10 days Sri Lanka round trip with a toddler: 21 child-friendly excursions, 2 safaris, train ride, family accommodation & private driver. For families with very young children, Sri Lanka offers many opportunities for a relaxing and at the same time eventful vacation.   

This 10-day Sri Lanka tour combines child-friendly activities and many encounters with exotic animals with interesting excursions to the highlights of nature and culture for the large family members. Short car trips and short breaks enable relaxed travel with maximum entertainment value for the whole family.  

Get up close and personal with cute monkeys, bathe in the Indian Ocean, pick tea together, drive a tuk tuk, and save baby turtles!   

Why this travel package? 


10 days Sri Lanka individual round trip especially for families with small children from 3 years


Entertaining excursion program for the little ones with exciting adventures and many encounters with animals


Child-friendly activities with lots of breaks and time to play and be amazed


Short trips in an air-conditioned vehicle with a licensed private driver


Certified, German-speaking guide bookable


Family-friendly & quality-tested accommodations with breakfast


Recommended travel time: all year round

Itinerary 10 days Sri Lanka round trip 


Starts in:


National park safari: 2

(Toyota High Luxury Jeep)




Sights: 21

(3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites) 

Duration: 10 days

(with breakfast) 

Places visited: 6

(9 nights) 

Day 1: Airport - Colombo

Welcome to Paradise! The family adventure can begin! 


  • Reception at the BIA and drive to the hotel 
  • Colombo Fort- -Independence Memorial Hall- -Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple – Town Hall – National Museum Colombo – Viharamahadevi Park – Pettah – Galle Face Green – Pelican Roundabout – South Beira Lake Pedal Boating 

Your private driver will meet you at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and take you to your hotel in the Colombo area in your air-conditioned minivan. Here you will be greeted with a welcome drink. Relax from the long journey or take a guided tour of Colombo in your minivan. 

Experience the eventful history of the capital with its impressive colonial buildings. Modern skyscrapers bear witness to Colombo’s recent development into a pulsating metropolis in Asia. Stroll through the winding streets of Colombo Fort and Pettah or take advantage of the many shopping opportunities. 

Enjoy the change between the hustle and bustle of a colorful, oriental port city and oases of calm in the middle of the big city: quiet parks with playgrounds, temples, and beach promenades invite you to linger. Floating markets and food stalls lure with their exotic smells to get to know the delicious cuisine of Sri Lanka for the first time. 

Round off the tour with a pedal boat ride on South Beira Lake and encounter the pelicans that live there! 

Dinner and overnight in Colombo 


Day 2: Colombo - Pinnawala - Habarana

Lively pachyderms & delicious curry – elephants to touch and cook in a completely different way! 


  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage 
  • Late afternoon cooking class “Rice & Curry 

After breakfast, make your way to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. On the way, you can stop to refresh yourself with coconut milk at one of the numerous fruit stands typical for the country, with a straw straight from the freshly picked fruit. Or you can try some of the lesser-known exotic fruits. 

Injured and orphaned animals are cared for and raised in the elephant orphanage. You could watch the jumbos up close at their “pool party”, go for a walk with them, or to watch the baby elephants being fed with the milk bottle. 

In the late afternoonyou will learn how to prepare a traditional Rice & Curry with a local family. Family connections and delicious dinners are guaranteed. 

Overnight and breakfast in Habarana




Day 3: Habarana - Minneriya

Village safari & pachyderms – a visit to a farming village and wild elephants! 


  • Village safari with catamaran and tuk tuk ride and lunch 
  • Safari in Minneriya National Park 

Today you will experience the authentic everyday life in Sri Lanka: You will take a trip to a village near Habarana. There you drive a short distance with the ox cart through the rice fields, with a catamaran over the lake, and finally a short distance with the TukTuk to reach the village of Hiriwadunna. 

