10 popular family trip places in Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka family tours

Sri Lanka is a treasure trove of amazing tourist attractions. From ancient cities to stunning landscapes, fascinating wildlife, pristine palm-fringed beaches, and thousands of-year-old historical sites, there is something for travellers of every age. With so many family-friendly places in Sri Lanka, it will be a daunting task to choose the best places to include in Sri Lanka family tours. Most travellers face a very tough time while choosing the places for their tour packages, such as Sri Lanka’s 5-day tour package and Sri Lanka’s 7-day tour itinerary, because all places are very attractive and tempting.

Table of Contents

  1. Sri Lanka family tour to Dambulla, Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa
  2. Sri Lanka family tour to Udalawalwe national park
  3. Whale-watching Sri Lanka family tour
  4. Sri Lanka wildlife tour to Yala national park
  5. Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary tour
  6. Sri Lanka family tour to explore Colombo city
  7. Sri Lanka hill country family tour
  8. Sri Lanka family tour to Sinharaja rainforest
  9. One day Kitugala trip from Colombo
  10. Sri Lanka family tour to Galle and southern Sri Lanka

What makes Sri Lanka good for family holidays?

From the green-capped mountains in the central hills to the shimmering coastal belt in southern and western Sri Lanka, and from thousands of years-old historical monuments in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka to the Gulf or manner in north-west Sri Lanka, the island is home to a countless number of places for a family holiday. That’s why Sri Lanka family holiday packages are a hot topic among travellers. And of all the major Sri Lanka family holiday spots, these 26 best family holiday places in Sri Lanka are the most striking ones that should be visited within a lifetime. Keep reading to get to know these amazing family holiday spots!

Are you planning a Sri Lanka family holiday package for your loved ones any time soon? Well, these family holiday destinations in Sri Lanka should be at the top of the list! Don’t believe us? Keep reading and learn why we are saying that!

When is the best time for Sri Lanka family trip?

Weather: Two monsoons (northeast monsoon and southwest monsoon) regulate the weather pattern in Sri Lanka. Each one affects a different part of the island at different times. It means that wherever you go on the island, you can expect a bright atmosphere in some areas of the island. As the southwest monsoon hit the country between May and October, there might be frequent rainfall in the southwest part of the country. However, the North and East coasts of Sri Lanka remain dry during the same period. From November to April southwest coast remains dry while the northeast coast experiences heavy rain. However, people who are interested in activities other than beach holidays, such as exploring history, culture, nature, etc do not need to pay attention to the monsoon as it does not affect their activities.

  1. Nuwara Eliya: with a very wide and open esplanade at Gregory Lake, the kids have a lot of room to play. At the same time, adults can engage in various activities like boat tours,
  2. Bandarawela is a calm and serene hill country resort that is ideal for a peaceful holiday.
  3. Ella: There are plenty of things to do with nature, like trekking, hiking, visiting waterfalls, and enjoying the beautiful countryside.
  4. Haputale is Another less populated hill country resort.
  5. Hatton/Dikoya – The hill country resort of Hatton and dikoya has mild climate and surrounded with scenic mountain and tea gardens.
  6. Bentota Beach is one of the most popular beaches on the island and is included in a large number of Sri Lanka beach tour packages.
  7. Udawalawe National Park is one of the most popular national parks on the island and is popular for day outing tours in Sri Lanka. Udawalawe is easy to reach from most beach resorts on the west coast; therefore, it is included in most Sri Lanka beach tour packages with a safari tour.
  8. Yala National Park-The National park on southern Sri Lanka considered as one of the best places to see leopards, elephants, bears, buffaloes, crocodiles and many other wild creatures.
  9. Kandy is a popular one-day trip place in Sri Lanka, and a large number of local tour operators offer Sri Lanka day trips to Kandy from Colombo.
  10. Hikkaduwa: One-day trip from Colombo to Hikkaduwa is a very popular short trip in Sri Lanka, as it gives easy access to these pristine beaches within a 2-hour drive.
  11. Sigiriya- This 5th century many made wonder is one of the oldest cities, dating back to 5th century.
  12. Unawatuna Beach: Ideal for beach hopping and sea bathing. Safe for adults as well as kids,
Breathtaking scenery in Sri Lanka tea country

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1. Family trip places in Sri Lanka- Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya is at the top of the list of family-friendly destinations in Sri Lanka. This mountain resort has a healing climate and sits 1800 meters above sea level. Nuwara Eliya is among the most popular Family trip destinations in Sri Lanka, especially among local families.

