Cricket on beach at sunset, Sri Lanka

Family Sri Lanka

Culture, Wildlife and Coast…



12 Days

Prices Start from

$7,089pp (ex. flights)

Sri Lanka, is such a fabulous choice for a family holiday with a lovely mix of culture and wildlife, as well as time to relax on the beach. Brilliant year round – choose between the northeast and south coast for the best coastal climate.

Diverse and easy to travel around, this 12 day family holiday offers a wonderful overview of the whole island, from the wildlife of Wilpattu National Park to the culture of Anuradhapura and Sigiriya Rock Fortress, ending with a beach escape on the islands tropical coast.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Family at a cultural site, Sri Lanka 1

Cultural Triangle

Home to eight UNESCO sites, from ancient capitals to rock fortresses, all ripe for exploration by bike or on foot.

Leopard, Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka 2

Sri Lankan Safari

Track leopard and search for sloth bear, crocodile and elephant in Wilpattu National Park.

Game drive, Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka 3

Elephant Gatherings

Witness large gatherings of Asian elephants at Minneriya National Park between June and September.

Father and son surfing, Sri Lanka 4

Coastal Relaxation

Relax on palm fringed beaches – surf, swim, swing in a hammock or watch for whales during certain months.

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  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Colombo - Wilpattu National Park

  • Days 3 - 4

    Wilpattu National Park

  • Day 5

    Wilpattu National Park - Sigiriya

  • Day 6

    Sigiriya & Minneriya

  • Day 7


  • Day 8

    Sigiriya - Trincomalee

  • Days 10 - 11


  • Day 12

    Trincomalee to Colombo

Day 1


Arrive in Colombo and transfer 30 minutes to the peaceful Wallawwa.

Day 2

Colombo - Wilpattu National Park

Transfer three hours to Wilpattu National Park – home to birds, sloth and, if lucky, leopard.

Days 3 - 4

Wilpattu National Park

Spend two days in Wilpattu, accompanied by expert guides in search of wildlife.

Day 5

Wilpattu National Park - Sigiriya

Drive approximately three hours to into the heart of Sri Lanka, called the Cultural Triangle.

Day 6

Sigiriya & Minneriya

Visit the ruins of the ancient city at Sirigiya rock before an afternoon game drive in Minneriya National Park, home to a wealth of wildlife including large gatherings of elephants during the summer months.

Day 7


Visit local villages and explore the less trodden back roads of Polonnaruwa by bike. with a local villager as your guide.

Day 8

Sigiriya - Trincomalee

Transfer to the north east coast for some time on the beach, a journey of around three hours.

Days 10 - 11


Relax on the beach or engage in some of the many coastal activities on offer, from whale watching to jet skiing.

Day 12

Trincomalee to Colombo

Transfer overland, a journey of around five hours, or fly to Colombo for your onward travel arrangements.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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ANI Private Resorts, Sri Lanka

Private Beachside Retreat

For a truly relaxing and exclusive end to your holiday, rent a private beachside villa. Staffed by a discreet and dedicated team you can enjoy ample space for the whole family to roam, and wellness treatments as well as activities and cultural highlights close by. Surf, search for whales and dolphins at sea, and contribute to turtle conservation initiatives.

Indian scops owl looking out from tree, Wilpattu, Sri Lanka
Indian scops owl in Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu Safari

From your camp accommodation head out on game drives into the verdant jungle, dotted with natural sand rimmed lakes. As the largest park in Sri Lanka, what sets Wilpattu apart is the peace and space away from other safari vehicles. Home to a wealth of wildlife, you can hope to see Asian elephant, crocodile, various deer species and possibly even the elusive leopard. Wilpattu also has the largest sloth bear population in the country as well as abundant bird life.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

The Wallawwa £££££

  • Sri Lanka
  • Boutique

The Wallawwa is a small, boutique hotel 15-20 minutes drive from Colombo international, in the peaceful Sri Lankan countryside. A charming former old manor house, the Wallawwa is set in elegant gardens and built with columns, courtyards and verandas. The rooms look out on to a central courtyard with a pond, there is a super restaurant serving Asian food, a spa and a large swimming pool. The Wallawwa is a perfect start and/or end to a Sri Lankan itinerary.

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Leopard Trails Wilpattu Campsite £££££

  • Sri Lanka
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Leopard Trails is an experienced mobile camping company that operates a campsite within the buffer zones of Wilpattu National Park. Leopard Trails prides itself on providing an adventurous camping holiday amidst the wilderness without having to give up modern-day comforts and personalised service. 

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Ulagalla £££££

  • Sri Lanka
  • Wilderness

A beautifully restored Sri Lankan Manor house, Ulagalla lies in a small village near the world heritage site of Anuradhapura. Ulagalla is the perfect spot to base yourself whilst exploring the sights of the Cultural Triangle. Once the ancestral estate of local Anuradhapura nobility, this luxury hotel features a 150-year-old mansion at its centre, with 20 private ecologically-built chalets across 58 acres of land.

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The Frangipani Tree £££££

  • Sri Lanka
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Frangipani Tree is an intimate, elegant beach hotel with ten exquisitely furnished suites in four villas. It is located on the west end of Thalpe Bay, a short drive from Galle, on a long stretch of secluded and picturesque beach.

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Maalu Maalu £££££

  • Sri Lanka
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Maalu Maalu is located on a beautiful stretch of coast in the north east of Sri Lanka. The resort is dominated by a huge infinity pool which looks straight out to sea and the sea shanty beach huts that surround it are perfectly designed with rustic and colourful interiors. It is easy to get drawn into the laid-back vibe but if you feel like being more active, there are opportunities to cycle, try out watersports and wander through the on site coral museum.

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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.

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