We’ve already alluded to the wealth of marine life that visits the waters off Sri Lanka’s coast. One way to see them up close is by boat, but if you like a different perspective, may we suggest you couple it with whale watching from the air? This top-down perspective gives a view of the giant pods of whales and dolphins that travel collectively to Sri Lankan seas. The very lucky ones may chance upon dolphins and whales playing in the open seas – a sight no one who witnesses it will likely forget it.
Sky diving, supervised by experienced parachutists, is among the greatest thrill-rides anyone can experience. The great thing about this sport is people of all physical levels can take part – as long as they have the mettle for it. One of Sri Lanka’s best locations for sky diving is Koggala, close to the World Heritage city of Galle.
No better way to experience Sri Lanka’s stunning coasts than float above it. Parasailing has taken off steadily in Sri Lanka since the early 2000s and, today, finds itself a popular activity in the coastal towns of Bentota and Beruwela.
The latest craze for aviation enthusiasts, Paramotoring allows you enjoy a bird’s eye view with a difference – since there is little in the way of an outer covering, the rider is exposed to the rush of the wind blowing through your hair; it is as close to enjoying bird-like freedom while flying. A certified pilot will take you to a couple of thousand feet in the air before turning off the motors; silence descends and you begin to float.
Sea Plane Rides
Cinnamon Air taxi service between Colombo International Airport, Koggala (near Galle), Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Sigiriya, Trincomalee and Batticaloa has opened up a whole new world of options when it comes to your Sri Lankan holiday. Don’t wish to be stuck in long vehicle journeys on Sri Lankan roads? Then the Sea Plane Ride might be the ideal option for you as it saves travellers’ time and money while giving them a view – our clients tell us they’ve gasped seeing the western coast on one side of the window, and the mountains from the other - that they will not forget.
Another alternative to experience Sri Lanka from a bird’s eye view is to charter a helicopter ride. Whittall Travels’ relationship with the country’s premier helicopter operators means a ride over Sri Lanka’s main cities is just a simple request away – whether it is Colombo, its more august cousins such as the World Heritage locations such as Anuradhapura, Kandy, Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, the greenery of Hatton and Kandy or prime coastal towns such as Galle and Trincomalee, that you wish to fly over, our team will be happy to make all such arrangements.
Hot Air Ballooning
Sri Lanka's lush landscape is incredible when experienced within their midst, but some may prefer a more bird's eye view. Enter hot air balloons. During March and April, when Sri Lanka's weather is at its driest - and winds are most favourable - an increasingly common sight is to see hot air balloons floating over lush jungles and picturesque mountains.