The overwhelming natural wealth of Nuwara Eliya makes it a very attractive holiday destination for kids and teenagers, and it offers many interesting activities for families. With a healing climate, rich natural wealth, hospitality, and experiences that blend perfectly with the beautiful holiday vibe in Nuwara Eliya, this laid-back tea country is the best place for a Sri Lanka family holiday package.

What are the major tourist attractions in Nuwara Eliya?

What are the things to do in Nuwara Eliya?

  • Boat ride in Gregory Lake
  • Explore the Haggala Gardens.
  • Trekking through Horton Plains National Park
  • visiting a tea factory
  • visiting Ambewela farm
  • visiting the strawberry farm
  • visiting Seetha Kovil.
  • Bird watching in Galway Forest

When is the best time to visit Nuwara Eliya?

Nuwara Eliya is a year-round holiday destination; however, the peak holiday season falls from April to June. The hill country resorts like Nuwara Eliya, Ella, and Bandarawela become attractive during this period as the flowering plants produce very beautiful, colourful flowers. However, the period from November to April is considered to be very suitable to travel to Nuwara Eliya, as dry weather prevails in the region during this period. The period from April to October is the rainy season in Nuwara Eliya; therefore, frequent rain is possible.

How to Get There

Nuwara Eliya is well connected with all major cities in Sri Lanka, and plenty of options are available to reach it. You can reach Nuwara Eliya by bus, train, or plane. If you prefer to travel by train, you can take the train from any of the stations on the upcountry railway track starting from Colombo.

2. Family trip places in Sri Lanka-Bandarawela

Bandarawela is also among the most popular Family vacation destinations in Sri Lanka. Bandarawela served as an alternative holiday destination to Nuwara Eliya, which also has a healing climate similar to Nuwara Eliya.

Bandarawela is the second-most popular holiday destination in the mountains after Nuwara Eliya and attracts a large number of holidaymakers every year. Bandarawela also becomes one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the months of April, May, and June, paralleling the peak holiday season in Nuwara Eliya.

The best activities in Bandarawela are trekking through tea plantations, taking in breathtaking scenery, and taking the train to Ella.

Major Tourist Attractions in Bandarawela

  • Lipton seat
  • Dova cave temple
  • waterfalls

Best Things to Do in bandarawela

  • Trekking through the tea garden to Lipton seat,
  • Explore the Dova cave temple

Best Time to Visit

bandarawela can be used as a destination for Sri Lanka family holiday packages at any time of the year.

How to Reach

The train is the best transport mode to reach Bandarawela from Colombo; however, only the upcountry train route provides access to Bandarawela by train. If you travel from any other destination, you have to use a taxi or the bus.

3. Trekking in Ella on Sri Lanka family tours

Set amidst the mountains and tea gardens, Ella is one of the most popular retreats in the hills and is also a part of many Sri Lanka family tours. Ella is most popular as an eco-holiday destination on the island and provides a large number of places for trekking, mountain climbing, and hiking. Ella serves as one of the best destinations for Sri Lankan family holidays. With many interesting activities such as rainforest exploration, jungle trekking, exploring waterfalls, and hiking, a family trip to this paradise is sure to be a hit.

Major Tourist Attractions in Ella

  • Ella gap
  • Ella rock
  • Ravana waterfall,
  • Mini Adam’s peak,
  • 9 arch bridge.

Best Things to Do in Ella

  • Hike to the mini Adams peak
  • Trek to the Ravana waterfalls
  • Visiting the 9 arch bridges
  • Visiting tea factory and garden
  • Walking tour of spice/herbal garden

Best Time to Visit

Ella is a year-round holiday destination, however, from November to April has the best dry weather conditions here.

How to Reach

The most convenient way of reaching Ella is by rail. The Ella binding can be obtained from Colombo. However, if you start the journey from any other holiday destination other than Colombo, road transport is the most suitable option.

4. Drive to Haputale on Sri Lanka family tours

Haputale is another popular destination for family holidays in Sri Lanka and provides stunning scenery across its mountains, tea gardens, valleys and patches of forests. Haputale is one of the least explored holiday destinations in the hills compared to most other places like Nuwara Eliya, Ella and Bandarawela.

