Sri Lanka Family Holiday

12 Days | Discover exotic wildlife, ancient forts and captivating culture as a family

4.9 out of 5 based on 23 reviews submitted.
USD $1,950
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Naturally gorgeous, culturally captivating and steeped in mysticism, Sri Lanka makes for a wonderful introduction to both travel and the Indian subcontinent for children and adults alike. Embark on a 12-day family tour and discover temples carved from cliffs, fortresses built on boulders and wildlife-rich parks. Expose your family to different ways of life while cycling through peaceful villages and touring working tea plantations. Wonder at wildlife when you go safari in search of wild elephants, deer and crocodiles. Chill out by the beach in Mirissa while the kids are playing with other young travellers on the tour. Educational, active and leisurely paced, this trip is everything you could want in a family getaway.

Trip overview

Map of Sri Lanka Family Holiday including Sri Lanka
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
Physical rating
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Min 5
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 41 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • The whole family will be impressed by the ancient rock fortress Sigiriya, from the massive stone lion paws at the entrance to the 200-metre climb to the top.
  • Spotting elephants in their natural habitat during a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park is something your kids – and you – will never forget.
  • Share dinner with a Sri Lankan family before sealing the friendship with an informal lesson in a traditional Kandyan dance.
  • Explore the Dambulla cave temples, where prehistoric Sri Lankans lived thousands of years ago and ancient murals and statues depicting the Buddha are on display.
  • Soak up some sun during a strategically scheduled beach break along the palm-fringed sands of Mirissa, where the kids can splash, and you can relax.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Though its equatorial position means fairly constant year-round temperatures, the summer months in Sri Lanka are very hot with short, sharp monsoons in the south-west of the country. Please consider your family’s suitability to the season you wish to travel in.
  • Part of travelling with Intrepid means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. We visit a number of temples on this trip and all members of your family will need to have clothes that cover from wrist to below the knee in order to access them. A light scarf is also a good idea for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.


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11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners


Private bus, train, bicycle


Hotel (10 nights), Camping (1 night)

  • Dambulla - Cave Temples
  • Sigiriya - Bike ride
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress Visit
  • Kandy - Botanical Gardens
  • Matale - Spice Garden
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth
  • Train ride from Nanu Oya to Bandarawela
  • Bandarawela - Country side trek
  • Bandarawela - Tea Plucking Experience
  • Udewalawe National Park - Wildlife safari
  • Mirissa - Kite Flying
Add on activities
  • Kandy - Cultural Dance Performance - USD7
  • Mirissa - Whale Watching (Nov to Mar) - USD70

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. The trip begins with an important welcome meeting at 5pm. There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
3. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking for entrance tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.
4. These trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you in order to book.
5. Minimum age for children on this trip is 5 years old.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 23 reviews submitted.
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Erica · Traveled March 2024
This was an incredible experience - I came in with very little knowledge or expectations of Sri Lanka, but I was really amazed and impressed by everything we got to see, do, eat, learn, and enjoy! I loved how there was such a variety of experiences, from playing cricket with children to seeing the amazing Buddhist cave temples to having a delicious home cooked meal. I also had no idea how amazing Sri Lankan beaches and seafood can be. 100% recommend :)
Review submitted 19 Apr 2024

Anthony · Traveled March 2024
I highly recommend the Intrepid Sri Lanka family trip. Beautiful and varied landscapes, breathtaking historical sites, fascinating glimpses of ordinary life, and excellent food. This is a real family adventure.
Review submitted 14 Apr 2024

Cupalika · Traveled March 2024
A great itinerary from mountain tops to the Safari to the sea. However, accomodation places could be better thought through by booking staff to include air conditioning in tropical climates for some relief at nights.
Review submitted 13 Apr 2024

Blake · Traveled March 2024
Absolutely fantastic 12 day family tour with Intrepid through Sri Lanka. This tour had it all. Our tour guide Shameer was phenomenal. We were extremely well cared for throughout, and got to see so much of the country that we otherwise would never have managed. Can not recommend highly enough. The family trip of a lifetime.
Review submitted 15 Apr 2024

Maisie · Traveled March 2024
This was such a great trip and we met some lovely people! Our guide was so helpful and I would love to do a tour like this again!
Review submitted 04 Apr 2024
Sri Lanka Family Holiday
USD $1,950