Sri Lanka an ideal destination for a family holiday
Sri Lanka is an ideal destination for a family holiday, even for those with very young children and infants.
Sri Lankans are very caring and friendly people, you can be assured of bringing your children to the island. Almost all the luxury hotels in Sri Lanka have baby cots; high chairs and many have babysitting services as well. If you bring a baby carrier, you can even climb the Sigiriya rock fortress and visit ancient cities such as Dambulla, Anuradhapura & Polonaruwa.
For families with toddlers a beach holiday in Sri Lanka is probably the best option. Between September and March the south coastal area is ideal. The currents can be strong but there are safe bathing beaches and pools around. Wijaya Beach, close to Galle, is particularly good for young children as there is a large pool sheltered by a reef, so the water is shallow and the waves are not too high.
On the southern coast of Sri Lanka there are several luxury villas and hotels with large suites and interconnecting rooms that are suitable for large families. A family holiday itinerary in Sri Lanka should include a visit to the Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage where children can see baby elephants being bottle-fed and also the elephants bathing in the river. Many of these are wild elephants that have been rescued after injury and sickness. The Elephant Gathering in Minneriya National Park, which takes place between July and September is a must if you are in Sri Lanka at this time of the year. It is thought to be the largest coming together of the animals in the world and is a real wildlife spectacle.
Yala National Park is a popular place to spend part of a family holiday with staying in a tented safari for older children. A BBC study has found this area of land in Sri Lanka’s deep south to have the highest density of leopards in the world. It is great fun traveling along muddy roads in a safari jeep, looking out for the elusive cats, sloth bears, pythons and rare birds.
If you are considering taking a family holiday in Sri Lanka with older children, then there are plenty of other adventure activities to try. These include white water rafting in Kitulgala, which was the setting for the film Bridge over the River Kwai. Another adventurous way of discovering true Sri Lanka is walking through the Knuckles Mountain Range where you will come across remote villages, stunning views and waterfalls. For those feeling really energetic, then it is well worth climbing Adam’s Peak, one of the highest mountains on the island and a place that is sacred for four religions.
History and culture is a great part of Sri Lanka and if you are interested you will find that imaginations come alive in Sri Lanka’s ancient cities. Anuradhapura is home to soaring red brick dagobas, which until a few years ago were covered in plants and trees after lying abandoned for almost one thousand years. Sigiriya Rock Fortress is also fascinating; especially to imagine that King Kasyapa lived here in the 5th century and even bathed in luxurious baths right on top of the rock. Our cultural tour packages would be an ideal choice as it focuses on ancient cities and culture.
The incredible variety of landscapes, climates and activities make Sri Lanka a fantastic destination for a memorable holiday.