15 Places to Visit in Sri Lanka with Family for Memorable Escape!
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Tourist Places to Visit in Sri Lanka with Family

Galle Dutch Fort, Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Galle Face Green, Manawari Temple, Udawalawe National park, Sigiriya, Thirukoneswaram Temple, Beira Lake and many more.

Wondering where to spend time with your kids and family in Sri Lanka? This exotic destination in Asia brims with many exciting places to visit in Sri Lanka with family to make your holiday full of fun and excitement. From architectural marvels, historical monuments & forts, national parks, ancient temples to pristine beaches, this country has so much you can see and spend quality time together. 

With 21 national parks, Sri Lanka offers abundant choices to spot its wild animals in natural habitats. While its ancient temples, like Manawari and Thirukoneswaram are famous for annual festivals and mythological connections. Negombo is famous for its lagoons and beach activities; Kandy for sacredness, natural beauty, and Tooth Relic Temple; Galle for museums, rich heritage, Japanese Peace Pagoda, and serenity.

Sigiriya, on the other hand, is a UNESCO heritage site and Colombo, the capital city, offers everything from fun, adventures to relaxation. With so many places to see in Sri Lanka with family, your trip to this mesmerizing country will definitely be full of everlasting memories.

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The Galle Dutch Fort happens to be one of the treasured historical monuments of Srilanka located on the southern coast of the country. The fort was constructed by the Portuguese in the course of their reign in Srilanka and was later renovated by the Dutch. The fort is one of the most important UNESCO world heritage sites out of many in Srilanka. This is because of its wonderful illustration of European Architecture and South Asian Traditions of the 16th and 19th century.

The fort displays an amazing amalgamation of age-old architecture and antiquity in the middle of astounding natural beauty.You will come across a number of lively shops, cafes, exhibition halls, lifestyle stores, and villas, which adds to the beauty of the place. It would be just amazing to move by the walls witnessing the intricate artworks and sheer craftsmanship. At the present time, the fort is still home to multi-ethnic and multi-religious population, as some properties inside the fort are still owned by many Dutch people and local Srilankan people as well. 

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Peradeniya Gardens is a spacious 147 acre of natural extravaganza consisting of more than 4000 species of plants, and 10,000 varied kinds of trees, incidentally serves as the largest garden of Sri Lanka. The unique and rarest collection in these gardens is the Giant Bamboo of Burma which grows 12 inches each day to a height of 40 meters. Apart from this other amazing collections include Javan fig tree, Cannonball tree, Double Coconut Palm and about 200 other varieties of palm trees and versatile collection of flora. 



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One can pack some food to enjoy an open air picnic here or can relish the cafeteria inside serving local and western cuisine. The Peradeniya Botanical Garden is one prime tourist attraction of hill country and remains quite flooded with tourists every weekend. 

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: Opened daily from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Price: Approximate price starts from 2353 LKR for adults and 1177LKR for child
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Spotting a leopard prowling in the Park of Yala is quite an ordinary spectacle. Witness the untamed world of nature in the Yala National Park and quench your eagerness to explore and learn more about wildlife. Yala National Park is located in the South-East part of Sri Lanka. Amidst both nature and wildlife, you will also find some faint cultural ruins which give the travellers a deeper insight about the earlier civilization. the Yala National Park lies in the south-eastern part of Sri Lanka closely hugging the Indian Ocean.



Highlights: A safari to this natural park will surely leave you jaw drop as you will be able to witness Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Leopards, and Elephants in big numbers.

Prices: Approximate price starts from 3700 LKR

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Sri Lanka shelters a good count of endangered species across the globe, and one of the most exciting species amongst them is the sea turtle. The hatcheries along Sri Lanka’s western coast regularly witnesses a good count of sea turtles. Swimming all their way through the mighty Indian Ocean, the Sea Turtles reach hatcheries during their hatching period. To protect these frequent Galle sea coast visitors, the Galle Sea Turtle Hatchery of Sri Lanka was established around 40 years ago. 

