Sri Lanka is a great place to go on holiday for those who want something different from a holiday, rather than a cheap, quick and easy week away in Europe. Although parts of the island pride themselves on being a tropical paradise with pristine beaches, amazing weather and delightful food (most of which is similar to Indian cuisine), yet away from the relaxation elements of the Island, there’s plenty to see and do for the thrill-seeking holidaymakers.
From white water rafting to hot air ballooning, rock climbing to scuba diving; there’s more to do then what you may have thought possible; so read our guide to the top thrill seeking activities and find out that there’s much more to do than relaxing on your all inclusive holiday in Sri Lanka.
Dolphin and Whale spotting
The coast of Sri Lanka is an ideal place to spot Dolphins and Whales, especially between the months of December and April, as their migration path takes them right along the coast. The locals say you have around a 95% chance of seeing Whales, especially in places such as Kalipiliya, Mirissa and Dondra Point – just remember to take a camera!
OK, so it’s not as the most adrenalin fuelled activity out there, but the fishing tours are a fantastic day out on the open waters, where you can expect to catch Sailfish, Tuna, Shark and the Giant Travelly under the tuition of professionals.
Sri Lanka offers an ideal location for surfing, with quiet beaches that are uncrowded, meaning you get the pick of the waves. There’s tuition available around Arugam Bay, while some companies offer tours out to different areas to make the most of the waves.
Rocking climbing is popular in Sri Lanka, with many different courses already formed in the natural landscape. There are rock climbing tours to Bambarakanda, the highest waterfall on the island to climb up, with 2 routes available – beginners and experienced climbers. After trekking through waterfalls, reservoirs and hills, there’ll be time to admire the waterfall in all its glory before you head back.
Off the coast of Sri Lanka there are some amazing diving spots, featuring shipwrecks from as far back as the 18th century, right through to modern day boats that have gone down. Around the reefs, it is said that there are more species of fish than the famous Great Barrier Reef, such as Batfish, Lionfish and the impressive Gorgonian Fan. Escorted diving tours are available, although you must be PADI qualified to dive around the area.
Snorkelling is available for those who don’t have the required certification, or if you’re not feeling daring.
Again, you don’t exactly have to be fearless to go swimming, however it can be quite dangerous if you venture into the sea in the months between May and October, as the current can be quite strong and sweep you away. Around the coast of Hikkaduwa, leatherback turtles can often be seen enjoying the warm waters.
White water rafting
A lot more extreme than swimming, white water rafting is ridiculously cheap for the day out you’ll have. For 1800 LKR (which works out at just over £10), you’ll hit the waters with rapids than can reach grade 4, so definitely not for the faint hearted. You can even raft down past the areas used in the film “Bridge on the River Kwai”, and dive in and see the remains of the bridge used in the movie.
Hot Air Balloon rides
What better way to enjoy the wonderful scenery of Sri Lanka than from up to 2000ft in the air? Drifting over the lakes, rivers and of course the wildlife such as deer and elephants, you can also spot Sigiriya Rock from the peace and tranquillity of your balloon. Just remember not to look over the edge if you’re afraid of heights!
Hikes and Treks
The Knuckle mountain range is perfect for hiking through due to the number of different difficulties of routes available. Making your way through the jungle, across rivers and under waterfalls, you’ll get to see the real beauty of the island that is kept secret by those who love it so much.
As you can see; there’s plenty to see and do apart from sitting back on a sun lounger, so get out there and enjoy what Sri Lanka has to offer.