Family tour to Sri Lanka

“This two week, tailor made tour explores the never boring blend of culture, wildlife, food and friendly people that makes Sri Lanka ideal for families.”


Negombo | Dambulla Caves | Polonnaruwa | Sigiriya | Kandy | Kithulgala rafting experience | train journey to Nuwara Eliya | Safaris in Yala National Park | Galle | pptions for whale watching or Udawalawe National Park

Description of Family tour to Sri Lanka

This two week family tour to Sri Lanka is an active exploration of the island’s beautiful landscapes, long history and fascinating culture, with plenty of activities mixed through to keep the whole family happy and engaged. There is cycling around the World Heritage city of Polonnaruwa to enjoy, a train ride through the Hill Country, jeep safaris, nature hikes, rafting in the jungle, spice gardens and fascinating Galle and Kandy. Throughout, you’ll have lots of opportunities to meet the welcoming local people.

The tour begins and ends in Colombo, where an evening street food tour of the capital’s night markets is a chance to try tasty Sri Lankan cuisine. You can climb to the top of the spectacular Sigiriya rock fortress, go rafting in the jungle where The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed, look out for leopards and elephants in Udawalwe National Park and, once on the coast, opt for a snorkelling or whale watching trip in the Indian Ocean.

Despite Sri Lanka’s two rainy seasons, this holiday runs year round. The monsoons affect different parts of the island, so we simply switch the beach activities from the northeast coast to the south. So between November and April the northeast coast is free of rain, and from May to October the south coast around Galle is perfect.

This tour is private, with no set departure dates, so it can be organised to suit your calendar. The price is based on a family of four sharing two double/twin rooms. We can arrange flights for you, too, with prices varying according to season.

If you’d like to extend your holiday, we suggest taking in the Maldives, too. The capital Malé is only a one hour flight from Colombo, with direct flights to Dubai and the UK, too. Our off-the-beaten-track Maldives holiday, based in a fishing village, or a stay at the wonderful Barefoot Eco Resort are two great options.

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Departure information

This trip can be arranged at a time to suit you for families of four or more
Holiday type

Independent family adventure holiday

These family trips are designed for those of you who prefer to travel just with your family, and not in a group with other families. The itineraries are set but you can typically depart at a time to suit you.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Family tour to Sri Lanka


The Sri Lanka Island Explorer tour introduces travellers to the culturally rich and environmentally diverse island state of Sri Lanka, with an emphasis on contributing to the local economy and community projects while respecting local traditions and the natural environment. Sri Lankan guides are at the heart of the tour, whether driving visitors around the island, or visiting the many National Parks on the tour.

Information: Providing suitable, relevant information for our customers; to help them to gain a wider understanding of our style of tourism that focuses on learning, genuine interaction with the local communities, reciprocity and cultural exchange processes. To be aware of the potential impact of tourism on the local society, culture and environment, and to behave and dress appropriately with a respect and appreciation for local customs, mores and traditions and a respect for the ecology of areas visited. Our guides and leaders thus facilitate communication of our values to both travellers and local communities, educating them in sustainable tourism practices

Group sizes: By limiting groups to small sizes we aim to reduce the impact on both local communities and the environment whilst allowing for greater genuine interaction with said communities. It also results in a higher guide/customer ratio thus greater facility for supervision and individual assistance and allows us to use smaller hotels and restaurants and employ the services of more genuinely ‘local’ operators perhaps not otherwise well equipped for larger groups.

Destinations: We combine the well known tourist sites with many off-the-beaten-track, rarely visited destinations thus diverting tourist revenue and contact with responsible tourism into areas not usually benefiting as well as providing a more authentic view of the region visited.

Instruction: By explaining our methods and the reasons behind them local agents, guides and hotels are encouraged by us to adopt further responsible tourism practices themselves and guides and drivers are provided with additional training in this respect.


Local products: As much as possible we aim to employ local personnel, (guides, drivers, agents etc), use local restaurants and smaller privately owned accommodation. Customers are also encouraged to buy and use local products and services as much as possible in order to support and stimulate the local economy.

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