The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
Our Sri Lanka East Coast for Families holiday is at its best during the European spring and summer when the East Coast beaches are at their most idyllic. Families with children will enjoy our fun-filled activities in a safe and friendly environment and we can adjust this itinerary to suit both the disposition and the age of your children. At Red Dot, we recognise that not all children are exactly the same! This easy-paced holiday allows families to experience beautiful palm-fringed beaches and the magnificent elephants of Sri Lanka as well as a glimpse into the island’s cultural heritage. The turquoise seas of the East Coast are best for snorkelling, and whale and dolphin spotting from March to October. We can ensure sufficient things to do so that the children remain occupied and the adults can relax as well.
Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, transfer to a convenient hotel close to the international airport. Relax and unwind after your flight, preparing yourself for the adventure ahead.
Time for safari in surely Sri Lanka's most beautiful national park. Wilpattu National Park consists of a complex of lakes surrounded by grassy plains and scrub jungle. Many of the `big game’ found in Sri Lanka including elephant, sloth bear, water buffalo, and spotted dear can be seen here, though the biggest attraction at Wilpattu is Leopard. Wilpattu, about one hour from Anuradhapura, is situated away from the common tourist routes, so can be enjoyed in tranquil seclusion. If you are really active you could head to the equally escapist Kalpitiya coast on Day 3 for some water-sports or just rest at your hotel.
Time to travel to the glimmering beaches of Pasikudah for an extensive beach stay at a family-friendly hotel. Make the most of your journey with a convenient stop in the north of the Cultural Triangle. You could climb up to the summit of Mihintale, an easy climb to work off surplus energy and the place where Buddhism originated in Sri Lanka. Arrive on the East Coast beaches by mid-afternoon.
This north-east coastline is Sri Lanka’s equivalent of the Maldives, with white sandy beaches, coral islands and shimmering blue seas – as well as hotels set up for families. From March to October, the seas are at their best. Bask in the sun or go snorkelling. Water-sports centres offer PADI-certified diving courses and underwater photography. Go on a sailing and snorkelling adventure or take a whale and dolphin spotting excursion into the deep seas. Often, pods of spinner dolphins will swim alongside your boat, leaping into the air and showing off their acrobatics – a wonderful sight.
Head west to the Cultural Triangle. High on your list of things to do is likely to be a jeep safari – and there are several national parks for your guide to consider based on where elephants are at their most plentiful. Minneriya or the quieter Somawathiya National Park are just two alternatives. During the dry season, herds of up to 150 elephants can be seen. The history lesson unearthed on a visit to the ruined cities can be a little demanding for some children, but we can suggest livelier Cultural Triangle activities such as a clamber up Sigiriya Rock or boating on the lake to keep everybody happy.
Jetwing Beach is tastefully designed along contemporary lines with Bawa influences, taking the surrounding seaside landscape into full view. Interiors are minimalist and elegant with cement floors and walls enhanced with dramatic contemporary art. The hotel is very much a home away from home, and has something special for everyone.
Forest Rock Garden Resort is inspired by the designs of ancient Sri Lankan kings. Ornate stone pillars and statues, ancient trees and ponds and waterways traverse a 50-acre wilderness. Those who built the temples of the nearby ruined capital of Anuradhapura would have approved.
Amaya Beach has a spectacular 300m beach frontage on the Pasikudah Bay, where seas are ideal for swimming and water-sports between March and September. The hotel is laidback and offers luxurious rooms and suites with sea views and Sri Lankan and international cuisine.
Aliya Resort and Spa is a modern, eco-friendly resort which offers a range of good accommodation, including luxury tents. It is perfectly situated for excursions in the Cultural Triangle and has a variety of facilities, including a spa and an infinity pool with stunning views.
Cinnamon Grand has a touch of grandeur and opulence which has long made it a favourite among Colombo five-stars. Central location, great restaurants and the added convenience of an adjoining shopping mall
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