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Sri Lanka – the perfect destination for a family holiday

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September 10, 2018

One of my earliest travel memories was visiting Sri Lanka as a child.
I am not sure exactly how old I was, but I remember the locals used to love patting me on the head, possibly because of my long blonde hair.
I also remember hairy taxi rides, staying in a brilliant white hotel which was situated right on the beach and getting the chance to ride an elephant. Plus, there being an extremely long flight and randomly watching the muppets on TV in Bahrain airport when we stopped off.
Colombo
It’s funny what you remember about travelling. I think it is easier for kids to remember their travels these days, with it being so easy to upload pictures and videos to social media.
Would I go back to Sri Lanka – yes in a heartbeat.
Sri Lanka is a great destination for families. This little island on the southeast coast of India has something to offer every family, whether you’re looking for culture, wildlife, adventure or just a week or two soaking up the sunshine on some of the best beaches in Asia.
Sri Lanka has thousands of miles of coastline to choose from, with clean, pristine sand, perfect for building sand castles and digging holes. I also remember giant waves too, so may not be the best location for swimming in the sea.

Sri Lanka

Photo by Raj Eiamworakul on Unsplash


If, like us, you like to really explore the places you visit and take in their history, Sri Lanka will not disappoint.  In its past, Sri Lanka been controlled by the British, French and Dutch, who have all left their mark with forts, grand buildings and churches or visit Kandy, which is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine, celebrated with the grand Esala Perahera annual procession.
Temple of the Tooth - Sri Lanka
For animal lovers, Sri Lanka has many national parks with a huge variety of wildlife to see. The most popular national parks for a safari are Yala National Park in the south-east, Wilpattu in the north-west and Udawalawe in the south.
Elephants
Yala National Park is perhaps the most well-known and therefore the busiest. It is also one of the most famous places in the word to spot leopards in the wild.
Leopard Sri Lanka
Udawalawe is smaller and less touristy and has less dense vegetation then Yala, making it easier to spot the local residents, especially elephants and Wilpattu National Park is home for many villus, natural lakes which dot the landscape containing rainwater, which makes them very important for resident and migratory water-birds.
Birds Sri Lanka

Where to stay

Sri Lanka has many luxury and budget hotels on offer, but we often struggle to find somewhere big enough to accommodate the whole family, so would prefer to stay in a villa in Galle.
Galle is Sri Lanka’s 2nd city and about a two-hour drive from the bustling city of Colombo. It is known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Galle Fort
Having a villa gives you more freedom as a family as you can choose to spend the day chilling out by the pool, or take yourself off on an excursion without worrying about getting back in time for dinner.
Other benefits of staying in a villa are having space for the kids to play, without worrying about disturbing other guests, plus you can self cater to save you money on the stay.
Villa-finder.com has over 1,000 villas in Bali, Phuket, Samui, Sri Lanka and Mauritius and all properties are inspected before they are listed online.
Sri Lanka Villa
They have a team of Travel Consultants who will work with families to understand their needs and help find the villas that best fit all requirements.
The Concierge team then take over and can arrange the stay for the client, including airport transfers and excursions.
For every booking, they are planting a tree in Sumatra, Indonesia, so travellers can contribute to the environment while staying with them too.
Disclaimer: Post written in collaboration with Villa-Finder.com. 
Image Credit: Shutterstock.com

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  1. Reply

    Hannah Swancott

    September 10, 2018

    Oh how PERFECT! Yala & Udawale are totally amazing! I went last year and we enjoyed it so much, such a great all round holiday and perfect for families!

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    MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    September 10, 2018

    It sure does sound like a wonderful holiday destination. The kids and I would have to visit the national parks whist there and see the animals as that would be amazing.

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    Kate

    September 10, 2018

    Sri Lanka is definitely on my bucket list. It looks so incredible and those are such special early memories of your first visit.

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    Angela Milnes

    September 10, 2018

    We have not been to Sri Lanka yet but it looks amazing. I love the photo of the birds. The Sri Lanka villas actually look really nice too when I had a look at the link.

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    Joanna

    September 10, 2018

    The closest I’ve been to Sri Lanka was India. You have made Sri Lanka sound so amazing through your post. I’d love to visit one day.

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    Cath - BattleMum

    September 11, 2018

    My hubby and I considered Sri Lanka on many occasion as a holiday destination but never made it. That said I’d love to explore it with our son. It has so much to offer for whatever kind of holiday a family could want. And great to know hiring a villa is an option.

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    Eva Katona

    September 11, 2018

    Oh wow these photos are beautiful – Sri Lanka is since long time on my travel wish list!

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    Elizabeth

    September 11, 2018

    I would love to visit Sri Lanka one day, but the long flight has always put me off. Now that my kids are older though, I think it would be a very good idea!

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    Kirsty

    September 11, 2018

    I have family origin in Sri Lanka and I would love to explore the culture and understand my family history more. I can see the appeal for young families with the amazing parks and the chance to see rare animals li,e leopards in the wild.

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany

    September 12, 2018

    I used to work with someone from Sri Lanka and he used to show me some beautiful places to stay. It’s definitely someone I would consider going as a family x

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    Fashion and Style Police

    September 12, 2018

    I would love to visit Sri Lanka one day. Heard it is a beautiful place to visit.

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    Laura Dove

    September 12, 2018

    I have Sri Lanka on our bucket list, it looks absolutely beautiful!

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    Lucy Dorrington

    September 12, 2018

    This looks amazing, I am definitely adding it to my bucket list!

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    Amanda

    September 13, 2018

    I would love to visit Sri Lanka one day. Your memories of it sound fantastic! I would love to explore their varied landscapes and see some animals and beaches. Sounds wonderful!

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    Melanie williams

    September 13, 2018

    Sir lanka such an amazingly beautiful place. Look at all that wildlife just so lovely x

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    Anosa

    September 14, 2018

    Friends who’ve been always talking about there visit and how incredible it is, I would love to visit one day for sure.

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    Zena's Suitcase

    September 17, 2018

    I’m so jealous that you got to visit here as a child. It sounds like one of those destinations that has a bit of everything. It’s a culture I would love to experience as well

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    Sarah Bailey

    September 18, 2018

    Sri Lanka looks like an absolutely beautiful place to visit. I think my Dad went when I was a lot longer for work and came back with some wonderful stories. It looks like it would be amazing to go and visit.

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    Amber Hill

    December 12, 2018

    Fantastic! We are heading to Sri Lanka in April and loving reading as many blog posts as possible. The think the kids will be most excited by seeing elephants and the train trip. Thanks for the post and info x

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    Alibaug Beach

    June 25, 2019

    I have been in Srilanka and it is the most amazing place, all the beaches are clean and less crowded. Nuwara Eliya is one of the most beautiful locations in Sri Lanka for a scenic a train ride. If you want to see greenery and dense forest, do visit this spot.

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