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Tropical Island Wanderer - Exodus Travels
Tropical Island Wanderer - Exodus Travels
Starts
Colombo
Destinations
+12
Ends
Colombo
Age Range
5 to 80 year olds
Excellent
22 reviews

Highlights

  • Climb to Lions Rock Fortress
  • Discover Minneriya National Park
  • Visit the Dambulla cave temples
  • Explore Colombo
Start and end in Colombo! With the family tour Tropical Island Wanderer, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through Colombo, Sri Lanka and 12 other destinations in Sri Lanka. Tropical Island Wanderer includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Tropical Island Wanderer reviewer 1
    Written on August 6, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Another great holiday from Exodus. A bit less full on than the other trips we have done (Egypt and India) which was good and Sri Lanka is well worth visiting for the scenery, people and food!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching the elephants from the orphanage in the river when having lunchClimbing Lion's RockTravelling through the mountains - amazing countrysideWent out running a lot - everyone so friendly and amazed to see me running - feels quite lonely going out now I am back in England! (watch out for the dogs though!!)What did you think of your group leader?Suresh was a great tour leader, spent a lot of time and energy making sure all were happy all the time and keeping us all on track, even playing cricket with my son!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?As other people have said there is a lot of time spent on the coach - although the roads are generally good and not too much traffic, the tuk-tuks and cyclists and the winding roads through the mountains mean that progress is generally slow (better down in the south of the island)Is there anything else you would like to add?Go! Is a very relaxing holiday, not too many temples (this is feedback from my children!), elephants amazing, people friendly (and dont hassle you to buy things!) and food very good even for the fussiest of children

  • Tropical Island Wanderer reviewer 2
    Written on August 6, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Another great holiday from Exodus. A bit less full on than the other trips we have done (Egypt and India) which was good and Sri Lanka is well worth visiting for the scenery, people and food!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching the elephants from the orphanage in the river when having lunchClimbing Lion's RockTravelling through the mountains - amazing countrysideWent out running a lot - everyone so friendly and amazed to see me running - feels quite lonely going out now I am back in England! (watch out for the dogs though!!)What did you think of your group leader?Suresh was a great tour leader, spent a lot of time and energy making sure all were happy all the time and keeping us all on track, even playing cricket with my son!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?As other people have said there is a lot of time spent on the coach - although the roads are generally good and not too much traffic, the tuk-tuks and cyclists and the winding roads through the mountains mean that progress is generally slow (better down in the south of the island)Is there anything else you would like to add?Go! Is a very relaxing holiday, not too many temples (this is feedback from my children!), elephants amazing, people friendly (and dont hassle you to buy things!) and food very good even for the fussiest of children

  • Tropical Island Wanderer reviewer 3
    Written on April 30, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Amazing time and great holiday for kids and families.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing Sigiriya rock Watching blue whales at MirissaWhat did you think of your group leader?She was really nice and considerate. Always smiling and helpful.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Lots of sun-screen Is there anything else you would like to add?Great country and amazing trip.

  • Tropical Island Wanderer reviewer 4
    Written on April 30, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Amazing time and great holiday for kids and families.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing Sigiriya rock Watching blue whales at MirissaWhat did you think of your group leader?She was really nice and considerate. Always smiling and helpful.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Lots of sun-screen Is there anything else you would like to add?Great country and amazing trip.

  • Tropical Island Wanderer reviewer 5
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Sri Lanka is surely underrated as a tourist destination. The whole Sri Lankan experience was a lot better than any other destination I have been to (and I have been travelling regularly for many many years). The food, people, the setting, every changing landscapes, stunning beaches and the perfect climate all makes it worth the journey. For a family it an ideal destination - where you and your kids will experience a whole new world together. It is a very child friendly place. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Attempting to climbing the Sigriya rock with my son and daughter. It was tough for them and I kept on pushing them to the ultimate goal. My daughter only made it to 300ft and then gave up (vertigo!) and my son made it to the top with the help of our local leader Rouwan and the rest of the family group. Thanks guys if you are reading this. Sri Lankans....everyone was fantastic and had a smiles on their faces wherever we went. Hello, Hello... calls are still resonating in my ears.What did you think of your group leader?Ruwan was simply amazing. He worked very hard to make sure all of us are having fun. Everything worked like a Swiss clock work. He made sure that we make most of our time in Sri Lanka and fitted in many experiences that money cannot buy. He obviously was very passionate about his job and wanted to the best he can...which he did. Ruwan, if you are reading this, then get in touch!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Try and spend your money in the smaller villages and towns. We were encouraged to do that and I can see why. Have your camera on standby as there is more wildlife to see in Sri Lanka than you can imagine.Is there anything else you would like to add?Try and spend you money in the smaller villages and towns. We were encouraged to do that and I can see why. Have your camera on stand by as there is more wildlife to see in Sri Lanka than you can imagine. I described Sri Lanka as a fusion of Caribbean, India and Kenya.... I'll go back in a heart beat!

