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Family Holiday to Sri Lanka – A Stylish Tour for a Family of Four

16 days from £6,550 per person

This itinerary features in our Top 10 Family Holidays.

Sri Lanka’s cultural charms, gorgeous looks and laid-back vibe make her the perfect island for a family holiday. This tour takes in Sri Lanka’s many highlights – the Dutch walled fort town of Galle, leopard safaris in Yala National Park, lake safaris in Gal Oya National Park, the stunning central Tea Country and Cultural Triangle – whilst staying in family-friendly villas and boutique hotels with room configurations that are perfect for a family of four.

Start in Galle at ‘20 Middle Street’, a beautifully styled private villa with a swimming pool and lots of space to stretch out and relax, plus a great team of staff to take care of you. Formerly a Dutch merchant’s house built in 1750, the villa is next to the glamorous Amangalla resort, perfectly located for sightseeing the galleries, shops and restaurants within the fort by foot. Other fun family activities include mangrove safaris in Balapitiya or whale watching trips – Sri Lanka has some of the best whale sightings in the world (December to April). Next head to the beautiful beaches of Tangalle to check in at The Last House, a breezy 5-bedroom boutique hotel which was the last villa legendary Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa designed.

Next it’s time to head into the jungle… Nothing compares to getting close to nature on a safari in a National Park and Leopard Trails Classic Mobile Camping is the most exclusive safari camp in Sri Lanka. Sharing an elegant canvas tent between the four of you will make it all the more fun! Yala is an enchantingly beautiful National Park teeming with wildlife, including about 35 leopards, 400 wild elephants, as well as wild buffalo, musk deer, mongoose, pangolins, black bears, macaques, jackals and an incredible number of bird species. From here, you’ll head to one of Sri Lanka’s most undiscovered beauties, Gal Oya National Park, to stay in a 2 bedroom hilltop villa and enjoy boat safaris on lakes where you can spot swimming elephants from island to island! Next, head to the staggering mountain topography of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country to cosy up at Clingendael, a luxurious 5-bedroom home built in a Dutch Sri Lankan style with old-world decor and superb staff.

Finally, experience some of the most extraordinary temples in the world at Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle. Ulagalla Resort is an eco-friendly luxury resort within reach of the Cultural Triangle. It is simply stunning with 21 chalets spread across 58 acres of natural woodland and the family activities range from cookery courses, archery, cycling, kayaking, horse riding and swimming in the enormous swimming pool. Enjoy day trips to visit the legendary sky citadel of Sigiriya, dubbed the “Lion Rock”, the Dambulla Cave Temples, the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the huge granite monoliths of Ritigala and the impressive temple complex of Mihintale.

Your last night will be spent as The Wallawwa, a secluded and stylish 14-bedroom hideaway which is just 15 minutes from the airport for your flight home.

This is purely a suggested itinerary so can be booked as it is, or used as a starting point for creating your own luxury tailor-made tour of Sri Lanka. If you'd like to see similar trips, take a look at our Epic Journey and Family Holiday collections; as well as our favourite itineraries for ActiveBeachBoatSurfing, and Fly & Flop holidays.


Itinerary details

16 days from £6,550 per person

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I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.
Bill Bryson

So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
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- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
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- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
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- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
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