Whale & Dolphins Watching
Both world’s largest marine and land mammals can be sighted in a few hours in Sri Lanka. Blue whales are mostly seen in the country’s eastern and southern seas.
The ever smiling, mischievous dolphins will put on a show while some of the oldest and the largest sea creatures, the humpback and the blue whales, will nonchalantly glide past you, when you embark on a whale/ dolphin watching excursion off the Southern, Eastern or the West coast of Sri Lanka. The ideal locations for whale watching would be Dondra Point (accessible from Galle, Hikkaduwa and Mirissa) and Trincomalee while the sea off Kalpitiya teems with an abundance of dolphins.
Elephant Back Safaris
Exploring wildlife riding on an elephant’s back would be an unrivaled experience for you. It is not only lets you view wildlife from the back of elephant, but more significantly, provides the unique opportunity to share a day, picnicking with them in the bush, grooming, feeding or swimming with them, or experiencing the pleasure of being close to such magnificent animal; the encounter is truly memorable. Elephant safari in Sri Lanka is an experience by itself. In Sri Lanka Wasgamuwa, Yala, Gal-Oya and Dambulla are the places.
White Water Rafting
After navigating the Virgin’s Breast, you move through another couple of rapids before hitting the Killer Fall, where a sudden 90-degree drop and plenty of churning water really gets the adrenalin going. As the rapids dwindle to a patch of calm waters, the rafters are encouraged to jump in and body raft, just going with the flow past the revering scenery of towering stands of bamboo, fruit trees and palms. And at the end of it all a lavish Sri Lankan buffet awaits. This is the typical fare of a white water rafting experience that is refreshingly Sri Lankan. Sri Lankas most popular place for white water rafting is kithulgala on the pictures Kelani River
Hot Air Ballooning
As the multi-coloured hot-air balloon drifts silently above the forest, adventure takes on a whole new meaning.
Startled by the noise of a sudden burst of gas keeping the balloon aloft, a couple of peacocks take flight directly below the balloon’s basket, their outrageously long iridescent blue and emerald tail feathers streaming behind like a psychedelic jet stream. Several deer dart nervously across a clearing below, but the small herd of elephants continues feeding, utterly unfazed by this aerial intruder.
Balloons that travel with the wind, make for one of the most surreal and tranquil sensations of flight. Following the initial adrenaline rush of the take off, one could settle down to absorb the wonder of the colorful earth below.November to – April Is the Best Season For Hot air ballooning in Sri Lanka
For Bird watching, Sri Lanka is the best county in the world, for it is indeed a birder’s paradise. Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s classic bird watching destinations, with species ranging from delicate bee eaters and colouful kingfishers to majestic water birds and strutting peacocks. You could view birds through the year, because of its favorable climate conditions. Out of total of about 450 species birds, nearly 250 are resident and 33 are endemic.
Most of the endemic birds could be sighted at Sinharaja rainforest, Horton Plains National Park and in the Peak Wilderness Sanctuary.
Horton Plains National Park Nature Trail
Nature lovers consider the view across the worlds end as the most fascinating that could be experienced in the country. Apart from seeing the vast expanse of the southern plain it is also possible to get an unusual aerial view of the tea factory.
Knuckles range is a major eco tourism venue of Sri Lanka and has been declared a World Heritage and Wilderness area. Breath-taking mountain scenery offering mountain trails crossing rivers and tributaries, dense, forests, waterfalls and lush tea plantation adjacent to terraced paddy fields are common features
Game Drive at Yala National Park
Yala is the best known wild life sanctuary in the Sri Lanka due to high concentration of wild animals as well as birdlife .However the presence of a large number of hills rocks and boulders within a short distance of the sea has added to the availability of ideal habitat for wild life which also include lagoons mangroves tanks and beaches .
Among the mammals, leopards, elephants, sloth bear, wild buffalo and spotted deer are the larger ones. The birds population includes sandpipers, jungle fowl , spur fowl , storks , pelicans painted Starks , ibises and many more .
Game Drive Udawalawa National Park
This is a dry zone park which was declared as a national park in 1972. The park falls between the Udawalawe reservoir and the Walawe River and is surrounded by the scenic beauty of the mountain range that keeps on winding endlessly on the Balangoda, Kalthota and Haputale escarpments. This park is famous for its elephants seen in all their playfulness, whole herds of them, adults and babies bathing and playing in the water or feeding.
Game Drive Minneriya National Park
Located in North central Province between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts.
Galle City Tour
The fortress which has been declared a World heritage site was first by the Portuguese in the early 16thcentury
The most spectacular feature of the fortress area is the natural formation of the peninsula and the resulting natural harbor. The ramparts built around the peninsula has made the entire peninsula a fortress. The buildings are so strong than it is very likely that most structures will remain for centuries .
Sinharaja Forest Tracking
The world heritage site of sinharaja Forest is spread over an area of 11187 ha., 21 km lang 3.7km wide .
Sinharaja is firstly , a Sri Lankan heritage for many reasons . It is an undisturbed expanse of primary rain forest and it is also considered the last patch of lowland evergreen forest still intact in the island. The solitude in the silent forest is so over whelming than man finds it to be the most impenetrable wilderness in Sri Lanka.