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.

Luxurious 15 day guided family trip exploring Sri Lanka’s treasures, including the ‘Cultural Triangle’, ‘Tea Country’, glorious beaches and ri Lanka's finest lodges.

Tailor-made Luxury 15 days

Adults from $6,656 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $1,022 per person economy class from London

Families from $5,954 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,022 per person economy class from London

Perfectly balanced relaxing and indulgent 2 week holiday in Sri Lanka with a focus on the wildlife, Tea County and the Coast and plenty of time for fun and relaxation by the pool and beach.

Tailor-made Classic 13 days

Families from $2,784 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,023 per person economy class from London

Combine the best of both worlds with a week exploring adventurous Sri Lanka and a week relaxing in a family friendly resort in the Maldives.

Tailor-made Classic 15 days

Families from $3,692 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,535 per person economy class from London

2 week holiday in Sri Lanka with a focus on the Cultural Triangle, the Tea County and the Galle Coast. Designed with a nice balance of guided activities and pool / beach time and perfect for families.

Tailor-made Classic 13 days

Families from $2,713 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,023 per person economy class from London

15-day guided trip unveiling Sri Lanka’s fascinating ‘Cultural Triangle’, ‘Tea Country’, idyllic beaches and superb national parks.

Tailor-made Classic 15 days

Families from $2,853 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $1,023 per person economy class from London

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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

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

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

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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

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

- Central location in Galle Fort
- Plenty of good facilities
- Recently renovated with a stylish feel

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Peaceful location just outside Kandy
- Superb views of surrounding hills
- Yoga sessions and bike hire

The Wallawwa

Colombo & Around

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Characterful, historic manor house
- Day trips to Colombo
- Close to Negombo beach
- Elephant sanctuary visits

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Luxury property with sumptuous, colonial feel
- Pool, tennis courts, mountain bikes
- Tea plantation tours and nearby lake
- White water rafting, sea plane trips

Our rating

9/10

Price guide

Price rating 5

- Close to Yala National Park
- Great wildlife, possible leopard sightings
- Quiet property with spacious guest cabins
- Lots of exciting day trips

Cinnamon Lodge

Cultural Triangle

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Peaceful, high-end resort
- Close to Minneriya National Park
- Superb elephant encounters
- Tennis courts, large pool and spa

Aliya Resort and Spa

Cultural Triangle

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Phenomenal Sirigiya views
- 96 rooms and 18 luxury tents
- Superb facilities
- Unrivalled Cultural Triangle access

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Lovely beachside location
- Close to Galle
- Turtle hatchery visits
- Pool, tennis courts and spa

Galle Face Hotel

Colombo & Around

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Scenic beachside location
- Historic building with tours available
- Well located for exploring Colombo

Gal Oya Lodge

Arugam Bay

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Secluded location on edge of national park
- Very ecofriendly
- Great for wildlife spotting

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Close to central Kandy
- Peaceful location
- Good facilities

Water Garden Sigiriya

Cultural Triangle

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

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

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Characterful, historic property
- Scenic mountainside setting
- Lovely pool & cuisine
- 45mins drive from Kandy

Uga Bay

The East Coast of Sri Lanka

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- All rooms have ocean views
- Private beach
- Seasonal water sports

Maniumpathy

Colombo & Around

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Peaceful Historical Home
- Excellent location in Colombo
- Good staff and Superb Food
- 8 room boutique hotel

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Authentic 'close-to-nature' safari experience
- Game drives to see a variety of wildlife
- Tented accommodation with good facilities

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Tented multi-day safari adventure
- Game drives, abundant leopard population
- Sloth bears, elephant, water buffalo, jackals
- Nature walks, bird watching, cookery classes

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Tranquil spot near central Kandy
- Immaculate rooms with great views
- Stunning infinity pool
- Spa, sauna

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Historic property, modern interiors
- Small, stylish boutique hotel
- Cinema room, swimming pool
- Central Galle location

Kumu Beach

South Coast

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Contemporary beachfront property
- Opened summer 2017
- 10 rooms, friendly atmosphere
- Mask museum, turtle hatcheries, boat trips

98 Acres Resort

Tea Country

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Contemporary property, rustic feel
- Field archery, tea plantation and waterfall visits
- Pool, spa, gym, yoga
- Well equipped games room

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Historic, colonial bungalows
- White water rafting, nearby golf club
- Scenic train rides with waterfall views
- Visit Ella and climb Adam's Peak

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Stunning boutique hotel with 12 rooms
- Central Galle location - UNESCO heritage site
- Swimming Pool

Jetwing Blue

Colombo & Around

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Large, modern beachfront resort
- Excellent facilities
- Kite surfing, wind surfing, diving
- Spot wildlife at Muthurajawela salt lagoon

