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Sometimes everyone needs a break from it all; away from the mundane, daily chores of life and what better way than to travel to a distant country, yet to be explored, completely out of the way, and definitely worthy of a family holiday. Sri Lanka is an island country with much to offer in terms of splendid beaches, views of the Indian ocean, historical cities, Dutch architecture, and a deep-rooted colonial past. There is so much to see, explore, and observe that travellers from across the globe flock to this gorgeous holiday destination.

Why you should go to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka always has something to offer for everyone. There are national parks, nature hikes, and endless strolls along historical streets that are steeped in a past that is inherently rich and vast. Some of the things you can do in Sri Lanka include visiting the historical city of Galle, the more metropolitan Colombo, exploring places like Mirissa beach, and visiting the tooth relic temple in Kandy.

What to eat in Sri Lanka

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For seafood lovers, Sri Lanka is absolute paradise offering delicious dishes such as the staple rice and fish, hoppers (bowl-shaped pancakes sweet or savoury), and kothu roti. These are available at most restaurants in Colombo and even with street vendors in other cities for a more local flavour. Travellers often find themselves gorging on endless rotis accompanied by spicy fish curry to truly taste the cuisine of the island.

What to do in Sri Lanka

Once the food is sorted, it is definitely time for some fun and the most exciting is to head to a national park such as Yala National Park home to many species of animals such as elephants, leopards, and some bird species. Another national park is the Udawalawe National Park famous for its elephant safari that takes tourists along the habitats of many wild animals – something kids would cherish for a long, long time.

These are only a few things, of course, there is plenty more to do including activities that kids will particularly enjoy. Sri Lanka is known for its turtle hatcheries and although some are under the radar for not being pro-conservation and doing more harm than good, the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery in Galle is one that not only protects the eggs but also the adults from human error.

Where to stay in Sri Lanka

When looking for places to stay at while in Sri Lanka, there are definitely too many options to pick from; will it be a beachfront villa or a hotel within the city, far from the city, or nearby but distant? For ease of access, especially with children, a family villa in Galle or along the beach may be a good idea. The villas in Sri Lanka are mostly designed in a rustic, Sri Lankan fashion with constant echoes of its Dutch past so guests can even live like locals for a short while. These gorgeous homes are perfect for a family staycation where guests have access to amenities like a fully-equipped kitchen to cook for the little ones, beach access where they have many activities for kids, and most of all a safe and serene environment! It is a good idea to choose a place like Mirissa or Galle where the city is not far and yet there is still peace to be experienced in the almost wilderness.

Navigate your way in Sri Lanka

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The best way to go about a new place is to communicate with the locals, take city tours that visit all the main sights to cover much ground without having to run around everywhere, ensure that landmarks such as hospitals, supermarkets, and foreign exchange offices are nearby to the hotel or villa, and most of all to experience living the way locals do. Public transport is quite efficient in Sri Lanka as they have taxi companies offering everything luxury cars to sedans and SUVs based on the needs of travellers. They can get to almost anywhere with ease so there is no fuss regarding getting around in the cities!

Sri Lanka is great for a laid-back, carefully-planned holiday with family wherein one can relish the spectacular panorama with the Indian Ocean on one side, enjoy a spellbinding visit to the ruins at Sigiriya Rock, or head to one of the country’s major national parks to learn all about their conservation efforts. Each of these experiences is bound to be one that is memorable and after everything, all that time spent with family in a picturesque location such as Sri Lanka really can’t be compared!

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