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10 Destinations for Sri Lanka Family Holiday Packages

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 of all places very attractive and tempting, therefore

10 Destinations for  Sri Lanka Family Holiday Packages

From the green-capped mountains in the central hills to shimmering coastal belt on the southern and western Sri Lanka, and from thousands of years old historical monuments in the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka to Gulf or manner in north-west Sri Lanka, the island is home to countless number of places for family holiday, that’s why Sri Lanka family holiday packages are a hot topic among the travellers. And of all 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 the lifetime. Keep on 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 in top of the list! Don’t believe us? Keep on reading and learn why we are telling that!

Sri Lanka Family Holiday Packages

1 Nuwara Eliya

Nick-named as “Little England”, this family holiday destination sits 1800 meter above sea level, which happens to be the most popular family holiday destination on the island. The overwhelming natural wealth of Nuwara Eliya makes is a very attractive holiday destination for families.  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. 

Major Tourist Attractions: Gregory Lake, Sita temple, Haggala botanical garden, Horton plains national park, lovers leap fall and Victoria Park.

Things to do: make a boat ride in the Gregory Lake, explore the Haggala gardens and trekking through the Horton plains national park, visiting a tea factory, visiting Ambewela farm, visiting the strawberry farm, visiting Sita Kovil.

Best Time to Visit: Year-round holiday destination, however, the peak holiday season falls in the month of April to June

How to Get There: Nuwara Eliya is well connected with all major cities of Sri Lanka and plenty of options available to reach Nuwara Eliya. You can reach Nuwara Eliya by bus, train or by seaplane. 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.

Places to Stay: Araliya green city

The places to eat: Victoria park cafeteria run by the agriculture department

2 Bandarawela

Bandarawela served as the alternative holiday destination to Nuwara Eliya, which also has the healing climate like in Nuwara Eliya. Bandarawela is the most popular holiday destination in the mountains after Nuwara Eliya and attracts a large number of holiday lovers every year.  Bandarawela also becomes one of the most sought after holiday destination in the month of April, May and June parallel to the peak holiday season in Nuwara Eliya. Trekking through the tea plantations, enjoy breathtaking scenery and making a rail journey to Ella are few best things to do in Bandarawela, which are enjoyed by kids and families alike.   

Major Tourist Attractions: Lipton seat, Dova cave temple.

Best Things to do: trekking through the tea garden to Lipton seat, explore the Dova cave temple

Best Time to Visit: Can be used as a destination for Sri Lanka family holiday packages at any time of the year.

How to Reach: 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. 

Places To Stay: Orient hotel

Places to eat: Lion hotel

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3 Ella

Set amidst the mountains, tea gardens, Ella is one of the most popular retreats in the hills and attracts a large number of travellers, especially foreign travellers. Ella is most popular as an eco-holiday destination on the island and provides a large number of places for trekking, mountain climbing, ad hiking. Ella serves as one of the best destinations for Sri Lanka 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: Ella gap, Ravana waterfall, Mini Adam’s peak, 9 arch bridge.

Best Things to do: hike to the mini Adams peak, trek to the Ravana waterfalls, walk to the 9 arch bridges.

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 rail transport. The Ella bound 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.

Places to Stay: Ella flower garden resort

Places to eat: 

4 Haputale

Haputale is another popular destination for family holidays in Sri Lanka, and provide 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 most other places like Nuwara Eliya, Ella and Bandarawela. Haputale is considered as one of the best holiday destinations for kids as much as for nature lovers, families and couples. From the tranquil environs of Adisham bungalow (today it is converted to a monastery), which has a breathtaking view over valley nearby to patches of rainforests, one will never run of fun holiday spots in Haputale.

Major Tourist Attractions: Adisham bungalow, Tangamale bird sanctuary, Dambetenn tea factory.

Best Things to Do: Enjoy the breathtaking scenery in the hills, trekking to the Lipton seat, Explore the Adishan bungalow and bird watching trek at tangamale bird sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit: 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.

Haputale Places to visit

5 Hatton and Dikoya

Be it lush green vegetation or tea garden, perennial waterways, cascading waterfalls, the Gothic-style churches, or the historical temples there are many dozens of places to visit in Hatton and Dikoya and it offers something for everyone regardless the age group. Dikoya and Hatton are also hill stations with healing climate and popular destinations for Sri Lanka family holiday packages. Both destinations surely rank among the best places for good 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 the 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. 

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5 Including beaches in your Sri Lanka Family Holiday Packages

Sri Lanka is the pearl of the orient and Bentota is the golden mile, it is nicknamed as golden mile due to its wide and golden coloured sandy beaches. Bentota is the most popular beach holiday destination in the island and ultimate spot for family beach holidays and honeymooners as well as for couples. Even though Bentota is a beach holiday destination, it offers a lot more than sun, sea and sand, making it one of the best places to include in a Sri Lanka family holiday package. While spending time leisure on the beaches, sampling delicious seafood, engage in water sports and exploring mangrove forests considered to be some of the best things to do here.    