Once there, visit the village house, the vegetable garden, and the rice field and watch the farmers and artisans in their daily work. The village women will prepare a traditional lunch for you, which you will have in the village house. Children are allowed to eat in the treehouse, which is used at night to spy on predatory elephants! Here people eat from the banana leaf with their hands! 

In the afternoon you go on a safari in Minneriya National Park. You watch the herds of elephants living there in their natural environment. You will see groups of up to 200 animals gathering here in the late afternoon to drink and bathe at the extensive reservoir. 

Overnight and breakfast in Habarana 


Day 4: Habarana - Dambulla - Ritigala

Forest Monastery & World Heritage Site – Mysterious caves and treasure hunt in the jungle! 


  • Ritigala Forest Monastery 
  • Rock temple in Dambulla (UNESCO World Heritage Site) 

In the Ritigala nature reserve, the ruins of an ancient forest monastery, romantically overgrown by the jungle, are hidden. The former buildings and functions of the complex, which is over 1,000 years old, are still clearly visible. 

The site was once used as a film set for some of the “Indiana Jones” movies. A special joy for children: the rocky path through the jungle and the huge trees with lianas to rock. 

The rock temple of Dambulla is famous for its 5 caves, in which there are 153 statues of Buddha carved out of the rock and well-preserved paintings depicting scenes from the life of the Buddha. It is said that the water on the ceiling of the main cave flows uphill! 

The temple is one of the oldest monasteries in the world. The focus is the huge resting Buddha in the first temple cave. From the viewing platform on the hill, you also have a beautiful view of the surroundings. 

Overnight and breakfast in Habarana 


Day 5: Habarana - Matale - Peradeniya - Kandy

Cinnamon & Toothbrush Tree – A trip to curious plants and holy places! 


  • Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya with picnic 
  • Visit the Temple of Tooth in Kandy (UNESCO World Heritage Site) 
  • Boat trip on Kandy Lake 

Today you leave Habarana and drive to Kandy. In the Royal Botanic Garden in Peradeniya, one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Asia, you can stroll through the tropical park with avenues lined with coconut palms and cannonball trees. You will gain an excellent insight into the tropical flora: over 4,000 plant species and 10,000 giant trees grow here. Hundreds of fruit bats hang in the treetops and hordes of monkeys romp through the park. And the toothbrush tree grows here too (Salvadora persica)! 

At lunchtime, spread a blanket on the meadow in the shade and have a picnic in front of a tropical backdrop. 

After a short drive, you will reach the old royal metropolis of Kandy. There you will visit the Palace of the Sacred Tooth, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple guards the most precious shrine in Sri Lanka: a canine tooth of the Buddha. The shrine with the relic is presented to the faithful three times a day in a solemn puja ceremony. Here you can lay flowers like pilgrims and light an oil lamp. 

Then stroll through the central market and take in the colors and smells, or take a boat ride on idyllic Kandy Lake. 

Overnight and breakfast in Kandy 


Day 6: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Ella

Landscape cinema & Lipton’s footsteps – A journey into the enchanting mountain world! 


  • Ramboda waterfalls 
  • Tea plantations and tea picking 
  • Tea factory 
  • 1st class train ride from Nanu Oya to Ella 

Today you can expect a spectacular drive into the central highlands of Sri Lanka. Passing rolling hills and tea plantations, rice fields, palm, bamboo, and eucalyptus forests, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape. 

Visit one of the traditional tea factories and learn everything there is to know about the cultivation and processing of the tea plant. You also could try your hand at tea-picking under expert guidance. Not easy! In the tea factory, you can try different types of tea before the journey continues. 

Sri Lanka’s highlands are known for their rushing waterfalls. The 109 m high Ramboda Falls can be reached via a small path along the waterfall. You can take a refreshing dip in the natural water basin. After this short stopover, you will arrive at Nanu Oya, from where you will continue your journey by train. 