Haputale is considered one of the best holiday destinations for kids as well as for nature lovers, families and couples. From the tranquil environs of the Adisham bungalow (today it is converted to a monastery), which has a breathtaking view over the valley nearby to patches of rainforests, one will never run out of fun holiday spots in Haputale.

Major Tourist Attractions Hputale

  • Adisham bungalow
  • Tangamale bird sanctuary
  • Dambetenn tea factory

Best Things to Do in Haputale

  • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery in the hill country
  • Trekking to the Lipton seat
  • Explore the Adishan bungalow
  • Bird-watching trek at Tangamale bird sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit Haputale Sri Lanka

Year-round holiday spot, however, best weather guaranteed from October to March

How to Reach

Train from Colombo and bus or taxi from other places of Sri Lanka.

5. Visiting Hatton and Dikoya on Sri Lanka family tours

Be it lush green vegetation or a tea garden, perennial waterways, cascading waterfalls, Gothic-style churches, or historical temples, there are dozens of places to visit in Hatton and Dikoya, and it offers something for everyone regardless of age group. These off-the-beaten-track tourist places are hardly included in Sri Lanka road trip packages. however, both are perfect places for nature lovers.

Dikoya and Hatton are also hill stations with healing climates and popular destinations for Sri Lanka family holiday packages. Both destinations surely rank among the best family vacation destinations.

Major Tourist Attractions

  • Adams peak,
  • Castlereagh Reservoir
  • Laxapana Falls
  • Rozella tea factory

Best Things to Do

  • Trekking through the tea plantations
  • Hiking at Adam’s peak
  • Trekking to Laxapana Falls

Best Time to Visit

Year-round holiday destination, however, best weather guaranteed from October to March

How To Reach

Train, as well as road transport, can be used to reach both places. 

6. Including Bentota Beach in your Sri Lanka Family Holiday Packages

Sri Lanka is the pearl of the Orient and Bentota is the golden mile, It is nicknamed the golden mile due to its wide and golden-colored sandy beaches. Bentota is the most popular beach holiday destination on the island and the ultimate spot for family beach holidays and honeymooners, as well as couples.

Even though Bentota is a beach holiday destination, it offers a lot more than just sun, sea and sand, making it one of the best places to include in a Sri Lanka family holiday package. Spending time leisurely on the beaches, sampling delicious seafood, engaging in water sports and exploring mangrove forests are considered some of the best things to do here.    

Major Tourist Attractions in Bentota

  • Bentota Beach
  • Bentota River
  • Bentota water sports center
  • Sea turtle conservation centers
  • Aluthgama town

Best Things To Do, Bentota

  • Boating in the river
  • Engage in water sports
  • Beach hopping
  • City-hopping
  • Learn to cook the Sri Lankan way

Best Time To Visit

November to April

How To Reach Bentota

Colombo International Airport is the nearest airport. It takes less than 2 hours from Colombo airport to Bentota via the southern expressway. Train transport also can be used and can reach this holiday destination on the southern railway route.

7. Wildlife tour of Udawalawe on your Sri Lanka family tours

Udawlawe is an off-the-beaten-track holiday destination and it is not counted as one of the places that should be included in most Sri Lanka family holiday packages, However, many families have broken that stereotypical perception by exploring this rugged terrain. Udawalawe is sitting at the foothills of the central mountain range and is covered with thick dry-zone forest.

Major Tourist Attractions in Udawalawe

  • Udawalawe national park,
  • Udawlawe elephant transit camp
  • Madunagala hot wells
  • The newly established open zoo of Ridiyagama is a hotspot in the area.

Best Things To Do in Udawalawe

  •  Jeep safari
  • Exploring hot wells
  • wildlife exploration
  • Camping

Best Time To Visit

For all year round holiday destinations, the best time to travel is from November to April

How to Reach

The only available transport mode is road transport and Udawalawe can be reached via Galle, Matara, and Tangalle from southern Sri Lanka and via Rathnapura from western and central Sri Lanka.

8. Visiting Yala and Kataragama on Sri Lanka family tours

An abode of peace and tranquility at the southern tip of Sri Lanka is hidden in the deep jungle. This hidden gem with rugged terrain attracts a large number of nature lovers and wildlife explorers and it is included in most Sri Lanka family tours. This prime crowd-puller is located near Hambantota in the southern province.

