My Family Adventure: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Family Holiday beach
There are no shortage of beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka

 

The last time we went to Sri Lanka we headed into the Hill Country and took in all sorts of historical and cultural sights, but didn’t manage more than a day or so on the beach north of Colombo.  We felt as if we’d missed out on the reportedly sublime beaches of southern Sri Lanka but to tell the truth we’d also been put off going further south by the 5-6 hour car journey that would have come straight after a flight with already cranky toddlers. Emboldened by the news that a highway had been built between Colombo and Galle, we returned to Sri Lanka and made our way to Thalpe, just 15 minutes outside Galle, in no more that 3 hours from the airport. For more ideas on exploring Sri Lanka with kids, take a look at this 10-day itinerary and this post on the 10 places you should visit in Sri Lanka with kids.

Guest post and photos by Islay Lord

 

Sri Lanka with kids

The Hill Country, Sri Lanka
The Hill Country, Sri Lanka

 

Our hotel, Why House, was a short tuk-tuk ride from Wijaya beach which has a coral reef about 25 metres out from the shore thus breaking the waves and allowing a shallow pool to form. The kids loved the freedom of running in and out the water without the waves and strong undertow that are common on this stretch of coast line.

 

Wijaya Beach, Nr Galle, Sri Lanka
Wijaya Beach, Nr Galle, Sri Lanka

 

We enjoyed walking round the ramparts of the nearby fortress town of Galle and wandering through the quiet cobbled streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The kids weren’t as interested in exploring some of the lovely shops but were happy to be distracted by ice-cream and fresh mango juice.

 

wijaya
Wijaya Beach, Nr Galle, Sri Lanka

 

A visit to the nearby turtle sanctuary and hatchery was a big hit with our children where they saw some older turtles that had been injured and rescued as well as recently hatched baby turtles which we released back into the ocean.

 

Galle, Sri Lanka
Galle, Sri Lanka

 

Galle, Sri Lanka
Galle, Sri Lanka

 

Life seems pretty good when you’re surrounded by coconut palms, banana trees and pineapple plants, and the kids are easily (and safely) entertained splashing in and out of the sea or pool.  We had a great family holiday which struck the right balance between enjoying the beautiful coast line of southern Sri Lanka and exploring the surrounding area.

 

 Releasing baby turtles into the ocean, Sri Lanka
Releasing baby turtles into the ocean

 

Our highlights

 Releasing baby turtles into the ocean, Sri Lanka
Releasing baby turtles into the ocean

 

Seeing both our kids grow more confident swimming in the sea and our son’s fascination with the sea urchins and coral on the reef off Wijaya beach.  We’ll take some snorkelling kit next time.

 

Three things you should definitely do

auto-rickshaw or tuk tuk, Sri lanka
Tuk tuk, Sri Lanka

 

1. Swim in the calm shallow waters of Wijaya beach and enjoy fresh seafood or pizzas straight from the wood-fired oven at the Wijaya beach restaurant.

2. Wander the streets and ramparts of Galle Fort.

3. For short journeys, travel by tuk tuk!

 

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