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5 Fun Things To Do With Your Kids In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a treasure trove of adventure. The tropical wonderland found in the Indian Ocean has everything you’d want in a holiday; from interesting outdoor activities, watersports, exotic wildlife, as well as a rich historical and cultural background. Sri Lanka is also a great place to visit with young ones and there are many activities geared towards them. Here are 5 things you must do with your family.

Visit A Turtle Hatchery

There are 7 species of sea turtles, 5 of which are found in Sri Lanka. Turtle hatcheries can be found around the island, but the premier location is on the south coast, especially near Tangalle. Visit a turtle hatchery to learn more about these intriguing creatures and the hatcheries’ conservation efforts. However, the highlight will be releasing baby turtles into the ocean, an experience which everyone will love.

Learn To Surf

Sri Lanka is a premier surfing destination, and the two main places to surf are Weligama on the south coast and Arugam Bay on the east coast. While they are both excellent locations, Weligama is perhaps slightly more prepared towards young children and surf schools are dotted along its golden beach. The season for surfing in the south is from November to March as this is when the weather is at its best and the sea at its calmest, making for some great waves. There’s also a number of surf breaks to suit different levels of surfers; if you and your family haven’t surfed before, you’re sure to be pro surfers by the end of your trip.

Go Whale Watching

The south coast is also the #1 location for whale watching. Mirissa, only a 15-minute drive from Weligama, is the best place to go whale watching and nowhere else in the world do these incredible giants swim so close to land. The warm waters attract different species of whales from blue whales, sperm whales, Bryde’s whales, humpback whales and occasionally killer whales. This will be an unforgettable experience since you’ll only be a few meters away from these magnificent creatures. Another perk of this tour is that you’ll spot dolphins swimming alongside your boat!

Wander Through Polonnaruwa

The ancient city of Polonnaruwa is found in the heart of the Cultural Triangle, an area in the Central Province where most of the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found. Polonnaruwa was the second capital of Sri Lanka during the era of its ancient kingdoms. Today, this site is home to many interesting ancient structures, including the ruins of a king’s seven-storey palace! You can either walk or cycle through the premises and the sites are spread out, so kids have plenty of room to explore.

Go on a Safari

Finally, you can see the world’s two largest mammals in one day- the whale and the elephant. This can be done on the southern coast since Yala National Park is only a 2 ½ hour drive from Mirissa. However, for a more enjoyable experience visit Minneriya National Park which is close to Polonnaruwa. It is within the confines of this park that the world’s largest gathering of Asian elephants occurs. During the dry season (June – August) elephants come out of the shrubbery and into the opened plains for water. Here you can see up to 200 elephants at once which is truly magical.


  • Since Sri Lanka is a tropical island, it will be very hot so bring plenty of sunblock, after-sun cream and hats. Also, bring a mosquito repellent/bug spray.
  • As you will be travelling away from major cities, it’s best that you carry your stock of medicine with you, just in case of an emergency.
  • If you’re prone to motion sickness, take the necessary medication at least 30 minutes before setting sail on your whale watching safari.

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