Yala serves as a popular weekend holiday gateway from Colombo and from Kandy. This fully packed wildlife park is one of the best places in the world to spot leopards and harbours many other Asian animals, such as jackal, sloth bears, wild buffalo, crocodiles and many more. Perhaps Yala is not on the bucket list for families but Kataragama can easily fit into any Sri Lanka family holiday package, where a great shopping experience awaits kids with hundreds of toy shops and various sweets.  

Major Tourist Attractions

  • Kataragama temple
  • Yala national park

Best Things to Do

  • Visit the Kataragama temple
  • Jeep safari at Yala national park

Best Time To Visit

A year-round holiday destination, However, Yala is closed for a few months during drought sometimes.

How to Reach

Road transport is available to get to Yala and Kataragama. Kataragama and Yala are connected with all major cities such as Colombo, Kandy and Trincomalee, with direct buses available to most major cities from Kataragama.

9. Adding Kandy to Sri Lanka Family Holiday Packages

Serving as the home to the most sacred Buddhist temple on the island and attracts a large number of local pilgrims as well as foreign travellers. Kandy is the base camp for many trekkers and adventure enthusiasts and is also home to many trekking sites, national parks, botanical gardens and mountains. Exploring historical monuments, colonial-era buildings and Buddhist temples are popular things to do in Kandy, the city also features botanical gardens, wildlife reserves, pristine lakes, waterfalls and great shopping spots making Kandy one of the best holiday destinations for families.   

Major Tourist Places in Kandy

  • Tooth relic temple
  • Royal botanical gardens
  • Tea plantations
  • Udawattakele sanctuary
  • Kandy Lake
  • Kandy museum

Best Things to Do in Kandy

  • Visit the tooth relic temple
  • Exploring the botanical garden
  • Bird watching at Udawattakele Sanctuary
  • Visiting the museum
  • Boating in the Kandy Lake
  • Trekking through the tea plantation

Best Time To Visit

Year-round holiday destination

How to Reach

Kataragama can be reached by road and rail transport. Buses and trains ply regularly between Kandy and Colombo, while buses are available from all major cities to Kandy and ply many times a day.

10. Hikkaduwa beach holiday on your Sri Lanka family tours

Perhaps you are surprised to see this hippie hideout on the list, well; you are not the only one feeling that way. With the kind of perception that Hikkaduwa crafted in the mind of travelers in the past, many people don’t see that it fits in a Sri Lanka family holiday package whereas it’s just the opposite in reality.

Hikkaduwa offers many saltwater activities for kids (after all kids love to hang around beaches) as well as for elders and also many other places such as rivers for boating, Forts, historical monuments, and temples take the visitors by surprise. Most importantly the unlimited seafood options are a reason that entices most travelers to travel to Hikkaduwa over and over again.

Major Tourist Attractions in Hikkaduwa

  • Hikkaduwa Beach
  • Madu River
  • Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary
  • Galle Fort

Best Things to Do in Hikkaduwa

  • Exploring Hikkaduwa estuary
  • Visit the Galle Fort
  • Making a glass-bottom tour to explore the Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary

Best Time to Visit Hikkaduwa

November to April

How to Reach

Hikkaduwa can be reached by bus or train on the southern route. Air transport is also available in a sea plan that can be booked in Colombo.  

11. Exploring Sigiriya on Sri Lanka family tours

If I do not include Sigiriya in the list of family trip places in Sri Lanka, I make a big mistake, because Sigiriya is a multi-faceted holiday destination and suitable for travellers of all ages. Sigiriya is a laid-back city, however, holidays in Sigiriya can be costly affairs due to its popularity as a holiday destination.

Sigiriya rock fortress, the iconic tourist attraction is the star among all attractions in the region, however, it is expensive and is the most expensive historical monument on the island. The travelers can find activities such as exploring historical monuments, wildlife safaris, jungle trekking, bird-watching treks, boating, village tours, cooking classes and rejuvenation in Ayurveda.

Sigiriya rock fortress, the ancient rock fortress dates back to 5th century AD. Sigiriya is a UNESCO world heritage site and it is popular as one of the attractions with oldest landscaped gardens, stunning frescoes, advanced water management system, and breath-taking view from top of the rock. The steep climb at Sigiriya can make it challenging for some but the view from the top is well worth the effort.