This hatchery in Galle has outer walls covered with themed murals portraying vibrantly coloured turtles. Inside, you will find a series of turtle preservation tanks. Every tank is accompanied with a precautionary sign board for visitors. The tourists visiting the hatchery are regularly guided through a live demonstration of depicting the entire life-cycle of sea turtles and their conservation period. The place functions as daycare for all those newborn sea turtles who opened their eyes here for the very first time. The hatchery homes to several small water tanks for protecting these newly born sea turtles. 

Gradually, five different varieties of Sea Turtles are found here at the Sea Turtle Hatchery in Sri Lanka – Olive Ridley, Green Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, and Leatherhead Turtle. All the injured sea turtles are protected within a separate tank, which is specially reserved for their protection. Every member working here at the Galle Sea Turtle Hatchery is trained with the basics of helping all the sea turtles who are in thorough need of medical assistance or all those who are pregnant. 
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Galle face green, a mesmerizing destination with a magnificent coast, it is one of the most admired grounds in the world. Found in Colombo, the Galle face green park is spread across an enormous area of more than 12 acres.

Running alongside the picturesque costs, the park is celebrated among various tourists as an extraordinary spot to relish upon a number of activities including gazing at the mesmerizing sunset, enjoying delicious street food, picnics, taking a tour of the ancient Galle Fort, kite flying, volleyball, and many more adventures.

The origin story of this enigmatic urban park goes way back to the 18th century. It was Sir Henry Ward, Governor of the British Ceylon who had first proposed the notion of constructing this park. The park is now a go to spot for tens of hundreds of localities and international tourists for various recreational activities.

From delicious delicacies of Srilanka to multitudes of beach adventures, visitors are found here having a time of their lives. What makes the place even more special is it's fun ambiance that allows even the little ones to open their wings and fly.

In other words, it doesn't matter if you are a sports fanatic looking to indulge in some thrills or a food fanatic craving for some flavorful munchies, you will find everything here at the Galle face green. Additionally,  some of the most prominent events including hosting the largest artificial Christmas Tree in the world during Christmas are held on this ground. 

All in all, a fun place to delight upon the beautiful landscape, indulge in some adventures with friends and family and savoring a few delicious street foods, Galle face green can quite simply be your next weekend destination.
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Manawari Temple

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Located in Chilaw in Puttalam, Manavari Temple is a typical Tamil temple with significant importance for Hindu pilgrims from India who travel along the Ramayana trail. The temple is connected to Lord Rama and was the first site where Lord Rama established and prayed the Lingam.

Known as Ramalingam, it is the only lingam in the world named after Lord Rama other than the one in Rameshwaram, India. It attracts a lot of local & Indian tourists and pilgrims for being a famous mythological site and one of the most divine places to visit in Sri Lanka with family.

Best time to visit: December to March

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You will be surrounded with herds of elephants once you reach Udawalawe National Park. The amazing jungle backdrop which this National Park provides will leave you totally mesmerized and will bring you much closer to nature. This National Park was an attempt to protect the wild animals who were displaced because of the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir. Location: South East of Colombo.



Highlights: Elephant Transit Home which is the elephant orphanage which has housed 25 baby elephants who have lost their parents. Pinnewala, is the spot where you can spot elephants quite closely because usually elephants are bottle fed there.

Best time to visit: July and August

Prices: is Rs.2195 along with 12%vat.
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A visit to this place will show you a 1600 years old Sigiriya Fortress which was built by King Kasyapa. This massive compound is protected by two moats and three ramparts. It is once known to be the private residence of King Kasyapa. It is 165 km from Sri Lanka. Best time to visit: this area will be early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

 

Highlights: Sigiriya Frescoes are truly beautiful which was hand painted by the king himself depicting celestial nymphs all around the circumference. And on top of these rocks, he built for himself a white palace which stands as an epitome of beauty.

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Opens daily from 7 AM to 5:30 PM.

