Sri Lanka presents a variety of travel activities perfect for a fun-filled family vacation. Its diverse landscapes and attractions ensure that there is something for everyone, regardless of whether your travel interests lie in wildlife attractions, paradisical beaches, cultural sites or nature sites…
1. Beach: Frolicking Along Lanka’s Coasts
An endless stretch of soft, golden sand, azure waters and cloudless skies makes Sri Lanka’s scenic coasts popular family-friendly spots. Slather on a thick layer of sunscreen to protect your little ones from the bright rays of the tropics, and let them frolic freely along the coast. Be sure to check up on the conditions of the waters before permitting your little ones to splash about in the sea, for strong undercurrents may be present, making the ocean unsafe for swimming. Travellers in search of family-friendly beaches will find their slice of paradise at Weligama, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa and Bentota.
2. Wildlife: National Parks
Sri Lanka’s vast landscape is home to numerous national parks, each boasting a unique diversity of tropical flora and fauna. Popular attractions include the renowned Yala, Udawalawe and Bundala National Park, while vacation makers in search of off-the-beaten-path finds will enjoy the solitary environment of Wilpattu. Young travellers with a sense of adventure will enjoy an exciting ride on a safari jeep, as the four wheels bring them on a discovery of the sweeping scenery of the national park.
The soaring summit of majestic Adam’s Peak presents a formidable feat for young travellers. Thankfully, your little ones can embark on a nature expedition to scale a miniature version, the aptly named ‘Little Adam’s Peak’. This site offers a scenic trek lasting a distance of four kilometres, and rewards trekkers with stunning vistas of emerald tea plantations, the Hill Country’s rolling valleys and a diversity of tropical fauna.
If you and your little ones are keen culture buffs, catching the cultural show at the Kandyan Art Association & Cultural Centre is an activity not to be missed. Watch on with rapt attention, as dancers twist and turn their lithe figures to the beats of the music and acrobats perform unbelievable stunts on the stage. These talented performers share the stage with other acts, such as mysterious snake charmers, proud peacocks and sly cobras. A riveting fire walking display rounds off the evening performance with aplomb.