ADVENTURE AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Adventure activities in Sri Lanka
- Trekking and hiking
- or walking in general is unlimited and a fun way to explore the Nature and Culture in the central highland and some parts of the surrounding lowlands of Sri Lanka.
- Whitewater Rafting
Seven high quality, class III rapids and warm water make the Kelani a premier introduction to the sport of whitewater or an exciting choice for experienced rafters.
Whitewater rafting trips on this river at Avissawella, is a more challenging section of class III-IV rapids than Kitulgala. This stretch of river is runable only during high water levels, during the monsoon season. The lower section of river makes for a fabulous half day family raft trip, whereas the upper section of the river provides some challenging rapids for those seeking a more exhilarating ride.
- Sea Kayakking
- Trips begin from Bentota, a small coastal town where fishing is a busy livelihood for many people. Start the day by paddling up the coast towards Beruwala. By mid-afternoon, we’ll stop at Light House Island for a grilled seafood lunch and some snorkeling in the coral gardens around the island. Then, after a bit of relaxing, we’ll turn our kayaks around and head back to the hotel for the evening. Paddling and swimming in the azure waters make this trip a great mix of exploration and rejuvenation.
Sri Lanka being famous for its wildlife and has many National parks and sanctuaries where you could see animals in their natural habitat.
- Yala (Ruhuna) National Park
- The largest park and is located 309 km South of Colombo on the southeast of the island. The national park is divided into Yala West and Yala East. The Yala West is one of the best parks in the world to observe and photograph leopards. There are about 35 leopards in the park, which possibly is the highest density in the world. Other animals that can be seen in the park are elephants, sloth bear, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, toque monkey, mongoose and crocodiles. Yala East contains a large variety of water birds.
- Gal Oya National Park
- Located 314 km away from Colombo in the Ampara district. The park is surrounded by the largest tank in Sri Lanka-Senanayake Samudra and is renowned for its elephant population of about 150. Between March and July is the ideal time for your visit to this park.
- Udawalawe National Park
- Located 170 km Southeast of Colombo, This park lies within the Ratnapura and Monaragala districts. It is inhabited by elephants, spotted deer, sambhur, water buffaloes, mongoose, bandicoots, foxes, water monitor lizards, crocodiles, wild boars, toque monkeys, grey langur, leopards and various varieties of snakes.
- Wasgamuwa National Park
- Approximately 200 km away from Colombo and lies within the Polonnaruwa and Matale Districts and has the Mahaweli River and Amban River as boundaries. The wildlife includes elephants, wild buffaloes, spotted deer, leopards, sloth bears, water monitors and crocodiles.
- Horton Plains National Park
- Horton Plains National Park is situated some 200 km away from Colombo, amidst hills in Nuwara Eliya district. The most amazing feature of the park is the `World's End' where the southern part of the plains comes to a sudden end and drops almost straight down for 700 m. The park contains a rich variety of birds and animals.
- Wilpattu National Park
- The unique feature of this park is the existence of natural lakes, located in the Northwest coast, approximately 180 km north from Colombo. Nearly sixty lakes and tanks are found spread throughout Wilpattu and is one of the largest and oldest park in Sri Lanka. The Leopard population in Wilpattu is still not yet known.
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka
Pinnawela elephant orphanage since 1975 has grown to become one of the most popular attractions of the country.
Pinnawela, about 80 km northeast of Colombo, has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. One has lost its foot due to a landmine and another is blind and is totally relies on the keepers. The elephant herd in Pinnawela makes the journey to the river twice a day to bathe under the eyes of the tourists. For a few Sri Lankan rupees they are allowed to touch the animals. The sound of cameras clicking increases everytime one of the young elephant babies splashes about in the water. But anyone who wants to take a picture of the babies feeding in the orphanage has to pay extra for the privilege.
A work force of over 100 are employed to care for the herd feeding them and an approximate 14,000 kg of food is needed every day.
Sri Lanka is blessed with the highest waterfall density in the world, with an approximate of 103 rivers and streams. Radiating from the hills, well fed by two half-yearly monsoons, the rivers rush down the mountains forming spectacular waterfalls.
- The highest waterfall in Sri Lanka with a height of 263m (865 feet). It is a seasonal waterfall and is at its peak between October to March. The beauty of the fall is that the whole stream sways to and fro due to the very strong winds blowing across it. A must see sight for all visitors.
- The second highest waterfall with a height of 559 foot. The fall has a folklore attached to it. According to a legend Gods, seeing the heartbreak of a prince whose runaway romance ended in the death of his sweetheart whom he had tried to haul over the Diyaluma precipice, created this beautiful cascade to weep forever in the wilderness.
- A spectacular waterfall situated close to Badulla, an ancient hill capital. Fed by Baduluoya, a tributary of Mahawelli Ganga, the fall is 210 ft high.
- This waterfall is very close to Colombo can be reached off Dedigama-where the famous Kotavehera Dagoba is located. The fall is 35 foot high and presents a breathtaking sight. Literally Galagediyana means large number of stones and it is one of the widest falls in Sri Lanka.
- One of the widest falls which is connected to the legend of Ramayana. The cave hidden behind the falls is believed to be one of the places where Ravana hid Sita. The fall is fed by a tributary of River Kirindi and is visible from the Ella-Wellawaya road. The fall has a height of about 30 foot and plunges over a series of steps into the valley.
- A spectacular waterfall situated close to Colombo. The fall has a height of 100 foot. The name Bopath Ella derives from its perfect heart-shaped head, much like the leaf of the sacred Bo tree. Due to its proximity to Colombo, the fall is a favorite picnic spot.
- Saint Claire
- The widest waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is composed of two waterfalls-"Maha Ella" and "Kuda Ella". "Maha Ella" is 80m high and falls in three cascades down to Kothmale fall. "Kuda Ella" is 60m high and flows to the Kothmale fall too. The fall can be seen clearly from A-7 road, 3 km off Thalawakalle.
- One of the most famous waterfalls of Sri Lanka. The fall is situated in the Devon estate, named after Devon-a pioneer coffee planter. It is gigantic fall, 318 ft high and has several cascades that add to its beauty. The clear space in front of the fall magnifies the gigantic nature of the fall. It can be reached via Hatton-N'Eliya road and it is off Lindula by the roadside.