Whether it’s fascinating portals into ancient, fortressed civilisations and artsy storybook seaside enclaves or sparklingly gorgeous stretches of beaches, jungle-clad adventures, and quaint highland towns, each of Lanka’s diverse destinations have something to lure every member of your tribe.

Yala National Park | img by Patty Ho via flickr

Splash Down South

From trying out wild, adrenaline-rich aquatic sports at dazzling Bentota beach to turtle watching at beautiful Dalawella lagoon-like swimming beach and pursuing whales and dolphins in boho-chic Mirissa, there are countless atmospheric beach shenanigans you and your family can enjoy in the scenic Down South of Sri Lanka.

Leopard-Spotting Safari

Whether it’s locking eyes with an imperious leopard or getting up close and personal with the mightily gentle Asian elephant, a jeep roller coaster through the lush national parks of Yala and Udawalawe is a must for your little people. If you want to gain more knowledge on family-centric places to visit in Sri Lanka, venture no further than blogs such as Truly Sri Lanka.

Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya

If you’re in the UNESCO-listed heritage hill city of Kandy, head to these colonial gardens for your kids to let loose and roam free as you leisurely weave through gorgeously blossoming flower beds, archways dripping with intoxicatingly colourful climbers, famously multi-hued orchids, and promanades of Cannonball trees and Coco de Mer plantations.

Chug to Ella 

For a ride that none of you will easily forget, board the iconic vintage blue train from Kandy to Ella, making sure you get seats on the right side for optimal views of misty hills, bamboo forests, and sweeping tea estates. Once you reach Ella, there’s plenty to do, from climbing Little Adam’s Peak to zip lining, chasing waterfalls, and learning the art of tea-picking.