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Most thrilling water sporting activities to try out in Sri Lanka - Wave away!

Sri Lanka is an island that's compact in nature, it, however, boats a variety of sports and activities all around. For this list, let's check out the water sporting activities to try out.


White water rafting

White water rafting

When you think of water sports in Sri Lanka, the first activity that pops into mind is white water rafting. And if you're thinking of locations for this, there's one iconic place that always stands out. The gorgeous Kelani River in Kithulgala is well known for white water rafting. You can travel with a group of three to six people and there will be many rafting service providers to assist you. They will help you with the necessary equipment and even guide you on how you can manoeuvre the boat, especially on rapids and minors in the river. Kitulgala is not limited to white water rafting, you can also find stream slides, river camping and even confidence jumps.



Being surrounded by the ocean is a blessing and the sailing scene is all the more inviting. You can explore all of Sri Lanka's coasts in style by simply hopping aboard a sailing cruise. You have a choice between the north, west, south or east coast to explore, depending on the time of the year that you visit. If you pick a sailing holiday you will witness amazing landscapes and breathtakingly pristine beaches. Famous places for this sport would be the North-East coast, the southern coast as well as Bolgoda Lake.



If you're looking for an all-around activity that covers surfing, windsurfing, paragliding, gymnastics and even snowboarding, look no further than kite surfing. Using a large power kite, you can harness the wind power and direction. This comes attached to the kiteboard, upon which you are held firm using foot straps. Kalpitiya is an extremely popular location for this activity. Its consistent windy conditions, the narrow sandbar that separates the lagoon from the ocean which creates perfect waves all lend to its popularity. While it has the best beach for the sport, you'll also find lines of school prepared to provide you with both equipment and lessons should you need them. And once you learn the proper techniques it's a purely addictive sport. Travelling by air is a great way to cover the coastal regions of the island, and Cinnamon Air provides an effortless service.


Jet skiing

Jet skiing

The most exciting part about Jet skiing is that it's like riding a bike on water. This ideal sport or activity find a perfect home in Sri Lanka. You'll find that it's available in almost all parts of the island in its coastal areas as well as in lakes and lagoons within the country. Bentota is an ideal location to try the sport. Located in the south-west it has many sports centres that offer it. You'll also come across it in Unawatuna beach, Kalpitiya beach, Negombo lagoon, Negombo beach, Passikuda beach as well as in Gregory Lake in Nuwara Eliya.