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5 family excursions in the southern coast of Sri Lanka – Amazing Experiences to Cherish

If you are travelling to the south coast of Sri Lanka with the whole family, there is a plethora of incredible experiences and attractions to enjoy. Here are 5 great ideas.

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Hot air balloon rides

Hot air balloon rides

The south coast of Sri Lanka is full of amazing scenic beauty. If you are looking for a unique viewpoint to enjoy the area's incredible scenery, a hot air balloon ride will present you with an unparalleled experience. This is an indulgent excursion that your whole family will love. You may find hot air balloon rides listed in the excursion lists of many luxury and boutique hotels in Sri Lanka. This exhilarating experience may be a bit costly but it will be worth every penny as the panoramic views of the magnificent south coast can't be experienced in any other way. If you have picked a luxurious accommodation such as Mosvold Hotels, an exhilarating hot air balloon ride can be easily arranged.

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Whale Watching

Whale Watching

Whale watching is one of the most popular activities in the southern coast of Sri Lanka. Locations such as Mirissa are ideal to catch a glimpse of these mighty mammals, making their way across the Indian Ocean. A whale watching excursion will take you about 30 kilometres from the coast and also offer you the amazing opportunity to catch a glimpse of lively dolphins swimming alongside your boat.

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Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

Animal lovers can rejoice at the amazing service provided at the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery. The establishment, an initiation of the Wildlife Protection Society of Sri Lanka, aims to conserve turtles by caring for turtle eggs and releasing them into the water when the hatchlings reach the appropriate age. The hatchery also treats disabled or injured turtles and provides valuable information on the fascinating endangered creatures. If you have kids, be sure to visit the hatchery on a release day, as they'll enjoy the experience.

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Madu Ganga river safari

Madu Ganga river safari

Mangroves are among the most astounding ecosystems in Sri Lanka. Madu Ganga is world famous for its rich coastal ecosystem. A typical Madu Ganga river safari consists of a leisurely boat ride on the river. Along the way, you can spot an array of plants and animals associated with the ecosystem. If you are lucky, you may even spot crocodiles, as they lazily float along the water. Taking a guide with you is a great idea to allow the entire family to learn about this complex ecosystem and the importance of its conservation.

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Ambalangoda Museum

Ambalangoda Museum

The Ambalangoda Museum is not your average museum. It is home to an incredible selection of masks that are created for various purposes. The town of Ambalangoda is famous for producing beautiful masks carved from wood. Traditionally, masks are used in Sri Lankan stage plays, comedies and traditional dance. They are also used in religious processions as well as colourful 'thovil' ceremonies which are held to cure various ailments and to exorcise demons.