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Adventure & Action

Find out about the many activities available in Sri Lanka for all the family. The varied terrain and many rivers provide ideal locations for Sri Lankan adventure, from mountain trekking to white water rafting on River Kelani, kayaking on the many rivers, Hot air ballooning over the South coast, or mountain biking through the hill stations. All activities can be tailored to your requirements and our country experts are ready to develop a personalized holiday itinerary to your brief.

Hot Air Ballooning Sri Lanka

The deluxe basket carries up to sixteen passengers plus the pilot, and has padding and handles.

When to go: October-May, Flights commence at approx Sunrise (6.30-7.00am) The Inflation, flight briefing – tea and biscuits – then a 1hr +/- flight of tranquil sightseeing plus a Champagne / Tropical Fruit Breakfast follows on landing.

What is down below: The main operating centre is the Cultural Triangle, (Kandalama as the base) rich in culture, mountains, lakes and lotus ponds plus wildlife…. not to mention Sigiriya Rock Fortress.


The balloon is Australian manufactured. Pilots are holders of International CPL licenses and endorsed by CAA in Sri Lankan whilst also holding a Sri Lankan License. The Pilot’s decision to fly or not is final (regarding weather). Passengers are required to sign an indemnity form. Check the small print on your travel insurance.

Adventure Asia Int. has all passengers insured and are the only holders of an Airline Operators Certificate (AOC) permitting commercial flights in the country. Adventure Asia Int. has been appointed by the SLCAA to oversee all ballooning operations in Sri Lanka.

The Facts

Speed 5-10 knots, no flights in wind speeds 10 knots, height up to 2500ft.
Communication – 2-way VHF radio with ground crew, Air Force plus mobile phone support.

If you would like to take a flight, just let us know and we will plan it into your itinerary.

White Water Rafting

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Routes/The river is graded as a Class 3 to 3.5 to suit the novice or more experienced rafter and ensures an adrenalin hit for everyone. Children over 6 years are welcomed and non-swimmers can, by choice, be safely left on dry land before any fun begins. Boutique Sri Lanka offers rafting and canoeing excursions through a reputable company based on the River Kelani in Kitulgala – just ask us for more details or click here.

River Kayaking

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Hanwella is a tropical paradise amongst rivers, mountains, forests and a rich ancient past, just an hours drive from Colombo. With 300 meters of the River Kelani as frontage it is lined with a pebbled sandy beach. Kayaking (1 or 2 person kayaks) trips can be joined for the day and a beach lunch is included. Paddle, swim for a while and absorb the river wildlife en route. Guests are returned to the adventure base near Hanwella.

To book a kayaking trip, simply contact our Sri Lanka specialist Travel Consultants.


Mountain Bike Excursions

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One or more day excursions can be arranged near Hanwella, East of Colombo or in the pretty Ella region. Ride amidst tough terrain or along side the Rivers and waterfalls. Stop for a dip and a picnic lunch.

To book a bespoke excursion trip, simply contact our Sri Lanka specialist consultants.


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There are over 8 national parks in Sri Lanka and an abundance of wild animals, the heroes of which are the leopards, elephants, crocodiles, eagles and wild boar. A jeep safari is the best way to play Dr. Doolittle, or take an elephant ride through the Northern jungles. For our reviews of the many parks click here.

The savannah safari trips including super luxury camping, candle-lit dining by the river and wildlife specialists. Overnight campsites are currently setup within buffer zone of the National parks as they are not allowed to setup inside the parks. 

Sightings of leopards, sloth bear, wild boar and baby elephants are best at sun rise and sunset which are only feasible when you camp-out as the Parks only allow jeeps in through the gates between 06.00 am and 06.00pm. Those who like the sound of savannah safaris but are on a tighter budget may wish to enquire about the more basic campsites