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Do’s and Don’ts for Sri Lanka family travel at Christmas

by Philly Baines

Sri Lanka is one of our most popular destinations for families at Christmas. Here we detail some of our insider hints and tips for travel during this season.

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1. Do — Book well in advance to get the best value flight fares and your first choice of hotels

2. Do — Use domestic flights to avoid long car journeys when possible

3. Do — Take iPads for the kids during the longer car transfers

4. Do —Get your online visa prior to travel via www.eta.gov.lk

5. Do — Pack lots of sunscreen

6. Do — Pack socks for the cultural sites, as shoes need to be removed and the floor is very hot

7. Do — Pack suitable clothes for temples, remember shoulders and knees need to be covered

8. Do — Drink lots of bottled water or thabili (king coconut) to avoid heat stroke

9. Do — Change money to Sri Lankan Rupees for tipping (600 LKR per couple for a local guide, 2,000 LKR per day for your driver-guide)

10. Do — Visit your local GP before travelling for peace of mind and to ensure your inoculations are up-to-date

11. Don’t — Pack lots of presents, save on suitcase space and buy locally, fun gifts in markets and shops, especially in Galle

12. Don’t — try to cram in too many destinations in your itinerary, traffic is heavier over the festive season and so journey times take longer.

13. Don’t — Bother with traveller cheques, they’re redundant!


For those looking for some family holiday itinerary inspiration have a look at these suggested itineraries:

Family adventure in Sri Lanka

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