Will children like it? Surely every question a parent will ask when booking a family holiday to Sri Lanka. Just going to another country is a fascinating experience for most children, but it’s good to know that there are special, unique and carefully crafted curated experiences for all ages to look forward to and indeed leave with memories for a life time.

We suggest our top ten kid friendly attractions for a Sri Lanka family holiday.

1. Visit the Sea Turtle Hatchery

For many people, holidays in Sri Lanka begin at Nyne Hotels – Rock Villa in Bentota. A fifteen-minute drive to the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation project aims to protect sea turtle eggs and increase hatching rates. The team from the project patrols the beach all night looking for mother sea turtles that come out of the ocean to lay their eggs. The nocturnal sea walks to experience a turtle release ticks off the bucket list for sure.

The experience involves learning about the conversation effort before viewing the hatchery. You may even be lucky enough to see turtles being released back into the ocean.

2. Underground cave in the Kanneliya Rainforest Tour

Regarded as one of the most amazing and bio diverse areas in Sri Lanka, Kanneliya Rain Forest is a must for children to experience. A dedicated guide will you to explore the UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve, also home to monkeys, snakes, chameleons, and a wide range of bird life. Learn about the flora and fauna through commentary tailored to your interests and enjoy plenty of chances to ask questions.

3. Whale and Dolphin watching in Mirissa

Approximately an 15 minute drive from Nyne Hotels – Landesi, this family adventure is a must experience in Sri Lanka. The trip on the boat with the professional crew will not take you far off shore but the prospects of photographing Blue Whales, Byrde’s Whales, Fin Whales and Sperm Whales and the much-loved Dolphins Spinners, Bottle Nosed and or even Risso will be definitely on the cards.

4. Game Safari in Yala

Enjoy an exclusively private jeep safari for all the family when you stay at Nyne Hotel Mayur Lodge. The jeep safari will take you into the Yala National Park, a dry zone with grassland and lagoons bordering the Indian Ocean, in south east of Sri Lanka. It is home to wildlife such as leopards, elephants, sloth bears and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species.

5. Surfing lessons in Hikkaduwa

A thrilling surfing experience in the impressive spots in Hikkaduwa, about an hour away from Rock Villa, The Muse and Leela Walawwa. Between December and March the seas are calmer, perfect for beginners to learn with experienced instructors in the tropical turquoise waters. Learn more what else Hikkaduwa has to offer with our Destination Guide.

Learn more what else Hikkaduwa has to offer with our Destination Guide.

6. Water skiing in the Bentota River

The waters and its surrounding in Bentota is the ideal location for a safe and secure water-skiing experience. With the absence of large boulders and other obstacles, the plain stretch of water at Bentota is the perfect spot for children to learn with a professional instructor.

7. Interactive Tea experience

After an authentic and hearty Sri Lankan breakfast at the Nyne Hotels – Landesi, experience a half day tour of the Handunugoda Tea Estate, the only tea estate and factory surrounded by an evergreen forest in the Southern Province and situated in the coastal belt of Sri Lanka. Handunugoda Tea specializes in the artisanal manufacturing tea and is one of the handful of estates in Sri Lanka exporting high-quality luxury teas to global markets. Learn this art with the itinerary covering a walk-through tea bushes, visit the processes of tea and ending with a tea tasting session. All guests are welcome and encouraged to share in the beauty of Ceylon tea.

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