Sri Lanka with kids: 9 day family trip

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Duration (in days): 9

From: Colombo

To: Colombo



Exc. International flights (per person based on 2 adults, 2 children) 
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Explore the family friendly destination of Sri Lanka with this whistle-stop tour of the country. Start on the tropical sands of Negombo, where you’ll spend the night resting after the flight. The next day, you’ll head to the cultural hotspot of Kandy, home to the sacred Temple of the Tooth and exotic botanical gardens. Continue to the tea hills of Ella, where you can hike to Little Adam’s Peak for views over the countryside before finishing on the beach in Mirissa for a few days of whale watching, sand castle building and watching the sun set into the ocean. For a trip through Sri Lanka with kids, this is the perfect itinerary!    

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream family trip.


  • Visit the sacred Temple of the Tooth
  • Watch the exciting fire dances in Kandy   
  • Stroll through Ella’s endless tea fields      
  • Look for humpback and blue whales off the south coast
  • Relax on the golden beaches of Mirissa



Itinerary in brief:

  • 1 night Negombo            
  • 2 nights Kandy   
  • 2 nights Ella
  • 3 nights Mirissa 


Day 1: Arrive Sri Lanka 

On arrival, you will be met at the airport and driven to your hotel in Negombo where you will check in for one night, just a few miles from the airport. Spend your first night at the beach, relaxing after your flight.              

Day 2: Travel to Kandy

After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the cultural hotspot of Kandy, where you’ll check into your hotel for two nights. Kandy is a bustling hill station famous for its pink Temple of the Tooth and the Kandy Lake, an artificial stretch of water over 200 years old which. Surrounded by lush trees, the lake is the centre point of town. Spend the afternoon wandering along the lakeside with the kids and finding some delicious local fare for dinner.

Day 3: Kandy

Today you’ll spend the day exploring the pretty city of Kandy, starting in the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens where a rare collection of tropical flowers can be seen, including the famous Orchid House. The afternoon is yours to stroll around the streets before visiting the sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic in the evening, finishing with the Kandyan Cultural Show at the Arts Centre, where you’ll watch the graceful dancers and energetic drummers, culminating in an impressive fire walking display. It’s bound to keep the kids entertained!

Day 4: Travel to Ella      

Loading your luggage into the car, you’ll hop on the little blue train that chugs its way through the hills from Kandy to Ella. It’s a perfect trip to do with kids and the scenery is stunning. With a cool breeze through the window and people selling local snacks on the train the whole family will enjoy this iconic train ride through the mountains. Around 6 hours later you’ll arrive in Ella, refreshed from the journey and ready to explore this hill top paradise.

Day 5: Ella

Your time in Ella is yours to enjoy how you wish – whether you hike the gentle trail to the summit of Little Adam’s peak for endless views of lush countryside, wander through the local tea fields or take a fresh shower under the Ravana Waterfall. This is a lovely, relaxing place to explore as a family and let the kids run free.

Day 6: Travel to Mirissa         

After some time relaxing in the cool hills, today you’ll travel south to the coast, where you can enjoy Sri Lanka’s golden beaches. Stopping to see the beautiful whitewashed lighthouse at Dondra head, you’ll continue along the coast to Mirissa, where you’ll check into your hotel for two nights and splash about in the gentle waves.

Days 7 & 8: Mirissa

Spend the rest of your time in Sri Lanka    enjoying the spectacular Mirissa beach as a family, playing in the sand with the kids, eating fresh seafood by the sea and taking a well-earned break. We’ve booked you a whale watching cruise, so on one of the mornings you’ll head out into the waves to look for the blue whales that live around the coastline. It’s guaranteed to be a big hit with little people. Finish each day watching the sun set into the crashing ocean, looking back on a wonderful family trip getting to know Sri Lanka.

Day 9: Depart Sri Lanka         

Today is your final day in Sri Lanka – you’ll be driven back to the airport in time to catch your onwards flight.  



The south-west beaches of Sri Lanka are sunny and warm between December and April, while the summer months are a little wetter as the monsoon season kicks in. In contrast, the north-east beaches shine on the opposite time of year, so you can always find beautiful sunny beaches in Sri Lanka. The higher tea fields of Ella can get cold at any time of year but in general, the climate is humid and tropical.     

We've made a similar trip...

If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog Easter breaks in the sun: our family-friendly trip to Sri Lanka - written by one of our consultants who has been there.        

This Sri Lanka with kids itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • Accommodation for 8 nights       
  • Breakfast daily  
  • Transportation by private car with English speaking guide
  • Entrance fees at all sites visited  

Not included: 

  • Lunches              
  • Tips and personal expenses          
  • Anything not mentioned above   


8 nights in 3* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Goldi Sands Hotel

  • Thilanka Kandy

  • Mountain Heavens

  • Paradise Beach Club


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