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A Family Holiday to Sri Lanka



14 Days

Prices Start from

£5,925pp (ex. flights)

This family itinerary to Sri Lanka includes many of the highlights of the country, along with some fun activities that should prove especially appealing to children. Boutique hotels are well geared up to providing home from home experiences.

Families will be enchanted by Sri Lanka’s warm welcome and the country is diverse and easy to travel around.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Elephant Herd, Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka 1

A Lot of Elephants

Marvel at the herds of wild elephants that gather at Minneriya National Park.

Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka 2

Cultural Sigiriya

Scale the heights of the Lion Fortress of Sigiriya. An exciting but safe climb.

Leopard, Yala, Sri Lanka 3

Yala National Park

Go on safari and watch your children’s faces light up as you track leopard and more.

Hammock by Beach, Sri Lanka 4

Time on the Beach

Sri Lanka’s beaches are the perfect place to learn to surf and play in a local cricket match.

Why we like it

Sri Lanka is a relatively small country, which means comparatively little driving. The island is a year-round destination. Children will love the opportunity to scramble around ancient ruins, swim in waterfalls, and get up close to elephants. Each day returning to a good beach or pool. We know the owners of the family-friendly lodges personally, so we can ensure your experience is personalised, every step of the way.

Explore our suggested itinerary

Sri Lanka on your wishlist? Talk to our experts about tailoring this trip for you.

  • Day 1

    Colombo - (The Wallawwa)

  • Day 2

    Colombo - Dambulla - Sigirya (Vil Uyana)

  • Day 3


  • Day 4

    Sigirya - Ella (Camellia Hills)

  • Day 5


  • Day 6

    Ella - Yala

  • Day 7

    Yala (Leopard Trails)

  • Day 8

    Yala - Galle (Private Villa)

  • Day 9 - 11


  • Day 12

    Galle - Bentota (The Villa Bentota)

  • Day 13

    Bentota - Colombo

Day 1

Colombo - (The Wallawwa)

Met off the flight and driven the short distance to the Wallawwa Hotel. A night to rest after the journey.

Day 2

Colombo - Dambulla - Sigirya (Vil Uyana)

Driven up to the cultural triangle and the spacious Vil Uyana Hotel. Stop en route at the Dambulla Cave Complex.

Day 3


Climb the rock fortress of Sigiriya and visit Minneriya National Park.

Family tip – take bikes from the hotel to explore the nearby villages, bursting with local life

Day 4

Sigirya - Ella (Camellia Hills)

Travel to Ella at the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country.

Day 5


Spend the day walking to waterfalls and picnicking amongst the tea plantations.

Family tip – get up early to see a plantation coming to life.

Day 6

Ella - Yala

Travel to Yala National Park. Let the guides bring to life the wildlife as you search for leopard.

Day 7

Yala (Leopard Trails)

Spend the day based at the camp and enjoying game drives.

Family tip – book the suite to have a plunge pool.

Day 8

Yala - Galle (Private Villa)

Head further south to the beaches just east of Galle. Here take a staffed villa overlooking the ocean.

Day 9 - 11


A few days to relax on the beach and explore Galle.

Family tip – join the villa cook at the market, ready for a Sri Lanka feast.

Day 12

Galle - Bentota (The Villa Bentota)

Travel up to Bentota on the west coast for the final night.

Family tip – accompany the turtle rangers as hatchlings are responsibly released.

Day 13

Bentota - Colombo

Leave the coast behind for Colombo and your onward travels.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

More details

Base of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

Indiana Jones in Sri Lanka - The Cultural Triangle

Enjoy exploring by bike or scrambling around the 2,000-year-old ruins. Visit Dambulla and Sigiriya – immense rocks that soar dramatically up from the flat central plains. The climb up can be a little steep but the views from the top in the early morning are incredible. Along the way,  children will enjoy watching the playful monkeys that live in the temples.

Tea Pickers, Sri Lanka
Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

Tea Plucker for a Day

Learn to be a tea plucker. Take a private tour from the grounds of the tea estate and see the brightly dressed ladies amongst the lush greenery. Everyone is welcome to have a go and help carry the sacks of tea to be weighed.

Baby Elephant, Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka
Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka

Wildlife Safari

Minneriya National Park is a favourite place for leopards, deer and wild elephants. During the dry summer months of June to September, the wild elephants of this park come to graze in their hundreds. The Millenium Elephant Foundation near Kandy allows you to spend a few hours walking with and feeding the elephants. This proves to be highly educational and a huge amount of fun too.

Children viewing Elephants, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

Family Friendly Sri Lanka

We’ve chosen our favourite tried and tested ‘homes away from home’, including tea planters’ residences, ancestral estates, comfortable boutique hotels, and handpicked private villas, all of which we know and think would be perfect for a family. The private fully staffed villa accommodation brings with it great freedom for families, enabling them to manage specific requests, flexible meal times and more importantly, freedom to make a noise!

Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka
Galle, Sri Lanka

Walk Galle Fort

The best place for stress-free shopping, Galle is home to boutique galleries and craftsmen at work. Buy gifts from here to take home, explore the Dutch Fort and watch a cricket match at Galle’s famous pitch.

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
From £5,925 Per person

When to travel

Sri Lanka in January

Sri Lanka benefits from generally good weather all year round and experiences a tropical climate with the best and most popular to visit being during our winter months, from January to April.

Sri Lanka in February

Visit the Southern and Western coast of Sri Lanka to experience the hot and humid climate in coastal areas or visit the mountainous regions for cooler temperatures with less humidity.

Sri Lanka in March

In Northern and Central Sri Lanka, temperatures will start to rise, and these regions will become more humid with March being generally a dry month for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka in April

Overall, April is a very good time to visit Sri Lanka, with most of the island experiencing high temperatures and lots of sunshine, all before the first monsoon rains of the year begin in the South.

Sri Lanka in May

From May to August, the country experiences the first of its two annual monsoon seasons in Southwest Sri Lanka. Therefore, during these months it is best to visit Northeast Sri Lanka including Batticaloa and Passekudah.

Sri Lanka in June

Rainfall with continue in the South during the monsoon season whereas in Northern Sri Lanka, June is one of the best times to visit this area with a warm climate and high temperatures throughout.

Sri Lanka in July

In Northern Sri Lanka, the months of June and July are particularly good times to travel to the area, with minimal rainfall, particularly high temperatures and long days of sunshine.

Sri Lanka in August

Throughout the country, you can expect excellent climate conditions. August is an ideal month for those wanting to experience both the Northeast and Southwest regions of the island, typically quite unusual due to Sri Lanka’s monsoon seasons.

Sri Lanka in September

September will start to see the end of the monsoon season in the Southwest and whilst rainfall and thunderstorms are less frequent, are still likely across the region.

Sri Lanka in October

Prior to the monsoon season, rainfall is likely throughout the country and can sometimes be unpredictable, meaning disruptions in travel are likely.

Sri Lanka in November

From November to February, Northeast Sri Lanka will experience one of two annual monsoon seasons. Whilst most days will experience rainfall, it is a great time to travel to experience the lush, green countryside.

Sri Lanka in December

Due to the monsoon in the Northeast, it is best to visit the southwest coast of Sri Lanka prior to the second monsoon reaching this area in May. Experience high levels of sunshine, perfect for Sri Lanka’s beaches.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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