Sri Lanka – A family’s perfect holiday

April 14, 2016

When planning your holiday, if you are looking at bringing your children along, you would want to make it perfect for them. Designing a child’s perfect holiday would include beaches, castles, scenery, a few animals, a bit of history and culture, and a touch of magic. Broadly speaking, these characteristics are all available in the beautiful Island of Sri Lanka. So plan your family holiday in Sri Lanka and you are sure to have an amazing time with your family.

As for history, culture, and a touch of gruesomeness, Galle’s fortress, the “Lions Rock” – Sigiriya, and the ruins in Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura sums it all up. These three destinations are a must visit on your tour in Sri Lanka to give you an in depth idea of what life was like during the times of the ancient kings. The best part of Sri Lanka’s history is that most of it has been well preserved and that’s why today we get to create an image of ancient life in Sri Lanka. The history at the “Lion’s Rock” comes with a touch of adventure of climbing the rock, which is not a difficult climb and will be enjoyed by the kids. In Dambulla your kids get to visit an interesting site: an ancient Temple that has been built inside a cave.

A family holiday in Sri Lanka is incomplete without experiencing the exotic beaches. The south west coast is most popular for indulging in sun, sand and water. Spend a couple of nights at the Galle fort and you will see how the coastline is full of surprises. Every morning monkeys will come pattering over your roof, pedlars are seen in lanes selling things like milk and underpants! Shops in the colony have items ranging from spoons to clothes and palanquins. What’s more? You will see children playing games of cricket in the tiniest of spaces!

On the other side of this entire rampage is the beautiful beach with clear waters and amazing waves for the surf lovers. Along the coastline you will see fisherman on stilts, trying to earn a living. Go ahead and request them to let you try fishing on stilts – what a difficult task it is! In Matara you will see a little star fort where a crocodile resides on the moat. Hikkaduwa is well known for its coral reefs. Glass bottomed boats are available to take you on a ride around the coral reefs. On this tour of Sri Lanka, you will be able to spot reminders of the day when the sea went mad and threw a massive tsunami.

A family holiday in Sri Lanka also brings to you a range of wildlife. Along the coastlines you can visit the turtle hatchery and communicate with those little creatures. Then there are the elephants that the Island is known for. Close to Galle is the Udawala National Park where you can see a bunch of elephants, bulls, crocodiles, storks and many more.

Once you are done with the exotic coastline, drive up to the hill country where you will be filled with an abundance of greenery and luscious tea plantations. In Kandy, there are the botanical gardens that would be an ideal place to visit with your family. Close to Kandy is the elephant orphanage where your children can experience the lifestyle of the wild elephants; how they are fed, how they bathe, how they reproduce, and how they pass their time!

Nuwara Eliya, also known as “Little England” is known for its serene beauty, cascading waterfalls, and chilly climate. Perfect for ending your family holiday in Sri Lanka with a bit of relaxation and quality time spent with your family.

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