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Sri Lanka Family Vacation Summary

Our family of four spent a little over a week in Sri Lanka and covered quite a bit of territory. From animal safaris in the jungle to Buddhist & Hindu temples on the mountain sides, with train rides through tea plantations along the way, Sri Lanka was an amazing place to visit. We highly recommend most of the the things we did, and have included as much info as we can for you to plan your own trip.
We flew from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Colombo, Sri Lanka with a stop en-route in Abu Dhabi. We then drove north, then east, then south, then west. One big loop right in the middle of the country.

Sri Lanka Family Vacation Summary
Day 1
Abu Dhabi (UAE):
Yas IslandSheikh Zayed Grand Mosque 
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Day 2
Wilpattu National Park (Sri Lanka):
Leopard Safari
Wilpattu National Park Leopard Safari

Day 3
Anuradhapura and Minneriya National Park:
Anuradhapura Ancient Capital City, Minneriya Elephant Safari
Minneriya National Park Elephant Safari


Day 4
Sigiriya & Traditional Sri Lankan Village:
Traditional Sri Lankan VillageSigiriya
Hindu festival parade with skin hooks

Day 5
Arugam Bay Beach Day:
Indian Ocean at Arugam Bay

Day 6
Morning Drive to EllaHiking Little Adam's Peak
Little Adam's Peak in Ella


Day 7
Nanu Oya to Nuwara Eliya:
Train ride to Nanu OyaHigh Tea in Little England,
Full Moon Festival in Nuwara Eliya
Train ride from Ella to Nanu Oya

Day 8
Mackwoods Tea PlantationSri Lankan cultural show
Day Five Image with caption

Day 9
Last Day in Sri Lanka:
Temple of the Tooth - KandyPinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Day Six Image with caption

If you couldn't tell, we had a great time on this trip but I'm not yet finished writing it up. There's also a lot that we didn't do. So much so that we are already making a list of things to do when we go back after the girls are a little older:

  • Actually climb Sigiriya
  • Get a table to match our Balinese table, but we'll need to bring the dimensions
  • Go scuba diving (age limit?)
  • surf (age?)
  • Experience the Kandy Festival elephant parade (August)?
  • Tour Columbo

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