If you are travelling to Sri Lanka with young children, then we understand that keeping the amount of travelling to a minimum is essential. At the same time it is a shame to simply do a ‘fly and flop’ as there is so much more to Sri Lanka than it’s lovely beaches.
Our Toddler’s Tour of Sri Lanka is specially designed to ensure the whole family is able to get a good taste of Sri Lanka without ever having to spend longer than 2.5 hours in the car. And it’s just a starting point, to inspire you!
Land at Colombo Iternational Airport where you will be greeted by your driver and transferred to The Wallawwa. Just 25 minutes from the airport this garden hotel is a oasis in which you can rest and relax after your flight. The two bedroom interconnecting family rooms are ideal with young children.
After a leisurely morning your driver will transfer you to Rosyth’ Estate House which is 45 minutes outside Kandy. Set on a working tea and rubber plantation the original planters bungalow has now been extended and modernised, but retains it history and old world charm. You really get to experience the hill country and a traditional plantation at Rosyth’s without travelling for hours up to Nuwara Eliya. On arrival at the hotel you can enjoy a pot of home grown tea before making your way to the factory for a late afternoon tour.
On day 3 your driver will take you and the children to visit a nearby ethical elephant experience.
After lunch you will return to Rosyth’s where you can spend the afternoon by the swimming pool.
On your last full day at Rosyth’s your driver will take you to Rambukkana train station where you will catch the scenic railway into the centre of Kandy. Your driver will follow the train and collect you when you disembark. Kandy is the religious heartland of Sri Lanka. During your city tour you can visit the Temple of the Tooth which is the most sacred temple on the island, as well as the immaculately kept Commonwealth Cemetery and the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens.
From Rosyth’s you can make your way down to the beaches on the west coast. A nice way to do this journey is to drive into the centre of Colombo and then take the coastal railway down to Bentota. Your driver will purchase tickets for you on the day and follow the train with your luggage. Once in Bentota there is plenty to keep you and the children busy such as a excursion to Kosgoda turtle hatchery, boat trips, fishing, surfing, markets, day trips to Galle and Hikkaduwa, cookery lessons etc… We would suggest staying in a private villa such as Sri Villa where you can have meals prepared to suit the children and you have space to sit out at night while the children are asleep. Sri Villas can also arrange babysitters should you fancy a night out.
All prices correct at the time of writing and based on a family of four (2 adults and 2 children under 16 years) sharing a 2 bedroom family room/villa, however the price varies seasonally so should be used as a guideline only. Please call us or email us at email@example.com to discuss prices for your exact dates and occupancy requirements.
Please remember this is a sample itinerary and we are happy to modify it to suit your plans. We can add or remove days and look at different places to stay.