Sri Lanka is a bird watching paradise with a large number of birds. The best part of it is that there is no on and off season for bird watching since the climate is quite consistent throughout the year. Sri Lanka is home to about 400 species of birds in which 23 is said to be endemic. A lot of birds that use to migrate can be found in Sri Lanka.
Places: Yala | Kumana | Wilpattu | Kalamatiya Kandalama Sanctuary | Udawattekale Sanctuary | Sinharaja Forest | Kitulgala Forest Reserve
Train travel is one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to see the country. You get to enjoy the most spectacular scenery while still having the opportunity to grab some food, talk to locals and meet fellow travelers. You can also get off at any station you like and get as adventures as possible.
Best Tracks: Colombo to Kandy | Hatton to Badulla
Imagine yourself floating gracefully over the spectacular lands of Sri Lanka with beautiful rivers, magical forests, green mountains and ancient historical sites. Hot air ballooning is a relatively new activity, but it’s gaining more popularity each year. It’s a unique way to see the country and there are no two routes alike so you are guaranteed to have a unique experience.
Locations where you can get the experience: Sigiriya | Dambulla
One of the many reasons as to why people visit Sri Lanka is because of its very diverse wildlife. From flora to fauna, a lot of species are only endemic to Sri Lanka. A lot of people, even the locals come to nature reserves and forests to get a glimpse of rare creatures for maybe once in their whole lifetime. A lot of nature reserves and sanctuaries are in Sri Lanka in order to protect the wildlife from human interests that might harm the animals including poaching.
National Parks: Yala | Wilpattu | Wasgamauwa | Bundala | Maduru Oya | Horton Plains | Udawalawa | Gal oya | Minneriya | Kaudulla
Sri Lanka is a real paradise for all nature lovers. Yet some places are especially beautiful and draw hundreds of tourists with enchanting scenarios and serene atmosphere. Madu River is located in the south of Sri Lanka near Galle. The water of the river is dotted with small islands and the banks are all covered with lush mangrove forests that are home to dozens of incredible animal species. Enjoy hundreds of vibrant tropical birds and a few crocodiles if you’re lucky enough. These creatures are pretty rare and don’t like crowds.
River Safari: Madu River | Kaluthara
Camping in Sri Lanka can be the best experience you can have while being close to nature. Amidst the scenic jungle location you have a chance to go for rainforest camping which will allow you to get deeply absorbed in the sound of the water being closer to the fall.
Camping Locations: Horton Plains | Knuckles | Yala | Wilpattu | Udawalawa | Kithugala | Ella
Hiking is usually done up in the Hill country where mountains and water falls are found in abundance. Jungles and nature reserves are also covered during hiking. A bit of bird watching can also be thrown in at the same time.
Best places to hike: Ella Rock & Mini Adam’s Peak | Haputale | Horton Plains | Adam’s Peak | Sigiriya | Damulla | Sinharaja | Kithugala
The most famous place for surfing is the Arugam bay on the East Coast which also happened to host the 2004 National Championships. The usual surfing season is from April to September when it is very windy. Southern Coastal beaches are also famous among surfers.
You can get the surfing experience: Arugam bay | Bentota | Hikkaduwa
Experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KMs. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White Water Rafting Tour in Kitulagala.
Whale watching is one of the most spectacular experiences to have in Sri Lanka. Just imagine these beautiful beings leap gracefully from the sea and swimming right in front of you! Whales are gorgeous mysterious creatures and Sri Lanka is among the best places in the world to watch them in their natural habitat.
Best Locations: Mirissa | Trincomalee | Kalpitiya
One of the favorite recreational activities among tourists. There are several dive sites along Sri Lanka’s coastline, where scuba diving is mostly done, Hikkaduwa beach and Tangalla beach during November to April and Nilaveli from April to September. While diving you will be able to be familiar with the vibrant, rich and breathtakingly beautiful coral reefs and fish
Scuba Diving Sites: Negombo | Bentota | Hikkaduwa | Tangalla | Nilaveli