A trip to this exotic holiday destination is not something you have to postpone until your kids are all grown up, you can visit Sri Lanka right now, together with the kids. The island has a lot to offer from delicious food to amazing landscapes, wildlife and activities and lots of them are perfectly family friendly. Here are 5 family-friendly things to do in Sri Lanka
1) Go on Safari
Yes, you can actually go on a safari trip in Sri Lanka. The island is home to 2 amazing national parks; Udawalawe and Yala. Just hop in a jeep and drive through the magnificent untouched landscape of these national parks. The guide will help you to spot animals, roaming in their natural habitat. You can see elephants, leopards, bears, monkeys, deer, wild boars and tons of exotic birds. Certainly, kids will love it as much as you will. It will be an unforgettable adventure!
2) Climb Adam’s little peak
Even when traveling with little kids, you don’t have to miss out on amazing views and wonderful hikes through the nature of Sri Lanka. To climb the highest mountain on the island, Adam’s Peak might be a bit much but luckily, there is also Adam’s Little Peak, perfectly suitable for a family hike in the hilly area of Ella. The journey is beautiful and you can easily get to the top by following the signs, no guide needed. Even kids will be blown away by the beauty of nature and on the way, you can stop at the 68 Acres Resort to take in the view while enjoying a break with some nice drinks and food.
3) Spend true quality time with the kids in a private villa
In between all of the traveling and exciting adventures, don’t forget to relax, swim, soak up the sun, read a book and spend quality time with the kids in a peaceful, homey ambience. Renting a private villa gives you the opportunity to do just this, giving yourself and the little ones the well-deserved break needed. Go for a lovely holiday home near the beach and enjoy waking up with a private swimming pool just steps away from your bed. Every kid’s dream, right?
4) Spot whales, dolphins and snakes in Mirissa
A great beach town to book one of these villas is in Mirissa where the beach is beautiful and there are lots of activities such as fishing, snorkeling and surfing but there is more… Mirissa is one of the best places on the island to spot whales. You can go on a morning boat tour to see these huge creatures that live in the ocean and you may also get to spot dolphins and orcas. Paying a visit to the Snake Conservation Centre is also very interesting, fun and educational, all at the same time – make sure you go.
5) Tea Plantations & factory visit
Hill country is home to endless tea plantation, creating a stunning lush green landscape in the cool central highlands of Sri Lanka. It shows a lot of resemblance to a fairytale landscapes and even kids will feel enchanted by its beauty. On top of that, you can visit the tea plantations and the tea plantation factory. Kids and parents will learn everything there is to know about tea, from planting the seeds to picking the leaves and how it’s transformed into the warm hot cup of tea that we all love so much.
Written by Stephanie from Villa-Finder