About The Hotel
Tots Too are really excited to be able to offer these unique exclusive “Jungle Ranger” itineraries in some of the most treasured parts of Sri Lanka. In a country where many of its most beautiful habitats were off limits until recently; there has never been a better time to explore this magical country and we have teamed up with a dynamic and extremely passionate duo of jungle trekkers to help take our families on the adventure of a lifetime.
The accommodation used in these itineraries is a combination of off the beaten track, small eco lodges and small boutique hotels and villas chosen for their appeal to kids in both surroundings and outdoor space and have been sourced personally by our partners on the ground.
The itineraries are entirely bespoke and crafted to suit the ages of your children. They offer an educationally rich experience for the kids without any hint that they are learning! All local guides and drivers are English speaking and very familiar with the habitat so you can be assured of exceptional local knowledge and untrodden terrains in many cases.
“Jungle Rangers” 15 nights, 16 days (July & August)
Day 1 – Negombo
Your chauffeur will meet you at the airport and take you to a luxury hotel to stay overnight and unwind in Negombo.
Day 2 – Kandy (Private tea estate bungalow)
Morning at leisure
Check out by 12.00. Drive past the fishing villages of Negombo and transfer to the airport to fly to Kandy via Cinnamon Air – a local flight operator
dep: 14.05 – arrival in Kandy by 15.00. Transfer far away from the city centre to a private owner-run bungalow built on a 100 year old tea estate. Afternoon at leisure.
Day 3 – Kandy (Private tea estate bungalow)
Morning – Experience an authentic tea factory off the usual tourist trail. Be adventurous and hire a ‘tuk-tuk’ to drive past glorious tea estates (optional). Visit the glorious Botanical Gardens (optional)
Afternoon – Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, witness a kandyan drumming and dance performance.
Days 4 & 5 – Kumana (Yala East) National Park – B L D (Private tented camps)
The longest drive of your tour – 5 ½ hrs from Kandy to the entrance of the Kumana NP with lunch en-route.
Meet the Camp Directors at the entrance to the Park by early afternoon and enjoy a game-drive to the Camp site. An exciting camping experience in your very own private tented camping site. Accommodation in large South African semi-luxury tents set by a river/beach, with separate tents for water-flush toilets.
Day 5 – Safari
Spend your day on unlimited safari drives deep inside one of Sri Lanka’s RAMSAR Sites – the Yala East (Kumana NP) known for its birds, Leopard, Bear and large numbers of other wildlife ending with a BBQ under the stars.
Days 6 & 7 – Paasikudah (5 star Resort)
Beach time at a luxurious Resort and Spa located on one of the calmest ocean-fronts in the entire coastline of Sri Lanka. Water sports include jet skis, snorkeling, banana boat rides etc. Two days at leisure.
Days 8 & 9 – Trincomalee (4 star Hotel)
Beach time at a great 4 star hotel with a pool and all comforts.
Day 9 – 6.30 a.m. – Travel out on a speed boat with a Naturalist to search for Dolphins. Snorkel among the coral reefs off Pigeon Island. Rest of the day at leisure.
(next day – en-route from Trincomalee to Sigiriya visit the World Heritage
Site of Polonnaruwa and it’s 12th century archeological ruins (optional))
Days 10 & 11 – Sigiriya (Earthy Eco Lodge)
The experience of staying in tree-top or Boulder cottages in a 7 acre forest. A fantastic introduction to the natural world of our island and a contrast to the hotels on the rest of the tour. This eco lodge borders two streams which you can explore on a nature trek with a Naturalist. No pool or air-conditioning and a true nature lovers retreat (not suitable for those scared of insects). Beautiful open to the skies en-suites are equipped with solar powered hot water. Comfortable beds with mosquito nets.
Day 10 – Arrive by mid-day and spend afternoon at leisure. Kids can walk about with the Naturalist to experience a fish spa, watch glow worms or take Art classes in the wilderness.
Day 11 – Morning at leisure. Afternoon safari in a private 4WD to the Minneriya NP to witness the ‘Gathering’ of elephants – the world’s 6th greatest animal spectacle (Lonely Planet).
Days 12,13,14 – Dambulla (5 star Resort)
Check out after breakfast and climb the 600 ft Sigiriya Rock (optional). Lunch en-route.
Check in by 2.00 pm to the award winning resort hidden in the verdant jungles of Dambulla – a luxurious Hotel with all 5 star amenities. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the monkeys climbing the vines along corridors, the rock pool & infinity pool and spacious surroundings.
Days 12 & 13 – At leisure to explore the beautiful surrounds of the Hotel or visit the Dambulla Rock Temple (optional).
Day 14 – Morning at leisure. 5.00 pm – End your tour by leaving your eco-footprint in a beautiful Arboretum that was set up in the 1960s before ‘conservation’ became a buzz word. Learn about medicinal plants and how reforestation can be done with minimal intrusion by man. Plant a tree (your name board will be attached to the tree) and take a Night Trek to spot the nocturnal Loris.
