bicycle, meet friendly locals, and spot exotic birds along the way. With a private raft guide, set out on a white water rafting adventure on the Kelani River, and stop for a refreshing swim. Take a scenic train ride over bridges and through the vibrant scenery of Sri Lankan hill country. Hike the Ella highlands, and stay at a tented safari camp at Yala National Park where you'll set out on jungle safari excursions hoping to spot leopards, elephants, deer and the sloth bear. Spend your final days at leisure with beaches of the Indian Ocean literally at your door step. Lasting memories await in Sri Lanka. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Colombo to Marawila
    Colombo to Marawila
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Colombo - Marawila [Airport - Horathapola (1.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 2 Marawila
    Marawila
    • Farmer's Market & Bull Carriage Ride
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 3 Marawila to Kitulgala
    Marawila to Kitulgala
    • Transfer - Private - Marawila - Kitulgala [Horathapola (3 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • Day 4 Kitulgala
    Kitulgala
    • Tour - Private - White Water Rafting (2 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • Day 5 Kitulgala to Ella
    Kitulgala to Ella
    • Transfer - Private - Kitulgala - Ella [via Hatton by Vehicle & Train (6 hrs) (4.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • Day 6 Ella
    Ella
    • Tour - Private - Ella Highlands Hiking Tour (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • Day 7 Ella to Yala National Park
    Ella to Yala National Park
    • Transfer - Private - Ella - Yala National Park [(3 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
    • Daily Activities at Kulu Yala Camp
    All Inclusive
  • Day 8 Yala National Park to Matara
    Yala National Park to Matara
    • Morning Jungle Safari at Kulu Yala Camp
    • Transfer - Private - Yala National Park - Matara [(3.5 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
  • Day 9 Matara
    Matara
    • Day at Leisure
  • Day 10 Matara to Colombo
    Matara to Colombo
    • Transfer - Private - Matara - Colombo [Airport (3 hrs)] - Vehicle/Guide
    • English Speaking Chauffeur Guide - English Speaking Chauffeur Guide
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Day 1: Colombo - Marawila

For your added comfort, your English speaking chauffeur guide will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it and accompany you to your accommodation.

Transfer from Sri Lanka International Airport to Horathapola Estate (Marawila) with a private vehicle and English-speaking chauffeur guide. The transfer is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Accommodation: The Horathapola Estate (4*)

Horathapola Estate is 50 acres of serenity, nestled within the balmy vibe of rural Sri Lanka. The design aesthetic of Horathapola Bungalow features touches of modern luxury that complement the stateliness of colonial architecture. The furniture is antique, the cuisine is a riot of colour and flavour, and the mood is languid. The bungalow’s grandiose architecture is matched with a priceless collection of Sri Lankan antique furniture – some pieces are as old as the bungalow itself. A lush garden skirts the building, and features a salt-water swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, walking trails, and vibrant birdlife. Beyond the garden, the foliage extends into a live organic estate. Coconut, fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, and rice are all grown organically and sustainably, supporting around thirty families in the adjacent village.

Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Marawila Beach
Marawila Beach
Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Horathapola Estate
The Horathapola Estate

Day 2: Marawila

For an impressive stimulation of the senses, a staff guide will lead you on a visit to the local “pola” (farmers’ market). The absence of supermarkets in rural areas still means that farmers’ markets are the center of trade. The market has a vibrant buzz of activity, and you’ll experience an incredible array of sights, sounds and smells, unlike anything back home. Vendors try to out-yell each other while buyers jockey for position at their favorite stall to get to the freshest products. It’s sensory overload at its finest.

You can also hop into the bull-drawn carriage for a unique way to enjoy a tour around the property, while exploring the extent of Horathapola’s plantations. Besides being a unique experience, the ride is a great opportunity to see an organic plantation at work. The estate offers all guests a complimentary ride.

Feeling adventurous? Grab one of the bicycles and take a ride around the village in the vicinity of the property. It’s a great way to get a feel for rural life as you pass by temples, farmland, and plantations while you explore village trails on a bicycle.
 
NOTE: PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

Accommodation: The Horathapola Estate (4*)
Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Pola Vendor
Pola Vendor

Day 3: Marawila - Kitulgala

Enjoy a transfer from Horathapola Estate (Marawila) to Kitulgala in a private vehicle and English- speaking chauffeur guide. The transfer is approximately 3 hours.