  • Tropical Island Wanderer reviewer 6
    Written on April 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Sri Lanka is surely underrated as a tourist destination. The whole Sri Lankan experience was a lot better than any other destination I have been to (and I have been travelling regularly for many many years). The food, people, the setting, every changing landscapes, stunning beaches and the perfect climate all makes it worth the journey. For a family it an ideal destination - where you and your kids will experience a whole new world together. It is a very child friendly place. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Attempting to climbing the Sigriya rock with my son and daughter. It was tough for them and I kept on pushing them to the ultimate goal. My daughter only made it to 300ft and then gave up (vertigo!) and my son made it to the top with the help of our local leader Rouwan and the rest of the family group. Thanks guys if you are reading this. Sri Lankans....everyone was fantastic and had a smiles on their faces wherever we went. Hello, Hello... calls are still resonating in my ears.What did you think of your group leader?Ruwan was simply amazing. He worked very hard to make sure all of us are having fun. Everything worked like a Swiss clock work. He made sure that we make most of our time in Sri Lanka and fitted in many experiences that money cannot buy. He obviously was very passionate about his job and wanted to the best he can...which he did. Ruwan, if you are reading this, then get in touch!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Try and spend your money in the smaller villages and towns. We were encouraged to do that and I can see why. Have your camera on standby as there is more wildlife to see in Sri Lanka than you can imagine.Is there anything else you would like to add?Try and spend you money in the smaller villages and towns. We were encouraged to do that and I can see why. Have your camera on stand by as there is more wildlife to see in Sri Lanka than you can imagine. I described Sri Lanka as a fusion of Caribbean, India and Kenya.... I'll go back in a heart beat!

  • Tropical Island Wanderer reviewer 7
    Written on September 16, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    The holiday was beyond amazing!  Sri Lanka is diverse, beautiful and with people who are so happy to show you their country of which they are very proud.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So much to be inspired by; bathing elephants, making new friends, eating home cooked curries by the fire, learning new words and songs through daily teachings from our guide and seeing traditional stilt fisherman trying to make a living in all weathers.What did you think of your group leader?Sujee went above and beyond the call of duty - he was amazing, so organised, caring and his ultimate objective each day was to ensure that we all had a great time - nothing was too much for him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book now!  Sri Lanka is a country trying so hard to recover from so many years of adversity - the people are a joy and the country is very rich in its variation in scenary and climate with so many hidden joys to discover.Is there anything else you would like to add?We had a memorable wedding anniversary, 50th birthday and a holiday that we will continue to talk about forever - thank you for making this possible.

  • Tropical Island Wanderer reviewer 8
    Written on September 16, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    The holiday was beyond amazing!  Sri Lanka is diverse, beautiful and with people who are so happy to show you their country of which they are very proud.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So much to be inspired by; bathing elephants, making new friends, eating home cooked curries by the fire, learning new words and songs through daily teachings from our guide and seeing traditional stilt fisherman trying to make a living in all weathers.What did you think of your group leader?Sujee went above and beyond the call of duty - he was amazing, so organised, caring and his ultimate objective each day was to ensure that we all had a great time - nothing was too much for him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book now!  Sri Lanka is a country trying so hard to recover from so many years of adversity - the people are a joy and the country is very rich in its variation in scenary and climate with so many hidden joys to discover.Is there anything else you would like to add?We had a memorable wedding anniversary, 50th birthday and a holiday that we will continue to talk about forever - thank you for making this possible.

