Sri Lanka is a perfect island for parents seeking a little adventure with their children.
You can visit tea country, striking beaches and historic towns with only short drives between them, and there is a wide choice of calm bays ideal for novice snorkellers.
This itinerary focuses on the wildlife and will take you to hotspots for turtles, elephants and whales and includes an authentic safari as well – which can be removed for very young children who might not have the patience for it. It also offers lots of opportunities for the whole family to get a taste of Sri Lankan culture and history.
This tour has been carefully designed to ensure a well paced holiday and only short car journeys. We can tailor the tour to suit you and your family so get in touch with our Sri Lanka specialists Carly and Steffi at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0207 112 0019to discuss.
For more inspiration, take a look at our other Toddler Tour of Sri Lanka for an alternative ten day tour visiting the cultural city of Kandy and staying on a working tea estate!
Day 1 - Welcome to Sri Lanka
Land at Colombo International Airport where you will be greeted by your driver and transferred to Wattura Resort & Spa. Just 45 minutes from the airport this hotel is an oasis, sandwiched between the ocean and the Gin Oya river. Settle in to your 2 storey villa with private garden and plunge pool set just back from the beach, and relax after your flight.
About Wattura Resort & Spa
Day 2 - Safari
Have a gentle start to the day, and head off for the afternoon safari to Wilpattu National Park, the largest wildlife sanctuary in Sri Lanka. You can hope to see crocodiles, countless birds, elephants as well as being in with a chance to see the more elusive sloth bear and leopards. The safaris allow an unhurried opportunity to view the animals in their natural habitat.
For younger children, a shorter trip to one of the closer elephant protection projects would be a good alternative.
Day 4 - Move to the south coast
Transfer to your new home on the south coast today, stopping in Bentota to break the journey, have some lunch – and you could even head out for some watersports. Bentota is the best spot for watersports in Sri Lanka, and a glass-bottomed boat trip is a great way to spot sea turtles.
From Bentota, you could ride the scenic rail for around 1 hour into Galle and your driver will follow with your luggage and collect you at the other end.
Arrive in time for dinner in the garden at Why House, your home for the rest of the holiday.About Why House
Day 5 - Enjoy Why House
Why House is a tranquil, family-friendly hideaway and just a short distance from the beach. A pair of small friendly dogs live here.
There is a large pool and dining area clustered around the main house with other rooms nestled around the garden. You have the option to sit out in the evening while the children sleep.
Day 8 - Turtle Hatchery and Tea plantation
Have a restful day today with a short trip out to the nearby turtle hatchery and hospital.
You could also or alternatively visit a tea plantation and learn about the fascinating process that takes tea leaves from bush to cup. Sri Lanka remains one of the largest exporters of tea in the world despite the relatively small size of the island.