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Tropical Island Wanderer Family Holiday - Exodus Travels
Tropical Island Wanderer Family Holiday - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Colombo
Destinations
+12
Ends
Colombo
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Highlights

  • Climb to Lions Rock Fortress
  • Discover Minneriya National Park
  • Visit the Dambulla cave temples
  • Explore Colombo
Age range
5 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
24
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Travel style
Discovery, Adventure
Start and end in Colombo! With the discovery tour Tropical Island Wanderer Family Holiday, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through Colombo, Sri Lanka and 12 other destinations in Sri Lanka. Tropical Island Wanderer Family Holiday includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

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  • Tropical Island Wanderer Family Holiday reviewer 1
    Written on April 24, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    It was a great trip! My son and I enjoyed it a lot. There is a lot of driving but the bus was very comfortable. Our tour guide, Nalaka, was great....attentive to our needs and wishes. Overall a very nice experience.
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  • Tropical Island Wanderer Family Holiday 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 Family Holiday 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 Family Holiday reviewer 4
    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 Family Holiday reviewer 5
    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 Family Holiday reviewer 6
    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 Family Holiday reviewer 7
    Written on August 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    We have just come back from the best holiday we have ever had. Travelling with our two boys aged 8 and 5 with Exodus has been an amazing experience. We feel this is largely due to our tour leader Suresh Bandara. His passion for his country and job made this trip a lifetime experience. This is the first time we have moved away fom a standard beach hotel holiday with two young children and we are so happy we took this risk. Our boys loved every moment of the trip and managed to participate in all the activities/ excursions booked. Would thoroughly recommend this trip. Ask for Suresh by name when you book! A beautiful country with lovely people and food. Brimming full of history and culture. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So many, feeding baby elephants, the view from Ella gap, the climb to the top of Lion rock in Sigria, the leopard safari, the turtle hatchery. The humbling experience of visiting a tsunami house. A truly beautiful country.What did you think of your group leader?If you could describe a perfect group leader he would be it! From the very start when he met us at the airport following our flight into Srl Lanka he did his utmost to make us feel comfortable and welcome from the five year old all the way through to the mums and dads. He was charming, caring and a great embassador for both the company and his country. Always a wealth of information about the country and able to find an answer for any of our enquires (he even managed to find out what brand of Arrack they sold in duty free for us!). He was consistent in his approach to his task, making all the members of the group feel both safe and comfortable throughout what was a busy but ultimately rewarding schedule. Efficient, effective and reliable - a definite 10 out of 10. My only concern is that, given how good he was, will any future tour leaders be able to match up on the other experiences Exodus has to offer!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Mosquito repellant with 50% DEET. No bites!Is there anything else you would like to add?The standard of accommodation is basic but such little time is sent in the hotel rooms that this is ok. We would have gladly paid extra for a much higher standard of hotel though.

  • Tropical Island Wanderer Family Holiday reviewer 8
    Written on January 21, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Something for everyone! This is a great holiday if you want to explore as much of the island as possible. I felt like I got a really good feel for Sri Lanka, as we travelled to so many parts, from the busy cities, to the cool highlands and the beautiful relaxing beaches. There is a really good balance of visits to historic sites and time to explore the local wildlife. The majority of the hotels were excellent with fantastic choice of food, although the buffets were always great. Personally I would have liked to have spent a little longer at each place, but the timing was spot on for children, long enough to enjoy, short enough to not get boredWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?This bit took me ages to write as I kept remembering other highlights! so I'll just have to summarise!Most of the best parts are the experiences with wildlife. the elephants, many many monkeys, turtle hatchery(my daughters favourite ) and the leopard at Yala. The beaches were great. all the staff at hotels and sites were super friendly and welcoming.The festival at Candy was great experience. Stopping along the way to sample the local fruits from the many stalls along the roadsidesWhat did you think of your group leader?Our leader was very knowledgable and did his utmost to please everyone in our quite large group. His main focus was the childlren which meant they were happy, and he changed the itinery to mean our needs well.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?At hotels go for the buffet meals (around £10) for adults and hungry teenagers, if you have younger chidlren it is cheaper to go "a La Carte" which just means the normal menu. The cost will be halved, but the time taken to prepare will be double, so order these well before you start. I found there was just enough time to order the my daughters meals, for me to have a relaxing beer then go and eat my buffet, that way we all ate together. Be prepared for some long drives, as you really see a lot of the island. You do get approached by locals trying to sell you things a lot, so you need to not let this bother you. be wary of people giving you "gifts" then asking for moneyThe only other advice is to book it now!Is there anything else you would like to add?It is a great holiday which I thoroughly recommend, I would definitely love to go back one day, and would even re book this trip, as there is so much to see and do, with plently opportunity to relax along the way.