Day 15 – Negombo – End of Tour
Transfer to Negombo for an overnight stay (if required) prior to flight.
- 16 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 13 Dinners, water 1 litre per person per day.
- Meet & greet at airport, chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle.
- Local flight from International Airport to Kandy.
- Return flights from London with Emirates Airlines to Colombo Drop off at airport at end of tour.
- Location-specific community-based guides and resident Naturalists will join up at different locations to guide you.
- Rate is valid for travel between July and August and includes all peak season supplements in Sri Lanka.
Price guideline – £13,000 – 16,000
What’s the weather like on this tour?
Most locations at daytime 27 to 32 C (Cooler nights). In the Central Highlands (Nuwera Eliya) 15 to 19 C (Quite cold nights where some warm clothing may be required). August is generally very dry & sunny. Rainfall-like elsewhere worldwide, can be a little unpredictable.
some of the hotels will offer a babysitting option if required
This itinerary is one giant kids playground. Recommended age for this trip is from 6 years upwards
From Colombo to Negombo is one hour by car, other distances vary but the longest drive will be to Kandy which is approx. 5.5 hours
The activities are vast, not an Ipad or other computerised device will be needed
17 November 2014
"In the summer of 2014 our family embarked on a Sri Lankan adventure. Two weeks in a country none of us had previously visited and having undertaken the minimal amount of research we found ourselves in the hands of the experts - Tots Too and Ayu in the Wild. And we are so glad that we did! We had a fortnight filled with adventure, opportunity and fun. What more does one want from a family holiday?
From the moment we arrived Chami and Raji ensured that our needs were met... and more so. Lovely hotels for the first few nights enabled us to settle in but if it is just luxury-beach-pool which rocks your boat, why go so far? It was the less luxurious places we visited which remain with us as a fond and warm memory now that the British winter is setting in.
The best way to summarise our holiday is to reflect on our individual high lights and low points too.... In age order -
Dad, Marc (42)
Loved the posh hotels with a twist.... Monkeys roaming in the luxuriant surroundings of a 5 star hotel and drinking from the pool. As the only tea drinker among us he also appreciated the visit to the tea factory and was amused to hear that, contrary to what the supermarkets at home tell us, teabags (even those claiming to be just tips) are really the dregs. And apparently leaves are withered not dried. Marc also as the earliest riser in the family managed to stumble across a Hindu wedding taking place on the beach at one of the hotels we stayed in along the way. Apparently the wedding was the shortened version at a mere 4 hours in the early morning sun. As a frequent flier for work, Marc was delighted by the novel 4 seater plane which took us from Kandy to Ellerton Bungalow. Not so keen on curry for breakfast but did acquire a taste for string hoppers (think bowl shaped pancake with an egg inside).
Mum, Jude (41)
Surprised herself by relishing the opportunity to sleep out in the jungle... See animals up close on safari, witness a river rise from dry earth to a promising stream, be woken in the middle of the night by a monkey throwing down fruit stones onto the roof of our tent and having a shower outside with the (slim) possibility of seeing a leopard. Also adored the food and, unlike others, partial to curry for breakfast. A close second to the tent was the treetop house which swung in the wind above the (dry) lily pond which lay beneath. The treehouse was very remote and a stiff neck made the windy journey down to the site one which was occasionally interrupted by the odd swear word. Only disappointment was not having South African 'sundowners' at the end of a safari day as Sri Lankan national parks, unlike their South African equivalents are alcohol free zones!
Fascinated by Budhism and keen to visit temples and historic sites of polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. He also enjoyed discussing the finer points of faith with anyone who would give him the time of day. Raji proved particularly patient. As someone who is at times fearful of heights there were a few hairy moments on the plane and on the hike up to Sagirhiya but all came good when the nerves subsided and he was able to appreciate the views. An old hand at safaris the animals and, in particular the birdlife, were very impressive. Sam struggled to think of things he didn't like but settled for the sea-plane ascent.
Loved pretty much everything. When probed he particularly liked the various swimming pools en route. Also quite liked hearing his mum swear on every bend in the road. Enjoyed seeing the animals - especially the gathering of the elephants (which at one point, we feared, was more like a gathering of the tourists but like everything else on this holiday when the elephants came they did not disappoint). An international cricket game on the last day was another high light for a sports mad youngster. His one dislike - the food. Apparently the rice was good and, when available, so was the pasta but everything else was horrid.
So as you can see we are a typical family - we disagree on almost everything but all found something to love about Sri Lanka. We are keen to go back to such a wonderful and welcoming place and would recommend this holiday to the most discerning and disagreeable of families!"
- ES 07 May 2014 "Our Sri Lankan holiday was just amazing. My daughters (age 7 and 8) have not stopped taking about their adventures since we came home. We were well looked throughout as we moved from glorious beaches to amazing elephant and leopard safaris to beautiful Buddhist temples and ruins. The accommodation ranged from total luxury to great fun 'glamping' and the kids savoured every change of scenery and new adventure along the way. We will definitely be going back to explore more."
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