Elephants, Beaches and Emerald Fields

2-Week Sri Lanka Family Holiday Itinerary - Wildlife, Local Culture, and Beach

Prices from £1,955 pp

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Duration14 days / 13 nights (flexible)


ItineraryNegombo - Polonnaruwa - Trincomalee/Arugam Bay - Kandy - Ella - Yala - Colombo

Suitable for families

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From fishing in the Negombo canals to exploring the ancient capital of Polonnaruwa and relaxing on the white sandy beaches to learning about local life in Kandy. This family trip to Sri Lanka is all about exploring the highlights and wildlife this beautiful country has to offer. After encountering wild elephants in Yala and hiking the stunning green landscapes of Ella, your family will leave Sri Lanka with plenty of new, exciting experiences to share.

What's included

  • Private car with driver
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Excursions as described
  • Entrance Fee in Yala National Park

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Fishing Boats in Negombo

Negombo is the perfect starting point for your family trip to Sri Lanka. Just up the road from Colombo, it has a lot to offer, and you’ll get to experience the fisherman’s way of life. Whilst you’re here, you’ll join a local fisherman and try to catch your own dinner with a traditional bamboo fishing rod. You’ll then end the day relaxing on the beach, where a local restaurant will cook up your catch on the BBQ – the ideal end to the day!

sandy beach with sail boat

Cycle Through the Ancient Kingdom

Feel like a real time-traveller during your adventures in Sri Lanka’s ancient capital. You will explore Polonnaruwa by bike, racing through the maze of temples, relics and ruins and if local food is your thing, then Polonnaruwa is the place for you, with countless local restaurants serving delicious food. You will have plenty of free time to wander around the stone town at your own pace or simply chill by the pool at your lakeside hotel. To make your trip a bit more action-packed, venture off to one of the neighbouring National Parks to watch wild elephants roaming in the jungle – a very special experience!

sri lanka polonnaruwa temple

Sea Shells on Coral Islands

The east coast is the best place weather-wise for a beach stay in Sri Lanka during the summer school holiday months. The sandy beaches are long, wide and it’s the perfect place to unwind for a few days. You’ll be staying in resort by the beach, with a nice swimming pool, and whilst here, you’ll head out on a snorkelling trip around nearby Pigeon Island.

three people in a pool with their legs over the edge

Experience Local Life in Kandy

Over the next few days, you’ll stay in a local home in a village on the outskirts of Kandy. Learn about local life, cook up a storm in the kitchen with a curry cooking class, take a city tour to see the highlights and marvel at a cultural show at the Temple of the Tooth. You and your family will have lots of activities to keep you busy and plenty of time to learn about local Sri Lankan life from your hosts.


Hike Through the Hills of Ella

Ella is a small laid-back village located in-between tea plantations amidst the mountains. You and your family will spend a few days here taking in the beauty of the area, with stunning green landscapes with lush hilltop views all around you. Your hotel is located high in the hills, with a swimming pool offering a stunning view for you all to look out on. Whilst you’re here you have the chance to explore the hill-country at your own pace; take a walk around the countryside, have a picnic with a view or take the Little Adam’s Peak hike.

a boy looking out of a window and smiling

Wildlife Encounters in Yala

Elephants, monkeys, crocodiles and maybe even a leopard or black bear – this the part of Sri Lanka which the kids will be most excited about. Welcome to Yala National Park! You’ll spend the night sleeping in a safari tent on the edge of the park, with delicious freshly cooked food included and the noise of nature all around you. You’ll set off on a jeep safari with a local guide to seek out some of the country’s most famous residents. It’s an experience the whole family will remember forever.

lots of elephants in water with green grass and trees on the side

Colombo's Tuk-tuks and Temples

Colombo isn’t high on everyone’s list, but the country’s capital is a real eye-opener for kids to see daily life in a big working city. Hustle, bustle and honking horns fill the streets, and if you’re after a little culture-shock then it’s a great place to spend a night! You’ll stay in a hotel near to the waterfront and Galle Face Green, full of amazing street food and children playing cricket on the grass. Whilst here we’ll arrange a tuk-tuk tour to give your family a real local experience.

a red and green tuk tuk on a street under a tree
David on a rickshaw

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