Sri Lanka for Families

Sri Lanka Family Holidays

Sri Lanka has all the ingredients for a wonderful family holiday; tropical beaches, ancient temples, beautiful tea plantations and national parks teaming with wildlife. There is something for everyone and it is relatively easy to get around with a private chauffeur guide exclusively for your family. Although its a relatively small country, driving times can add up, so we recommend families consider not trying to do it all, but instead focus in on a couple of highlights.

The cultural triangle boasts the magnificent Sigiriya Rock Fortress and the ancient temples of Polonnaruwa but is arguably less suited to families with younger children. Exploring historic sight with young kids under a baking sun can easily become an ordeal. However, no size fit all and for those with a strong interest in history and culture, there is plenty in this area to keep kids interested with a little sensible pacing.

A wildlife experience in Wilpattu or Yala National Park is a wonderful way to get a taste of the safari experience where large populations of elephant and leopard abound. Kandy and the Tea Country is always a highlight, with cooler temperatures and stunning scenery. And what better way to finish in style than on an Indian Ocean Beach. The Ocean can be rough (particularly during July / August when many families visit - see our guide to the weather on Sri Lanka's Coast for detailed information on the climate and sea state on different areas of the Sri Lankan Coastline during the different seasons), so bear in mind most swimming will be in the hotel pool, but there is always the option to combine Sri Lanka with a week in the nearby Maldives for relatively modest additional flight costs.

We have several sample Sri Lanka family holiday itineraries to give you a feel for costs and broad options, but please do give us a call and we'd be delighted to discuss the options and provide recommendations tailored to your family.


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Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

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Accommodation

Ulagalla Resort

Cultural Triangle

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Luxurious, eco-friendly resort 
- Access to Cultural Triangle
- Wide range of hotel-based activities

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Centrally located in Colombo
- Rich heritage and history
- Elegant decor and design

Tintagel

Colombo & Around

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Former colonial residence
- Central Colombo location
- Pool, gym and spa

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Characterful boutique hotel 
- Access to lovely beaches 
- Cultural and wildlife activities nearby 

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Set in elegant golf course grounds
- Peaceful location near Kandy
- Great facilities

Water Garden Sigiriya

Cultural Triangle

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Well appointed luxury villas
- Superb views of Sigiriya
- Gym, pool and spa
- Helicopter rides, archery, billiards, cycling

The Notary's House

Colombo & Around

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Boutique Villa
- 6 Bedrooms
- Swimming Pool
- Cycle Trails

The Villa Bentota

The West Coast of Sri Lanka

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Colonial plantation villa
- 2 swimming pools
- Ayurvedic massage room
- Boat safaris nearby

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 504 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • Driver-guide: Very punctual, except for pick up for airport when he was delayed by >30 mins due to road closures. Vehicle very clean and well maintained- plenty of water and supplies of clothing for religious sites, tissues, postcards etc. Very good at understanding what level of conversation we wanted. Happy to stop for paracetamol, supermarket etc. Took us to signal box at railway since we were early (which was very interesting)

    The Walawwa: Lovely place to arrive at and get a bit of rest. Great pool, lovely rooms and food etc. Peaceful oasis so close to town.

    Wilpattu Camp: Wonderful food- really enjoyed trying lots of new things in excellent surroundings.Felt like the place had not been visited much recently (which I don’t think it had due to the terrorist attacks) so our safari guide had been brought up from another park and did not know the park too well- it worked out well though and we saw all the animals we hoped to see so no complaints on that front. We did feel that we should have been told about extra things we could have done- when we commented on the great food on final day we were told that they could have done a cookery demo for us, but it was too late at that point. It worked well for us but clients should probably know that they are likely to have multiple wildlife in their tents (eg frogs)- didn’t bother us at all, but others it might do. We were given a questionnaire to fill in at the end whilst all the staff were standing around, which wasn’t ideal as you felt a bit of pressure! Felt really well looked after here!

    Water Gardens Sigiriya: Beautiful suites with plunge pools- quiet and peaceful with lovely big swimming pool. Food good

    Jungle Beach: Beautiful location on beach. Rooms good. Food a bit limited I would have liked a bit more variety ideally.

    Camellia House: Lovely location- beautiful views. Food OK but service below average- our food orders were wrong a couple of times and even pre-ordered food was delayed. Tea factory tour was only an hour and that was the main reason to be here. It was interesting but quite brief seeing it was the main attraction according to our itinerary. Also, we were taken there in a minibus which didn’t have seatbelts on all seats and was quite smelly- not up to the standard of the usual transportation. Rooms were described as having panoramic views- one did have amazing views but the other one definitely didn’t.

    Galle Face: Lovely old hotel- but it did have some problems (leaking ceiling and ‘smuts’ coming out of air conditioning.) Weather very bad (spectacular storms). It was a shame the street food tour couldn’t take place but totally understandable given the weather, however we enjoyed our dinner here and free drinks/canopes!). Good choice at breakfast.

    MissingPippa R reviewing Sri Lanka Highlights - Classic on 30 September 2019

  • Once again you organised a really good holiday for us.
    If there was one criticism it was that there were too many flights. I don’t know whether you could do Bangkok first, Chiang Mai, then fly down South?
    Your drivers and Guides - all really good. The variety of transport on the tours in Bangkok and Chiang Mai; we all loved.
    Tamarind Village - Our room was a bit of a squeeze, with the 3 of us and 3 big suitcases.
    Lisu Lodge- I enjoyed our time here. Going forward I would suggest only 1 night or they need to have some more activities. I liked how we ate on the floor, the food was really good. Staff very friendly. We liked the cycling, tea plantation, trekking and white water rafting.
    Riva Surya- good location.
    Elephant Hills- we loved looking after the elephants, the lake was also a really good experience. The guides were informative and looked after us well. The resort locations and tents were perfect.
    Santiburi - amazing; we upgraded to a beach bungalow which was fantastic. The hotel is in a stunning location, the facilities and the service was impeccable. Sam has some private Thai boxing lessons, which he loved. We had cookery lessons and used the paddle boards. A perfect end to quite a busy holiday.

    MissingNatasha L reviewing Thailand Family Adventure on 24 September 2019

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