The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
Sri Lanka Family Holiday is recommended for families with young children whose priority is to enjoy lots of fun-filled activities within a safe and friendly environment. We have designed an easy-paced holiday which brings a gentle and engrossing introduction to a different culture. The tour combines Sri Lanka’s spectacular southern beaches, close-up views of elephants and marine turtles and brings history alive. Alternative requests are always catered for.
Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, transfer to a convenient hotel close to the international airport. Relax and unwind after your flight, preparing yourself for the adventure ahead.
After an early breakfast, travel to Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle via the Millennium Elephant Orphanage in Kegalle, a remarkable project where animal rights workers and elephant experts provide captive elephants with a retirement home. A guided tour around the centre will explain the good work being done at the Foundation and is the perfect way for the family to appreciate the wonder of the elephant. Travel on to the Cultural Triangle and your family-friendly hotel where the chance to splash around in a swimming pool is a must.
Consider a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park best known for the biggest gathering of Asian Elephants. The Cultural Triangle sites can tax the patience of some children, but a clamber to the summit of Sigiriya Rock will delight many and Ritilgala Forest Monastery also has a touch of Indiana Jones about it as you climb up the partially-concealed steps. And a discovery of the ruined city of Polonnaruwa can be enlivened by a story of Polonnaruwa’s warring monkeys.
Travel on to Kandy which is steeped in history and culture. Visit the ancient Temple of the Tooth where a tooth relic of Lord Buddha is enshrined. Continue on to the Victoria Golf and Country Resort 20 kms east of Kandy. Check into the Victoria Golf Chalets set within the magnificent 500 acre estate surrounded by the scenic Kandyan Hills and the Victoria Reservoir. Facilities include an 18-hole golf course, putting green and practice range, floodlit tennis court, swimming pool, Saddle club, riding lesson for adults and kids, horse safaris, bird watching, and bike trails.
A night’s camping in Kitulgala is a great place for a bit of under-the-stars adventure. There is an opportunity to go trekking, canoeing or white-water rafting if that suits the family’s disposition, or simply enjoy the camping experience. We have only scheduled one night here, but you can stay longer or chose instead to head straight to Galle in search of more time on the beach.
Journey down to the Galle Coast and spend two days in a beach hotel conveniently placed for a yomp around the famous Galle Fort. The fort’s well-preserved ramparts, overlooking the cricket stadium and the Indian Ocean, are a great excuse to use up any pent-up energy and there are a collection of characterful craft and art shops, boutiques and cafes alongside the beautiful boutique hotels and villas that now adorn the streets. The most energetic families might also consider a guided cycle ride around Galle’s rural inland lanes.
A short journey north takes you to the family-orientated coastal town of Bentota where you can relax and enjoy the broad sandy beaches and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Children will be kept entertained with the numerous water-sports on offer on the calm Bentota lagoon, alongside the sea including banana-boating, water-skiing, jet-skiing, windsurfing and wave boarding. They will also love seeing the baby turtles at the Kosgoda Turtle Conservation Project and can enjoy their own Sri Lanka puppet show in Balapitiya.
Jetwing Beach is tastefully designed along contemporary lines with Bawa influences, taking the surrounding seaside landscape into full view. Interiors are minimalist and elegant with cement floors and walls enhanced with dramatic contemporary art. The hotel is very much a home away from home, and has something special for everyone.
Habarana Village by Cinnamon is a successful mid-range hotel in the cultural triangle with an excellent reputation for reliability among its mix of individual holidaymakers and package tourists. Set on an acre of garden edged by a serene lake that brings nature right to the doorstep
The Victoria Golf Chalets offer exceptional value and are perfect for the golf enthusiast, who wants to waste no time before getting on the first tee. The Victoria Golf & Country Resort also offers a host of recreational activities that even non-golfing travelling partners as well as children will enjoy. All chalets have private verandahs with stunning views of the Knuckles Mountain Range.
Borderlands camping is based in Kitulgala, a riverside village that offers Sri Lanka’s best white-water rafting experience. Accommodation is in tents and wooden cabins on stilts and built right over the river.
Sielen Diva is a quiet seven-bedroom boutique beach hotel in Thalpe, about 2.5 hours from the airport. This is an ideal stop for your beach stay and is in close proximity to the Galle Fort and Mirissa for whale watching.
Cinnamon Bentota Beach enjoys one of the finest beach positions in Sri Lanka, standing on a prime piece of land where the Bentota River meets the Indian ocean. A 5-star resort which was not just renovated but reimagined in 2019 and which once again can claim to be a prince among Sri Lanka’s traditional beach hotels.
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