Things to do in Sri Lanka

Things to do & See in Sri Lanka

The island offers wonderful opportunities for those seeking a vacation dedicated to physical activities. With the coastline, mountains, lakes, rivers & rainforests the possibilities of sports & adventure such as : Golf, Cricket, Surfing, Diving & Snorkeling, Hot Air Ballooning, Hiking, Trekking & Rock climbing, Rafting & Canoeing, Scuba Diving & Snorkeling, Fishing, Wind Surfing & Kite Surfing, Cycling & Biking, Ayurveda Treatments etc

Kite Surfing – Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya situated in the North West Coast experiences strong breezes of around 18-20 knots and this enchanting coastal locale is the perfect place to enjoy the thrills of kite surfing. Blessed with a number of flat water lagoons, wave riding spots in the ocean and an archipelago of sandbanks and islands creating breathtaking sceneries, Kalpitiya is paradise for kite surfers.

Para motoring – Koggala

Climb to the heights above as you take to the sunny skies in Sri Lanka and enjoy the latest venture sport to hit the country, Para motoring. Taking place in Koggala, Para motoring gives you the ability to witness spectacular vistas of the coast and surrounding landscapes from heights ranging from 500 to 1000 feet, as a skilled pilot guides you along this journey in the wide blue expanse above.

Hot Air Ballooning – Kandalama, Down South

Adventure takes flight with hot air ballooning in Sri Lanka, offering unparallel panoramic views of this island paradise. Taking place in areas such as Kandalama in the Cultural Triangle and Down South coastal region; in Kandalama one has the chance to enjoy exclusive vistas of the iconic Sigiriya rock fortress, while Down South excursions let you take in stunning views of the sun drenched coast.

Elephant Back Safari

Elephant Back Safari in Sri Lanka brings in multifaceted joys. As you set off to a wild and exciting safari, you get up close to Sri Lanka’s iconic elephants. Elephant back safaris let you ride atop these gentle giants and explore areas conventional motor vehicles cannot go, while also giving you a chance to really get a feel for nature, providing a unique experience where you can literally come into contact with Sri Lanka’s flora and fauna.

Boat Safari

Boat safaris in Sri Lanka provides a fun day out amidst stunning natural backdrops which offers a mesmerizing voyage along some truly scenic waterways. On your excursions you may come across everything from ancient mangrove forests to small remote islands and colorful birdlife to local fishermen going about their day to day activities.

Dolphin & Whale Watching

The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show when you embark on a whale/ dolphin watching excursion off the Southern, Eastern or the West coast of Sri Lanka. Dolphin & whale watching in Sri Lanka takes you on an unforgettable voyage. The ideal locations for whale watching is Mirissa and Trincomalee while the see of Kalpitiya teems with abundance of dolphins. Sri Lanka has become one of the premier destinations in the world for this activity providing you a unique chance to spot these fascinating marine mammals swimming freely in their natural habitat.

Bird Watching

Blessed with a rich natural heritage, the island is home to a wide range of endemic and migratory species that have made Sri Lanka a popular destination amongst bird watching enthusiasts.

Shopping

Enjoy some fun retail therapy in an island paradise! Sri Lanka provides a unique shopping experience that gives you a chance to purchase a wide range of international brands be it Nike, Adidas, Mango, Charles & Keith or Levi’s as well as local fashion at shopping centres such as Odel, House of Fashion & Glitz. Gems, spices, handicrafts, batiks and Ceylon tea provide shopping with a local flavour.

Surfing

The sun drenched coasts of Sri Lanka offer the ideal environment in which to head off to sea and enjoy some fun surfing action. Areas such as Hikkaduwa, Midigama and Arugam Bay offer plenty of surf-worthy waves during the surfing season providing an exciting adventure in the Indian Ocean for novices and pros alike.
White Water Rafting
Promising a thrilling ride on the rapids, white water rafting is an adrenaline pumping activity that offers plenty of fun thrills and spills for young and old alike. Kitulgala is the premier spot for such activities and the major and minor rapids in this area provide an action packed ride on the water amidst breathtaking natural scenery.

Nature Trekking

Discover a land like no other, while embarking on a nature trek in Sri Lanka, from ancient forests seemingly lost in time to nature reserves that are home to endemic flora & fauna. The mist shrouded Knuckles Mountain Range, the lush tea estates of Nuwara Eliya and the diverse Horton Plains National Park are just some of the sites one can plan trekking excursions to.

Camping

Experience the breathtaking beauty and secluded serenity of Sri Lanka’s natural splendour when on camping trips in the island. A perfect way to get close with nature, such outings also give you the chance to enjoy trekking and hiking adventures that provide plenty of opportunities to witness the rich biodiversity of local flora & fauna.

Cycling

Go off the beaten track using good old fashioned pedal power and discover the cultural, historical and natural richness of Sri Lanka. Cycling amidst lively town streets, traditional villages, cultural sites and lush green escapes is an ideal way to experience the island’s diversity which provides fun activities that the whole family can enjoy as well.

Train Rides

With the island’s well connected railway lines, train rides provide the ideal mode of transport for those looking to truly soak up the enchanting atmosphere of Sri Lanka. From train rides along the sun kissed shores of the island’s South Coast to the hill country amidst mountains blanketed in emerald tea bushes, these journeys are just as captivating as the destinations they take you to.

Diving

Descend to a breathtaking underwater world and uncover the mysteries of the deep with diving excursions in Sri Lanka. Home to colourful corals and a vivid array of marine life, the clear waters that surround the island are perfect for divers looking for adventure beneath the waves. One can also explore the many shipwrecks that lie off the coasts, some of which date back to colonial times.

Snorkelling

Explore the wonders of a vibrant underwater world on a thrilling snorkelling excursion that provides a glimpse into life under the waves. Snorkelling in Sri Lanka can be enjoyed by the entire family and is a popular activity that can be engaged in around the island, letting you see colourful coral and a vivid array of marine life that call these waters home.

Walking City Tour

The best way to explore a destination sometimes is by foot and a walking city tour accompanied by a guide is an ideal way to see local attractions and places of interest. Such tours give you a chance to not only get a real feel of city life, but also go off the beaten track and enjoy experiences and encounters that one may otherwise miss when sightseeing.

Safari

Embark on a captivating safari in Sri Lanka where one will come face to face with the island’s exotic wildlife. From leopard safaris in the Yala National Park to elephant safaris in the Minneriya National Park, these safaris provide a thrilling journey that also gives you a chance to spot everything from bears to deer and crocodiles to a wide variety of birdlife.

Turtle Watching

The shores of Sri Lanka provide an ideal place in which to engage in some turtle watching, giving you the chance to see these endangered creatures be it during nesting or when baby hatchlings make their way to sea. The Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and the Rekawa Turtle Sanctuary are amongst the sites one can enjoy some turtle watching and get to know more about their conservation too.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Offering a laidback sightseeing adventure, canoeing or kayaking takes you on a fun journey along the island’s waterways. From lagoons to swamps, these areas are perfect for such activities and let you explore the rich natural landscapes that can be found bordering them, which are home to a fascinating range of flora and fauna.

Ayurveda Treatments

Based on ancient healing rituals and traditions, our Sri Lankan Ayurveda treatments provide holistic healing that help bring about peace for mind, body and soul. Utilising all natural herbs and ointments, such treatments which include head and body massages and herbal baths, help you unwind and restore that inner peace.