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ACTIVE FAMILY SRI LANKAN ADVENTURE OFF THE GRIB

Venture into your active family adventure punctuated by many fun and various activities, perfect to bound back with your teenagers in participating to multiple experiences with them! On the program: Canyoning & Rafting on Kelani River, Hike the Adam's Peak and share this ascent with the locals to the summit of the holly mountain in Sri Lanka, get into a train ride across the far hill country area, Trekking down one remote abandon tea road in passing back remote Tamil village,  its habitant and its wildlife, ride dusty broken roads of Yala National Park in 4x4 to spot most wildlife & bird can be encounter along the way, join pilgrim walking up & down buddhist hill temple, Get your feet on some of the most beautiful yellow sand beaches, Sail on a catamaranin the middle of the Indian Ocean to reach the unforgetable  whale to go encounter th

Meet & share experience with locals, be  able to see the preserved wildlife of Sri Lanka: from the many multicolored birds to the mammals of the national parks, guaranteed wonder. Let yourself be carried away by this unique experience share in family across the heart of Ceylon

Mini 2 pax

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

NOVEMBER

TO APRIL

OVERVIEW


Accommodation As most itinerary proposed, you won't have choice of properties design/service prestation/quality & level (from Guesthouse to 5* boutique/nature retreat/camp) during your stay. For this adventure trip only few nights will be fixed as no other property exist in the area, apart of that please let us know your desire of property type you wish to experience and your budget and we will add this expectation to this originate itinerary Colombo City Center - Belong to you to let us know the property category you desire to live in (from guesthouse to boutique 5*) Camp by the River 2* - Situated on a hill overlooking the Kelani River, our camp combines the best aspects of outdoor camping and travel for those who need a certain degree of comfort. Surrounded by mountains and the clear, rushing Kelani below, our site is truly stunning. It is rustic and natural, perfect for those looking for a refined wooden hut camping trip. Cuisine is rustic with traditional Sri Lankan delicacies. Wi-Fi and mobile phone signal available

  • Riverfront Cabin (1-3 pax)

    has a private, secured entrance. There is no need to bring towels as you will be provided with one during your stay. All accommodation has power points to charge electrical items such as laptops, phones and cameras. We do not have en suite bathroom facilities, but our bathroom block is separated into male and female facilities. Our showers are hot water showers.

Mountain Teafield Area - Belong to you to let us know the property category you desire to live in (from guesthouse to Nature Retreat 5*) Remote Mountain Lodge 2* - Modern with touch of rustic lodge offering comfortable bedding & European washroom permitting to appreciate “Million Dollars” views given from just below the World End, don’t forget to bring some warm clothing, night are pretty chill. A common area with 2 sofas and few tables are set for your meals and coffee time There are no facilities (apart of a baby foot:), as remote it is electricity can be off for sometime, if it is the case during your stay they will give you portable light for you to be able to use in your room to read. Wi-Fi onsite and NO mobile phone signal
  • Standard Double / Twin Room (1-3 pax) Only 6 simply furnished bedrooms available (4 bedrooms with view) with private washroom with hot water & toilet. Beds are very comfy with good winter cover. If you feel cold in the room, heater can be request.
Bush Camp Site - Belong to you to let us know the property category you desire to live in (from Glamping 3* to 5*) Downsouth Beach Retreat - Belong to you to let us know the property category you desire to live in (from Beach Retreat 2* to Private Villa 5*) Guide - Our Licenced National Guide Driver will be welcoming you onboard and will make sure you will be carefully taking care for your first to your last day. - River Guides at the Kelani River activities
  • Rafting - All raft trips meet international safety standards, with all raft guides trained in CPR, (Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation), first aid and river rescue. Participants will wear life jackets and helmets for safety and will be guided by an expert team leader
  • Canyoning - Our Sri Lankan guide’s are certified under the UK canyoning certification and have the right equipment and expertise to safety explore these liquid gems
- Yala national Park Safari(s) will be accompany with experience Naturalist Guide




