Sri Lanka family holiday

“Tailor made 2 week holiday capturing all the fun that this company founder has had again and again in Sri Lanka with her kids, usually on a bike. You have a chauffeur guide.”


Colombo | Negombo | Wilpattu National Park | Sigiriya | Dambulla Cave Temple | Polonnaruwa | Kandy | Temple of the Tooth | Knuckle Ranges and tea plantations | Trincomalee | Galle

Description of Sri Lanka family holiday

This two week Sri Lanka family holiday offers families a rich and varied range of activities, excursions and things to do all within a relatively short distance of each other which cuts down on travel time and the ‘are we there yets?’ Opportunities to rest, relax and enjoy the scenery come thick and fast on this tailor made trip, with everything from waterfalls and tea plantations to beaches and rainforests providing an exotic backdrop from where to search for wild animals and fabulous photographs. Cultural sites are just as fascinating and beautiful as their natural equivalents with the statues at Sigiriya, the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa and numerous remote jungle villages bound to inspire the imaginations of young Lara Crofts and Indiana Joneses.

Thanks to a customisable itinerary this family holiday puts you in the driving seat with giant Buddha statues and hidden caves one day followed by river camps and hot coal dances the next. This style of trip will appeal to families who like to be flexible and depending on the age range of your children, we can help you organise a unique and really special tour that everyone will remember long after the tans have faded.

The south coast, for instance, is ideal for families who prefer beach time within quieter districts with white sands and whale watching the perfect recipe for a day well spent. Alternatively, hiking deep into the Knuckles mountain range and spending nights in remote mountain villages may well appeal to other families who love the thought of plotting their own path and distances leading to waterfalls, paddy fields and those all important mountain views.

No matter what you’re looking for from this family holiday in Sri Lanka one thing is for sure enjoying some cool down time in the converted small boutique hotels amongst the highland tea plantations is a real joy and there’s nothing better than a Sri Lankan welcome to make you all feel right at home. Sri Lankans love children and you’ll find the smiles grow if you’ve got kids in tow, with stall holders, hoteliers and local people falling over themselves to ensure you and your family are made to feel well and truly welcome.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
When you are on the south and southwest coast, be aware that there is a very strong rip, and so best to keep to the small, enclosed bays when swimming.
Trip type:
Tailor made to suit family ages and requirements.
Accommodation, all breakfasts, some meals, airport transfers, activities, tours, air conditioned car and driver guide.
Small, locally owned 3* hotels or guesthouses, with possible upgrade to boutique hotels.
Many meals are included, but when you are out and about, it feels like Masterchef on Tour.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sri Lanka family holiday


We operate all of our tours in Sri Lanka in conjunction with a local partner that share our environmental values and have pioneered many social and environmental programmes within Sri Lanka. As an example, in the aftermath of the tsunami they were very active in finding small projects that desperately needed the funds being offered by overseas travellers who had previously visited the country. Their intervention was critical in providing food and shelter for over 1,000 people in a small monastery just outside Colombo.
One of the big environmental problems in Sri Lanka is the disposal of plastic, for example plastic bottles. As tourists cannot drink the local water and have to rely on bottled water, we take visitors to a local supermarket in Colombo where they are able to buy large cylinders of water which they use to refill their water bottles through the course of the trip. Although this is a small scale initiative, it all helps.
In general in Sri Lanka we use small locally owned and family run accommodation which has been built (and furnished) using local materials.
Our UK office is run as environmentally as possible. The majority of our staff either walk or cycle to work and we operate a primarily paper free environment. We do not produce brochures (which often leads to a lot of waste) but market our tours exclusively on the internet.


Our tours in Sri Lanka are always escorted by an English speaking driver who are central to the experience provided to travellers. We ask the drivers to ensure that they stop frequently in local villages and markets so that our guests are able to stop off and explore. They will assist with the purchasing of (delicious) tropical fruits and will often take travellers to small chai (tea) shops. This all helps to provide much needed income for small rural communities whilst at the same time providing a wonderful experience for travellers.
Most programmes will also involve a visit to a school or village which provides our guests (and particularly the children) with a fascinating insight in to the local way of life and culture.
Our drivers are also able to provide advice on how to behave appropriately when travelling in Sri Lanka, for example taking off your shoes before entering a temple or house.

