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10 Adventurous Activities to experience in Sri Lanka

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This compact island lies in the Indian Ocean of South Asia. Although it is a small nation, this country provides a wide range of Sri Lanka private tours including safari tours, heritage site visits, beach tours, and the list keeps adding. With several numbers of adventure destinations, Sri Lanka is also most popular for adventurous activities. Go through the list below to find out the best adventurous activities to plan your Sri Lanka Luxury Holidays.

Cycling Tours

As a geographically and environmentally diverse land, Sri Lanka is full of highways, byways and highlands, spread with lumpy and uneven roads. So there is no better way to see and experience the beauty of this land than from a bike tour. Get lost in the cultural cities and villages or ride through picturesque mountains sculpted with tea plantations to experience a ride of a lifetime. Simply ride the bike on bumpy, rocky and gravity-defying trails to go on a cycling trip from the Kandy city passing the neighbouring countryside. Take a moment to observe the surrounding villages, Mahaweli riverbank, tea estates, rice paddy fields, waterfalls, flora and fauna while cycling. Or embark on a city cycling tour in Galle, for encountering the activities of the local people and fishermen. Make sure to hire an experienced Sri Lanka travel guide to make your life easy while biking along unfamiliar streets.


Surrounded by tranquil beaches, Sri Lanka is a year-round surfer’s heaven for the Sri Lanka tour and beach holiday explorers. Arugam Bay is one of the very popular surfing destinations in Sri Lanka. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, this is the right spot to quench your surfing desires in the high season of April to October. Hikkaduwa, Midigama, Mirissa, Okanda, Pottuvil, Unawatuna and Weligama are the other renowned and attractive surfing points in Sri Lanka. Surfers can also take part in annual surfing championships, conducted during the high season in Arugam Bay and Hikkaduwa.

Scuba Diving & Wreck Diving

Although Sri Lanka has many Scuba Diving and Wreck Diving spots, Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna are the most popular places for wreck diving, exploring reefs and marine life in the Ocean. Even if you are not an experienced diver, obtaining a PADI Diving Course from an accredited Sri Lankan Diving School can help you accomplish this adventure. Cargo Wreck, Panadura Wreck, HMS Hermes, British Sergeant and Boiler Wrecks are the popular Wreck diving spots. Barracuda Reef, Taprobane Reefs and Goda Gala Diyamba are Sri Lanka’s leading Scuba Diving spots.

White Water Rafting

The wide Kelani river area at Kitulgala makes this place perfect for white water rafting in Sri Lanka. Having good physical health and fitness is a must for taking part in this recreational activity. Rafters will be provided with personal floating life jackets, helmets and accompanied by professional and experienced white water rafting guides, in order to uphold maximum safety throughout the excursion. Beside white water rafting, this place offers bird watching, rainforest trekking, waterfall abseiling, mountain biking and forest camping activities for the water sports enthusiasts.

Wildlife Safari

As a biodiverse terrain, Sri Lanka comprises nearly 16 number of wildlife sanctuaries. Many Sri Lanka wildlife tours now offer jeep safaris and tented safari camping for the wildlife enthusiasts. The choice is up to you! Observe wild animals and birds ambling in their natural environment and spot some astonishing sceneries throughout the safari. Yala, Wilpattu, Minneriya, Wasgamuwa, Udawalawe, Bundala, Gal Oya, Kaudulla, Kumana, Sinharaja and Horton Plains are the most visited wildlife safari destinations in Sri Lanka.

Hiking & Trekking

With highly diverse landscapes, Sri Lanka consists of a huge number of trekking and hiking destinations. Trek through the jungle, across paddy fields and walk up the up mountains of Belihuloya. Hike through Adam’s Peak and reach the top before dawn for exploring the glory of the sunrise. Hike in the Knuckles mountain range to discover the beauty of neighbouring rivers, tea estates, waterfalls and paddy fields. Or, if you are not interested in burning calories, then take a tuk-tuk ride and tea estate trail to the hill country.

Hot Air Balloon Tours

Want to discover the beauty of Sri Lanka from a bird’s eye view? A hot air balloon tour in Sri Lanka is the great way to explore the country with a quiet ride beneath the blue sky. Most of the tours are commenced typically soon after the sunrise and available from the north central plains. Start your journey with fresh air and the first rays of the day. Experience the panorama of the lakes, rivers, cultural sites, jungles, villages and cities, while floating in the air. This remarkable excursion will certainly make your travel in Sri Lanka extraordinary. October to April is the best season for hot air ballooning due to light winds and lack of rain.

Whale Watching

The whale watching season in Sri Lanka starts from November to April and month of May to October and cruises are operated from Galle and Trincomalee. It is the best opportunity to closely witness the largest living mammals like spinning dolphins, blue whales, Fin whales in the Indian Ocean. Mirissa, Kalpitiya and Trincomalee are the major renowned spots for whale watching in Sri Lanka. Reserve your seat today for whale watching with the supervision of expert and professional naval crew.

Rock Climbing

Take the challenge of rock climbing to check your mental and physical confidence. Whether you are a novice or an expert climber, a qualified and expert climber will be there to guide through the rock climbing adventure. It is also advisable to climb as a group than alone and make sure to conduct a safety check prior to climbing. People with Vertigo should avoid rock climbing as the view from the top of the rock will be very steep. Bambarakanda Falls, Knuckles Mountain Range, Ella, Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Horton Plains and Buttala are the popular rock climbing destinations.

Tuk Tuk Safari

While your Sri Lanka tour, book a tuk tuk safari to roam around the bustle streets in Colombo. It is the easiest and fun way of sightseeing the best places to visit in Sri Lanka. You will see many street shops, restaurants, five-star hotels, street food stalls, shopping malls and much more during the tuk tuk journey. So, sit back and hold tight to explore Colombo in a tuk tuk.

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