Major Tourist Attractions in Sigiriya

Best Things To Do in Sigiriya

Best Time To Visit Sigiriya

A holiday destination for all year round

How to Reach Sigiriya

Travellers can reach Sigiriya by using road transportation such as buses, and taxis. Air transportation is also available on request by seaplane.

12. Beach hopping in Unawatuna

Tucked away 145 km from Colombo, Unawatuna is one of the best places for your family beach holiday due to many reasons. It is easy to reach from Colombo, Unawatuna offers many exciting activities for the entire family and most of all it is safe for saltwater-based activities. Unawatuna can reach within 2 hours from Colombo on the southern expressway. Unawatuna is a bay and it has the shape of a horseshoe. The rock formation between the sea and the bay works as a barrier, which tames the waves and eliminates the underwater current entering the bay, therefore the Unawatuna Bay is safe for sea baths. It can be recommended for sea baths even for kids under the supervision of adults.

Major Tourist Attractions in Unawatuna

  • Unawatuna bay
  • Kathaluwa ancient temple
  • Galle fort
  • Madolduwa
  • Martin Wickramasinghe museum
  • Japanese peace Pagoda

Best Time To Visit Unawatuna

This south coast beach is ideal for beach holidays from November to April. In the period from April to November, the weather tends to be wet and the sea can be rough making it inconvenient for waterbased activities

How to Reach Unawatuna

Travelers can reach Sigiriya by using road transportation such as buses, and taxis. Air transportation is also available on request by seaplane.

Best Things To Do in Unawatuna

  • Take part in boat tours
  • Swimming in the sea
  • Diving, snorkeling, boating, etc
  • Visiting museums and ancient Galle Fort
  • Visiting historical temples
  • Trekking through the jungle

With so many places to explore on the island, it will be a daunting task to choose the best places to include in a Sri Lanka family holiday package. Most travellers face a very tough time while choosing the places for their tour package because all places are very attractive and tempting, therefore we can guarantee that you going to have an amazing time regardless of the destinations you choose. Book your Sri Lanka holiday package with Seerendipity Tours, because we know how to do it in style.

Japanese peace Pagoda

Japanese peace pagoda Visiting the Japanese peace pagoda is also recommended on your trip to Galle and the south coast. Its unique architecture makes it a popular tourist attraction in Galle. It was constructed under the patronage of the Japanese Buddhist order Nipponzan Myohoji in 2004 in order to promote peace and harmony among the people.

What are the top 9 things to add to the Sri Lanka family trip?

  1. Adventure activities
  2. Rejuvenate yourself in Ayurveda
  3. Exploring Sri Lankan Culture
  4. Eating Sri Lankan food
  5. Exploring wildlife
  6. Visiting cultural triangle
  7. Upcountry rail journey
  8. Diving and snorkelling
  9. Beach hopping
Trekking through the rainforest

1. Adding a bit of adventure to the Sri Lanka family trip

There is so much to do on the adventure front in Sri Lanka, that adventure lovers can immerse themselves in an endless number of activities. Rock climbing, mountaineering, white water rafting, trekking, and mountain biking are the list of adventure activities available in Sri Lanka is endless. Apart from land-based adventure activities, there are endless possibilities with regard to water-based sports such as diving, snorkelling, water skiing, speed boating, etc. With the beautiful settings of Sri Lankan nature, we believe a dash of thrilling adventure activities should be added if it is to be one of the best tour packages in Sri Lanka.

2. Sri Lanka family trip with Ayurveda

The best tour packages in Sri Lanka can be easily spice-up with a twist of Ayurveda. Ayurveda massage with sauna adds extra comfort to your holiday while relieving your stress. Add an Ayurveda massage to your tour package that is widely offered in many parts of the island.

Kandyan cultural show

3. Experience rich Culture with the Sri Lanka family trip

Best Tour Packages in Sri Lanka should essentially be enriched with experiences along with scenic beauty and thrilling adventures. After all, Sri Lanka is one of the few countries in the world that boast to have thousands of years of old unbroken civilization. Sri Lanka is one of the best places for you to experience a new culture. Don’t forget to visit the mask folklore museum in Ambalangoda and visit Kandyan cultural show, and catch up on folklore from the locals: the most suitable way to learn Sri Lanka’s culture.

