Sri Lanka is a wonderful destination for a family holiday. The little island might not be quite as children-friendly as Thailand or Vietnam, but it seemingly has it all with something to offer every family whether you’re looking for culture, wildlife, adventure or just a week or two soaking up the sunshine on some of Asia’s best beaches.
Sri Lanka is an easy-going place for children, even if it lacks kid-targeted sights such as amusement parks and similar attractions. The beaches, historical sites, national parks with elephants can all fascinate and entertain kids. However, the lack of special facilities means that kids will benefit from the same sense of adventure in exploring the country that serves adults well. With preparation and mindfulness of a few things while in country, travel with children in Sri Lanka can be great fun.
Toddlers will love the palm-fringed beaches and calm, swimmable waters, and will delight at the numerous turtle sanctuaries found near Bentota. For big kids and teens Sri Lanka is activity heaven, from water skiing and surfing to canoeing, and mountain biking in the hill country. And for parents there’s everything you could possibly hope for in a family holiday destination – action, adventure, culture, history, relaxation, great food and the chance to create some incredible memories with your kids. The distances are small, so even young kids won’t get tired on the road.
Keep in mind that breastfeeding in public is accepted, but parents will struggle to find dedicated baby-changing rooms. It’s not a major problem, as it’s acceptable for toddlers to be naked in public.
Sri Lankans have a special affinity for children, and visitors travelling with children will find the young ones are sure-fire icebreakers!