Tailor-Made Holiday

Family Adventures in Sri Lanka

15 days

from £3,420pp

Families will be enchanted by Sri Lanka's warm welcome and the country is diverse and easy to get around. This family itinerary includes many of the highlights along with some fun activities that should prove especially appealing to children. Visit the quieter Wilpattu National Park, cycle through the sites found within the Cultural Triangle, return to colonial days by staying on tea plantations. The perfect ending to the holiday is a fully staffed villa on the beach near the colonial city of Galle.

  • Witness the incredible 'gathering' of the wild elephants at Minneriya
  • Explore the wonders of  ancient Anuradhapura by bicycle
  • Be at home in your very own private villa on the beach at Galle
  • Camp in Wilpattu or Yala National Park while tracking leopard and elephant
  • A day in the life of a tea planter, pick your own tea and watch the processing
  • Ride the rickety train to Nanu Oya, through plantations and verdant jungle

We've chosen our favourite selection of tried and tested homes away from home, including tea planters residences, ancestral estates, comfortable boutique hotels and hand picked private villas, all of which we know and think would be perfect for a family. We also appreciate that families need to travel during school holidays so this trip has a price that has been based on travel from July. However, we can tailor make this itinerary for you throughout the year.

During August Kandy hosts an annual festival over 10 days. Costumed elephants on parade, nightly torch processing and drumming makes for an unforgettable experience.

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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what is included

  • All accommodation
  • Internal flights
  • International flights as detailed
  • Sightseeing with private guide as per the itinerary
  • Transfers as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas

PLEASE NOTE THE COST SHOWN INCLUDES INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK, BASED ON AN APPROXIMATE AIR FARE. PLEASE ASK YOUR TRAVEL EXPERT FOR AN ACCURATE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT QUOTE. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Colombo

Day 2

Day at leisure in Colombo


Kotugoda is a small town a stones throw from the airport and home to one of our favourite hotels, the Wallawwa. While often used at the start or end of a trip, it is a relaxing spot and with new roads, makes visiting Colombo easy.


You will be staying at The Wallawwa, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

Travel From Kotugoda to Wilpathu National Park


This morning drive to Wilpathu National Park, approximately three and a half hours by road.


Wilpattu is the largest national park in Sri Lanka, and is fairly unknown still to tourists due to being off limits during the civil war. It has the largest sloth bear population in the country, and leopard sightings are possible, although the exact numbers are unknown. Wilpattu means 'Land of Lakes' and is named due to the large number (nearly sixty) of natural lakes spread across the national park.


Afternoon Safari in Wilpattu
Afternoon game drive in Wilpattu National Park with your private naturalist-guide.


You will be staying at Leopard Trails Camp, Full board

Day 4

Full Day Spent in Wilpattu National Park
Spend today exploring the national park on a full day safaris. Travel from the campsite, which is located at the border of Wilpattu National Park into the park itself. Start early, usually before sunrise, as this is when the wildlife is at its most active. With both a driver and Noel leading the drive, there is an excellent chance of memorable animal encounters. By using smaller, open jeeps, not only is there the chance to explore the less accessible parts of the park, but also plenty of space for taking photographs. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at one of Wilpattu's scenic locations. During time in Wilpattu (weather permitting) visit Kudiramalai Point, Palace of Kuweni and the ancient Pomarripou church - seldom visited.


You will be staying at Leopard Trails Camp, Full board

Day 5

Nature Walk around Wilpattu
After breakfast take a short guided nature walk around the campsite,

Transfer from Wilpattu to Anuradhapura


The drive today between Wilpattu National Park and Anuradhapura will take approximately 1.5 hours.


Anuradhapura is one of Sri Lanka's major cities and the capital of the north central province. One of the ancient capitals it is now famous for the site of the well-preserved ruins of the former capital and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


You will be staying at Ulagalla, Half board

Day 6

Morning Climb up to Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Travel to the ruins of the ancient city of Sigiriya, dominated by a towering escarpment that erupts from the flat landscape. Climb up this rock column, which is surrounded by verdant royal gardens. Designated a World Heritage Site, the smooth summit was once home to King Kasyapa's fifth-century palace.

Colourful frescoes decorate the cliffs below and a set of enormous lion's paws remain as a reminder of the vast stone lion that once guarded the entrance to the palace. Later, a Buddhist monastery was built here and flat meditation stones can still be seen.


