Family Travel in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has been voted best country in the world to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet – quite an accolade, but it’s easy to see why. Sri Lanka has fantastic beaches, historic ruins, wildlife-filled jungles, quaint tea estates and so much more besides. Sri Lankan food is also some of the best in the world and the people are so welcoming and friendly, especially with children.

Sri Lanka really does have the lot, and all in one small, easily navigable island. Due to its size, you can easily get from place to place and see and do so much (be sure to check out our Sri Lanka itinerary).

aerial view of Galle Fort

Fun Things to do in Galle with Kids

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Galle is one of those places that just gets cooler with age having undergone a regeneration transformation in recent years. It's not the largest city in Sri Lanka but it's the most well-known after the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo.  It's jam-packed with history and hipness and it's a great place to visit as a family as there are just loads of things to do in Galle with kids.

The perfect 14-day family-friendly Sri Lanka itinerary

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There are so many beautiful sides to Sri Lanka. What makes it special is primarily the friendliness of the Sri Lankan people, but also the rich culture and diverse topography - all within a relatively small island. 14 days will give you a good amount of time to do a loop of the south coast, taking in pristine beaches, animal encounters on safari, colonial tea country and all while sampling delicious Sri Lankan food.

Tea tasting & tea estates in Sri Lanka's Hill Country

No trip to Sri Lanka would be complete without spending a little time in the Hill Country where you will see rolling hills blanketed in luscious green tea plantations. And it is all the more exciting if you’re a tea lover. Hill Country (or Tea Country) is arguably the most scenic part of the island and is also quite a bit cooler than the coastal areas due to its elevation.

Half-day safari in Udawalawe National Park

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Udawalawe was created in 1972 to provide a habitat for animals displaced by the construction of the Uda Walawe dam. The park is now famed for its elephants and has the largest population of Asian elephants of all of the national parks in Sri Lanka. With around 500 resident elephants, if you want to do some elephant-spotting, Udawalawe would be a good choice with sighting all but guaranteed.

Yala National Park - where crocodiles eat leopards!

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The two most popular National Parks in Sri Lanka seem to be Udawalawe and Yala and it is well worth including one or the other in your itinerary. They are very similar especially in terms of the wildlife you may see, although Yala has the highest density of leopards in the world so it really depends on the route you are going to take as to which one you choose. If you love safaris, maybe you will have time to squeeze in both!

Best family friendly beaches of southern Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka has 1,340km of coastline, most of which is made up of sandy beaches. Many of Sri Lanka’s beaches have quite rough surf, however, and whilst this is great for surfers or strong swimmers, they are not particularly child-friendly. Here are our recommendations for the most family-friendly beaches in southern Sri Lanka.

The ultimate guide to the best Sri Lankan food (with recipes)

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Sri Lankan Food is hands down some of the most delicious food we have had on our travels. EVER! In fact, BBC Good Food has said that Sri Lankan food is its No.1 trending food in 2019. Everything is so fresh and tasty with some cheeky heat from the chillies!