This 14 night trip has been designed by parents for parents. Sri Lanka is a wonderful country to travel with kids and this itinerary combines a variety of child friendly properties, with an array of experiences to keep kids and adults entertained! It starts with a couple of days on the beach, with some dolphin watching and then heads in-land for some culture, swimming in waterfalls, searching for elephants on safari before heading south for some surfing or relaxation on the beach and finally finishing in Galle Fort to explore the shops, cafes and galleries.
- Palagama Beach for 2 nights – Half board in Wooden Cabana – 1 Double & 1 Twin room
- Wild Grass Nature Resort for 2 nights – Half board in Family Villa – 1 Double & 1 Twin room
- Ashburnham Estate for 3 nights – Half board in Family room – 1 Double & 1 Twin room
- Gal Oya Lodge for 3 nights – Full board in 2-Bedroom Villa
- The Saffron House for 3 nights – Half board in Deluxe Room – 1 Double & 1 Twin room
- Fortaleza Landesi for 2 nights – Half board in Garden Room – 1 Double & 1 Twin room
Days 1-2: ARRIVAL INTO SRI LANKA
You’ll be met in the arrivals hall by your driver and transferred by car up the coast to Kalpitiya (roughly 2.5hrs drive). Palagama Beach is a really friendly, relaxed, rustic beach hotel located on a quiet stretch of beach on Sri Lanka’s west coast. It’s a nice place to flop for a couple of days after a long journey and refresh yourselves for the adventures ahead. There is a lovely pool, or the ocean to swim in and a real highlight is heading out for an early morning dolphin trip.
Accommodation: Palagama Beach for 2 nights
Days 3-4: NEGOMBO – CULTURAL TRIANGLE (approx. 5 hours)
After breakfast your driver will pick you up and drive you inland to the Cultural Triangle, with a picnic lunch on route in Anuradhapura. You’ll have the next 2 ½ days to explore this fascinating part of central Sri Lanka, visiting ancient cities, fortresses, temples and ruins at Dambulla, Sigiriya, Pidurangala and Anuradhapura.
Accommodation: Wild Grass Nature Resort for 2 nights.
Days 5-7: DAMBULLA – ELKADUWA (approx. 3 hrs)
Today you’ll drive south, through the Knuckles Mountain Range, and into the Elkaduwa Tea growing region in time for lunch on the veranda at Ashburnham Estate, a beautiful 6-bedroom tea plantation hotel. Ashburnham Estate offers the chance to relax and unwind in a beautiful remote setting, but also acts as a good base to explore from. Spend the next 3 days walking in the foothills, taking a tour of the tea plantation and factory, swimming in the waterfall, learning Reggie’s (chef) secret recipes or a day trip down to Kandy.
Accommodation: Ashburnham Estate for 3 nights.
Days 8-9 ELKADUWA – GAL OYA NATIONAL PARK (approx. 4 hrs)
It’s a beautiful drive across the mountains and then dropping down to Gal Oya Lodge in time for lunch. Or alternatively stopping for a picnic on route. Gal Oya Lodge is a stylish 10 bedroom lodge, built into the edge of the jungle bordering the national park. You’ll have the next 2 days to explore the vast wilderness, incredibly scenery, diverse habitats and the wildlife that lives here. We’d highly recommend the jungle drive with picnic, boating safari, vedda and bird walks and the jungle cooking class. There is also a swimming pool which is great for the kids.
Accommodation: Gal Oya Lodge for 3 nights.
Days 10-12 GAL OYA – HIRIKETIYA (5 hrs)
Heading off after breakfast you’ll head south, through remote towns and villages on this rarely visited part of the island. You’ll stop for a picnic lunch on route before arriving to the south coast early afternoon. Saffron House is a lovely villa located on the top of a hill overlooking the Indian Ocean. It is also just a short walk (or tuk-tuk ride) down to Hiriketiya Beach, an idillic cove with safe swimming and a couple of cafés to grab cold drinks and a bite to eat. The property also has a lovely swimming pool if you want to just sit and relax by the pool.
Accommodation: Saffron House for 3 nights.
Days 13-14 FORTALEZA – Galle Fort (2.5 hrs)
Today is a gentle drive across to Galle Fort, originally built in 1588 by the Portuguese and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s a lovely place to explore for a couple of days in the shops, galleries, gem stores, museums, cafes and restaurants. Fortaleza Hotel is a lovely collection of renovated merchant houses in the centre of Galle which can either be taken on a room basis or as a private house.
Accommodation: Fortaleza for 2 nights.
Day 15 Transfer back to Colombo Airport (2.5 hrs)
Best time to visit
December to April – The best time to visit Sri Lanka with this itinerary is between December and April when the weather across central, western and southern Sri Lanka tends to be consistently dry and hot. December can see more rain than the other months. The south-east monsoon means that the winds are hitting the east coast at this time of year and the west and south coasts tend to be calmer and less windy.
The cost, based on 4 people (2 adults and 2 children), is from:
$9,250 ($2,312 per person) – high season prices
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Dambulla Caves Temple
Tea Plantation Tour at Ashburnham Estate
Kandy tour to Botanical Garden & Temple of the Tooth
Guided walk into foothills of the Knuckles Mountains at Ashburnham Estate
Jungle drive and picnic at Gal Oya Lodge
Boating safari at Gal Oya Lodge
Walk with the Vedda Tribe at Gal Oya Lodge
Welcome and assistance on arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport
Mineral water in the vehicle.
Entrance fees to the sites mentioned.
Air-Con Car with English Speaking Chauffeur Guide for the tour, except at the beach.
Price does not include:
Airfare & Visa.
Tea/Coffee, soft drinks, alcohol or any other beverages.
Meals not specified.
Expenses of a personal nature.
Services other than those specified.
Tips and gratuities.