SPORTS & ADVENTURE
With an unending and beautiful coastline plus mountains, lakes, rivers and rainforests the facilities for sports and adventure are unlimited in this green land. Golf, surfing, white-water rafting, canoeing, ballooning, cycling, trekking, camping are some of the favourite items on the itinerary of any interested visitors to the island. Many visit Sri Lanka for water sports such as rafting, canoeing and wind and kite surfing. Those who love action-packed rafting adventure must try the exciting ride starting from Kitulgala along the famous Kelani River.
The very famous Arugam Bay is considered amongst the top 10 surf points in the world. It is the most popular surfing destination in Sri Lanka. The best time for surfing at Arugambay is between May and November.
White Water Rafting at KITULGALA
Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning film The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations of the bridge (and, supposedly, the submerged train cars that plunged into the river in the climactic scene). Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometres upstream.
Surfing at ARUGAM BAY
Arugam Bay is a bay situated in in the dry zone of Sri Lanka's southeast coast. The bay is located 320 km due east of Colombo. Locally known "Ullai" as Arugam Bay is a popular surfing and tourist destination. Beyond surfing there are many things that can be enjoyable, Lagoon tour, bird watching, elephant watching, Kumana National Park, Kudumpigala monarchy and many ancient ruins & archaeological sites. After the war ended, there are a lot of tourist not only surfers but many nature lovers visiting Arugam Bay.
Snorkelling at PIGEON ISLAND (Trincomalee)
Pigeon Island National Park is one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka. The national park is situated 1 km off the coast of Nilaveli, a coastal town in Eastern Province, encompassing a total area of 471.429 hectares. The island's name derives from the Rock Pigeon which has colonized it. The national park contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. Pigeon Island was designated as a sanctuary in 1963. In 2003 it was redesignated as a national park. This national park is the 17th in Sri Lanka. The island was used as a shooting range during the colonial era.Pigeon Island is one of the several protected areas affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004
Golf : Royal Golf Club - Colombo
The Royal Colombo Golf Club is the oldest Golf Club in Sri Lanka. Established in 1880, it is located in the capital city of Colombo at the The Ridgeway Links also known as the Anderson Golf Course. It is home to the Sri Lanka Golf Union, the governing body of Golf in Sri Lanka and maintains links with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Hot Air Ballooning at Dambulla/Sigiriya Area
The most popular Hot Air Ballooning sites in Sri Lanka are at Sigiriya, Dambulla & Uda Walawe. The Hot Air Balloon ride lasts for approximately an hour. The total ballooning experience is approximately 3- 4 hours; including picking up the guests from the hotel, the preparation and inflation of the balloon, flight briefing, takeoff, the flight, landing & retrieval plus return to your hotel after a champagne breakfast The ride that is reserved exclusively for the guests find its best timings within 2 hours of sunrise or two hours of sunset. Steady Weather conditions being important, most of the balloon operators prefer to operate the flights in the early morning.