Fun Activities for Kids in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle
When you travel with kids, the key to the success of a trip is to remember that they dictate the fun! It’s super important to keep them happy, occupied and interested.
Over here in Sri Lanka, especially when exploring the Cultural Triangle, we always make sure not to pack an itinerary with too many temples, which can be as boring for the children, as much as it is interesting for the parents. So how about planning a full day in the Cultural Triangle for your kids with activities they will enjoy?
We start off the day by exploring the ruins of Ritigala, an ancient Buddhist monastery dating back for the 1st century AD. Think of Indiana Jones – well that’s a bit exaggerated – but Ritigala, in a way, has that feel of the ‘undiscovered’; a world away from the more famous sights in Sri Lanka. Make sure you take time to explore the ruins in depth – walking all the way to the higher parts of the complex.
The Ritigala archeological site bears a certain mysterious nature, owing to the long pathways that pass through the thick jungle between the large stone-lined reservoirs. Take time to sit and connect with nature in these sacred meditational grounds.
While you are exploring the ruins and contemplating its ancient past, your kids can take part in our fun ‘treasure hunt’ using a map of Ritigala to find specific points of interest. Once they have found each point, they then have to take a photo of themselves standing at the site.
Later in the afternoon, you set out by jeep on a safari to either Minneriya or Kaudulla National Park, where you will be on the lookout for wild herds of elephants. Both parks are located close by to one another and are famous for observing elephants in their natural habitat.
The wild elephants often pass from one park to the other, depending on the season and the availability of food and water. This makes the area that we visit a perfect place for the chance of a sighting.
Although the area can get a bit crowded with safari jeeps at times, encountering a herd of these gentle giants at close range can be a thrilling experience, especially for children. Apart from the elephants, an added bonus is that both parks offer opportunities for sightings of birds, such as the painted stork, pelican and little cormorants.
The safari is also a great opportunity for kids to take part in another one of our challenges – counting the number of elephants they spot. If they come close to the right number, they will be rewarded with a special gift!
For more information on this family adventure and other family-oriented fun in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, get in touch with us at: [email protected].