Explore Sri Lanka at your pace with this itinerary designed to suit all ages.
Begin with 4 nights on the west coast at an award winning family-friendly resort right on the beach. With this as your base you have the option to head out on boat trips, go on safari to Wilpattu National Park, visit the capital city of Colombo and enjoy gentle hikes or bike rides to explore the local area.
Then relocate to the south coast for an idyllic private villa stay. Here, you are ideally situated for surfing, whale and dolphin spotting, and daytrips into the low-lying tea country and to the charming UNESCO Heritage town of Galle.
We’ve designed this itinerary to keep travelling distances comfortable for all ages, and chosen locations that offer activities for the whole family to do together or separately. You can get a good taste of Sri Lankan culture, history and heritage while making memories in beautiful surroundings that are a home away from home.
Read on for more detail, and remember this is just a sample itinerary. There are always alternative hotels we can offer and we can cater for more or less guests and different length stays. Contact our Sri Lanka specialists for a bespoke tour and quote – email email@example.com or complete the enquiry form at the bottom of the page.
Day 1 - Welcome to Sri Lanka!
Arrive into Sri Lanka following your peaceful night flight and your driver will meet you in the arrivals hall. 45 minutes later you’ll be welcomed with a cool towel and a fresh juice at Wattura Resort & Spa, your home for the next 4 nights.
We’ve based this itinerary on a family of 2 adults & 2 children with an additional 2 adults travelling with them. The family will be based in a beautiful 2 storey villa overlooking the ocean, and the couple in one of the exceedingly comfortable suites. You can all make use of the plunge pool and large garden in the villa as well as the general facilities at Wattura, including the large main pool, children’s splash pool and activity area, decadent spa and beachside bar.
Relax and get settled in before dinner in the main restaurant. The food at Wattura is very special and both local influences and international flavours are on offer. They are used to catering for children and have a friendly menu also.About Wattura Resort & Spa
Days 2 - 4 - Adventure & relaxation at your pace
We’d recommend a couple of excursions during your stay at Wattura, either all together or just those who would like to.
Colombo is around 1 hour 15 minutes away, and a city tour makes for a great day, either you can explore by car or by tuk-tuk for added local flavour. Stop for lunch in the Dutch Hospital area in the old fort, climb the lighthouse for a view from above, pop into a museum or temple.
You might be interested to participate in a local cookery class or head out on a boat to go dolphin spotting.
A safari to Wilpattu National Park will be a rewarding full day adventure, where you will have a chance to see elephants, birds, crocodiles and even leopards in their natural environment. A safari of this style might be challenging for very young children but a good alternative would be a visit to Kegalle, around 1 hour away from Wattura, where you can visit an elephant welfare project for a close up encounter with elephants.
Day 5 - Transfer to the South Coast
Transfer by private air-conditioned vehicle to the south coast today, and settle into your private villa.
Kumara is set in the jungle and is serene and calm. You have a private pool to enjoy, and the discreet staff will look after you including cooking all meals. Discuss any preferences with them and they will be taken into account. We highly recommend tasting the local delicacies such as egg hoppers for breakfast and curries with fresh local seafood.About Kumara Villa
Day 6 - 10 - Beach time and culture
You are ideally situated just 5 minutes from a beach ideal for any fans of surfing or other watersports, and you can visit a different beach every day if you’d like. Towards Weligama you can spot the famous stilt fishermen which is a sight not to be missed.
A day trip to the UNESCO Heritage town of Galle is highly recommended. Simply wandering around narrow roads that make up the old fort is a pleasurable adventure and there is a lot of interesting history and architecture to absorb.
You may enjoy a visit to Koggala Lake. Here you can visit a Cinnamon plantation, and take a lovely boat trip to the temple at the centre of the lake.
Another option is to visit the low-lying tea country from here, and learn about how tea is produced. Sri Lanka remains one of the largest exporters of tea in the world which is incredible for a relatively small island!