Seafood plate with collection 7 fish species

4. Sampling delicious seafood food is part of the Sri Lanka family trip

There is a noteworthy difference between Sri Lanka’s food and the food of other Asian countries such as India, and Thailand. One particular difference is the use of spices. In the Sri Lankan context almost every recipe, especially the curry is prepared with many varieties of spices and condiments, which makes a direct impact on the colour and the flavour.

Most Sri Lanka curries are very spicy and it is a noteworthy difference compared to dishes from other Asian countries. Authentic Sri Lankan lunch consists of rice and several curries. Sri Lanka is especially popular for fresh seafood, so don’t forget to drop into a seafood restaurant on the beach resort and try a spicy crab dish on your visit to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is one of the best places for elephant safari

5. Exploring rich wildlife on a Sri Lanka family trip

Sometimes the most unexpected memories are generated in unexpected places. When thinking about wildlife, especially seeing the big cats, undoubtedly it is Africa that comes into one’s mind. Even though Sri Lanka is not a top-notch wildlife holiday destination, Sri Lanka offers amazing opportunities to spot wildlife, it may be a surprise to you, but it is real. Yala, the wildlife reserve in southern Sri Lanka is popular for leopards and offers amazing opportunities to spot these big cats.

Sri Lanka family tour offers the best opportunity to Spot leopards

Even in Africa, it might not be as easy to spot leopards as in Sri Lanka. In most cases, you have to spend hours in the jeep and travelling all around the reserve to spot a single leopard in Africa. But in the Sri Lankan context, you will be able to spot leopards, elephants, crocodiles, and many other animals within 3 hours of safari at Yala national park. Yala records the highest concentration of leopards (panthera pardus kotiya) in the world and it is estimated to be 17 ½ big cats per 100 square kilometres.

A network of National parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and safe passage between them Known as “Elephant corridors” provides a very safe environment for wildlife that delights animal lovers of all ages. However, it is not that easy to spot animals and birds in the jungle due to their elusive behaviour, usually, the children have no patience to find them – unless you have an idea where to look.

Visit elephant transit camp Udawalawe on a Sri Lanka family tour

Udawalawe elephant orphanage and conservation centre is a grassroots elephant conservation operation located next to the Udawalawe national park, occupies the land between Udawalawe wildlife reserve and Udawalawe Lake, which is one of the best attractions to include in the Sri Lanka family trip, most importantly it is a place for kids.

The cultural triangle with 6 UNESCO world heritage sites is one of the most visited places in Sri Lanka

6. Tour the cultural triangle on a Sri Lanka family tour

The entire cultural triangle of Sri Lanka is an archaeological wonder and it is 5 hours away from Colombo. It is difficult to overlook the Cultural triangle if any travellers wish to have one of the Sri Lanka family tours.

The cultural triangle of Sri Lanka is one of the several places in the world, where Buddhism flourished and experienced its heydey for many centuries. Many cities in the Cultural Triangle such as Anuradhapura, and Polonnaruwa were teaching centres for Buddhism and were visited by monks from many countries such as India, China, and Burma.

Today Cultural Triangle encompasses many UNESCO world heritage sites such as the Sigiriya rock fortress, Dambulla Golden cave temple, the Kandy Tooth relic temple Polonnaruwa and harbours a large number of ruins of many gigantic dagobas, palaces, image houses, living quarters of monks that existed many many thousand years before.

Visiting Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka, What you need to know

All visitors to these sacred places are supposed to dress in a particular manner to uphold their religious values. There is a set of rules that every visitor to religious sites observes while visiting sacred places in Sri Lanka. If you are wondering what these rules are, check out this article “13 RULES TO OBSERVE WHILE VISITING SRI LANKA BUDDHIST TEMPLE, SRI LANKA TEMPLE DRESS CODE TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH DRES’ CODE“.

Diving in Sri Lanka

7. Adding diving and snorkelling to the Sri Lanka family tour

The diving and snorkelling spot in Sri Lanka is different based on the season and decide by the monsoon. There are two seasons mainly, each lasting 6 months, the western and southern coast and the eastern coast. The best time to dive on the west and southern coast is from November to April while six months from April to November is the best time to dive on the east coast.

There are several good diving spots on the east coast near Trincomalee. The pigeon island marine national park is the best of all dive sites on the east coast. here you have the opportunity to spot a large number of tropical fish species as well as coral reefs. You might even be able to spot blue whales and pods of dolphins.