Past tea plantations, waterfalls, and nostalgic train stations, the train squeaks and rattles on the most beautiful train route in the world! Enjoy the panorama! After about 3 hours you will reach the mountain village of Ella, which has developed into a popular hiking paradise amid gorges, jungle forests, waterfalls, and caves. 

Take a short evening stroll through the lively town. 

Overnight and breakfast in Ella 


Day 7: Ella

Waterfalls & hikes – beautiful views! 


  • Short walks around Ella 
  • Walkthrough Ella 

Enjoy the beautiful nature and the breathtaking views in the fresh highlands! In the vicinity of Ella, there are delightful hiking destinations such as Little Adam`s Peak, Ella Rock, Ella Gap, Nine Arches Bridge, or Rawana Cave. You hike through evergreen tea plantations, past rushing waterfalls, and through the colorful villages of the tea pickers. The hikes are short and easy to manage with small children. 

Overnight and breakfast in Ella 


Day 8: Ella - Yala

Audience with the King of the Jungle – Visiting Elephant, Leopard & Co.!  


  • Ella Gap Valley 
  • Ravana Falls 
  • Safari in Yala National Park 
  • Junior Ranger course 

Today you leave the mountainous country on the winding panoramic road through the Ella Gap Valley to the south. You will arrive at the popular Ravana Ella Falls, where you can take a refreshing break. 

The Ravana Falls are among the widest waterfalls in the country. The falls were named after the legendary King Ravana. Legend has it that Ravana kidnapped a princess and hid it in the caves behind this waterfall. 

In the afternoon your jeep safari through Yala National Park starts. This is an absolute highlight on your trip. With a bit of luck, you will see three of the “Big Five” Sri Lanka’s within walking distance: elephant, leopard, and sloth bear. In addition to these, there are 30 other species of mammals and 130 species of birds, including crocodiles, living in the extensive national park, which is characterized by savanna-like plains and monsoon forests. 

Adventurous families spend the night in a tented camp in the wilderness. 

At the camp, the children receive an introduction to bird watching techniques and how to find animal tracks. On the walks that take place near the camp, the children learn how to discover caves, identify edible plants and navigate with the sun and moon. 

You spend the evening around the campfire. 

Overnight and breakfast in Tissamaharana 


Day 9: Yala - Galle

Palm trees & pirate nests – road trip to the port city of Galle! 


  • Drive along the coastal road with swimming stops 
  • Tuk Tuk ride through the old town of Galle (UNESCO World Heritage Site) 
  • Tuk Tuk driving lesson 

This road trip on the Indian Ocean leads through lively seaside resorts along the south coast of Sri Lanka. The most beautiful beaches on the island are lined up here like pearls. 

You reach the historic port city of Galle with its imposing colonial buildings and tropical flair. Take an airy tuk tuk ride through the walls of the well-preserved fortress and the old town with its lovely shops and cafes. On the promenade, snake charmers and cliff divers provide light thrills. 

Parents are allowed to take the wheel today: after one lesson you can drive the tuk tuk yourself during a short jaunt! 

Overnight and breakfast in Galle 


Day 10: Galle - Airport / Hotel

Save turtles & explore beautiful beaches – a day on the Indian Ocean! 


  • Visit a turtle sanctuary 
  • Transfer to the airport/hotel 

On the way to the airport, you will visit a turtle sanctuary. To prevent the illegal sale of eggs laid on the beach, the employees collect the eggs immediately after they are laid and release the animals a few days after they hatch. You get an insight into the work of the animal rights activists and can experience the cute animals up close. 

Now it’s time to say goodbye! An eventful Sri Lanka tour comes to an end. Hopefully, you will leave our beautiful island with many unforgettable impressions and memories! Get home well! 


Or stay a few more days to relax and bathe on the coast! 


Entrance fees according to the itinerary

Accommodation in a family room with breakfast 

Transfers and round trip in an air-conditioned vehicle with an English-speaking private driver 

Transfer to the airport / extension hotel 

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