Sri Lanka is one of the best places to visit for a calming island vacation. But is it so calming when you add kids to the mix? Yes! Here are some handy tips and fun activities you can try when you’re travelling to Sri Lanka with your kids.

When’s the best time to visit Sri Lanka?

Despite two separate monsoon seasons, Sri Lanka is an all-year-round holiday destination. It is best to do some research and decide what you want to see and do before planning and booking hotels. If you want to visit the Southern beaches, the best time to visit is from December to April, if you’re willing to see Trincomalee or Jaffna, the best time of year is from May to October.

The beaches

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Sri Lanka – Image by Ishan Kahapola Arachchi via Unsplash

This beautiful island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. So you might think you can take your kids to any one of them. Not true. Some beaches have very strong currents and are quite rough and unsafe while some are completely isolated without a single human sight. There are a handful of local favourites scattered around with calm waters and shallow shores, so it’s best to ask around.

Where to stay with kids

There are a number of family accommodation options in Sri Lanka to choose from. Whether you prefer the hill country or beachy tropics, there’s something that is family-friendly to suit every budget. The Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts offer luxury accommodation options for your family and are considered some of the best places to stay in Sri Lanka.

Kid-friendly food

Sri Lankan foods are notoriously spicy and rich in flavour. That’s why it is among some of the best cuisines in the world. However, although the spiciness might appeal to adults, the youngsters may not be too keen. Fear not; there are so many varieties of sweet tropical fruits, cooling and nourishing drinks and mild savoury dishes made with creamy coconut milk to keep your little ones happy and full.