Activities to do in Sri Lanka

Hot Air Balloon Rides

Hot air balloon rides are becoming very popular activity with breathtaking views from the top, Flying over the jungle you may see elephants roaming freely, water buffaloes standing in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees. After an exhilarating flight over the jungle you will be welcomed on landing by friendly villagers who are happy to help pack away the balloon.

*Due to monsoon rains hot ballon rides operate from Setptember to April only

Bird Watching

Sri Lanka is a remarkable country for birds. Although small, it has a wide range of climate and habitat and over 435 species of birds. Out of these,235 are resident and these include the most important 33 species that are recognizes as endemic to the country. A further 198 species have been recorded as migrants to country. The majority of these migrate to Sri Lanka during the northern winter and present from about August/September to April/May. In contrast, pelagic species of seabirds like Shearwaters, Petrels, Storm-Petrels etc migrate to Sri Lankan waters from southern oceanic islands during the southern hemisphere`s winter. Of the migrants, about 100 species regularly visit the country. The rest are occasional visitors and vagrants.

Sinharaja rain forest, Horton Planis and Bundala national are the very best parks for bird watching

Camping In Yala/Wilphathu ( Leopard Trekking)

Forget any ideas about cramped tents and sitting on the ground for meals – this is camping in style! The camp is set up prior to your arrival, chairs and tables, flushable toilets, showers and even cold beer. On your return from the safaris, you will be welcomed with a hearty meal in a magical setting – the whole area is lit up by a roaring campfire. So sit back, relax and let the experienced staff cater to your every need.

Explore Rural Village

Explore the Village of Habarana by Bullock cart Ride, then get on to a Canoe, A nature trail through an isolated tank getting on to a traditional canoe of a villager passing through the lake full of water Lillie, Lotus flowers and very rare water birds and getting into his plantation called a CHENA . Also you can enjoy Truly Sri Lankan Village meal at his simple village house.

Diving & Snorkeling

Often referred to as the ‘pearl in the Indian Ocean', Sri Lanka offers world-class Scuba-Diving and Snorkeling tours. A multitude of tropical fish, magnificently colourful coral reefs and fascinating ship wrecks can be explored at several locations off the south coast of Sri Lanka .

HIKKADUWA , Unawatuna, Trincomalee, & Kalpitiya provide breathtaking snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. In the west of Sri Lanka , head to ‘Bar Reef' (Sri Lanka's largest reef, easily accessible from the Puttalam district town of KALPITIYA , spanning an impressive 3 nautical miles in length and 1 nautical mile in breadth). But for the country's ‘pièce de resistance', Pigeon Island , off Nilaveli (just north of TRINCOMALEE ) is a paradise of turquoise-colored waters and abundant fish and coral life make it the ultimate underwater experience.

All underwater activities are conducted by well-trained and experienced UDI and PADI instructors to ensure your absolute safety and enjoyment.

Due to the monsoon seasons, west & south coast diving and snorkeling is generally best from November to April whilst the east coast waters are at their calmest April – September.

Hill Country Train Ride

Catch the Train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya one of the most scenic train rides in Sri Lanka through tea estates, lush green forest and serene water falls.

White Water Rafting - kitulgala

The Kitulgala whitewater rafting that would take about 90 minutes runs for 6.5km with five rapids graded 2 and 3. The Rapids with their own distinctive characters are aptly named: Head Chopper, Virgin's Breast, Butter Crunch, Killer Fall and the Rib Cage.

Meditation

From ancient times human beings have searched for "wisdom" and tried to connect with a "higher consciousness". Different names have been given to this search. Wars have been fought over the differences. Countries have united over the similarities. In the philosophies of the East, one strand has consistently run through the different schools of thought. This strand is the instinctive knowledge that we need to discipline the body, still the mind and look within us to find a higher consciousness.

The core of Buddhist philosophy is the practice of Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration facilitating a developed mind. Detachment and objectivity are essential to clear thinking which enables a person to assess a given situation without bias, in dealing with problems personal or otherwise. Meditation is an invaluable aid towards this end. Buddhist practice of meditation is to cultivate an attitude of learning to see things as they really are. It also provides a cushioning effect to the routine stresses of life, meditation is also the path to the ultimate goal in Buddhism being Nibbana. In this state of mind, one completely transcends the notion of self.

We will arrange accommodation in a Buddhist Temple or Monastery during your spiritual Holiday. You will be guided by Buddhist Monks on meditation and experienced Yoga specialists will provide you Yoga lessons. In this Spiritual Holiday you will learn to live with the nature.

Usually for beginners course runs around 3 weeks.

Surfing

Beaches are not just for sunbathing on, as any surfer will tell you. Especially in Sri Lanka, one of the most reliable surf destinations in the Indian Ocean. Since the early 60’s Sri Lanka attracts surfers from all over the world.

The best surf points in Sri Lanka are located on the South and East Coast with Hikkaduwa and Arugam Bay being the busiest.

Tea Trail

Visit the Hill CountryTea plantation, Ever wondered what a tea-plucker has to go through to bring you your heavenly cup of tea, in here Guests are absorbed into life on a working tea estate. Professionals will teach you everything you need to know about the perfect brew. The unique Tea Experience tour with the tea planter in residence will show you the wonders of Camellia Sinensis (the botanical name for tea). Also Being Fair-trade certified qualifies the estate in many key areas of Social and Economical development in te rms of the welfare of the workforce and related issues and in the development of the Environment.

We will arrange accommodation in a Buddhist Temple or Monastery during your spiritual Holiday. You will be guided by Buddhist Monks on meditation and experienced Yoga specialists will provide you Yoga lessons. In this Spiritual Holiday you will learn to live with the nature. Usually for beginners course runs around 3 weeks.

Trekking & Hiking

We Feel Lanka offers you great outdoor activities such as mountain climbing and water fall trekking in Misty Hills through cloud forests, Altitude about 1600 meters above sea level.

Towards the middle of the country, the landscape changes and mountains start to appear. Colored with a mixture of various shades in lush blue and green, the mountains dominate with majesty. Trek to the top of a mountain and see the heaven below you. Clad in veils of mist, these mountains harbor a paradise of wildlife and plant life.

Trek up to the top of a waterfall and experience the breathtaking view from above the sheets of water cascading from the hill tops. Sri Lanka harbors some of the world’s most scenic waterfalls. Sri Lanka has over 180 waterfalls spread throughout the country. Unpolluted by the civilization, a trek to a waterfall buried deep in the forest will test the travelers’ energy, but the beauty of a waterfall with its water sweet and fresh from the fountains will erase all the hardship of the journey.

Whale & Dolphin Watching

Who would have guessed that large numbers of Blue and Sperm Whales inhabit the salty depths just off the island? Imagine a massive Whale breaking the surface a matter of yards from your boat to rise gracefully out of the water and plunge back in! You would be joining thousands of others who have experienced this thrilling drama unfold before their eyes – a most unforgettable sight. Dolphins too have made the waters around Sri Lanka their home and would readily pop out of the water in their hundreds to provide you with vivid pictures and pleasant memories.