ITINERARY


Day 1 (---) Colombo Tuktuk City & Food Tour
Transfer from Colombo International airport to downtown Colombo where upon arrival in your property, you will proceed to your check in. In the middle of your afternoon, embark for an exiting & fun exploration of the city of Colombo for 2-3 hours of traffic sensation with multiple culinary & cultural experiences, human encounters without forgotten to live in the massive traffic jam. Hope the weather will be with you to enjoy the superb Sunset at the seafront.
Night in Colombo City Center (Let us know the level of the service & prestation expectated for your city property) Day 2 (B-L-D) Canyoning in Kitulgala
Early morning & after your breakfast, we will get on the road to Kitulgala river (about 3-4h drive). Arrival at your lodge which is located at the river front around 11h and 12h for lunch. After your lunch, set off for a mini trail or enter the jungle for about 30 min before equipping yourself and following the safety instructions so that you can venture out for 2 hours of Canyoning inside the Kitulgala Gorges, chills during the descent have fun in perspective
Back to camp, where you can relax and unwind, the rest of the day free and easy
Night in a camp by the river 2* (Open Window Wooden Chalet queen / twin beds) - Fixed property Day 3 (B-L-D) Rafting in the heart of the Peak Wilderness sanctuary and Adam's Peak Night Hike After your breakfast, you will leave for a morning rafting for a maximum of 2 hours of descent feeling through the tropical forest of the foothills of the Sanctuary of peak wilderness (depending on the water level). When you return to camp, pack your bags without delay, then enjoy your lunch before departing for Nallathanniya. At your arrival at your property, proceed to your check in before having the rest of the afternoon free & easy for you to walk around by yourself or taking sometime to rest before the night hike. Night in mountain property at the feet of the mountain surrounded by tea field (Let us know the level of the service & prestation expectated for your Mountain Tea Field area property) Day 4 (B-L-D) Adam's Peak 6KM Night Hike & Local Train Ride crossing some part of the Hill Country By 2am, depart for the summit of the Adam's Peak Hollistic summit by the Hatton Road, one of the most prestigious places in Sri Lanka for Buddhists, located at the site of Sri Sumana Saman Deva on the top of this mountain with the feet of Sri Gautama Buddha (about 6-8h climb up & down). Get to the top for the first sun rays to enbright on the rocky top & its mountains surrounded offering un-usual gorgeous and beautiful scene. Back to your property for late breakfast, then depart for Hatton Train Station where you will embark on an astonishing train journey (about 2h journey ride) crossing amazing landscapes towards the village of Oliya where on your arrival we will get on a tuk tuk for 30min ride to your mountain lodge set at the feet of the famous World's End. After your check in, take the rest of your day & evening free & easy. Night in 2* Mountain Lodge (Standard Room queen/twin beds) - Fixed property, only one property in the whole area TO YOUR ATTENTION: Train seats are always very limited, make the booking the earliest as possible to get the chance to have train ticket. if by any change, the train transfer from Hatton to Ohiya cannot be made, we will proceed the transfer via road Day 5 (B-PNL-D) Trek from the foothills of the World End to the Bambarakanda waterfall 12KM Down Hill & Glamping in Yala National Park
5:30 am, wake up very early to have your breakfast, then at 6:30 am join with one Village Trekker leader the 12KM Down Hill Trek along the foothill of the World's End (about 4-6 hours of walking) by the path used by tea plantation workers and cross their villages while observing breathtaking panoramas. After this long descent, take the time to cool off in Sri Lanka's highest waterfall, the "Bambarakanda Fall" (263m), where you can relax at its feet for a break. (Simple picnic lunch on the way). We will take again the road to Yala National Park where some of the largest amount of Wildlife can be spot in Sri Lanka with the possibility of observing in their natural habitat Asiam Elephant, Sloath Bear, Sri Lankan Leopard, Crocodiles, Wild Buffalo, Deer, Wildboars, Toque Macaques, Grey Langur, as well as a multitude of exotic resident and or migratory birds.
Arrival at the Glamping Camp, hopefully just right for the sunset over the Indian Ocean surrounded by sand dune & bush. Rest of your evening free & easy
Night in a Bush camp in the bufferzone of Yala National Park - (Let us know the level of the service & prestation expectated for your camp property) Day 6 (B-L-D) - 4x4 Safari morning & Afternoon Safari in the heart of Yala National Park (Block 1 Kataragama Entrance & Block 5 ONLY) An early morning wake up as by 5:00am you will enjoy a quick Tea, Coffee & small snack break before embarking back to your 4x4 for a 3hrs sunrise 4x4 drive into Yala NP for you to explore another area who will offer you wonders to spot and observe. You will be back at the camp site for a Sri Lankan breakfast time from there you will have free time until lunch, you can spend by relaxing by your tent or on the beach, reading a (wildlife) book, bird watching in the area of the camp or even joining one of our Sri Lankan cooking classes. By 3pm, we will depart for your 2nd Sunset 4x4 3hrs Game Drive into the National Park in chess to spot of course the famous Leopard, as well as all others species can be spotted during this 3hrs of games.Back to the camp for dinner time. Rest of your evening will be free and easy
Night in a Bush camp in the bufferzone of Yala National Park - (Let us know the level of the service & prestation expectated for your camp property) Day 7 (B-L-D) Mulgirigala Raja Maha Viharaya - Beach time between unawatuna & Tangalle
After your breakfast, at 10 am, you will take the direction of your beach property between Mirissa Y Tangalle (Unawatuna/Weligama/Matara/Talalla/Dikwella). Along the way, we will stop at an archaeological site, the Mulgirigala Raja Maha Viharaya, where you will climb to the top of this mountain where numerous temples (7 temples exactly) to allow you to understand the deep culture of Sri Lanka, have been established in different point of the ascent. At its summit enjoy a breathtaking view of the region. On your return, we will take the road to your final destination of the day. Rest of the evening free Night in Downsouth Beach Retreat (Let us know the level of the service & prestation expectated for your beach property) Day 8: (B-L) - Morning Catamaran Sailing Whale Watching Safari - Colombo Airport
Between 4:30 am and 5:00 am, we will check out, then you leave for the port of Mirissa where you will have the possibility of recovering your catamaran to embark on a cruise of approximately 7 hours researching whales and dolphins in order to be able to meet them in their natural habitat. By 6.30 am departure towards the whales. Along the way our chef serves a freshly prepared breakfast including fresh fruit, when whales are sighted guests are invited to the bow and upper decks for the best viewing of these incredible creatures. After enjoying the whales, you will head towards Weligama Bay where the yatch anchors near the Snake & Trapobane Islands, perfect setting to enjoy swimming, paddle, snorkeling and getting your lunch before getting back to the port of Mirissa. At your arrival, get into your vehicule to take the direction to Colombo International Airport (if your flight happen to be night time, we will have the time to make a stop to Galle for a city tour of the old town) If you desire to spend an additional night at your beach property for you to take some more time to chill and enjoy your adventure as you are not rushing back home, please let us know we will be glad to make it happen for you TO YOUR ATTENTION: Please make sure to book your flight depart from Colombo after 8.00pm




