Nature lovers will love Sri Lanka for its unspoiled hiking and trekking opportunities. The countryside is moderately hilly, the climate is generally temperate, and the scenery is unforgettable. Expect to see lush forests, paddy fields, tiny villages, and green parks along most trekking route. One of the best trekking destinations is Adams Peak in the south of Hill Country, which offers to stun a 360-degree view of the landscape at the summit. If you prefer, pick up the pace with a horseback riding tour, which can be arranged in Dambulla, Sigiriya, and Nuwara Eliya.
Cycling is a popular tourist activity in Sri Lanka, especially through the hill country is away from the busy highways. However, cycling can be dangerous on roads with heavy bus and truck traffic; so many visitors choose to travel with an experienced cycling group and a leader who knows the safest routes. One popular cycling route goes across the Bentota Bridge, through local villages, to the Virahaya Temple, and then to the Lunuganga House and Gardens. Bike rentals are inexpensive in Sri Lanka, and most of the terrain requires mountain bike tires.
Hot Air Ballooning
Several tour companies offer hot air balloon adventures to give travelers a birds-eye view of the Sri Lankan landscape. You can find most balloon flight departures around the Cultural Triangle, and most flights last about an hour. Balloons reach heights between 500 and 2,000 feet in the sky, floating over cultural sites, landmarks, treetops, rivers, and lakes.
Sri Lanka has over 1,000 miles of shoreline and a continental shelf spanning 10,000 square miles, making it a wonderful place for deep sea fishing. You can fish for tuna, jack fish, barracuda, groupers, and red and white snappers around Bentota in the Indian Ocean. Expert fishermen take visitors on four-to-five hour deep sea fishing expeditions of the coast of Sri Lanka in the morning and late afternoon. If you have some luck in the sea, you’ll get to enjoy your catch for dinner.
There are lots of places to go diving in Southeast Asia, and the adventure sport is becoming more popular in Sri Lanka as well. There are several dive schools and dive sites along the west coast, a place where marine life is abundant and there are some shipwreck sites to explore. The best time to dive here is between November and April. Other top diving locations include Unawatuna and Weligama. Expect to find colorful coral gardens along the southern coast once you get far enough out in the ocean.