Price:  Approximate price starts from $15 to $25
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Thirukoneswaram Temple

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The Thirukoneswaram temple is one of the most sacred places to visit in Sri Lanka with family. Located high above the bay, this temple attracts visitors not only for its religious significance but for awe-inspiring surroundings as well. It is known as the Kailasa of the South for being one of the five ‘Pancha Ishwarams’ (abodes of Lord Shiva).

The temple is famous for the celebration of Navratri and Shivaratri festivals as well as for its annual Thirukoneswaram Ther Thiruvila Festival, a chariot festival held in April and lasting for 22 days.

Best time to visit: March to June and specifically April for its annual chariot festival

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One of the most renowned landmarks in Sri Lanka, Beira Lake has been existing in the country since the sixteenth century.  In the present days, the waters of the lake clearly reflects everything aligning it. You can see lush green and dense trees eding the lake as well as getting fed by it.

Offering spectacular views, high rising buildings stand crystal clear on the horizon to give the lake a dimension. Everything in and around the lake sums up to become a eye-candy masterpiece of Colombo. It offers a full package of fool-proof fun which can cover the areas of adventure, pilgrimage, picnic, boat ride and ample serene time with yourself.

It is a place which welcomes people of every age with a warm heart. Children can come here in the excitement of having a family picnic whereas teens can get jolly with the thought of capturing a number of pictures. Adults can also enjoy some alone time during the famous boat ride, however the alderlies will not miss the nearby Budhha temple.

Spread over an area of 160 acres, the lake is a huge water body which used to be as huge as spreading over 410 hectares. Portuguses constructed this for the defense of their people and for the very same reason a lot of crocodiles used to live in it.

Don’t worry! Now there are no crocodiles but several other species of flora and fauna. You can easily spot egrets, storks, cormorants, pelicans, monitor lizards, and a variety of fish in and around the lake. Along with that there are several places inside the lake premises which you would be interested in visiting.

Also, the lake is surrounded with various important attractions of Colombo which are must to be explored by tourists from foreign places and locals alike. You can visit the lake anytime between 07:00 am to 06:00 pm and cover all the places in its proximity.
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Dambulla Cave temple is also known as the Golden Rock temple is also one of the world heritage city declared by UNESCO. The cave temple is made with a massive granite outcrop. The word ‘Damba’ means rock and ‘Ulla’ means fountain, hence you can see drip of water from the main house. If you have an eye for paintings then you can also see some of the historic paintings which shows the majestic manifestation of the first sermon of Buddha.



Highlights: Don’t forget to visit the Golden temple Buddhist museum which will leave you jaw dropped with its spectacular entrance from the golden mouth of lion like beast.

Location: You can come via Ambepussa and Kurunegala which is approximately 4 hours from Colombo.

Prices: There are no prices charged for the same, however you have to pay  200 LKR for keeping the luggage.
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A chance to connect with the mighty ocean is the Dondra Head Lighthouse. The coconut trees, Bougainvillea flowers and soft breeze blowing all around is the place for this mighty Lighthouse. This lighthouse was built during the Colonial times and was hence formerly known as Ceylon.. It is one of the four international lighthouse in Sri Lanka. People have to climb 196 steps to reach the top of it.The serenity of the lighthouse is far removed from the regular hustle and bustle of the city.




Location: Situated 6 km southeast of Matara town.

Highlights: The breath-taking view of the ocean from the top is simply a show stealer. To climb the lighthouse, you have to take prior permission from the Ports Authority.

Price: Approximate price starts from 500 LKR. 

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Chundikulam National Park

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Situated in the northern territory of Sri Lanka, Chundikulam became a national park in 2015 after the civil war was over. It is a lagoon partially surrounded by mangrove swamps and seagrass. For being in the dry zone of the country, the park is home to diverse flora such as Palmyra and palm plantations, etc.