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Charming eco-friendly rural retreat, 14 rooms
- On site birdwatching and complimentary bikes
- Near Uda Walawe national park
- Pool, volley ball, games room, fishing lake

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Historic property with colonial feel
- Temple visits in nearby Kandy
- Picturesque train journeys
- Lovely infinity pool

Amanwella

The South Coast of Sri Lanka

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Exclusive beachfront resort
- Spacious suites with private plunge pools
- Spa, pool and several dining options

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Elegant, historic hotel
- Excellent central Galle location
- Spa, pool, and beautiful gardens

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Contemporary boutique hotel
- Picturesque and peaceful hillside location
- Tennis court, badminton, croquet, billiards
- Lovely infinity pool

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Game drives, lovely natural surroundings
- High standard of tented accommodation
- Photography lessons, cookery classes
- Birdwatching, nature walks, stargazing

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Large, exclusive resort
- Stunning beachfront location
- 4 restaurants, pool, spa, tennis courts

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Select, intimate boutique hotel
- Pool, spa, yoga pavilion, volley ball, cricket
- Expansive tropical gardens
- Super location for Galle and beaches

Jungle Beach

The East Coast of Sri Lanka

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Secluded beachfront resort
- Private beach, snorkelling, jet skiing
- Restaurant, pool, spa, and gym
- Characterful retreat, beautiful setting

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- Secluded colonial property with superb views
- Pool, restaurant, yoga sala, spa
- Guided nature walks, mountain biking
- Community visits, tea factory excursions

Camellia Hills

Tea Country

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

- 5 room boutique hotel
- Spectacular lake and mountain views
- 10-metre infinity swimming pool
- Lush garden edged by tea bushes

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Boutique Beach Hotel
- 20 mins drive from Galle
- Infinity Pool
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Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

- Excellent Views
- Swimming Pool
- Good Value Boutique Hotel
- Modern Design

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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    MissingLaura L reviewing South Africa Safari and Mauritius on 12 December 2018

  • We had a wonderful trip to Morocco. What a fascinating country. Thank you so much for all of your help making things smooth and less stressful!

    Here are a few things we wanted to pass on:

    Dar Housnia was absolutely delightful. It was like an entire wing of a house to ourselves with perfect Moroccan decor. The private area where we ate was so cute, the riad staff so accommodating. I loved waking in the cozy space with our family and hearing both call to prayer as well as roosters. Just perfect.

    I was a little unclear how to ask what time we were being picked up etc, but your office promptly replied to my emails - even on weekends- when we had these questions about transport times. Once, we met our guide in Imlil these details we not problematic as our guide “Abraham” totally took care of us. Abraham was awesome. You should definitely request him again in the future. He was young (29)and energetic. He had a ton of hiking experience in Imlil as he was from there. He also seemed to know everything else about morocco, the desert, the culture, etc, etc. He was approachable, kind, patient, great with our kids and answered SO MANY of our questions.

    The hike was lovely - after rain the day prior in Marrakech - there was snow in the mountains. It was gorgeous. We may have been up for a longer hike up Mt Taboukel if I had known this was a realistic option for families ( I thought from reading that it was too technical for us). Yet not sure we had enough days for all these things always since getting in the desert was a priority.

    The mountain house, Dar adar, was just as described… very basic. The wifi was broken (which was a nice break when you have pre-teens addicted to phones, plus my husband called no wifi an amenity to not be available by email for his work!)). There was no heat and the fireplace helped a tad - but was so very cold in the rooms. My husband loved the rustic space, I may have gone up one step in niceness of mountain accommodation if I had to do it over again. Yet, meeting the other families in this Dar Adar (including another Tourdust family from England) made this house very memorable.

    We were then joined by our driver for the next several days, Jamal. What a fun guy and a perfect driver. He could joke with my kids, he had a fun smile, and he had worked with Abraham before so they were a great team. The drive to desert was long as I knew it would be. It was nice to have the stop on way there near Ait Ben Haddu. The drive back from desert was long. It was more near 10 hours of driving (plus 1 hour at lunch = 11 hours) but I wouldn’t have made any different choices.

    The luxury desert camp was far and away the highlight of our trip. The tents were adorable, I was sufficiently warm even at night inside the tent. We loved the camel riding, the ATV vehicles at a nearby camp, sunsets on the dunes, music around the camp fire, meals with others at the camp and more.

    The last night was at Riad Jona. This was so very very lovely. The food was amazing - such a good idea to eat here after our long drive back to Marrakech. They had a small dining pool plus a hot tub which was delightful. It was almost more of a boutique hotel as it had several rooms.

    MissingGwyneth R reviewing Luxury Family Desert Holiday on 11 December 2018

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

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