Great hiking opportunities in mystique rain forests, mountains ranges in salubrious climes, cycling tours, ballooning tours to drift along wherever the wind takes you, canoeing in a lake, feel the adrenaline rush of white water rafting in whitewater rapids, join in river expedition or waterfall abseiling at remote jungle waterfalls.
Sri Lanka’s diversity of terrain affords opportunities for trekking and hiking, especially in the Central Highlands. Trekking and hiking through the paddy fields, tea plantations, spice gardens, waterfalls, streams, dense forests, hills and mountains of the tropical island of Sri Lanka brings about unique experiences. Still more the north central plains of Sri Lanka afford the trekkers and hikers the chances to visit the cultural sites located off the beaten tracks.
Treat yourself to a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful countryside of Sri Lanka. There are few pleasures as unforgettable as drifting gently over breathtaking views. It’s an experience you’ll never forget !
Greet the rising sun as it paints the landscape with wonderful colours while your balloon inflates majestically. Feel the excitement as you lift off and drift effortlessly over the spectacular scenery. As the climbing goes on unnoticed, find yourself amidst endless horizons of rugged mountains and green fields with only the burners to disturb the peace.
Sri Lanka offers world-class Scuba-Diving and Snorkelling tours. A multitude of tropical fish, magnificently colourful coral reefs and fascinating ship wrecks can be explored at several locations off the south coast of Sri Lanka. HIKKADUW A, WELIGAMA and KIRINDA provide breathtaking Snorkelling and scuba diving opportunities. In the west of Sri Lanka , head to ‘Bar Reef’ (Sri Lanka’s largest reef, easily accessible from the Puttalam district town of KALPITIYA, spanning an impressive 3 nautical miles in length and 1 nautical mile in breadth). But for the country’s ‘piece de resistance’, Pigeon Island, off Nilaveli (just north of TRINCOMALEE) is a paradise of turquoise-coloured waters and abundant fish and coral life make it the ultimate underwater experience. All underwater activities are conducted by well-trained and experienced UDI and PADI instructors to ensure your absolute safety and enjoyment.
Windsurfing is a surface water sport that is done with the use of a surf board.The sailboard is generally 2 to 5 meters long and is powered by wind. The rig is attached to the board by a turning flexible joint which is known as the Universal Joint or U-Joint. The best place for a surfing experience in Sri Lanka is Bentota, which is positioned on the south west coast. The surfer will get to cruise over stunning blue waters overlooking the striking sandy beaches. Sri Lanka is a great place for the amateurs of windsurfing.
A challenging recreational activity, White Water Rafting is usually executed on white-water or various degrees of forceful water. This is done mainly to give raft passengers an enthralling experience. This unique leisure sport is popular in the many rivers that flow through Sri Lanka. Some of the country’s rivers that flow through tropical jungles provide the perfect setting for white water rafting. This activity is a must do for both amateurs and experts. Kitulgala is where white water rafting originated in Sri Lanka. It is about 80 kilometers from Colombo on the A7 road that leads to Nuwara Eliya via Avissawella. Kitulgala was chosen as the main location in David Lean’s 1957 film ‘Bridge on the River Kwai.
Enjoy a scenic flight on a Paramotor by the coast of Sri Lanka. Available in either Bentota or Negambo depending on the season, and operated by licensed professionals this is a unique experience you would not want to miss while on holiday.
Mountain Biking is the activity of riding bicycles off-road, over rough territory. With Sri Lanka’s mountainous grounds being are recognized among the world’s finest sites for biking, the country’s valleys, slopes and tea plantations are trails that allure any mountain biker. Bikers can ride through the tracks and trails that fall along rain forests, tea estates, caves, reservoirs and ancient temples. A majority of tour operators and hotels in Sri Lanka provide mountain biking vacations. The traveler will have the option to get in touch with a smaller ‘adventure’ based operation in order to select a personal trip.
The island provides camping safaris in all nature reserves and national parks. Campers can choose from a variety of tours that range from just one day to a few days of camping safari tours. An extensive array of activities connected to camping is also offered. These activities include studying and observing fauna or flora in different environmental conditions, butterfly and bird watching and even mingle with the native People of Sri Lanka better known as the Veddhas. A majority of campsites in the country are operated by experienced tour guides. These sites are tested and selected by skilled and qualified personnel. Some campsites are owned by the wildlife and forest department of Sri Lanka. Generally campsites are provided with all the essential amenities. Facilities consist of copra torches, oil, make shift al fresco restaurants that offer a range of mouth watering world-class cuisine and much more. Sri Lanka’s campsites are segregated as Super-Luxury camping, Luxury camping and Participatory camping.