Challenge: See all the best bits in a 5 day family trip to Sri Lanka

This is not my first time to Sri Lanka but it will be our first trip to the island as a family. I’ll be travelling from Dubai with my twin 9 year olds, Rudi and Sadie along with my husband Nigel, four bags, lots of chargers and an ipad. We are expecting a whirlwind, unpacking/repacking type of holiday with a good few hours of car time so distraction tools and stops will be necessary!

After a thorough look at a map and some great tips from some friends via a ‘do you know of..’ Facebook post, I have concluded that the best option is to start in Colombo, move on to Kandy, go south to Ambalantota and head up the coast road towards Colombo stopping at Galle. We are considering leaving one night free and booking a wild card hotel when we get there in one of the coastal villages on the way back.

How are we going to get there? Where are we going to stay?

Our friends in Colombo have kindly given us a list of hotels in the Colombo/Kandy area which include:

Earls regency hotel sri lanka

Earls Regency – this is quite pricey and out of the way but has incredible facilities for families with active children. The reviews are pretty much all positive and they have availability for April half-term.

Kandy house sri lanka

The Kandy House – this is has always been on my shortlist as one that I am keen to stay in but it seems everyone else has the same idea. No rooms available.



Mahaweli Reach Hotel – another great hotel for families and positive reviews from both Agoda and Trip Advisor. One for the shortlist.

Hunas falls

Another out-of-town option is Nuwara Eliga or Hunas falls by Amaya hotel where you can climb mountains, cycle and relax.

I have always found Agoda or easy to use, great layout and offer competitive prices.

For the flights, we decided to go with Emirates due to the flight times.  We will be leaving early morning on Friday and coming back late night on Thursday. There are other less expensive options with Fly Dubai but this means a night flight or getting up at ridiculous times in the morning. As this is a short trip we have paid a bit extra and gone with the day flights. 

I used skyscanner to check out the airlines that fly from Dubai to Sri Lanka, looked at the flight times and then booked using the airline website. 

Our Sri Lankan friends have put together their top 4 recommended places to visit, all within a few hours from Kandy:

1. Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) – Kandy

2. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – Colombo -Kandy Road, 90km from Colombo

3. Sigiriya (Lion Rock) – near town of Dambulla

4. Boulder range resort – 72 km north of Kandy


Plus here are some of the FB posts and reviews:

Stayed here with my mum and sis, really gorgeous

This one is fab….been there x

The Galle Fort is amazing also, bigger that the Era Beach, but beautiful

The kandy house in kandy and the fortress resort and spa (koggala lake near galle)…we got married there, its amazing! 

Google sisindu c, not a hotel but a beachfront villa with chef, security and housekeeper. It was amazing. 

So far so good. 





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