5 Family-Friendly Activities in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has everything you could want for a family holiday. Whether you are looking for: adventure or relaxation, stunning views or delicious food, Sri Lanka has it all. With Villas in Sri Lanka offering home comforts and convenient locations for exploring; you’ll be able to relax into a holiday that suits the whole family. We’ve compiled a list of five family-friendly activities, which will make your holiday in Sri Lanka a hit with everyone.

1. Take a walk on the wild side

Langur Monkey in a tree

Sri Lanka has an impressive array of wildlife and you can experience all it has to offer at Yala National Park. From Leopards to Langur Monkeys, Lorises to Leatherback Turtles. Yala is home to 215 bird and 44 mammal species including one of the highest densities of leopards in the world, hence Yala park is not to be missed. You can pre-book tickets to Yala’s own jeep lead safaris online. You’ll be given a knowledgeable guide who can keep the whole family entertained as you spot the monkeys swinging high up in the trees.

Yala National Park . B499, Sri Lanka, Phone: +94 77 494 0760, Open: Mon-Sun 5.30am- 6.30pm


2. Ride the red train through tea country

Red Train in Sri Lankan Tea Country.

Image source: Sara Hill

The centre of Sri Lanka is an altogether different climate. The Mountain ranges and swooping valleys are cool and therefore offer a refreshing break from the cities and coastlines. The train line running from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya is one of the most breath-taking in the world and you can easily buy tickets from any station or online.  Children will enjoy seeing locals board the train to sell traditional snacks and locally grown fruits you’ll all enjoy. Upon arrival in Nuwara Eliya you are greeted by rolling hills, colonial architecture and a collection of stunning waterfalls. Hiring a guide for the day from one of the many tourist offices makes the best use of time and money. A great day trip can be had trying the tea at the famous Mackwood’s plantation and viewing the St Clair falls.

Mackwood’s Tea Plantation. A5, 20592, Sri Lanka, Phone: +94 52 2 236226, Open: Mon-Sun 9.00am- 6.00pm


3. Take a family surf lesson

Waves lapping onto the shore at sunset.

Surfing is a huge draw for Sri Lanka. The coastline boasts the unique balance between large waves for experienced surfers and sheltered bays for beginners. Weligama is a great place to take kids who want to give it ago. The sheltered bay and baby waves keep the lessons safe while the abundance of qualified surf instructors also make them fun. Surf ‘n Lanka offers a range of different packages, from hour-long lessons, to full-day sessions all at reasonable prices.

Surf ‘n Lanka. 600/7 Weligama By Pass Road, Phone: +94 77 6 056196.

Related: 5 places to visit for a colonial-themed getaway in Sri Lanka

4. Spend some time by the Sea

Close up of a Woman holding a baby Turtle.

Sri Lanka is home to many great beaches, but the coves of Mirissa and Unawatuna are two favourites. Mirissa is unique with its two bays drawn out and sheltered by the peninsula at Parrot rock.  Turtle hatcheries all along the south coast make a great stop for families because children are encouraged to release turtles into the sea.  If you decide to venture offshore, Mirissa is home to Sri Lanka’s leading whale watching centres.  Tour operators like Raja & the Whale offer ethical trips with excellent chances of spotting blue whales.

Raja & The Whales. Harbour Road, Mirissa, Sri Lanka, Phone: +94 71 333 1811, Open: Mon- Fri 6.00-6.30am and Mon-Sun 2.00pm-5.00pm.

5. Get lost in Galle Fort

The lighthouse on the edge of Galle Fort Sri Lanka.

Image Source: Sara Hill

Galle’s historic fort is a fantastic mix of Dutch colonial architecture and modern restaurants and shops. The 36-hectare fort has preserved the classic architecture from the unruly sea. Adults and children alike can find hidden treasure amongst the winding cobbled streets. The chic Sri Lankan design stores will appeal to parents meanwhile the quirky themed stores and gelato stands appeal to kids. While you can happily spend a day exploring the winding pathways, be sure to make a stop along the Galle road first. The famous stick fishermen can be seen in action and for a small charge the whole family can give it a go.

Galle Fort. Galle 80000, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankan stick fishermen.

Image Source: Sara Hill

Sri Lanka’s has something to offer all the family and plenty of stunning villas you can call home. So whether you have little ones to entertain, or teens eager to explore, Sri Lanka is a family destination not to be missed.

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