Sri Lanka – the perfect destination for a family holiday

One of my earliest travel memories was visiting Sri Lanka as a child.

I am not sure exactly how old I was, but I remember the locals used to love patting me on the head, possibly because of my long blonde hair.

I also remember hairy taxi rides, staying in a brilliant white hotel which was situated right on the beach and getting the chance to ride an elephant. Plus, there being an extremely long flight and randomly watching the muppets on TV in Bahrain airport when we stopped off.


It’s funny what you remember about travelling. I think it is easier for kids to remember their travels these days, with it being so easy to upload pictures and videos to social media.

Would I go back to Sri Lanka – yes in a heartbeat.

Sri Lanka is a great destination for families. This little island on the southeast coast of India has something to offer every family, whether you’re looking for culture, wildlife, adventure or just a week or two soaking up the sunshine on some of the best beaches in Asia.

Sri Lanka has thousands of miles of coastline to choose from, with clean, pristine sand, perfect for building sand castles and digging holes. I also remember giant waves too, so may not be the best location for swimming in the sea.

Sri Lanka
Photo by Raj Eiamworakul on Unsplash

If, like us, you like to really explore the places you visit and take in their history, Sri Lanka will not disappoint.  In its past, Sri Lanka been controlled by the British, French and Dutch, who have all left their mark with forts, grand buildings and churches or visit Kandy, which is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine, celebrated with the grand Esala Perahera annual procession.

Temple of the Tooth - Sri Lanka

For animal lovers, Sri Lanka has many national parks with a huge variety of wildlife to see. The most popular national parks for a safari are Yala National Park in the south-east, Wilpattu in the north-west and Udawalawe in the south.


Yala National Park is perhaps the most well-known and therefore the busiest. It is also one of the most famous places in the word to spot leopards in the wild.

Leopard Sri Lanka

Udawalawe is smaller and less touristy and has less dense vegetation then Yala, making it easier to spot the local residents, especially elephants and Wilpattu National Park is home for many villus, natural lakes which dot the landscape containing rainwater, which makes them very important for resident and migratory water-birds.

Birds Sri Lanka

Where to stay

Sri Lanka has many luxury and budget hotels on offer, but we often struggle to find somewhere big enough to accommodate the whole family, so would prefer to stay in a villa in Galle.

Galle is Sri Lanka’s 2nd city and about a two-hour drive from the bustling city of Colombo. It is known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Galle Fort

Having a villa gives you more freedom as a family as you can choose to spend the day chilling out by the pool, or take yourself off on an excursion without worrying about getting back in time for dinner.

Other benefits of staying in a villa are having space for the kids to play, without worrying about disturbing other guests, plus you can self cater to save you money on the stay. has over 1,000 villas in Bali, Phuket, Samui, Sri Lanka and Mauritius and all properties are inspected before they are listed online.

Sri Lanka Villa

They have a team of Travel Consultants who will work with families to understand their needs and help find the villas that best fit all requirements.

The Concierge team then take over and can arrange the stay for the client, including airport transfers and excursions.

For every booking, they are planting a tree in Sumatra, Indonesia, so travellers can contribute to the environment while staying with them too.

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20 thoughts on “Sri Lanka – the perfect destination for a family holiday

  1. My hubby and I considered Sri Lanka on many occasion as a holiday destination but never made it. That said I’d love to explore it with our son. It has so much to offer for whatever kind of holiday a family could want. And great to know hiring a villa is an option.

  2. I have family origin in Sri Lanka and I would love to explore the culture and understand my family history more. I can see the appeal for young families with the amazing parks and the chance to see rare animals li,e leopards in the wild.

  3. I would love to visit Sri Lanka one day. Your memories of it sound fantastic! I would love to explore their varied landscapes and see some animals and beaches. Sounds wonderful!

  4. Sri Lanka looks like an absolutely beautiful place to visit. I think my Dad went when I was a lot longer for work and came back with some wonderful stories. It looks like it would be amazing to go and visit.

  5. Fantastic! We are heading to Sri Lanka in April and loving reading as many blog posts as possible. The think the kids will be most excited by seeing elephants and the train trip. Thanks for the post and info x

  6. I have been in Srilanka and it is the most amazing place, all the beaches are clean and less crowded. Nuwara Eliya is one of the most beautiful locations in Sri Lanka for a scenic a train ride. If you want to see greenery and dense forest, do visit this spot.

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