Located in the Indian Ocean, a few hundred miles off the South-East coast of India, Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon during British colonial rule) is a 20 million strong island country with a history in the tourism industry.
During the 19th century, it was a primary destination for the upper classes of the British society looking to experience the exotic nature of the Empire’s colonies. After independence. Sri Lanka fell into a long and deadly civil war until 2009, when governmental forces prevailed. Since then, the profile of the country as a tourist destination has continuously grown, prompting us today to talk a bit about Sri Lanka as a destination for families with children.
The primary reasons why visitors choose to go to Sri Lanka are the beaches. Tangala, Matara and Mirissa are absolutely astonishing places. Although the tourism infrastructure is not as developed as other island destinations in Asia, in the past decade, several beach resorts, including some with bungalows suspended above the water, have been built. These cater for the needs of every type of traveler, including young families with children. The little ones are provided with adequate playgrounds, access to different activities, including water or beach sports, whilst the parents can relax on the beach or spotting turtles.
Culture is one of the other reasons why people travel to Sri Lanka. With a history of more than 125 thousand years, it is one of the oldest countries in the world. The whole island is riddled with temples and ruins of the ancient Sri Lankan kingdoms. The stupas are a feature of the local architecture. Hemispherical domes surrounded by spires, they used to serve as ancient prayer places for the local Buddhist culture. Nowadays they are more visited by tourists than by pilgrims.
If you’re a history fan, then it’s best to take your family on the trail that passes through all of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruins, including the spectacular Sigiriya Fortress. Built in the 5th century, the whole fortress is essentially carved in rock, making for a unique and impressive monument. Other similarly spectacular sites include Galle and Dambulla.
An overview of vacations in Sri Lanka cannot be complete without mentioning the wildlife. This is something that your children will enjoy a lot. A ride of the elephants In Minneriya National Park or leopard spotting in Wilpattu will probably be the highlights of your vacation to Sri Lanka.