  • Tropical Island Wanderer reviewer 9
    Written on September 13, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    We have just returned from a fantastic holiday with our 13 year son. Sri Lanka was far better than I expected, the country was beautiful, the locals were always smiling and very friendly. This is an excellent holiday for both the children and adults, the kids get plenty of pool time.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?As most people have said to pick one would be difficult.  I loved the drive to the tea plantation, the Cave Temple at Dambulla and Polonnaruwa. But could easily have chosen the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy, or the bike and elephant ride or the historic port of Galle.What did you think of your group leader?Sujee was fantastic and gave 110% everyday. We had a group of 18, 9 children and 9 adults. As soon as we had arrived Sujee was making every effort for us to enjoy our holiday. He bought footballs for the children to play with in the pool so that by day two the children all knew each other. Where ever we went he had pre arranged for us to sit at the table with the best view, if there was a problem he sorted it immediately and where ever we went he was able to inform us about the places we visited. If you lucky he will sing for you on the coach!!!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go to Sri Lanka before it becomes too busy and spoilt. This holiday gives you a great feel of Sri Lanka. Yes there is curry for breakfast if you want it, but also plenty of cereals, omlettes and fruit, my son never went hungry. Sri Lanka is relatively cheap so once you are there it will not cost you the earth to have a good time.  Try the Margaritas in the colonial hotel in Little England fantastic.   

  • Tropical Island Wanderer reviewer 10
    Written on September 13, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    We have just returned from a fantastic holiday with our 13 year son. Sri Lanka was far better than I expected, the country was beautiful, the locals were always smiling and very friendly. This is an excellent holiday for both the children and adults, the kids get plenty of pool time.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?As most people have said to pick one would be difficult.  I loved the drive to the tea plantation, the Cave Temple at Dambulla and Polonnaruwa. But could easily have chosen the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy, or the bike and elephant ride or the historic port of Galle.What did you think of your group leader?Sujee was fantastic and gave 110% everyday. We had a group of 18, 9 children and 9 adults. As soon as we had arrived Sujee was making every effort for us to enjoy our holiday. He bought footballs for the children to play with in the pool so that by day two the children all knew each other. Where ever we went he had pre arranged for us to sit at the table with the best view, if there was a problem he sorted it immediately and where ever we went he was able to inform us about the places we visited. If you lucky he will sing for you on the coach!!!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go to Sri Lanka before it becomes too busy and spoilt. This holiday gives you a great feel of Sri Lanka. Yes there is curry for breakfast if you want it, but also plenty of cereals, omlettes and fruit, my son never went hungry. Sri Lanka is relatively cheap so once you are there it will not cost you the earth to have a good time.  Try the Margaritas in the colonial hotel in Little England fantastic.   

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  • Day 1: Start Chilaw.
  • Day 2: To Sigiriya, site of the Lions Rock Fortress; relax by pool.
  • Day 3: Climb to the top of Lions Rock and cycle through local villages.
  • Day 4: Visit the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa. Game drive near Giritale to see elephants in their natural habitat.
  • Day 5: Visit the famous cave temples at Dambulla; explore a spice garden; drive to Kandy.
  • Day 6: Visit the gem museum, Royal Botanical Gardens and see the Temple of the Tooth.
  • Day 7: Visit a tea plantation in Nurawa Eliya and stay in the beautiful highlands.
  • Day 8: Drive to Yala National Park via Ella gap.
  • Day 9: Tranfer to our beach hotel via Tangalle; 3 nights by beach to relax or explore the area.
  • Day 10: Optional activities or a day to relax.
  • Day 11: Optional activities or a day to relax.
  • Day 12: To Colombo via the old Dutch Fort at Galle.
  • Day 13: End Colombo.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 728 km.
    • Colombo (Sri Lanka)
    • 71 km
    • Chilaw (Sri Lanka)
    • 112 km
    • Sigiriya (Sri Lanka)
    • 28 km
    • Polonnaruwa (Sri Lanka)
    • 41 km
    • Dambulla (Sri Lanka)
    • 64 km
    • Kandy (Sri Lanka)
    • 38 km
    • Nuwara Eliya (Sri Lanka)
    • 28 km
    • Bandarawela (Sri Lanka)
    • 9 km
    • Ella (Sri Lanka)
    • 60 km
    • Kataragama (Sri Lanka)
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