Family Holidays in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Family Adventure Holidays
5 of the Best Adventures on Family Holidays in Sri Lanka
Go on a Game Drive in Yala National Park: Sri Lanka family trips wouldn’t be complete without visiting Yala National Park. It is the most famous in the country and covers over 12,000 square kilometres of grassy plains, forest, lagoons and scrub. Living among the landscape is an array of animals such as crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes and monkeys. But what has earned the park even more prestige is that it boasts one of the highest concentrations of leopard. These wily cats are very good at hiding which makes any sightings of them even more exciting.
Explore the Ancient Rock Fortress of Sigiriya: Arguably the most famous site in Sri Lanka, the Ancient Rock Fortress of Sigiriya has been dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World. The magnificent archaeological complex houses an ancient palace and fortress that stand on an imposing rocky plateau at the centre of the island between Habarane and Dambulla. The distinctive plateau was formed from the molten rock of a volcano and it towers above the rainforests. Not only is the complex an architectural wonder, but the views from the top are phenomenal. Explore the gardens, palace ruins, canals and fountains of the fortress complex and learn about its former life as a Buddhist monastery.
Visit a Tea Plantation: Sri Lanka is known around the world for its production of tea. In the colonial era, Nuwara Eliya was a popular hill station in the tea country hills and overlooks the beautiful rural landscape. The city is affectionately known as ‘Little England’ owing to its colonial architecture, Tudor-style hotels and ornate gardens. At one of the working tea plantations you can go tea picking before sampling some of the traditional Ceylon teas that are enjoyed by people across the globe.
Explore the Cave Temples of Dambulla: One of most wondrous places to visit in Sri Lanka, this UNESCO World Heritage Site, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is the finest preserved cave temple complex. Step inside the five main caves to discover beautiful paintings and approximately 150 statues of Buddha. Huge murals adorn the cave walls, with some dating back 2,000 years. To witness such historic artwork and delve into Sri Lanka’s fascinating past is a humbling experience to be cherished forever. Also from the caves, you can immerse yourself in beautiful views across Sigiriya and the countryside below.
Visit the Temple of the Tooth: Known as Sri Dalada Maligawa in Sri Lanka, the Temple of the Tooth is found in the hilltop town of Kandy, close to the Royal Palace. This ancient Buddhist relic is a religious place of worship that houses the tooth of Buddha, which was removed from the funeral pyre in 543 BC but only arriving in Sri Lanka in the 4th-century AD. Embellished with intricate carvings of silver, gold, bronze and ivory, the Temple was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988, and it now draws worshippers from all over the world.
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