Planning to go to Sri Lanka with your family? Travelling with the little ones in tow has never been an easy affair, not when you have to constantly look out for the kids. Unlike travelling with adults, your whole itinerary has to revolve around them. You will need to make sure that there are activities for them to enjoy and that they can eat and sleep properly in a foreign country like Sri Lanka. However, with a little bit of planning, both parents and kids will be able to have a wonderful time together. If you worry about what to do, where to stay, check out our short guide below to help you find your way.
Choosing a family-friendly accommodation in Sri Lanka
Staying in a kids-friendly villa or resort will give you some peace of mind as you won’t have to constantly watch out for them. Keep this checklist in mind when you are choosing an accommodation:
- Child-friendly facilities: baby cots, high chairs, car seats, kids’ utensils, mosquito nets, kid’s bedrooms, entertainment rooms, lawn, playground
- Services: daily breakfast, chef, laundry, car & driver
If you are not so sure which villas provide these services, here is a selection of family villas in Sri Lanka for you:
Located in Koggala near Galle, Villa Sepalika sprawls over 8000 square meters of lush green garden. The villa has a huge 16x10m swimming pool and grass lawn where the kids can run around while you lounge on the stylish hammock. There’s an onsite restaurant where you can find international and local cuisines. Daily breakfast is included, and other than child-friendly facilities, the villa also has board games, TV and DVD players to keep you children entertained. In case you wish for a quiet relaxing time, a babysitter can be arranged to look after the kids while you enjoy a private in-villa massage.
Villa Apsara Bentota gives you a feeling of being in your own oasis. Besides providing luxury and comfort, the villa enjoys a magnificent view with a private jetty. If your family loves water sports, the villa manager can arrange for a provider to pick you up at the villa. For families with young children, rest assured as there are board games, video game console, TV, CD and DVD players so your child will not be bored. There is a talented chef at the villa, so you don’t have to worry about finding delicious, nutrition-packed meals for the kids.
A relaxing stay and plenty of smiles are what you can expect from Sri Sharavi Beach Villas. The villas are well-appointed and come with child-friendly facilities. Toddlers can play to their heart’s content at the shallow end of the pool while parents sit back, relax and enjoy the tropical sun. Activities such as dolphin and whales watching are popular in the area, which will promise an unforgettable experience for young minds.
What to do in Sri Lanka with kids
There are plenty of things for kids to enjoy Sri Lanka. Above all, the country is known for its wildlife reserve and scenic nature. Make sure to visit the Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery to learn about conservation efforts to save sea turtles from extinction. Kids will also love a visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to meet the giant creatures. If you want to go on a safari, there are a number of national parks in Sri Lanka where you can see wildlife in action. You can also visit the historic Galle, cultural Kandy, the Cultural Triangle or get on a hot-air balloon to explore Sri Lanka from above. Last but not least, don’t forget to spend a day or two at the beach to soak in the golden rays while your kids enjoy the pristine waters.