Major Tourist Attractions: Bentota beach, Bentota River, Bentota water sports centre, sea turtle conservation centres and Aluthgama town

Best Things To Do: Boating in the river, engage in water sports, beach hopping, city-hopping, learn to cook in Sri Lanka way

Best Time To Visit: November to April

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

Places To Stay: Earls reef

Famous Food: seafood in red curry, calamari, shrimps

Places to Eat: Mamas kitchen

How Many Days Should You Spend in Sri Lanka highly irrelevant, when it comes to planning a holiday package because even you plan for a 7 days Sri Lanka tour or shorter holiday package,

6 Udawalawe

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 covered with thick dry-zone forest. Udawalawe national park, Udawlawe elephant transit camp, Madunagala hot wells and the newly established open zoo of Ridiyagama are hotspots in the area.

Major Tourist Attractions: Udawalawe national park, Madunagala hot wells, Udawalawe transit camp, Ridiyagama open zoo

Best Things To Do: Jeep safari, exploring hot wells, wildlife exploration, camping

Best Time To Visit: All year round holiday destinations, the best time to travel from November to April

How to Reach: Only available transport mode is the road transport and Udawalawe can be reached via Galle, Matara, Tangalle from southern Sri Lanka and via Rathnapura from the western and central Sri Lanka.

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7 Yala and Kataragama

An abode of peace and tranquillity 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 mainly due to the Yala national park. This prime crowd-puller is located near Hambantota of 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 bear, wild buffalo, crocodile and many more. Perhaps Yala is not in the bucket list for families but Kataragama can easily fit into any Sri Lanka family holiday package, where great shopping experience awaits kids with hundreds of toy shops and various sweetmeats.  

Major Tourist Attractions: Kataragama temple, Yala national park

Best Things to Do: Visit the Katargama temple, Jeep safari at Yala national park

Best Time To Visit: Year-round holiday destination

How to Reach: Yala and Kataragama can be reached by road transport. Kataragama and Yala are connected with all major cities such as Colombo, Kandy and Trincomalee, direct buses available to most major cities from Kataragama.

8 Adding Kandy to Sri Lanka Family Holiday Packages

Serving as the home to a 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 also home to many trekking sites, national parks, botanical gardens and mountains. With exploring historical monuments, colonial-era buildings and Buddhist temples being 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 Attractions: Tooth relic temple, Royal botanical gardens, Tea plantations, Udawattakele sanctuary, Kandy Lake, Kandy museum

Best Things to Do: 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: Katargama can be reached by road and rail transport. Buses and train ply regularly between Kandy and Colombo, while buses available from all major cities to Kandy and ply many times a day.

Places To Stay: Senani hotel

Famous Food: Rice and curry

Places to Eat: Alloys restaurants

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9 Hikkaduwa

Perhaps you are surprised to see this hippie hideout in the list, well; you are not the only one feeling that way.  With the kind of perception that Hikkaduwa crafted in the mind of travellers 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, temples takes the visitors by surprise. Most importantly the unlimited seafood options are a reason that entices most travellers to travel to Hikkaduwa over and over again.

Major Tourist Attractions: Hikkaduwa Beach, Madu River, Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary, Galle fort

Best Things to Do: Exploring Hikkaduwa estuary, Visit the Galle Fort, Making a glass-bottom tour to explore the Hikkaduwa marine sanctuary

Best Time to Visit:  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.  

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10 Sigiriya

If I do not include Sigiriya in the list of places that should go into the Sri Lanka family holiday package, 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 and holiday 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 attraction in the regions, however, it is expensive and it is the most expensive historical monument on the island. The travellers can find activities such as exploring historical monuments, wildlife safaris, jungle trekking, bird-watching treks, boating, village tours, cooking classes and rejuvenating in Ayurveda.

Major Tourist Attractions: Sigiriya rock fortress, Sigiriya Lake, Sigiriya museum, Sigiriya temple, Minneriya national park

Best Things To Do: Jeep safari at Minneriya national park, Hiking the Sigiriya rock fortress, village tour in Habarana, cooking class in Habarana, bird watching in Sigiriya, trekking through the jungle.

Best Time To Visit: Holiday designation for all year round

How to Reach: Travelers can reach Sigiriya by using road transportation such as bus, taxi. Air transportation is also available on request by a seaplane.

Places to Stay: Fresco water villa Sigiriya

Places To Eat: Sigiriya garden cafe

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 very attractive and tempting, therefore we can guarantee that you going to have an amazing time regardless the destinations you choose. Book your Sri Lanka holiday package with Seerendipity tours, because we know how to do in style.

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 you can cover all sites I the 1-week sri Lanak family holiday package.

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

A. Anuradhapura, Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Bandarawela, Yala and Dambulla 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 holiday budget almost by half due to the reduced rates for hotels, transport and activities, however, good weather cannot be guaranteed during this period over the 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 travelling during this period, therefore most hotels and sights are quite empty and hotelier 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 in Sri Lanka correspond 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 the most parts of Sri Lanka including 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 south-west 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.

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