Sri Lanka’s landscape enriched with jungles, mountains, giant rocks, balmy ocean water, rainforests, and hills is a paradise for sports and adventures. Mountain hiking, jungle trekking, hot air ballooning, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, kitesurfing, windsurfing, white water rafting, and zip-lining are some of the exciting outbound activities in Sri Lanka, to experience. The Sinharaja Forest is the last-remaining Sri Lankan primary rainforest you can trek through. Knuckles mountain range consists of an undisturbed forest cover to hike through discovering many wonders. Mirissa, Arugam Bay, Weligama, and Hikkaduwa are fabulous surf spots. The southern coast is scattered with reefs and wrecks, setting the scene for mesmerising dives. While Pidurangala, Ella Rock, and Little Adam’s Peak are the most rewarding rocks to climb, Adam’s Peak is the most sacred mountain to climb in Sri Lanka. Kalpitiya Peninsula and Pigeon Island are exceptional watersport destinations. There are various adventure hotels in Sri Lanka designed for leisure activities.
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It is Sri Lanka’s white water rafting haven. Stretch of Kelani River in Kitulgala provides varying levels of white water rafting and canoeing opportunities. ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ was filmed here.
Kapitiya peninsula in the northwest is considered the island’s best kitesurfing spot. It also has ideal conditions for windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, water skiing, paddle boarding, and kayaking.
Sri Lanka’s No.1 surf spot is also one of the world’s best. The Main Point is the most popular, and it is a right-hand point break, powered by a reef bottom. July to September sees the arrival of the best waves.
The east coast, especially Trincomalee and Pasikudah, offers top-notch scuba diving, tranquil coves for snorkelling through reefs, and sailing. It is also home to Pigeon Island marine national park.
The 2243m tall mountain in the central highlands of Sri Lanka has the sacred footprint revered by all religions. Climbing it in the night is the tradition to catch the most imposing sunrise in the whole of Asia.
This ancient monument-packed land is the best place for hot air ballooning in Sri Lanka. The countryside of the island’s central plains has the best bird’s eye view and the best leisure activities in Sri Lanka.
Tips to remember
- Always wear protective gear when required.
- Never wander off a nature trail by yourself.
- Do not attempt activities by yourself.
- Always carry essentials.
- Be aware of the dangers.
- Research the day’s weather.
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