The gorgeous island of Sri Lanka, situated in the Indian Ocean, is a must visit destination for all types of travellers – friends, couples and families. Described by National Geographic Traveller as one of the best places to visit in 2012, Sri Lanka has a wide range of activities and attractions including beaches, wildlife, historical and World Heritage sites, forests, waterfalls, rivers and so much more all contained within a very small space. One can see and enjoy so many different kinds of things all within a few days, making it a popular tourist destination for all kinds of travellers. When it comes to family holidays in Sri Lanka, there are so many treasures just waiting to be experienced.

Families with toddlers will enjoy a beach themed holiday in Sri Lanka. There are many safe bathing beaches and pools around the country, particularly on the south and southwest coast of the island.

Wijaya Beach, situated close to Galle is great for young children as it is a large sheltered pool. There are many watersports on offer at the beaches including snorkelling, wind surfing, water skiing, wave boarding and banana boating.

Another must visit destination during family holidays in Sri Lanka is the Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage where the kids will see baby elephants being bottle fed, and the elephants bathing in the river. The orphanage looks after and protects the abandoned and orphaned wild elephants in the country and gives kids the opportunity to see elephants up close and personal. Another great place to see elephants is during the months of July and September at Minneriya National Park – which is well known for the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world.

The Kosgoda Turtle Conservation Project is another activity that the kids will love during your family travel in Sri Lanka.

This project conserves the endangered marine turtle species that nest along the west coast of Sri Lanka. Children and adults alike can observe the process of marine turtles nesting, hatchlings being born, and swimming out to sea, without interfering with its natural breeding habits.

Another fabulous area to visit during your family holiday in Sri Lanka is Galle’s 17th century Dutch Fort, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area is well preserved and has lovely views of the ocean, and a shallow area for kids to swim in as well. The Dutch Galle Fort area has narrow streets with restaurants, guest houses and other places of interest.

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