Keeping kids occupied on holiday is no easy task especially if they run out of things to do. There is only so much a hotel and resort can offer, before dreaded boredom takes over that can leave parents having to come up with creative ideas to help make the holiday go smoothly. Not a problem however when you holiday in Sri Lanka! It may be a relatively small island, but it certainly has lots of things to do for kids and the whole family.

Water sports are a big draw of course and the South Coast beaches provide an endless playground of ocean to engage in all manner of activities. Snorkelling and fun tube & banana boat rides are favourites, while more adrenaline pumping water sports come in the form of water skiing, jet skiing and surfing. Make sure to take the kids to the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery which is one of the main South Coast family attractions and depending on the time of year you can also head out to sea on whale and dolphin watching excursions, which are always fun; though be mindful if you or your family members get easily seasick! From the many Sri Lanka resorts along this coastal region, the properties of Citrus Leisure make ideal options since they offer family friendly accommodation and easy access to the best of the South Coast.

Head more inland and you will find the landscape changing dramatically along with what is on offer. Wildlife is a key highlight and a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is something kids are bound to love. Moving up north, towards the Cultural Triangle will also bring you to spots where you can get up close with these gentle giants and head off on an elephant back safari which is another favourite family activity. More wild adventures can be enjoyed at National Parks such as Yala where one can see all manner of animals including, if you are lucky to spot them, the elusive Sri Lankan Leopard.

Why not round off your holiday with a breathtaking ride down a rapid? Yes, Sri Lanka offers thrilling white water rafting too, especially in the Kithulgala area. Grade 1 or 3 rapids are yours to enjoy and should provide the whole family with an unforgettable adventure.

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.