Sneak off to the south west coast of Sri Lanka in February and you’re blessed on two counts: it’s monsoon season in the north east and a dry, sunny 27˚ in the south west; mass tourism doesn’t arrive until late March. At this time of year, even Colombo city’s good fun to explore with kids and turtle hatching season’s in full swing on peaceful and lovely Kolgoda Beach. The historic town of Galle’s a good choice for family resort hotels and close to Thalpe and Dalawela – prime spot for watching ritipanna fishing. Galle’s also under three hours’ drive from Yala National Park, so you could add some safari into the mix too.
If your dreams of India involve ancient cities, tea plantations, rivers, lakes and beaches, Kerala in February is perfect. Expect the weather to have plenty of sun and temperatures of 30˚ but it’s dry and not even slightly humid – unlike most of the rest of the year. This is the ideal month to sail the Kuttanad (backwaters) on a floating houseboat. They’re called Kettuvalam and come with a boatman, cook and nannies for younger kids. It’s also a good time to get to know the city of Cochin’s historic districts and colourful waterfront. Periyar Tiger Reserve is just right weather-wise for a wildlife expedition. Or you could simply laze around on Alappuzha’s white beaches, do some turtle spotting, catch a few local festivals and let your kids get to know India gently.