How to plan a Sri Lanka holiday for families with young children

Sri Lanka is a fantastic destination for a family holiday, but we know that travelling with young children can be daunting – especially if you are heading to an unfamiliar country.

When it comes to holidays with young children, there are so many points to consider: the safety of the destination; travel times and transport; type of accommodation, and choice of activities – and, on top of that, ensuring time for your own rest and relaxation.

Browsing through online information can be totally overwhelming as there is just so much choice, and it is hard to be confident in your decisions without the reassurance of those who know the country well.…

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Dancing Sri Lankan lizards commended in Comedy Wildlife awards

A picture of two Sri Lankan land monitor lizards seemingly intent on a dance lesson has been Highly Commended in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography awards.

The photo was taken in Wilpattu game park by Sergey Savvi of CWPA / Barcroft Images.

Sadly the dancing lizards lost out to a surprised squirrel.

There are two types of monitor lizards in Sri Lanka, the land monitor and the water monitor.

The common land monitor is normally found in hot lowland country of Sri Lanka. Farmers encourage them to wander around their fields as they eat vermin such as mice as well as ants, fruit, frogs, spiders, scorpions, beetles, grubs and if they can catch them, bats.…

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The Sri Lankan Leopard

 
 
Covered in dark spots set in a tawny coat of fur, the Sri Lankan leopard stealthily walks about surveying his surrounding for his next meal, unaware that scores of wildlife enthusiasts are driving around the Yala National Park in the hope of spotting him.
 
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Recognised as one of the island’s most prized treasures, the Sri Lankan Leopard is an endangered sub-species native to the island. First described in 1956 by renowned local Zoologist Dr. Paulus Edward Pieris Deraniyagala, the Sri Lankan Leopard (scientifically known as Panthera pardus kotiya) can be found in different habitats including montane forest, tropical rainforest and arid scrubland.…

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Bird Watching in Bundala National Park

 
 
December is a great month to travel through Sri Lanka. The monsoon winds die down, leaving the weather sunny, hot and dry across the island. Even in years when the monsoon season continue into the early days of December, the rainfall only occurs at night, helping to freshen the mornings and thicken out the lush green landscapes, making it an exceptionally beautiful time to enjoy the rural parts of Sri Lanka and providing ideal conditions for Sri Lanka’s birdlife to thrive.
 
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If you take great pleasure in bird watching, Bundala National Park is the place to go, especially between December and April as this is the park’s peak season.…

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