INCLUDED / EXCLUDED


What is Included? All transfer from/to Colombo International Airport with a licenced national guide driver, all accommodations, full board meals, canyoning & rafting Activities, all entrances fees of National Parks, Forest Reserve & Sanctuary, Village trekker leader on Day 5, two 4x4 jeep safari game ride sunset & sunrise in Yala with experience 4x4 driver & Naturalist Guide, drinking water, coffee & tea, Cultural heritage entrance fees, 7h sailing on catamaran. What is Excluded? Additional 4x4 Safari in Yala National Park, all chargeable water activities & surf lesson and board rental at your beach property, sodas and alcoholic beverages (none are available at site, need to buy by yourself prior arrival), tipping and gratuities to your licenced guide driver, Naturalist & 4x4 driver, Village trekker leader.




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What to Bring? Head lamp, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, camera (if you have a DSLR with one 300mm lense to capture some wildlife & bird close up will be a plus), dry bag, money , change of clothes, swimwear, sea sickness tablets, Pareo, water bottle, toiletries, own medical treatment, basic first aid kit, very good light trekking shoes (Salomon X trail for example), anti-transpirant socks, light clothes for the treks easy to dry fast, one sweater for the night as the temperature goes down in the Hill Country (Day 2,3,4,5) Things you should know! Cell phone coverage could be sometime not available. Outdoor activities are subject to weather conditions, and may be re-organised in the event of bad weather. For the Catamaran Sailing Whale Watching - We plan to sail rain or shine, so please check the forecast and be sure to dress for the weather. In the event the Captain deems the sailing conditions unsafe, such as thunderstorms or extremely high winds, we will have to cancel it and replace it by another activity or if you extend the beach stay post-poned it another day (no refund). Seeing whales and any others wildlife (elephant, leopard, sloath bear,...) is never guaranteed. They are the end of the day land & marine mammals that are unpredictable, so it is up to what to show themselves. There is no refund if the wildlife decide not show If you are prone or unaware you get seasick, you will need to ensure you have sea sickness tablets before departure Departure Daily based on a minimum booking of 2 pax per departure. Solo traveler will incur single supplement charges. ONLY for Active Family use to do nature sport, regular nature walk & trek, in chess of pure off beaten track trail, adventureous, nature, wildlife lovers, individual, families, groups of friends and others in good physical condition and good stamina. Guide Our Licenced National Guide Driver will be welcoming you onboard and will make sure you will be carefully taking care for your first to your last day. Recommended for Families, couples, nature & sport enthusiasts, birders & wildlife lover, and adventurous travelers wanting to get away from the mass. This program can be suitable for children 10 years and above if stamina is prepared as the trails surrounding the area, could be a bit challenging as the hike of Adam's Peak is more than 6000 steps (about 6km return). Do we accept children Minimum age required will be 10 years old Teenager Responsible Traveler Be aware that you will be in a reserved area and a sensitive environment. Consider your actions:

  • Cut out plastic – remove and recycle plastic packaging before coming into the area
  • Bring rechargeable batteries as disposable batteries leach toxic chemicals as they degrade in a landfill, and recycling facilities are scarce in areas like Sri Lanka
  • Bring your own water flask (metal will be better) – you can fill up at the eating area instead of purchasing bottled water
  • If you smoke, never throw your cigarette butts on the ground or in the forest – dispose of them in ashtrays or bins
  • During outdoor and nature activities, take your cues from the expert local guides. Follow their instructions when observing wildlife. Be aware that you may need to take extra care in these areas to respect the natural environment.





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