Tropical Adventures: 15 Thrilling Ways To Experience Sri Lanka

Exotic landscapes and breathtaking views make Sri Lanka a must see destination for every traveler. Here areĀ 15 thrilling ways your can experience all the wonders of this country.

yala national park


1. Hiking In Yala National Park

Yala National Park is a great attraction for hikers. Catch a glimpse of the elephants as well as other mammals that call the park home as you traverse its grounds.

cricket match

Lance Bellers / Shutterstock

2. Watch A Cricket Match In Colombo

Cricket is one of the top sports in Sri Lanka. Its influence is seen in clubs and grounds throughout the city of Colombo. Try visiting R.Premadasa Stadium for some of the biggest Sri Lankan matches.


Courtesy of Bengt E Nyman/

3. Surfing In Weligama

The gentle waves of Weligama offer beginners the perfect spot. Venture out to Midigma for difficult conditions that challenge even the most experienced surfers. Visitors should always be alert to the reefs in the area.

rock climbing evening


4. Rock Climbing In The Knuckles Mountain Range

The Knuckles Mountain Range covers the central part of Sri Lanka. Its terrain features folding rocks as well as slick surfaces. Climbers will find the best times to visit are between December and February.

15 Awesome Places To Go Scuba Diving In Africa

(Steve Dunleavy/Wikimedia Commons)

5. Indian Ocean Scuba Diving

Scuba diving off the coast of Sri Lanka presents landmarks and reefs that rival attractions throughout the world. The northern coastal port of Trincomalee presents a marine sanctuary as well as undisturbed wreckage that has become a natural habitat for marine life.

White Water Rafting (Rob Chandler/Wikimedia Commons)

White Water Rafting (Rob Chandler/Wikimedia Commons)

6. Kitulgala White Water Rafting

Kitulgala is home to stunning rain forests as well as exciting rapids that will challenge every visitor. The Kelani River takes guests on several large rapids that run over three miles.

hot air balloon adventure

Courtesy of Allan Grey/

7. Hot Air Balloon Flights

Hot air ballooning gives you an inspiring view of the country. Choose an adventure that covers the national parks such as Bundala or areas where wildlife can be viewed in their natural surroundings.

Chinese Man Cycling From China To Cape Town


8. Cycling Through Kandy

Cycle through the relics and landmarks that are found through Kandy. Visit the Palace of the Tooth then go to the Lankatilaka and Gadaladeniya temples. Take time to dine in one of the local restaurants that specialize in Sri Lankan cuisine.

habarana national park


9. Driving Across Habarana

4×4 adventures offer an exciting look at Habarana. This central Sri Lankan city features jungles full of changing terrain. Be sure to choose a reputable company that will keep an emphasis on preserving the area as well as local wildlife.

livingstones fruit bats

Courtesy of Cineroam / Vimeo

10. Exploring Wavula Pane

Wavula Pane is a prominent site for archaeologists as well as other travelers. The limestone cave is thought to be around 500 million years old. This Bulutota Rakwana range attraction includes over 200,000 bats who live there throughout the year.

11. Travelling By Train

Train travel throughout Sri Lanka is an interesting choice for guests. This is especially true on select routes that go through the tea plantations and trails found in the country. Choose a seat on an observation car for the best views.

12. Up Close Interactions With Sea Turtles

A turtle hatchery as well as a growing turtle population nearby presents a unique up close view for visitors to Hikkaduwa. Guests are given a tour and staff is always on hand to answer questions.

udawalawe elephants


13. Safaris In Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park safaris explore every part of the park. Overnight stays include tented camping as well as other luxuries. Guided tours offer information about wildlife in the area as well as planned itineraries for each adventure.

14. Kayaking In The Mahaweli River

The Mahaweli River is one of the largest waterways in Sri Lanka. A kayaking excursion can last days and covers many tributaries including Hulu Ganga, Loggal Oya and Uma Oya.

(lemurbaby/Wikipedia Commons)

(lemurbaby/Wikipedia Commons)

15. Whale Watching In Weligama

Weligama is a great place for whale watching. Blue Whales re especially prominent around the country. Companies present packaged boat tours that take guests even closer to whales who live near the coast.

Want to discover the finer side of Africa? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Leave a Comment