Are you looking for a fun and exciting destination to visit with your family? This Sri Lanka family tour package is ideal for families who simply want to relax and bond with each other as they explore a beautiful island. Sri Lanka is often referred to as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean and Paradise Isle as there are a plethora of things you can do here, regardless of your interests. If you’re staying in Sri Lanka for 7 days, here are of the most popular things to do.
Dive into history and you explore the ancient town of Galle. The Galle Dutch Fort was first built by the Portuguese and later fortified by the Dutch and the British during their occupation of the island. Explore the towering, pristine lighthouse or the bricked clocktower and you walk along the ramparts, bordering the azure Indian Ocean and the old town. Within the protected walls of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the National Maritime Museum, the National Museum and the Groote Kerk for a taste of the town’s history. With numerous boutique stores, restaurants and cafes lined up along the streets, there are a variety of places to choose from whether to dine in or shop for local crafts and souvenirs. Your kids will love to dip their toes in the refreshing waters while enjoying a refreshing king coconut by the shores of the Indian Ocean.
A little further down south, head over to the fishing village of Mirissa for some fun and excitement. Set sail at dawn on a whale and dolphin watching expedition off the coast of Mirissa as these tropical waters are best to spot Spinner and Bottlenose dolphins and several types of whale species, from the ginormous Blue Whale to Bryde’s Whales, Humpback Whales and Sperm Whales. The entire family will love the experience of watching these magnificent creatures glide along the crystal blue waters. If you’re looking for something more exciting and adventurous, you and your entire family can take surfing lessons in Weligama or Ahangama. Best known for beginner surfing waves, and with countless surfing schools to choose from; you’ll be surfing the waves in no time. It’s a great experience and a skill especially for kids! There’ll be lots of laughs and good memories as they master this fun sport.
Sri Lanka is blessed with exotic wildlife species, so whether you’re in the northern regions, western or southern regions, there are numerous parks to visit where you can spot wild animals. Some of the most famous wildlife parks are Yala National Park, Minneriya National Park, Udawalawe National Park and Wilpattu National Park. Yala National Park for example, is home to the largest population of leopards; but spotting them as you embark on a safari can be quite tricky – your best chances are at the peak of dawn and dusk. The park is also home to the elusive sloth bears, elephants, deer, crocodiles and countless other species. Minneriya National Park is best known for the largest gathering of wild elephants; also known as The Gathering. This has gained popularity across the world as herds of elephants gather together during the dry season, near the park’s main watering hole. It’s an unmissable experience and definitely worth the early morning safari ride. Spend a day exploring Yala or Minneriya; especially if you’re adamant in spotting these exotic creatures.
This is must include location in your Sri Lanka family tour package. Escape the heat from the coast and head over to the mountains of Nuwara Eliya for cold weather and hot tea. The birth of Ceylon Tea, you’ll be passing through mountains of tea and jungle, offering a good change of lush scenery. Nuwara Eliya is a quiet little town that was heavily influenced by the British during their occupation of the island, and this is evident through several building structures that have adapted old English styles. Explore stunning waterfalls, learn of their legends or hike through several nature trails like the one at Horton Plains National Park, with your family. With many adventurous things to do here, your children will enjoy the beautiful scenery and the chance to be outdoors with nature.
Kithulgala is ideal for adrenaline junkies! Families who wish to bond with their older children as they engage in a variety of high-powered adrenaline sports will love Kithulgala. Famous for white water rafting, hop on board a raft and zig zag through the rapids with your family. At the end of the raft session, you’ll relax in a natural pool and partake in ‘confidence jumps.’ There are a range of fun things to do in Kithulgala with your family.