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Visit Sri Lanka with children: the essential activities 

Sri Lanka is a wonderful destination for family vacations. This small island apparently has everything to offer every family culture, wildlife, adventure and of course, relaxation. Toddlers will love the palm-lined beaches and calm waters. For teenagers, 

Adventure, culture, history, relaxation, gastronomy… and the possibility of creating incredible memories with your children. Here are the top 3 activities you should not miss during a family getaway to Sri Lanka.

1. Release baby turtles into the ocean on the south coast 

5 species of sea turtles in Sri Lanka: the olive ridley turtle, the loggerhead turtle, the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle and the leatherback turtle. Their main nesting habitats are located along the southern coast in Galle district. 

A number of turtle hatcheries can be found along the southern coast road from Bentota. A stop at this resort is well worth stopping by to learn about the conservation efforts in place and meet the turtles. Participating in the release of baby turtles into the ocean will be one of the favorite activities in Sri Lanka for children. 

Bentota itself is one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka with the family if you are looking for a beach break. It's very family friendly with some nice hotels, nice beaches and enough activities to keep the kids happy for a few days. Interested in holidays in Sri Lanka? If so, plan a memorable vacation accompanied by a bespoke travel expert like Sri Lanka Marco Vasco.

2. Fish like Sri Lankans 

If you want to fish in Sri Lanka, you will need to learn how to stand on a sort of stilt to catch your catch of the day. These poles on stilts, known as riti panna, can be seen along the south coast stuck a few meters offshore in the water. A small bench is attached to the poles and this is where the anglers balance themselves, above the water. 

The origins of fishing on these stilts are unclear, although traditionally the skill has been passed down from generation to generation. Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer anglers practicing this skill today. That said, you'll still spot them along the southern coast in towns such as Koggala, Kaththaluwa, and Ahangama. You can also get into it. This is definitely one of the unique family activities you will do in Sri Lanka.

3. Explore the ancient Galle Fort 

The 17th century Dutch Fort of Galle is one of the highlights of Sri Lanka and a favorite activity for many families visiting Sri Lanka. Originally built by the Portuguese in 1588, it was later extensively fortified by the Dutch from 1649. The fort has been beautifully preserved and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Take a walk on the ramparts, then stroll through the charming narrow streets lined with old houses and historic churches. You will also find a good selection of shops, art galleries and restaurants. 

Galle is also a great place to experience Sri Lanka's National Day, February 4th. Another popular event in Galle is the Literature Festival which always has a program dedicated to children.

Sri Lanka is an activity paradise, from waterskiing and surfing to canoeing and mountain biking in the hills. And for parents, there is everything they could hope for in a family vacation destination.

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