  • Tropical Island Wanderer Family Holiday reviewer 9
    Written on January 21, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Something for everyone! This is a great holiday if you want to explore as much of the island as possible. I felt like I got a really good feel for Sri Lanka, as we travelled to so many parts, from the busy cities, to the cool highlands and the beautiful relaxing beaches. There is a really good balance of visits to historic sites and time to explore the local wildlife. The majority of the hotels were excellent with fantastic choice of food, although the buffets were always great. Personally I would have liked to have spent a little longer at each place, but the timing was spot on for children, long enough to enjoy, short enough to not get boredWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?This bit took me ages to write as I kept remembering other highlights! so I'll just have to summarise!Most of the best parts are the experiences with wildlife. the elephants, many many monkeys, turtle hatchery(my daughters favourite ) and the leopard at Yala. The beaches were great. all the staff at hotels and sites were super friendly and welcoming.The festival at Candy was great experience. Stopping along the way to sample the local fruits from the many stalls along the roadsidesWhat did you think of your group leader?Our leader was very knowledgable and did his utmost to please everyone in our quite large group. His main focus was the childlren which meant they were happy, and he changed the itinery to mean our needs well.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?At hotels go for the buffet meals (around £10) for adults and hungry teenagers, if you have younger chidlren it is cheaper to go "a La Carte" which just means the normal menu. The cost will be halved, but the time taken to prepare will be double, so order these well before you start. I found there was just enough time to order the my daughters meals, for me to have a relaxing beer then go and eat my buffet, that way we all ate together. Be prepared for some long drives, as you really see a lot of the island. You do get approached by locals trying to sell you things a lot, so you need to not let this bother you. be wary of people giving you "gifts" then asking for moneyThe only other advice is to book it now!Is there anything else you would like to add?It is a great holiday which I thoroughly recommend, I would definitely love to go back one day, and would even re book this trip, as there is so much to see and do, with plently opportunity to relax along the way.

  • Tropical Island Wanderer Family Holiday reviewer 10
    Written on September 13, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    A fantastic introduction to a wonderful country.  Our host, Sujee, couldn't do enough for us.  My daughter and I have returned home recounting so many wonderful experiences to our family and friends.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?In a trip filled with so many experiences, it seems churlish to pick just one.  So, I'll pick three and even that's difficult: cycling through the villages in the jungle meeting locals, visiting the family who live in the Exodus built house and sunset at Sigiriya rock.My daughter's favourite three were: visiting the turtle hatchery, going elephant riding and snorkelling in the Indian Ocean. What did you think of your group leader?Our leader was brilliant.  He was very well informed and worked tirelessly to make sure our trip was a success.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If the elephant orphange trip is still just an option when you do this trip, take it.Is there anything else you would like to add?The scope of this holiday means that we have returned home with experiences that will stay with us forever.  Before going on this trip, when reviewing the itinerary, we were looking forward to the activities.  In reality, each and every one was so much better than we'd anticipated.

Itinerary

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

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Typhoid
Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Hepatitis A
Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
Tuberculosis
Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 3 months before travel.
Hepatitis B
Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 2 months before travel.
Rabies
Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 1 month before travel.
Yellow fever
Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Sri Lanka. Ideally 10 days before travel.
Japanese B encephalitis
Recommended for Sri Lanka. Ideally 1 month before travel.

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Start and end in Colombo.
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No additional cancellation fees! You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior to the departure date and you will not need to pay the full amount of $1944 for Tropical Island Wanderer Family Holiday, but the deposit of 20% is non-refundable.
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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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