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05 Exciting Adventure Activities in Sri Lanka – Captivating Thrills Galore!

While there are plenty of days you can enjoy lazing in the sun and sand in Sri Lanka, thrill-seekers will be pleased to know there is an equal amount of adventure too! Here are some of the best activities to try for a truly excitement-filled holiday.


White Water Rafting

One of the best adventure activities in Sri Lanka, white water rafting in the island can be enjoyed by both novices and seasoned pros. The main hotspot for this activity is Kitulgala along an area of the Kelani River. The rapids here range from grade 2 to 3+ and provide a rip-roaring ride along the river amidst rocks and boulders. The great thing is, apart from white water rafting you can look forward to canyoning, waterfall abseiling and taking confidence jumps in Kitulgala too.



Surfing in Sri Lanka is a not to be missed activity and surfers from around the world come here each year; this is especially true when it comes to the locale known as Arugam Bay on the east coast which is one of the best surfing destinations in Asia. Waves can reach heights between 1.5 to 2.5 metres and surfing hotspots in the region include the Main Point, Whisky Point and Elephant Rock. The south coast also offers plenty of surfing fun at places like Hikkaduwa and Midigama for both beginners and seasoned surfers.



The island is blessed with some stunning natural beauty which can be witnessed on treks, especially at places like the Knuckles Mountain Range. Shaped like a clenched fist, this mountain range can be found in the Central Highlands; those looking for the best Kandy hotels from which to head on excursions here can consider the likes of Earl's Regent Kandy. Once at the Knuckles Mountain Range, you will find mist-shrouded cloud and montane forests, terraced paddy fields, picturesque waterfalls and views that are truly unforgettable.


Wildlife Safaris

For those looking forward to animal encounters, wildlife safaris in Sri Lanka are not to be missed. The island has many national parks some of which are famed for offering sightings of particular animals; these include Yala and Wilpattu where one can spot the Sri Lankan leopard and Udawalawe and Minneriya home to the Sri Lankan elephant. You will have a chance to see many other exotic wildlife too; sloth bears, toque macaques, spotted deer, water buffaloes, mugger crocodiles and not forgetting a vast number of endemic and migratory birds can be spotted on a safari in the wilds of Sri Lanka.


Hot Air Balloon Ride

Not all adventurous activities have to involve fast-paced action; a case in point is taking a hot air balloon ride in Sri Lanka! This is a popular activity to try in the Cultural Triangle, especially in Dambulla. Such experiences usually begin early in the morning and will take passengers to heights that range from 500 to 2,000 feet. On this voyage across the skies, you will get a unique perspective of the beauty below including jungle landscapes, paddy fields, various wildlife and the inspiring Sigiriya rock fortress.

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