Family trips are often considered to be a tricky proposition, especially when there are elders involved. After all, a clash of interests almost always ensues and there might be certain activities that your old folks might find to be too demanding. That, however, doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun together. In fact, exploring Sri Lanka with your family offers a very hearty and relaxing experience that will bridge the age gap and strengthen your ties with your loved ones.
Thankfully, with careful planning, you and the elders in your travel party, be it relatives or your very own parents, can have splendid fun in Sri Lanka. Here is a parent-friendly guide to the recommended experiences which you and the elders can enjoy equally!
Sightseeing in Colombo
The beautiful city of Colombo is easy-going and offers all the fun of exploring a new culture to your parents without having to rush around or go offbeat. It is a microcosm of the entire country with easy access to famous beaches such as Mount Lavinia, the sprawling Independence Square, the buzzing Galle Face Green, the revered Gangaramaya Temple, and of course, exotic cafes and restaurants.
For travelling parents and older people, staying at a good hotel, such as this accommodation in Dehiwela, is often the main priority. This is where Yoho Bed ensures warm hospitality on top of amazing facilities for your entire family’s ultimate comfort.
Visiting the temples of Kandy and Anuradhapura
If your parents are religiously attuned, then Sri Lanka offers a treasure trove of ancient Buddhist temples and stupas that will impress them to no end. A tour to the charming Temple of the Sacred Tooth in Kandy, and the old world ruins of the World Heritage city of Anuradhapura will be a memorable experience for your entire family.
Strolling amidst the hills in Nuwara Eliya
The centre of Sri Lanka is teeming with lush green hills and the famous tea plantations, which is where the charming town of Nuwara Eliya lies. This hilly retreat is the perfect place to visit with your parents as they enjoy the colonial era aura, the vintage architecture, and the refreshing mountain air. And, of course, one sip of Sri Lankan tea will keep everyone relaxed and elated!
Going on a wildlife safari at Habarana
While adventure rides and water sports might not be your parents’ cup of tea, a wildlife safari atop Sri Lankan elephants in the national parks of Habarana is as good a thrill that you can give them. There’s also the added allure of the eternally peaceful Dambulla Cave Temple!
Before you make plans
If you’re planning to stay in Colombo, then we recommend staying at Yoho Windsor Avenue or one of the best hotels in Kollupitiya which is a major neighbourhood with highly accessible facilities right from transport and eateries to medical and general stores. Another thing to remember while travelling with elders is to hire an all-day cab for ultimate convenience.