What To Take For A Family Vacation In Sri Lanka
What would your perfect vacation look like? How does palm-fringed beaches with calm waters, and charming, narrow streets housing historical edifices amidst lush green landscapes sound? Straight out of a dream, doesn’t it? Frankly speaking, that aptly describes the tropical and diverse island of Sri Lanka.
For a perfect family vacation, the little island on the tranquil Indian Ocean brings a lot to the table. From splashes of water to impressive ancient cities and a glimpse of the roaring wildlife, all make it a picture perfect memory. To add to that, the local people are an incredibly kind, happy and welcoming bunch – travellers often return home saying Sri Lankans are hands down the nicest people in the world!
A holiday in Sri Lanka must be on everyone’s bucket list. And when the time is right, you’ll need a checklist of essentials that will help make your trip enjoyable and hassle-free. That’s why we’ve got you covered with our list of the basics:
When To Go:
Before we dive deep, you should know that the Sri Lankan weather can be a little tricky. While it has a warm and temperate climate all year round, the monsoon brings rain to the west and southwest coasts from May to September and hits the east coast from November to March. All in all, the best time to visit the west and south coasts, including the hill country, is from December to March, while the best weather on the east coast is from April to September.
What To Wear:
The casual shorts and tee combo works well most of the time. But keeping in mind the Sri Lankan terrain, you never know when you might wander off to the seashore or reach the hillside. That’s why a waterproof jacket or poncho is useful in case of a sudden downpour, and a warm layer when spending time in the temperate mountains. But to enjoy the beach vibes to the fullest, pack a few long skirts, sarongs or light pants. You could even put them on your daytime excursion to temples, monasteries, and the like.
If you have kids on board while visiting a city like Nugegoda, which was once a marshland surrounded by elephant infested forests, carry a change of clothes for them. As enjoyable as the elephant rides can be, they can also get your children a little muddy. It’s a good idea to carry an extra pair of clothes with you rather than heading all the way back to your hotel in Nugegoda!
Essentials to Remember:
Needless to say, amidst those lush green trees and forest landscapes a mosquito repellent spray should be kept handy. We recommend, just as a precaution, to consider taking anti-malaria medication before your trip. The city also faces glaring sunlight at times, therefore you must carry a sunscreen along with a hat, especially for the children. When it comes to footwear, make sandals your preferred shoe choice. They are easy to slip in and out of while visiting temples or even the beaches. Which reminds us, the beaches demand a swimsuit! Don’t forget to pack a few as you would surely be taking a dip in the ocean to calm your senses.
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Lost Without A Map:
Even if you are travelling with a guide, a quality guidebook and map are essential. The best and most detailed one is the ‘Rough Guide to Sri Lanka’ available at the Survey Dept. on Kirulla Rd in Colombo. Make sure to get your hands on it, while you’re there!