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.

Summary of the Tour


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When to go

November to April is the ideal season for hot air ballooning in Sri Lanka, with March and April being the best months of the year.This activity is also possible throughout the other months of the year, provided the weather conditions are good.

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.

Plan your visit

Places you will visit

Kandalama / Dambulla

Kandalama / Dambulla

This is where the tour will begin from and take you over the Cave Temple and other green areas of Dambulla.

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Fly above the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and other neighboring areas for a splendid sight. Habarana and Minneriya (optional): Explore the wildlife by road in these two close by towns if time permits after your hot air balloon ride.

Plan your visit



Explore the wildlife by road in these two close by towns if time permits after your hot air balloon ride.

Plan your visit

Things you will do

Await wakeup call from service provider depending on weather conditions (no call means no flight)

Arrive at Heritance Kandalama for your hot air balloon ride

Observe flight preparation and listen to the briefing of safety procedures

Enjoy amazing sights of the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside

Landing and retrieval

Champagne breakfast

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


  • Get a good night’s rest before your hot air balloon ride.
  • Wear clothes that will keep you cool and comfortable as it tends to get hotter as you go further up.
  • Accessories such as headwear and shades are also advisable.
  • Comfortable footwear is a must as you will be standing throughout the duration of the flight.
  • Be patient with flight cancellations as these decisions are made in the best interests of our guests.
  • Stay alert when safety procedures are being advised.
  • Use the restroom before your flight as no facilities are available after takeoff.


  • Don’t dress to impress. Fashionable attire and accessories, and open toed shoes are not recommended.
  • Don’t forget your camera! Keep it ready with the correct lens.
  • Don’t arrive late for your flight because ballooning is very dependent on sunrise and the weather conditions.
  • Don’t eat and drink too much before your ride.
  • Don’t take the flight if you are pregnant, have limited mobility or any other health restrictions.

How they experienced it

Mr. Dinesh the owner of Blue Lanka Tours is really a helpful and supportive guy. This summer me and my friend were planned to visit Sri Lanka and called him. Dinesh made this tour one of the best as he provided us with the plan which really suite us. Even during the trip we changed our mind and he was elastic enough to adjust and cope with us.
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Not to Miss

  • 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

In a Gist

Who is it for

Animal and adventure lovers.

What it covers

You will be taken on a thrilling jeep safari to the famous Udawalawa National Park in Sri Lanka, which is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Comfort Level


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