Here, you can also spot a variety of wild animals such as sloth bears, leopards, deer, crocodiles, and birds like godwit, flamingo, gull, stilt, sandpiper, ibis, etc. Amongst the places to see in Sri Lanka with family, this park is a must-visit for nature and wildlife lovers.

Best time to visit: April to October

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Just walk into the Golden age by entering the city of Polonnaruwa which is not only its capital but also an ancient kingdom of the Sri Lanka too. You will find some of the ancient remains of palaces, shrines and stupa. Each of these historical remains is blessed with a glorious past of their own.Once you have reached the place it will keep you glued to it that you wouldn’t even realize when time flies by.



Location: Approximately a 5 hour drive from Colombo

Highlights: You shouldn’t miss the chance to see the statue of Parakramabahu I who had his reign during the golden age. You can also witness a spectacular view of the Lotus Pond with its lotus shaped petals built on 4 tiers, the majestic view is not supposed to missed.


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Sri Lanka is abundant with the legends of Ramayana. So much so that even the natural landscapes have compelling stories associated with them. The Ravana Falls and the nearby caves are said to be some of the places where the demon god Ravana hid. These legends and the striking landscape of this Ella attraction pulls many travellers to them. 

The waterfall is around 82 ft. in height and is layered in three tiers. The third tier is approachable after a sharp rock climb and rewards with some amazing views of the dense greens and the rocky landscape. 


Location: A 23, Ravana Wildlife Sanctuary, Ella

Timings: March- June, December- February

Price: There is no entry fee

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  1. Which are the best historical places to visit in Sri Lanka?

    1. Polonnaruwa Vatadage: A well-preserved Buddhist structure in Polonnaruwa, the famous Dalada Maluwa quadrangle of the ancient city of ruins, is amongst the historical places to visit in Sri Lanka with family. This circular stone and brick structure is an architectural marvel and impresses with its intricate carvings and stunning design.

    2. Sri Dalada Maligawa:
    Famously known as the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, it is honored as the world's most sacred Buddhist temple. The tooth of Buddha is locked here in a golden chamber placed within the royal palace complex.

    3. Anuradhapura:
    Home to several heritage monasteries, monuments, temples, and palaces, Anuradhapura is one of the ancient places to see in Sri Lanka with family. The first capital of Sri Lanka, it is famous for its rich heritage, culture, and friendly natives.

    4. Sigiriya:
    A UNESCO world heritage site, it is a notable destination of the Cultural Triangle. It is known as Lion Rock and amongst the most iconic historical places to visit in Sri Lanka with family.
  2. Which are the best things to do in Sri Lanka with family?

    1. Feeding Elephants: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage provides a safe and natural breeding ground for wild Asian elephants and is amongst the unique places to visit in Sri Lanka with family. Meeting and feeding elephants and letting your kids learn about the animals is surely enriching.

    2. Day outing at Galle Fort: Exploring Sri Lanka’s glorious history and heritage with kids at the Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will leave you thrilled and entertained. The picturesque surroundings make the visit more mesmerizing.

    3. Safari at Yala National Park: Wildlife safari at Yala West National Park with kids lets you spot diverse wild animals, including leopards, if lucky, birds, reptiles, and rare plants and flowers. This activity is not only thrilling but fun as well.

    4. Hot air ballooning in Kandalama: It is a lifetime experience to float in the sky and see amazing bird’ eye views of rugged Sigiriya Rock, lakes, rivers, cultural sites, and green landscapes.
  3. What is Sri Lanka famous for?

    Boasting diverse biodiversity, breathtaking natural beauties, and extensive cinnamon and tea exports, Sri Lanka is famous for being a country of religious and mythological significance. Known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, this country is rich in cultural and religious diversity and home to several architectural marvels.
  4. How to reach Sri Lanka?

    By Air: The major point of entry for international passengers in Sri Lanka is Colombo International Airport (CMB). A number of airlines offer direct flights from Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Chennai. By Sea: You can also reach Sri Lanka from India by sea via cruises from Mumbai to Colombo and ferries from Rameshwaram.

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