Hot Air Ballooning Day Tour

Enjoy an experience of a lifetime as you feel the adrenaline rush while drifting off over breathtaking views of the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka. The climb may go unnoticed but in a few seconds, just look down and you will be floating above rugged mountains, lakes, rivers, cultural attractions and green trees. Let the excitement grow as your pilot lets you touch tree tops, close-up on a bird or watch an animal walking in daybreak. Unlike traditional air travel, hot air ballooning is a completely different experience where you feel absolutely no movement after you take off from the ground. You are left in complete silence to indulge in the surroundings of peace and serenity. Hot air ballooning in Sri Lanka is conducted by handpicked pilots who have the necessary qualifications and plenty of experience. Balloons are registered and the crew is fluent in English so as to explain safety measures to passengers in the best possible way. If the weather is even slightly unacceptable, they will not take off the ground. In case of a flight cancellation, guests will be refunded their money. The hot air balloon flight is a complete morning experience, with the meeting point being at Heritance Kandalama hotel at sunrise – as early morning rides offer the best landscape views. The actual ride is about an hour or so but with the time taken from pick up to transfer to preparation of the balloon, flight briefing, takeoff, the flight itself, landing & retrieval and transfer back to hotel, the entire affair takes about 4 hours. On most days, the launch point is at Kandalama but sometimes, depending on the direction and speed of wind, pilots cans change the launch site. Standard pickup points for guests going on the hot air balloon day tour are Habarana, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandalama. Depending on your location, you will be picked up at anywhere between 4.45a.m – 5.15 a.m. Due to the high demand for hot air balloon rides in Sri Lanka, Blue Lanka Tours strongly advice guests to make their reservations well in advance in order to avoid disappointment.

At a glance

Is this day tour for me?

For those seeking adventurous holidays, an exciting hot air balloon ride will give you the thrill of a wingless flight and breathtaking views of all the great attractions. It is best for anyone with a fear of height, travel sickness, heart problems, and pregnant ladies to opt out of this tour.

Can it be tailor-made?

This tour can be customized to your requirements. If you want to make any additional stops, simply inform us in advance and we will make the arrangements.

When to go

November to April is the ideal season for hot air ballooning in Sri Lanka. With February to April being the best months of the year. This activity is not possible during the rest of the year.


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Things you will do

Enjoy amazing sights of the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside

Hot air balloon ride

Champagne breakfast

Continue rest of the day tour with optional visits such as Sigiriya, Habarana, Minneriya

Places you will visit

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Not to miss in this tour

An air travel experience like no other – the smoothest flight of your life

Keep your eyes on the scenery to make sure you don’t miss out on any highlights

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