Winter sun family holiday to Sri Lanka
Wildlife, culture and beaches combine to create a family holiday in Sri Lanka of epic proportions. This small pearl-shaped island is a destination that will keep the kids enthralled. We’ve included a creative mix of exciting activities, interactive culture and storybook wildlife to make this family holiday to Sri Lanka one that will be talked about about for years.
We venture north into the Cultural Triangle for some easy-going and fascinating history lessons accompanied by bike rides through paddyfields and even the option of horse riding through stunning landscapes. Next, we’ll head towards the verdant tea plantations in the centre of the island where a mini mountain is waiting to be scaled. Then, we sample Sri Lanka’s wildlife wonders, from leopards to elephants. The natural history of Yala National Park will leave everyone in awe. And finally just a stone’s throw from Galle fort are a series of beautiful beaches with gentle surf which is perfect for the kids to master the art of body boarding or surfing.
The key to this exciting itinerary, other than the invaluable inside knowledge provided by Yonder, is picking the right time of year to travel. When it comes to climate, Sri Lanka is an island of two halves with the monsoon rains covering different parts of the island in the winter and summer. We’ve based this itinerary on the period between October and May, ideally taken over the Christmas or Easter holidays but could also be squeezed into October or February half term with some careful crafting of the itinerary and dates.
As your plane touches down in Colombo airport, your family holiday in Sri Lanka, your private Yonder chauffeur guide will be waiting to seamlessly transport you north towards the Cultural Triangle. You’ll check into the luxurious and exotic Ulagalla resort where the children can roam free (or under supervision from one of the willing hotel staff) on foot, on bikes or on horseback, safe in the vast estate. Its from here that you’ll climb the Lion Fortress, also known as Sigiriya Rock, and visit the fantastic interactive museum at its base.
The drive towards Ella in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Tea Country is spectacular. On arrival at Nine Skies perched above the Finlay Tea Estate, you’ll immediately feel at home. It will act as your basecamp for the assent of Mini Adam’s Peak, a bite-sized challenge perfect for youngsters. And after you’ve run out of puff you can jump aboard a train and travel over the famous, colonial-era Nine Skies Bridge for a unique new perspective on this exceptional country.
Arriving at your tented safari camp, the youngsters will immediately sense the excitement in the air. Kulu Safaris, on the edge of the national park, is itself a thoroughfare for amazing wildlife. You’ll go on two private safaris into the park and will hopefully encounter leopards, elephants, sloth bear, jackals and a variety of other mammals, birds and reptiles. The watering hole within the safari camp can be explored by canoe with a guide, who will happily teach your little fledglings about the extraordinary nature.
Thoughts on a postcard
The kids were stunned into silence when they saw a female leopard with her cub slinking out of the undergrowth. If ever there was a moment to catch their faces on camera this was it!
Following the southern coast, you explore the lighthouse at Dondra, the southernmost point in Sri Lanka, before continuing on towards Galle. Your destination is the delightful Frangipani Tree, perfectly located between Galle Fort and a number of safe surfing and swimming beaches. Your driver will be on hand to take you into the old colonial fort for a child orientated tour with our favourite resident historian. You’ll explore the alleyways and ramparts, hearing captivating stories of years gone by.
What you get for your money
This itinerary would typically cost from £3,100 per person staying in the specified hotels and having the services of a private chauffeur guide, excluding international flights. The costs can vary based on season, room type and board basis. All our holidays are tailor-made and can be created around your budget