KALPITIYA DOLPHIN AND WHALE WATCHING
Kalpitiya is the best place for dolphin watching during the season from November to March. It is popular for whale watching too. Whales are regularly seen around Kalpitiya Peninsula. Boat trips take off from Kalpitiya to catch the sights of sperm whales and occasionally the Blue Whales. The sperm whale is the longest of the toothed whales in the world; whereas the blue whales are the largest and heaviest animal in the world. Mostly the season for whale watching is from December to mid -April.
Boat tours for dolphin watching too are carried out by the trained and certified guides. There are well capable of identifying and briefing the type of dolphins.
CAMPING SITE AT RIVERSTONE FOREST RESERVE
Camping site is surrounded by a thick forest and approximately 4 km inside the thick jungle. A team of experts are there to provide you all the facilities and the security including an expert trekker and a folk countryman. Cottages made using all natural resources such as timber wood plants, and roofed with dried reed & rushes .You will be given proper tents as per your preferences, if the weather condition permits to do so. Proper illumination and the supply of water for the camp site will be sourced through solar power panels. You would be provided a camp fire, BBQ and a three piece oriental music band to enjoy the local music till mid night.
HIKING AND TREKKING
Sri Lanka provide the opportunity for amazing treks and hikes, 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 a unique experience. The river and numerous waterfalls in Sri Lanka are another key attraction that allows hikers and trekkers to enjoy.
Horton Plains National Park offers some excellent hikes in an unusual environment. Adam’s Peak, Ella, Namunukula and Knuckles mountain range are some of hiking trails in Sri Lanka.
BOAT SAFARI TO PLEASURE ISLAND
You can hire a boat and proceed to a small island in the middle of Dambulla Reservoir in an eco-friendly environment, located 1.5 km away from the bank of the reservoir. You could enjoy your day outing & relax in the shades even after, a bath in shallow and safe bathing area. Reasonable meals could also be ordered in advance.
MADU RIVER BOAT SAFARI
Madu River is the second biggest wetland in Sri Lanka and included in most road trips of Sri Lanka. Same times the Madu River is the only Ramsar wetland in the country. Madu River is one of the very fragile and important ecosystems in Sri Lanka. The boat ride is a wonderful way to take a closer look at this complex wetland ecosystem. It is located south of Bentota and about 70 KM from Colombo.
WHITE WATER RAFTING
Kitulagala is a town located in West of the road from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. It’s a town located in amid tickly forest hills. The Kitulgala’s main attraction is White water rafting where you can ride the tides of Kelani River.
The main bird sanctuary in Sri Lanka is the Kumana National Park which is considered one of the most important nesting and breeding grounds in Sri Lanka. The other places are the Sinharaja Rain Forest, Kitulgala Forest Reserve, Wilpattu, Udawalawe, Wasgamuwa, Minneriya and Horton Plains National Parks.
An elephant ride Sri Lanka will be great opportunity. During an elephant ride, the passengers would be safely carried in wooden saddle. Habarana is the most popular location for elephant safari rides. It is located 210km north east from Colombo.
A wide range of national parks, nature reserves and safari lodges and camps have been established throughout Sri Lanka. Plenty of wildlife to see and lots to do. Horton Plains nature park, Yala, Udawalawa, Wilpattu and Minneriya national parks are some places that can take safari experience.
Cycling in Sri Lanka is an excellent way to enjoy the lovely sceneries of Sri Lanka. Cycling through rice fields and rural villages; through hill country, taking the coastal roads of the South Western and southern coastal belt, riding over the cultural triangle and ruins of ancient Sri Lanka reward all the cycling enthusiasts in invaluable scale and scope.Cycling anywhere else in Sri Lanka is going to involve riding both up and down hills and probably quite a lot of them.
There are so many water sports in Sri Lanka. Enjoy surfing in Hikkaduwa, jet ski riding, boogie boarding in Bentota, kite surfing in Kalpitiya, snorkeling in pigeon island and windsurfing in Arugam Bay.
Sri Lanka is an amazing dive destination. There are many Scuba Diving sites in Sri Lanka that spread out across the Western, Southern and Eastern coasts of the island. These locations are of such variety and beauty enabling. Hikkaduwa, Trincomalee, and Batticalo are some popular places for diving in Sri Lanka.
Hikkaduwa is brilliant coral reef and bountiful underwater ecosystem makes it one of the best locations in the country for snorkelling excursions in particular. Hikkaduwa offers excellent snorkelling opportunities very close to the shore. This magnificent underwater ecosystem now declared is home to over 60 species of corals and 170 species of reef fish, a number of species of sea turtle and other marine creatures.
Snorkeling in Hikkaduwa also offers visitors the opportunity to explore a number of ship wrecks, some of them still well preserved, found lying at varying depths of the ocean bed.
Trincomalee, Bentota, Kalpitiya, Unawatuna and Negombo are some of other best places for snorkeling.
Surfing is one of the popular sports in Sri Lanka among foreign tourists. Surfing in Sri Lanka is a nice mix of travel adventure, beautiful beaches, and wonderful surf. The country has many beaches for surfing, especially in the southern and eastern regions. Places such as Arugam Bay, Hikkaduwa, Weligama, Mirissa and Unawatuna are popular surf spots in Sri Lanka.
Bentota of the South-western coast is a wind surfer’s paradise: the waves, the surf, blue waters and the palm fringed sandy beaches all bring about an exhilarating beach experience.
The Hikkaduwa beach which is protected by a reef is famous for windsurfing.
Negombo beach affords the opportunity to windsurf all year round.
Arugam Bay on the Eastern Coastal belt of Sri Lanka is a world class professional windsurfing beach.
Kalpitiya is three hours from Sri Lankan main airport and the Peninsula which stretches over 40 kilometers, it is popular among kite surfers of all levels. The reliable wind, shallow depths of the lagoons filled with flat water yielding an idyllic setting for not only free riders, wake style literature but also to newbies as well. In Kalpitiya there are two distinct kite seasons – summer season which runs May to October and winter season from mid-December to mid-March.
Puttalam, Mannar, Negombo, Arugam Bay, Weligama, Unawatuna, Galle, and Hikkaduwa are other spots for kitesurfing.
HOT AIR BALLOONING
Hot Air Ballooning is a great way to see Sri Lanka, it provides an unforgettable experience. Hot Air Ballooning is an adventure activity which floats on an unknown flight path with the breeze 1000 – 2000 feet above. It gives a view of spectacular sunrise across the Kandalama tank, the fishermen beneath, the mountains, the green forests and Sigiriya on the other.
The train trip from Ella to Kandy in Sri Lanka, or the other way around, is considered to be one of the most beautiful train trips in the world. This train ride is seven hours long and takes through stunning landscapes of green and lush tea plantations and mountain views.
The Kandy Esala Perahera is a festival held in July and August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. The procession consists of traditional local dances such as fire-dances, whip-dances, Kandyan dances and various other cultural dances. And also lavishly decorated elephants.
Traveling and taking part in a Yoga retreat is a wonderful way to fill your cup and enhance wellness. A Sri Lanka yoga retreat is a great way to spend holiday and nurture spirituality. Many yoga retreats in Sri Lanka offer beach resorts as lodging.