Accommodation: Palmstone Retreat (5*)

Palmstone Retreat is a tranquil haven for relaxation, offering luxurious accommodation, unparalleled fine dining options and the ultimate in comfort and privacy. This exquisite hideaway is set in lush natural forests, overlooking a picturesque flowing stream, 1.5 miles from Kitulgala, all on a secluded ten acre property. Its beautifully designed chalets are nestled adjoining a cascading waterfall with a private dining deck. Renowned for its excellent service, a stay at Palmstone Retreat might create memories to last a lifetime.

Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Palmstone Retreat
Palmstone Retreat

Day 4: Kitulgala

Kitulgala is the leading white water rafting destination in Sri Lanka. Rafting along the Kelani River is a thrilling activity, which can be enjoyed by all levels of competency. For the beginners, there are four minor rapids (Grade 3) located in the lower part of the river while the upper section has five major rapids which are suitable for experienced rafters. Enjoy stunning views as you glide by the gentle stretches, and take in the breathtaking natural landscapes of forested hills. Watch out for the famous bridge location of the 1957 Academy Award winning movie ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai,' which is an excellent place to jump in for a swim. You will be provided with safety gear, life jackets, new rafts, and a comprehensive briefing by experienced rafting instructors before each session. Admission fees are included.

Accommodation: Palmstone Retreat (5*)
Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  White Water Rafting
White Water Rafting

Day 5: Kitulgala - Ella

Today you will embark on a scenic train journey through Sri Lanka's hill country. Your English-Speaking Chauffeur Guide will transfer you to the Hatton train station and assist you with boarding the train to Ella. Upon your arrival in Ella, the same chauffeur guide will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. Total journey time is approximately 4.5 hours. It’s a spectacular scenic experience. The train passes along the edge of mountains, with wonderful views on the lush valleys down below and tea factories clinging to the hillside. Not surprisingly, this particular stretch of the train’s journey is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

Please note that your chauffeur guide will not be traveling with you on the train. He will however, pick you up at Ella station.

Accommodation: Waterfalls Homestay Guesthouse

Nestled in a quiet village, surrounded by lush nature, just a short stroll from the nearby town of Ella you will find “Waterfalls Homestay”. It is the perfect destination for those who are looking for a guest house with a personal touch. As the name suggests “Waterfalls Homestay” offers stunning views of the nearby waterfall and the natural beauty of Sri Lanka’s hill country. Three uniquely designed rooms ensure that everyone’s individual needs can be easily accommodated, offering a perfect blend of Western comfort and Sri Lankan hospitality.

Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Scenic Sri Lanka Train Journey
Scenic Sri Lanka Train Journey
Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  View of Ella Rock
View of Ella Rock

Day 6: Ella

Today, with your English-speaking chauffeur guide, you will head high up to the highlands of Sri Lanka to see the charming town of Ella. Here the air is cooler, and the vegetation is lush and fruits grow aplenty in the pleasant hill climate. This is one of Sri Lanka's prime hiking destinations. If you are looking for a leisurely hike, head to the Little Adams Peak. The hike itself takes approximately 1 hour. The views of the valley and surrounding hills are stunning. If you are looking for a more challenging trek, head towards the Ella Rock. The walk will take you along the railroad tracks and toward a swinging metal bridge - those with vertigo don't look down! The hike continues past a eucalyptus forest. Here the climb can be a bit steep, and you will need to be in good physical shape to attempt it. Local farmers will guide you all the way (the farmers are not professional guides and speak little English). The hike will take approximately 3-4 hours depending on your pace.

Accommodation: Waterfalls Homestay Guesthouse
Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Ella Highlands Hike
Ella Highlands Hike

Day 7: Ella - Yala National Park

Transfer from Ella to Yala National Park with a private vehicle and English-speaking chauffeur guide. The transfer is approximately 3 hours.

Today, join a jungle walk led by the experienced wildlife guides at the Kulu Yala camp, and set out to explore the riches of the Yala National Park. The trail provides a rare opportunity to learn interesting tips on the art of tracking, animal behavior, and offers a unique perspective for birding as well as photography. Key wildlife attractions include leopard, sloth bear, Asian elephant, spotted deer, sambar deer, and an array of birdlife.

Kayaks are also provided at your camp, so that you can get out on the water for a couple of hours of exercise, and experience a different perspective of the nature at Yala.

Accommodation: Kulu Yala Tented Camp

Kulu’s Yala camp has a perfect location to explore the multiple sectors of the vibrant Yala National Park. The camp’s paradigm is to seamlessly blend a definitive Sri Lankan wildlife experience with exceptionally comfortable accommodation, while minimizing the ecological footprint. The tailor-made, mobile safaris include customized tents that are finessed with thoughtful touches. The guides are professionally trained naturalists who have spent years learning the intricacies of the jungles. Kulu Safaris is the first operator to establish and practice environmentally conscious camping. They have adopted a strict “no-plastic” policy, use renewable energy to as great an extent as possible, and have implemented an eco-friendly waste-management system. All tents have been custom-made in South Africa by one of the world’s leading safari outfitters.

Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Yala National Park
Yala National Park
Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kulu Yala Tented Camp
Kulu Yala Tented Camp

Day 8: Yala National Park - Matara

Set out on an early morning drive with an experienced wildlife guide at the Yala National Park, hoping for animal sightings. This is the best time to capture some amazing photographs with the available natural light. Keep your camera ready!

NOTE: PROGRAMS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

 

Transfer from Yala National Park to Matara with a private vehicle and English-speaking chauffeur guide. The transfer is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Accommodation: 3 Sisters Beach House

3 Sisters is situated towards the southern tip of the Island just beyond the town of Matara and is one of the South’s most beautiful and inviting beach houses. Designed in the vernacular style of the property's original Dutch owner, 3 Sisters takes its name from his 3 daughters, creating a lovely beach retreat from what was once simple cottage. The property mixes the rich antiquities of Sri Lanka with the needs of today’s travelers, including Wi-Fi availability throughout the house. The ground floor includes two bedrooms with individual en-suites.  The “Poolside” bedroom opens up to the living room with views over the pool and garden that extend to the Indian Ocean, which is literally at your door step.

Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Asian elephants
Asian elephants
Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  3 Sisters Beach House
3 Sisters Beach House

Day 9: Matara

Today enjoy the day at leisure, to explore the port city of Matara. Matara’s main attractions are its ramparts, a well-preserved Dutch fort, its beaches and the vibrant street life.

Accommodation: 3 Sisters Beach House
Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Matara Beach
Matara Beach

Day 10: Matara - Colombo

Enjoy a transfer from Matara to Sri Lanka International Airport with a private vehicle and English-speaking chauffeur guide. The transfer is approximately 3 hours.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

The Horathapola Estate (4*): Marawila

Horathapola Estate is 50 acres of serenity, nestled within the balmy vibe of rural Sri Lanka. The design aesthetic of Horathapola Bungalow features touches of modern luxury that complement the stateliness of colonial architecture. The furniture is antique, the cuisine is a riot of colour and flavour, and the mood is languid. The bungalow’s grandiose architecture is matched with a priceless collection of Sri Lankan antique furniture – some pieces are as old as the bungalow itself. A lush garden skirts the building, and features a salt-water swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, walking trails, and vibrant birdlife. Beyond the garden, the foliage extends into a live organic estate. Coconut, fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, and rice are all grown organically and sustainably, supporting around thirty families in the adjacent village.

Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Horathapola Estate
The Horathapola Estate
Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  The Horathapola Estate Pool
The Horathapola Estate Pool

Palmstone Retreat (5*): Kitulgala

Palmstone Retreat is a tranquil haven for relaxation, offering luxurious accommodation, unparalleled fine dining options and the ultimate in comfort and privacy. This exquisite hideaway is set in lush natural forests, overlooking a picturesque flowing stream, 1.5 miles from Kitulgala, all on a secluded ten acre property. Its beautifully designed chalets are nestled adjoining a cascading waterfall with a private dining deck. Renowned for its excellent service, a stay at Palmstone Retreat might create memories to last a lifetime.

Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Palmstone Retreat
Palmstone Retreat

Waterfalls Homestay Guesthouse: Ella

Nestled in a quiet village, surrounded by lush nature, just a short stroll from the nearby town of Ella you will find “Waterfalls Homestay”. It is the perfect destination for those who are looking for a guest house with a personal touch. As the name suggests “Waterfalls Homestay” offers stunning views of the nearby waterfall and the natural beauty of Sri Lanka’s hill country. Three uniquely designed rooms ensure that everyone’s individual needs can be easily accommodated, offering a perfect blend of Western comfort and Sri Lankan hospitality.

Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  View of Ella Rock
View of Ella Rock

Kulu Yala Tented Camp: Yala National Park

Kulu’s Yala camp has a perfect location to explore the multiple sectors of the vibrant Yala National Park. The camp’s paradigm is to seamlessly blend a definitive Sri Lankan wildlife experience with exceptionally comfortable accommodation, while minimizing the ecological footprint. The tailor-made, mobile safaris include customized tents that are finessed with thoughtful touches. The guides are professionally trained naturalists who have spent years learning the intricacies of the jungles. Kulu Safaris is the first operator to establish and practice environmentally conscious camping. They have adopted a strict “no-plastic” policy, use renewable energy to as great an extent as possible, and have implemented an eco-friendly waste-management system. All tents have been custom-made in South Africa by one of the world’s leading safari outfitters.

Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kulu Yala Tented Camp
Kulu Yala Tented Camp
Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Jeep Safari
Jeep Safari

3 Sisters Beach House: Matara

3 Sisters is situated towards the southern tip of the Island just beyond the town of Matara and is one of the South’s most beautiful and inviting beach houses. Designed in the vernacular style of the property's original Dutch owner, 3 Sisters takes its name from his 3 daughters, creating a lovely beach retreat from what was once simple cottage. The property mixes the rich antiquities of Sri Lanka with the needs of today’s travelers, including Wi-Fi availability throughout the house. The ground floor includes two bedrooms with individual en-suites.  The “Poolside” bedroom opens up to the living room with views over the pool and garden that extend to the Indian Ocean, which is literally at your door step.

Sri Lanka Family Adventure Tours 2017 - 2018 -  3 Sisters Beach House
3 Sisters Beach House

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Bonnie Carroll — August 14, 2017 — India & Area

    The trip was FABULOUS! We are now loyal Kensington converts - you took care of everything, and each day unfolded with new surprises and adventures! They were made aware (by Kensington??) that it was our shared birthday trip (my 60th!) and so each Oberoi really outdid themselves in doing special birthday celebrations! Wow, amazing! Just overwhelming!

  • Pamela L — August 22, 2017 — India & Area

    Everything was great, when we wanted to change something they were very good at doing so. I was more than satisfied. Thanks for a wonderful trip.

  • Bruce Rubin — August 14, 2017 — India & Area

    I loved working with Kenny and all the people at Kensington Tours. I loved how easily everything flowed during our journey. Your people were mostly wonderful with a few who simply showed up. We had a few hotel rooms that were less than perfect but in the case of Varanasi I mentioned my displeasure and the room was immediately changed. Many of the hotels were as luxurious as promised and the service was impeccable. We truly loved our trip and would happily use your services again and recommend them to our friends.

  • Renee Martin — August 14, 2017 — India & Area

    Really great experience! The quality and the individuality of how our tour was designed was perfect! Would definitely like to do another tour with Kensington!

  • Richard B. — July 15, 2016 — India & Area

    Guides and especially drivers were very good, indeed.

  • Alicia H. — June 30, 2016 — India & Area

    Each of my guides was absolutely wonderful, making a whirlwind tour feel well-paced and meaningful as well as providing interesting historical/cultural insights and offering excellent shopping and restaurant recommendations. In particular, Sanjil made sure I got all of the best photo angles of the Taj Mahal. Vivek was an amazing story-teller who went above and beyond to make Udaipur come alive, and Indrajeet was an excellent teacher of India's many religions and cultural traditions. The Oberoi hotels were unbelievable; I have never stayed in more luxurious accommodations or experienced more attentive service! This tour was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

  • William C. — May 19, 2016 — India & Area

    Mahipal, our driver for 10 days, was absolutely excellent. My wife has had 3 previous neck surgeries, and cannot ride in a bumpy vehicle. Mahipal was careful to make our travel as smooth as humanly possible. Thank you! Sunita Singh was excellent in arranging everything we needed, as well as our driver.

  • Sherri W. — May 18, 2016 — India & Area

    The choice of hotels and the guides selected for each city were very knowledgeable. We especially liked Rotan in Jodhpur, Gowinda in Jaipur, Iqbal in Agra and Mr Satya Gupta in Deli. They were all very patient, humorous, and happened to be willing photographers. They even made restaurant suggestions for local places outside the hotel. Great versatility. Our driver, Mr. Ronnert Singh, navigated those tough Indian roads safely and flawlessly. We've taken a few tours but quite frankly Kensington was one of the best.

  • James H. — May 18, 2016 — India & Area

    The pacing was well thought out. It's about as easy as you will ever do, i think, touring for a month in India. The Oberoi Hotels were uniformly excellent.

  • Diana D. — May 12, 2016 — India & Area

    Just arrived back from a spectacular 13-day visit to Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra and Varanasi. Sunita Singh of Kensington put together a perfect itinerary to give us a taste of Indian sights, sounds, people and culture and the hotel bookings exceeded our expectations. Everywhere we went we were met by the local Kensington representatives, who more than handled any request we came up with. We felt well cared for throughout the trip. The local guides selected by the local Kensington representatives were knowledgeable about their home city and they were very flexible and accommodating in seeking to make the trip special. Since we were driven in a private van from Udaipur to Jodhpur to Jaipur to Agra and back to Delhi, we could not have been in better hands. Our driver was spectacular. The trip was a success and we could not be happier. Thank you Kensington for a very special trip.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
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