A guide for traveling families in Sri Lanka with young children, covering Southern & Central Sri Lanka. Combines educational activities for children ages 2-7 with travel information based on my experience
1. Udawalawe National Park Safari.
What a thrill! See wild animals, a beautiful landscape, and the adventure of riding an open air jeep. When people ask our children about Sri Lanka, the first thing they talk about are the elephants. See my full post here. Educational activities here.
Body-surfing in Mirissa. Kicking back with a book and a cold one at Jungle Beach. Morning jogs and evening festivities in Unawatuna. Ewwws and Ahhhs at baby turtle hatchery. Natural energy drinks from king coconuts. Stilt fishermen. Whale watching. Tropical sunsets…ahh this is the life…. Read more here. Educational Activities here.
3. Mountain hikes in Ella and Tea Plantations perfect for families in Sri Lanka.
4. Cultural show in Kandy.
5. Train ride from Ella to Nuwara Eliya.
6. Royal Botanical Garden in Kandy.
Climbing trees, flower gardens, spice gardens, friendly locals, and plenty of room to run. This is a beautiful spot for all visitors, but especially families in Sri Lanka. Read more here. For related educational activities click here.
We weren’t sure how our children would fare (or our stomachs) but the food was a-maz-ing. Fresh local fruits, delicious curry, buffalo curds, roti, seafood, and easy access to western food when we needed a break. Read more here.
8. Four Religions to Respect.
Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity are all practiced in Sri Lanka. See churches, temples, and mosques. See the devout inter-mingle. Teach your children the importance of religious tolerance. Read more here. Related educational activities here.