You will be staying at Ulagalla, Half board

Day 7

Full Day to Anuradhapura
The sacred city of Anuradhapura was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', Buddha's fig tree, which brought there in the 3rd century B.C. by Sanghamitta, the founder of an order of Buddhist nuns. Anuradhapura, a Ceylonese political and religious capital that flourished for 1,300 years, was abandoned after an invasion in 993. Hidden away in dense jungle for many years, the splendid site, with its palaces, monasteries and monuments, is now accessible once again. Time can be spend walking around the site, have a blessing at the temple and soak up the atmosphere of families picnicing and flying kites. Bikes can be hired for the day if preferred. The tour will last approximately three hours.


Local village and lunch Anuradapura
This popular experience includes a bullock cart ride to a local village with an authentic local lunch served in a village hut with native herbal brews served out of coconut shells.


Evening Safari in Minneriya National Park
In the late afternoon, travel to nearby Minneriya National Park. Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, this protected area contains one of Sri Lanka's most interesting ecosystems. Set out on an evening safari through the parklands.

Centred on the ancient Minneriya Reservoir, which was built in the third century, the park is rich with wildlife. During the drier summer months, wild elephants come to graze here, whilst cormorants and painted storks flock to feed upon the fish that live in the reservoir's shallow waters.


You will be staying at Ulagalla, Half board

Day 8

Anuradhapura to Kandy with visit to Kandy City


The drive to Kandy should take approximately four hours.


Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka after Colombo and is home to some of the most famous sites in the country. The Botanical Gardens, which are the second largest in the world after Kew in England, house an amazing collection of flowers and trees aswell as a world famous orchid house. It is also possible to see the outside of Lord Mountbatten's colonial house within the gardens. Temple of the Tooth, which is also found in Kandy is believed to house a tooth of Lord Buddha himself. This precious relic attracts white-clad pilgrims, bearing lotus blossoms and frangipani, every day. When the capital was moved to Kandy, the tooth was taken to the new city and placed in a temple built to honour it. The temple was originally built under Kandyan kings between 1687 and 1707, but later severely damaged during the 18th-century colonial wars against the Portuguese and Dutch. After the wars, the original wooden structures were restored in stone.


Half day city tour
Visit the city of Kandy seeing the markets and the bazaar, arts and crafts centre, gem house, Temple of the Tooth, and the Upper Lake Road.


You will be staying at Bougainvillea Retreat, Bed & Breakfast

Day 9

Travel from Kandy to Hatton (Rail Journey)


You will be staying at Ceylon Tea Trails, Full board

Day 10

Free Day at Tea Trails
There are several optional activities you could enjoy at Ceylon Tea Trails, including walks around the tea fields and surrounding area, visiting a century-old tea factory or cycling.


You will be staying at Ceylon Tea Trails, Full board

Day 11

Drive from Hatton to Galle


A journey of approximately six hours.


Galle is considered the most important town in the south and has managed to retain its colonial atmosphere. The Portuguese, Dutch and British have all made their mark on this interesting port and it is well worth spending time exploring the town within the fort walls, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.


You will be staying at Sisindu C, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Full Day Exploring Galle
Galle is considered the most important town in the south and has managed to retain its colonial atmosphere. Watching the sunset from the Fort Walls will give a genuine local feel and exploring the shops, galleries and restaurants that scatter this charming town is a wonderful way to spend a few hours. Visit the Dutch Church, the spice warehouses and the lighthouse on the sea wall, all of which are best done on foot.


You will be staying at Sisindu C, Bed & Breakfast

Day 13

Days At Leisure
Time at leisure whilst in Galle.


You will be staying at Sisindu C, Bed & Breakfast

Day 14

Days At Leisure
Time at leisure whilst in Galle.


You will be staying at Sisindu C, Bed & Breakfast

Day 15

Travel Between Galle and Colombo


Travel to Colombo, a journey of approximately three and a half hours.

Fly Colombo to Colombo

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Ulagalla

Ulagalla

Ulagalla is the perfect spot to base yourself whilst exploring the sights of the Cultural Triangle....

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Sisindu C

Sisindu C

In a village close to the picturesque town of Galle sits Sisindu C....

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The Wallawwa

The Wallawwa

The Wallawwa is a small hotel 30 minutes from Bandaranaike International Airport....

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Ceylon Tea Trails

Ceylon Tea Trails

In central Sri Lanka, just four hours from Colombo by car to the Castlereagh Lake, lies the Bogawantalawa Valley, known as the Golden Valley of Tea....

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Bougainvillea Retreat

Bougainvillea Retreat

This stunning boutique hotel, immersed within an acre of gloriously landscaped bird-filled gardens, is home to five comfortable rooms, a breathtaking infinity swimming pool, open-plan living that spills onto a social veranda....

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