On the west coast, Hikkaduwa is the best place for a dive and Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary harbours a large number of fish species, coral reefs, and sea turtles. If you stay in southern Sri Lanka head on to Unawatuna to find a good dive site. There are many shipwrecks off the coast of Unawatuna where you will be able to spot coral reefs and many fish species.

If you do not wish to get wet but still want to see the fascinating underwater world off the Sri Lankan coast, the best place is Hikkaduwa, where you can hire a glass-bottom boat and see the corals, fish, and sea turtles in the sea. The boat tour lasts about one hour and the cost for the boat is around USD 10 P.P.  Unfortunately, this facility is available only in Hikkaduwa. The coral reef in Hikkaduwa is much larger than in Unawatuna and contains more marine life than in other places.

Harbour of Mirissa, the starting point of the Sri Lanka whale-watching trip

8. Sri Lanka family tour with Sun, sea, sand

Being an island Sri Lanka boasts clean and sandy beaches suitable for beach holidays at any given time of the year. Sri Lanka is s the perfect spot for all kinds of water sports; it is a distinct advantage for the island in the race to be a family-friendly holiday destination because kids like to hang around the beaches.

Surfing, windsurfing, boating, and kayaking are some of the lightweight thrilling adventures for older kids. The activities such as snorkelling are offered to kids that are at the aged of five or six years, enabling them to explore the rich underwater world of Sri Lanka.

There are many family-friendly beach resorts along the west and the southern coast of Sri Lanka, which is one of the best-kept secrets for its popularity among travellers as the best family trip place in Sri Lanka.

Bentota is the biggest seaside resort town and most popular among travellers and also known as the golden mile, due to its pristine, palm-fringed beaches. The golden-coloured sand and isolated beaches make it one of the best family trip places in Sri Lanka.

The availability of a wide range of activities is another reason for its popularity among the best family trip places in Sri Lanka. It is not only a Sri Lanka family vacation spot with a wide range of activities, but also offers a large number of historical places, adventure sites and natural attractions and a large number of hotels in all budget categories.

The unique location of Bentota Beach with salt water on one side and river water on the other side is ideal for most water sports available on earth. Many water sports centres have set up their activity centres along Bentota River giving easy access to the delightful ground for travellers of all ages.

Most resorts are suitable for a family vacation and offer hours of entertainment for in-house kids with their animation team, this ‘animation staff offers many interesting activities for kids like children’s yoga sessions, nature walks, cycling tours, and many other activities suitable for little people. As the day winds up, families can take refuge in a beach cabana or a bungalow that is built in a way to hug the cool breeze of the Indian Ocean, providing perfect settings for a sound sleep of little ones and caretakers.

The train trip to Sri Lanka is one of the most scenic train journeys in the world

9. Adding a beautiful train journey to your Sri Lanka family trip

Undoubtedly the train is one of the most affordable and convenient transport methods in Sri Lanka. There are many + points with the train journey, you can move whenever you wish to, you can buy food, can interact with locals, listen to music, read and enjoy the breathtaking scenery passing by. There can’t be any more scenic journey than the train ride between Ella and Kandy.

The sceneries along the Ella-Kandy stretch are incredibly breathtaking, and this is the most popular train ride among travellers. The train journey lasts around 5 hours. The train tickets can be obtained from the railway stations. Trains in Sri Lanka are very crowded, especially in the morning and afternoon.  If you wish to travel in an un-crowded wagon you need to buy either a 2nd class ticket or a 1st class ticket.

The number of seats available in 1st class and 2nd class compartments is limited, therefore advanced booking is highly recommended to guarantee the availability of seats in those compartments. 1st class observation compartment is most popular among travellers due to its wide-angle view over the scenery and usually, it is the last compartment of the train.

The train journey along the coastal belt is also beautiful, the stretch from Colombo to Negombo and Colombo to Galle is the most popular stretch for train rides among travellers along the coastal belt.

Things to consider when planing Sri Lanka family tours

Families traveling to Sri Lanka should schedule their visit to maximize their time there. While Sri Lanka is a popular destination for year-round tourism, families with young children should make sure that inclement weather won’t interfere with their plans. The island nation is best visited between December and March, when there are plenty of sunny days and little likelihood of rain. Families visiting coastal resorts should pay particular attention to this. Don’t plan your family’s Sri Lankan vacations around May or October, especially if you travel to south and west coast, when the monsoon rains are at their worst and activities like water sports are entirely unfeasible.

