4WD, Minibus, On Foot, Train
Standard - We have endeavoured to provide as much variety as possible on this family adventure holiday in Sri Lanka. Our mid-range accommodation offers a good level of service often with other amenities such as a restaurant, bar, garden or swimming pool. Generally rooms will be comfortable with en-suite facilities.
In Wilpattu National Park we stay in tented camps located close to the Southern boundary, on the boundary of a lake surrounded by bush forest. Beds are raised and are fitted with comfortable mattresses; private bathrooms are en suite adjoining individual tents. Pillows, bed linen, towels, a flashlight and an umbrella are also provided. In the evening guests are invited to retire to the campfire after dinner.
Our one night spent at Kitulgala is more basic with ten eco lodge tree houses roofed with palm leaves set six feet above ground level. Huts are open to the forest, providing a close to nature feeling, the sounds of the river running close by only adds to the feeling of being in the wilderness.
Traditional Sri Lankan cuisine is excellent, and although it can be very spicy there are many dishes that feature cooling coconut milk or have a spicy sambar, a lentil based vegetable chowder on the side to allow you to adjust the meal to your taste. There isn't a culture of eating out in Sri Lanka, most locals will eat at home, and as such there are very few restaurants around, and those that exist tend to be in hotels. You'll have a chance to try home cooking on day 3 in Habarana when we have a cooking demonstration followed by lunch with a local family.
As tourism develops a few independent restaurants are beginning to appear, mainly in Colombo but also in Kandy, Galle and in the coastal resorts. During the tour we will endeavour to eat out at local restaurants wherever possible but for many nights the hotel restaurants are the only option available.