Sri Lanka is an island of beauty and contrast and offers an enticing mix of relaxation and adventure for families, with a warmth and friendliness to match. Inland you will find fascinating world heritage sites, wild elephants and cool tea plantations, whilst on the coast you will find golden beaches lined with swaying palms and a choice of water sports to keep the whole family entertained. Sri Lanka is the perfect choice for those looking to include a little adventure or activity into their family holiday, and it also makes a wonderful two-centre holiday when combined with the Maldives.
Sri Lanka is very good value for money and we can tailor-make an itinerary to suit the whole family. Our personal knowledge means that we can arrange visits to turtle hatcheries, mask-makers or tea plantations and let you know which hotels offer kids’ clubs, rooms specifically designed for families or baby-sitting to give you some well earned time to yourselves.
The best time to visit Sri Lanka is during our winter when the temperatures are more comfortable for sightseeing and humidity is lower. It is still worth considering May to September however, during the rainy season, when the landscapes are at their most green and vivid. At any time of the year, you may catch a local religious festival giving you a colourful glimpse into local life. Highlights for Family Holidays in Sri LankaJeep safari in a national park: Yala national park offers the best chance of seeing leopards and sloth bears as well as monkeys, elephants and birds in the wild. Chaaya Wild is a nature resort hotel bordering Yala National Park, providing comfortable accommodation in an excellent location. In the other parks such as Minneriya, Uda Walawe you will see monkeys, elephants and birds, but rarely a leopard. As Yala is such a long way from Colombo, we recommend that you only include a trip here if you are spending over 10 days in Sri Lanka. There is also the option to stay in Mahoora Luxury Tented Camps, tents set up just for your family in or near the national parks . View more information on the National Parks in southern Sri Lanka.Beaches: Bentota still offers the best range of activities for a beach holiday, with a water-sports centre (on a sheltered river estuary/lagoon) and a good beach to play football or cricket, look for sea-life and swim in calm waters between December to April. You can also visit a turtle hatchery in this area. Negombo is interesting for fishing boats, the fish market, canals, fashion shops (lots of cheap clothes for kids) and beach life. View more information on places to visit in Bentota and Negombo.Cultural Triangle: The hotels in the Cultural Triangle offer some good activities that children will enjoy, including nature walks, visit to lakes, elephant rides, a jeep safari in Minneriya National Park (to see elephants mainly) and cycling.View more information on places to visit in the Cultural Triangle.Cricket matches:International matches take place in Dambulla, Kandy, Colombo and Galle. As cricket is Sri Lanka’s most popular sport, you are likely to come across a local cricket game on a field or beach. Masked dance performances in Kandy: Children will enjoy watching the dancers and their intriguing masks. View more information on KandyPinnawela Elephant Orphanage: This elephant orphanage near Kandy is popular with families as you can see the elephants bathing in the river and baby elephants playing and being fed. View more information on places to visit near Kandy and in Tea & Hill CountryTouring Holidays in Sri LankaWe have put together an active family tour itinerary where we have chosen the most welcoming hotels for families. You can spot elephants in the wild or ride on elephant-back through a lake; learn to surf or mess about on the beach; visit a turtle hatchery or go on a whale-watch trip (in season). Alternatively, please contact us to create your perfect tailor-made itinerary.See the 13-night Active Family Touring Itinerary for more details.
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