Sri Lanka is famed for its natural wonders, cultural heritage, delectable curries and warm-hearted people.
But adrenaline lovers, did you know that this island nation is a haven for adventure activities? Land, water, air: you can choose your preference for an adventure and at Sri Lanka, you won’t be disappointed.
Sri Lanka’s hiking trails are for everyone. There are easy, moderate and tough ones for the really experienced. And many of them lead to amazing waterfalls. There’s Adam’s Peak for the truly daring—climb the 5,200 steps to a height of 2,000m above sea level for amazing views; hiking up to Pidurangala will leave you with a great view of Sigiriya fortress and a full view of the valley below; hiking to Meemure might be tough but worth the travel to reach one of the most remote parts of the country; and of course, there’s Knuckles Range in the Central Highlands, where you pass through a mountain rainforest. One can also traverse past the unexplored regions around Yala National Park for a wild adventure. Rock climbing is another great way to soak in the adventure. Be it the Ella Range or Horton Plains, you won’t be disappointed. Try climbing the rock face of Bambarakanda waterfall, the tallest in the island nation.
Sri Lanka is a diver’s paradise. It’s not without reason the country is referred to as the ‘pearl of the Indian Ocean’. Go scuba diving in divine spots along the 1,585km coastline to see hundreds of marine species of corals and fish. There are fabulous shipwreck sights for diving enthusiasts to admire. Unawatuna boasts of many coral reefs and the famous Galle shipwreck, and you can go down at least 30 metres; Mirissa is famed for whale watching but its five dive spots are incredible too; the wreck of the British Sergeant is a draw at Passikudah; the 14 islands of Kalpitiya boasts of Bar Reef, one of the largest in the region; and of course, Weligama is a must-dive area that has the Yala Rock and if lucky, diving with whales! There’s also white water rafting on the Kelaniya Ganga, near Kitulgala, where one can navigate through the rapids for a funfilled ride, or surf the waves at Midigama beach. If you’re not experienced, you can take lessons there too.
Up in the air
You’ve heard of hot air ballooning in Turkey and Egypt but in Sri Lanka, the view below from 2,000 ft above ground is spectacular. Go over treetops, lakes, rivers, valleys, cultural spots and rock formations. It’s best to fly at sunrise to see the world below come alive! There’s the sea plane experience too. These flying boats go across lagoons and reservoirs to give you a near-water view but from above!
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