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Adventure Sports


For a mixture of activities, visitors can stay at an adventure park located in scenic countryside in the mountainous region of Sri Lanka. Here it is possible to paraglide from the mountain tops floating like a bird over the forests and lakes, to enjoy rope sports such as abseiling down a rock face or scaling almost sheer rocks. For less strenuous activities, contemplate nature while paddling a canoe on a scenic lake, or do a spot of bird watching in the surrounding forest.

Land Adventure
Hiking - Hiking is a delightful way to experience the different landscapes, fascinating plants, birds and other wildlife of Sri Lanka. The possibilities are almost endless, such as an easy hike across gently undulating hills, past tiny hamlets and farms in the Gampaha district (about an hour from Colombo), or a hiking and camping adventure in the seldom-visited forests of the Knuckles Range in close proximity to the hill capital Kandy. A highly recommended walk is the 4 km hike across the grassy Horton Plains (over 2,000 meters high) to the dramatic escarpment, appropriately known as World's End.

Cycling - Cycling can be done on a gentle pace, along tracks through villages and fields, while those in search of more intense exercise can tackle the undulating roads of the hill country. Some adventure tour operators combine mountain biking trips with camping, or arrange for visits and extended stays in tea estates or theme hotels.

Golf - The keen golfer can enjoy a round of golf on one of Asia's most beautiful courses, established by the British in the hill resort of Nuwara Eliya, 1,900 meters above sea level. There's also the option to play at the prestigious Royal Colombo Golf Club or the Victoria Golf Course overlooking a reservoir near Kandy.     


Water Adventure
A wide range of water sports are available to keep the water sport buffs occupied. The two monsoon seasons make it possible to enjoy these water sports all year long. The best season on the west and south coasts is from November to April, while the east coast is best visited from May to September. Arugam Bay, on the east coast, has long been established as a Mecca for surfing, with sufficiently consistent waves to attract international surfing contests. The main break is at Arugam Point, while Pottuvil offers what has been described as "every surfer's dream of a tropical wave" which gives a ride of around 800 meters in ideal conditions. When the surfing season ends at Arugam Bay, it's just beginning at Hikkaduwa, on the west coast, roughly 100 km from Colombo. There are three or four surf areas, most of them breaking near Hikkaduwa's well known coral reefs. The waves are a maximum of two meters high and are sufficiently interesting to attract international surfers during the season.
Coastal resorts ranging from Negombo, north of Colombo, down the west coast through Beruwela, Bentota and Unawatuna to Galle, and along the south east coast through Weligama and Tangalla offer opportunities for water skiing, jet scooter riding, wind surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving over the nearby reefs. Vividly coloured tropical fish, coralsa and old Dutch shipwrecks all lie in wait underwater. On the north east coast, Nilaveli near Trincomalee, is another haven for the water sports enthusiasts.

White Water Rafting – Sri Lanka is one of the most sought after locations for most white water rafting fans. Sri Lanka offers the average enthusiast a few thrills and spills combined with breathtaking scenery and the chance to view typical village life en route. For the serious professional rafter, there are some extremely challenging rivers to embark on, if the weather conditions permit. The most popular area for rafting is along the Kelani river in Kitulgala, where the movie " Bridge on the River Kwai" was filmed.

Deep Sea Fishing - Keen anglers will delight in the abundant ocean fish, including Marlin, Tuna, Barracuda and Spanish Mackerel. Deep sea fishing can be done from either power boats or traditional outrigger canoes.
   

Airborne Adventure
Along with paragliding, Sri Lanka's airborne adventure include hot-air ballooning. This offers a unique perspective of the countryside, drifting silently in a large basket over irrigation lakes or "tanks", over forests where it's possible to spot deer and elephants, over hamlets where the farmers gaze up in excitement, and even over peacocks as their brilliantly coloured tail feathers stream out behind them.

Sri Lanka's wide range of accommodation is almost as exciting as the adventure activities themselves, and includes beautifully converted colonial homes, tea and rubber plantation bungalows, charming boutique hotels, jungle cabins, tree-houses and eco lodges, as well as camping under canvas.