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Best time to go: October - April
Best for: Family Holidays, Culture & Beach

Think Sri Lanka, and think of wild elephants, jungles, tea plantations, spices and palm-fringed beaches. All of which makes for a wonderful family adventure, designed to not involve too much driving which can always be a downside to travelling with children in Sri Lanka. The itinerary can of course be tailored, but it focusing on adventures in the hill country before flying directly down to the south coast for a beach stay. You’ll have a driver/guide and a large vehicle so it can easily fit all the children and bags and we will offer a variety of experiences that will make the children smile (very few children find wandering around archeological sites that interesting for instance). They often love meeting elephants for the first time, walking through spice plantations, clambering through tea fields and seeing how tea is made, finding out how rubber is produced. For older children, we can jazz up the activity such as offering white-water rafting or cycling through the paddy-fields around Galle. Some even like to try their hand at learning Sri Lankan cookery, and we’ll take you all to the market to buy the produce first, honing those all important haggling skills that will come in handy in later life. We know that as much as the children will love the immersive experiences on offer, they also want a good swimming pool to jump into each afternoon, so it goes without saying we select hotels that keep them entertained. You’ll end on the south coast in a superb beach hotel, where you can all kick-back and put your feet up before flying home – a perfect blend of adventure and beach-time that makes for a wonderful family holiday to Sri Lanka.

Guide Pricing

Starting At

£1910
Price per person including all accommodation, private transfers, unique experiences and excluding international flights.

Highlights

  • Amazingly family itinerary, designed to be gently paced, but with a range of wonderful experiences the children will love
  • See elephants in an elephant orphanage, visit a spice plantations, pluck your own tea, see whales and dolphins, see turtles hatching and cycle through rural farmland
  • Stay in boutique hotels, all with swimming pools

Suggested Hotels

Day 1

The Wallawwa

$ $ $ $ $  

The Wallawwa is a beautiful boutique property with wonderful service set in stunning gardens, ideal for the beginning or end of your trip.

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Day 1

The Wallawwa

$ $ $ $ $  

The Wallawwa is a beautiful boutique property with wonderful service set in stunning gardens, ideal for the beginning or end of your trip.

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Days 2-4
Rosyth Estate, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Rosyth Estate House

$ $ $ $ $  

Rosyth Estate is a beautifully refurbished original planter’s bungalow set on a working tea and rubber estate in Sri Lanka’s scenic hill country.

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Days 2-4
Rosyth Estate, Hill Country, Sri Lanka

Rosyth Estate House

$ $ $ $ $  

Rosyth Estate is a beautifully refurbished original planter’s bungalow set on a working tea and rubber estate in Sri Lanka’s scenic hill country.

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Day 5-6

Bougainvillea Retreat

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Bougainvillea Retreat has the feel of a private villa overlooking the mountains and golf courses surrounding Kandy.

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Day 5-6

Bougainvillea Retreat

$ $ $ $ $  

Bougainvillea Retreat has the feel of a private villa overlooking the mountains and golf courses surrounding Kandy.

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Day 7-12

The Fortress

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The Fortress is a well polished luxury resort ideal for families set on golden sands only 30 minutes from Galle Fort in Sri Lanka.

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Day 7-12

The Fortress

$ $ $ $ $  

The Fortress is a well polished luxury resort ideal for families set on golden sands only 30 minutes from Galle Fort in Sri Lanka.

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Customise Your Itinerary

We can tweak and change any element of this itinerary and you can depart on any day you want, add nights here and there, and we can fully customise your day-to-day experiences depending on your interests. Here are just a few ideas of many that we can look at and discuss when we come to plan your tailor-made itinerary.

Idea 1

If you have older children, we can add a bit more driving to access for remote parts of Sri Lanka. Anything is possible, so whether you want to see the Ancient Cities to the north, or tie in a wildlife experience in one of the National Parks, we can tweak the itinerary accordingly.

Idea 2

One of the best secret places to stay in Sri Lanka for families is the Why House. It isn't on the beach, but you can easily make a day trip and return at night.

Idea 3

Instead of having beach-time on the south coast you could of course opt for the Maldives.

Idea 4

If you want to travel in the summer, then the beaches on the east coast are perfect at that time of year.

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