Safari in Sri Lanka with kids

Safari sri lanka with kids: what options do you have?

Most travelers in Sri Lanka will go on at least one safari in one of the country’s national parks. Especially with kids, it is fun to spend a morning or afternoon out in a national park to admire the different animals that the parks have to offer.

Because the various parks are scattered throughout the country, it is not difficult to include a safari trip in your itinerary through Sri Lanka. We will list the best options in terms of national parks to go on safari with your kids.

Sri Lanka with kids
Safari Sri Lanka with kids

Safari Sri Lanka with kids

safari sri lanka with kids: Udawalawe National Park

We visited this park with our daughter and this park is two hours away by car from the cute backpacker town
Ella
and two hours from the coastal town of Mirissa, for example.

Therefore, it is also an ideal stopover when you are on your way from the interior of Sri Lanka to the coast with your kids and don’t want to spend too long in the car.

The town of Udawalawe itself is not much, but they do have fine accommodations with pools and full board, so you don’t have to be in the town itself for much else either.

We spent four nights ourselves in the
Kottawatta village
complex with several swimming pools, a kind of pool with fish at your feet, playground and all that included food and we liked it very much.

From here we could also book a tour to the national park for the morning or afternoon at the front desk and the jeeps left from the resort complex. So that was all well taken care of and you are completely relieved as parents.

In addition, at the complex there are large lizards everywhere around the pool and in the trees around the cottages you often see monkeys. Very fun for kids to spot these animals around your accommodation.

Safari Sri Lanka with kids
Safari Sri Lanka with kids

Safari Sri Lanka with kids

Safari Sri Lanka with kids

In the national park of Udawalawe, you will especially encounter many elephants, as there are about 500 elephants living in this park. Compared to other parks, the open plains make it easier to spot wildlife. The tour lasts a morning or afternoon (between three and four hours) and certainly for small kids this is also quite sufficient.

We saw many elephants, water buffalo, monkeys, crocodiles and several large birds of prey on the open plains of Udawalawe.

All in all, we found this afternoon excursion to this park to be absolutely outstanding.

The cost of park admission depends on how many people you are with. The more people you are with, the cheaper the entrance fee per person is. The same, of course, applies to the jeep. We spent about 60 euros for an afternoon safari with a jeep and guide with our family of three, so it was not too bad in terms of price.

You can still get the price down if you and your family share the jeep with other tourists. We ourselves found it nicer to have a jeep to ourselves so we could return to the hotel when our daughter would get tired or didn’t feel like it anymore.

If you want security and book everything in advance, click
here.

There is also an elephant sanctuary you can go to, but we didn’t like that at all. You sit with a bunch of tourists on a stand and the elephants pass by one by one, receiving a bottle of milk. There is little interaction with the audience, so if you are short on time, we would not recommend going here.

Safari Sri Lanka with kids
Safari Sri Lanka with kids

Safari Sri Lanka with kids

Safari Sri Lanka with kids

Safari Sri Lanka with kids: Yala National Park

Yala National Park is not that far from Udawalawe and you could also visit this park from Udawalawe with your kids, as it is an hour and twenty minutes drive from the town.

Yala National Park is Sri Lanka’s most famous park and thus also its busiest. The animals you can spot are similar to Udawalawe, with you do have a greater chance of spotting a leopard. However, you still have to be lucky and it is not the case that when you visit Yala national park, you are guaranteed to see them.

Most safaris to Yala National Park depart from the town of Tissamaharama. Yala national park has an entrance fee of about 23 euros per person, making it more expensive than Udawalawe national park.

In addition, it is also busier with tourists, which means that at times you will find yourself driving jeeps after each other and it comes at the expense of the safari experience.

If you want to book everything in advance, click
here
.

Tip: You can combine a safari at Yala national park with Bundala National Park, where you can spot many different birds. If you want more information about this park read this blog about the
Yala National Park
.

Safari Sri Lanka with kids
Safari Sri Lanka with kids

Safari Sri Lanka with kids

Safari Sri Lanka with kids

Safari sri lanka with kids: Minneriya national park

Located in northern Sri Lanka, this national park is easily visited from the town of Dambulla. We mentioned earlier about Dambulla (in our itinerary blog) that this place is a great starting point from lots of different sights in northern Sri Lanka.

Between May and September (dry period), this park is where a lot of elephants gather in one place (the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world), so visiting the park with your kids can be a must especially during this period. From Dambulla, a safari by jeep with three people (two adults and a kid) will cost you just under 90 euros. So this is a lot more expensive than the other two national parks.

There are morning and afternoon excursions at most parks and the best option is to go in the morning, as it is less hot and the animals are a lot more active. Especially if you wake up early with small kids anyway, it can be ideal to go on safari right away and use the afternoon to relax by the pool.

Whether you want to share a jeep with other tourists to reduce costs is a consideration you should make with your family. Of course, you then give up a bit of freedom and if you want to go back to your hotel (because your kids are tired), you have to take into account other tourists.

If you want to book everything in advance for this national park, click
here
.

All in all, booking a safari is definitely recommended when you are traveling in Sri Lanka with your kids.

Safari Sri Lanka with kids

Safari Sri Lanka with kids

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