Value For Money Holidays: Sri Lanka

by Robert M Freeman

The mainstay of the family holidays is always been a beach resort. Many beach resorts are encircled by stunning landscape and national parks, providing plethora of opportunities for hale and hearty activities like nature safaris, horse riding, canoeing, skiing, cycling and hiking. Package holidays are easy on the pocket ways to take family on holidays. Standard hotel repast keep the expenditure of family holidays under control and children generally like the option of buffet-style eating.

The rise of inexpensive airlines has unfastened an extraordinary option of family holiday places. Family holidays to less known places like Turkey or Egypt or Sri Lanka proffer wonderful value for money. Slowly, families are picking and deciding on striking distant places.

People of all budgets ranging from 7 star to 1 star love to stay on the exotic sandy beaches whether its Mauritius, Bahamas or white sands of Maldives attract all age groups due to their safe blue waters with ample of water sport facilities, marine life excursions, boat trips etc. these beaches are also surrounded by beautiful country side. However, it is impossible for everyone to enjoy these beautiful destinations in their limited budgets.

Families want to take pleasure in the flavour of all these luxury facilities within their finances which differs from individual to individual. For that matter, places like Sri Lanka which can be a great substitute to Maldives can be visited by limited finances families. In terms of overall cost, a week’s stay in Sri Lanka is approximately equal to a one day stay in Mauritius.

Contrasting Mauritius, Sri Lanka is a worth for money holiday place offering wonders which comprise white sandy beaches, tranquillity, great hill stations with flourishing greenery, exciting adventures in the mountains and off the riversides, amazing wildlife and a rich legacy. The warm and welcoming smiles of the people look forward to welcome all its travellers to their stunning land.

Colombo is the capital city with numerous places of traveller’s significance, some of the must visit ones are: 1. Dehiwala Zoo 2. Dutch Period Museum 3. Fort Clock Tower 4. Gangaramaya Temple 5. Independence Hall 6. Mt Lavinia Beach

The amalgamation of sun and sand with the immaculate ambiance presents excellent time for a family away from discord of city life. A few exotic beaches of Sri Lanka are:

1. Negombo 2. Mount Lavinia 3. Kalutara 4. Beruwela 5. Bentota 6. Hikkaduwa 7. Galle 8. Arugam Bay

Coming towards the rural area from Colombo, Nuwara Eliya, the most renowned hill station, about 6000 feet above sea level possesses dramatic landscape. During the travel between Colombo to Nuwara Eliya comes Kitulgala where the movie ‘A Bridge over the River Kwai’ was made. Going forward from Nuwara Eliya to Haputale appears the Horton Plains Nation Park (7200 ft). This is the islands highest & most remote plain also recognised as the ‘The end of the World’ as here the cliff plunges approximately vertically for 700m.

Besides that there are unlimited heritage sites where the ‘Temple of Tooth’ in Kandy is a treat to watch. An eight days stay in a 3 Star Hotel with breakfast (excluding airfare and food)for a family of four which includes two elders and two children only cost only US$ 800- US$ 850 where a lot of companies announce very cost effective internet booking packages for Sri Lanka.