4 Reviews of Sri Lanka family holiday

3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 16 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

For my wife rekindling her childhood memories. For us both the beautiful landscapes in the Hill Country and from Sigiriya.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Avoid the Christmas and New Year holidays. Not only are there lots of tourists but many of the locals take time off as well. Crowds everywhere making it unpleasant at some of the attractions.

Avoid Welligama if you like to swim in the sea. The sea is packed with trainee surfers, and it is dangerous to try and swim with trainee surfers not in control of their boards!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not enough. We did one 'unofficial' trip laid on by one hotel which showed some of the village industries - weaving, brick making, coir factory, pineapple plantation - but a lot more could be made of this. We also went to an elephant poo / paper factory, and batik printing - but these were almost afterthoughts. The silk shop, the wood carving 'factory', the gem 'museum' were nothing more than shops that were trying to get us to part with money!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Sri Lanka is beautiful, the people very friendly, the sights, the scenery, the beaches excellent. The food was a bit disappointing as most of the hotels seem to dumb things down for the tourists. But overall a very enjoyable 3 weeks.

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

White water rafting on Kelani river was great fun. Exciting without being frightening.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Sigiriya was superb and not to be missed but I would recommend getting there as early as possible to avoid the crowds. Later on, 4ish, I would highly recommend climbing the adjacent rock, Pidurangala, far less touristy with phenomenal views and more of an untamed feel. Decend to the white Budda to enjoy the sun set at about 6pm (July)

Also we went round Polonnaruwa which, for us, was the only mistake. The ruins are impressive but with 2 teenagers, very hot weather and a woeful ignorance of history it didn't go down well.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We stayed at the Elephant freedom project which was absolutely marvelous. You join in as part of the family, clean out the 2 elephants, walk them to the river and and wash them. You could see the elephants loving it. They only allow 6 people in during the day so you have to book in advance.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Marvellous range of experiences which we all enjoyed.

Reviewed on 02 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Friendliness of the Sri Lankans

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not particularly

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Reviewed on 17 Oct 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The wonderful food and gentle people!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Sri Lanka is amazing, but our tour operator provided a very discounting service.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not sure

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

A great place, a wonderful experience for the children but no effort made to get the itinerary right for a family with young children and many opportunities to fit in some amazing places in a fascinating country

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for taking the time to send us your comments about your holiday. I am very pleased to read that you enjoyed your time meeting people in Sri Lanka and that you felt
that it was a wonderful experience for the children but am very sorry to hear that overall
you found the trip a little disappointing, and that the itinerary was not quite right for a family with young children.

We strive very hard to ensure that our tours are tailored to the ages of the children
travelling. For example, when planning the trip we try to give accurate driving times to
enable parents to make an informed decision about whether the programme is suitable for
their family. Whilst there is of course always scope for the driving times to increase or
decrease according to the most recent road conditions, these estimates should be reasonably accurate. I will speak to our local partners in Sri Lanka to check the times that we advised you and to ensure that we are providing correct information.

I am also sorry to hear that you felt that we offered a discount service. Again we try very hard to match the programmes that we offer to the budget and requirements of individual families, and offer a wide range of accommodation from simple lodges to very luxurious hotels. I know that during the course of this trip there was a remote eco-lodge that, on arrival, you did not feel was suitable for the family and were not happy with the level of cleanliness. As it was quite late in the evening we were not able to make alternative arrangements that night but did arrange to move you the following day. We are discussing this matter with the hotel management and will not use this lodge again until we are satisfied that steps have been taken to address the situation.

It is our intention that our travellers have the holiday of a lifetime and I am very disappointed that this does not seem to have been the case on your trip. I will contact you offline to further discuss your experiences so that we can ensure that we properly address any issues that arose.

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