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.