Add a bit of adeventure to your Sri Lanka family trip

A family vacation to Sri Lanka wouldn’t be complete without participating in interesting and life-long activities. Families who love to hike and trek can discover lots of trails in the cities like Kandy, Nuwara eliya, Bentota and Galle. Those who want to engage in water sports like jet skiing, snorkeling, or scuba diving will need to go to west coast beaches such as Bentota or to the east coast. Families wishing to visit Trincomalee or Mirissa can also opt for whale and dolphin viewing trip packages. Families with young children might also want to note the public parks and playgrounds in Colombo so they can schedule leisure time at these locations into their itinerary for their family vacation to Sri Lanka.

Eating delicious Sri Lankan food

Don’t let the fact that the youngsters will probably be picky eaters during their vacation ruin the numerous chances to sample and enjoy Sri Lankan cuisine. Whether it’s a fast snack of spicy chickpeas from a street-side seller or a basic rice and curry buffet meal at a local hotel, both kids and adults will love the flavors of Sri Lankan food. Introduce your children to regional specialties like milk rice, string hoppers, kottu roti, and hoppers to make every mealtime a memorable gastronomic adventure that will last long after the vacation is over.

Even though Sri Lanka has some of the most advanced public transportation systems in the region, getting around Sri Lanka and taking in the attractions still takes a lot of time. Families would be wise to book lodging at hotels and resorts that provide quick access to some of the area’s most important attractions and sites because of this. For families, a trip to the Yala National Park is much more convenient from a nearby hotel than from a hotel in the west coast.

Families who are planning a vacation to Sri Lanka often worry about running out of time to see and do everything that this exciting location has to offer. But the secret to seeing the finest of Sri Lanka is making the most of your vacation time by scheduling stops at all of the main destinations for activities on the island. Families should make time to see the Cultural Triangle and the cold-climate national parks near Nuwara eliya, in addition to the must-see beaches along the south coast.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sri Lanka Family Holiday Packages

Q. What are the places to travel in Sri Lanka with kids?

A. There are many places to visit in Sri Lanka with kids. But in order to make your life easy, I would like to suggest Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Galle and Bentota. All these places have interesting tourist attractions and you can cover all of them in the 7 days Sri Lanka family trip itinerary.

Q. What are the budget holiday destinations for families in Sri Lanka??

A. Anuradhapura, Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Bandarawela, Yala, and Dambulla Buddhist temples are some of the budget holiday destinations not only for families but also for any type of tour. Travelling in Sri Lanka from April to November reduce your travel budget almost by half due to the reduced rates for hotels, transport and activities, however, good weather cannot be guaranteed during this period in most parts of Sri Lanka.  

Q. What are the best places to explore during the monsoon?

A. Monsoon is the rainy season and not many people travel during this period, therefore most hotels and sights are quite empty and hoteliers make attractive offers in order to sell their rooms. During the monsoon some parts of the island some under the rain; however you can avoid the rain by choosing the correct holiday destination. So go through this article and learn what are the best places to travel to in Sri Lanka corresponding to your travel dates.

Visiting archaeological sites, historical places, temples and indoor tourist attractions such as museums are not affected by the rain but all saltwater activities are severely crippled due to the rough sea, however, it is restricted only to the monsoon-affected area.     

On the positive side, the environment shines with fresh leaves and flowers during the monsoon and the ambience is great for a family holiday. Some of the places to explore during the monsoon are Trincomalee, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and the northern part of Sri Lanka.

Q. is it raining in October in Sri Lanka?

A. October marks the end of monsoon over most parts of Sri Lanka including the south, west and central mountain range; however, you could see some rain towards the end of the day during the month of October.

Q. Which is the best place to visit in September?

A. With the southwest monsoon in full force Southern and western Sri Lanka is not good places to hang around in the month of September, as alternatively east and northern parts of Sri Lanka experience very fair weather in the month of September and most travellers head to the east coast for holidays.  

Q. What are the best places for Sri Lanka Family Holiday Packages?

A. Bentota, Galle and Kandy can be suggested as the best places for family holiday packages in Sri Lanka.

The Official website of the Sri Lanka tourist board to get more information on Sri Lank tourism is https://www.srilanka.travel/

Why you should choose Seerendipity Tours for your family trip to Sri Lanka

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