“Adventure holidays in Sri Lanka” does it sound awkward to you! You might be wondering if Sri Lanka can fulfil the requirement to be an adventure holiday destination. The answer is YES, Sri Lanka has the qualifications to be a good adventure holiday destination though I might not say Sri Lanka is a top-notch adventure holiday destination. There are plenty of opportunities for adventure enthusiasts on the island to perform mountain climbing, trekking, caving, mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting and so much more. Sri Lanka is heaven for divers due to the fascinating underwater world around the island. Coral reefs, shipwrecks, a large number of exotic fish species keep the divers tempted to love to Sri Lanka’s waters.
Sri Lanka is an island situated in the Indian sub-continent neighbouring India. Sri Lanka is just 65610 sq km in size and small country compared to India, yet Sri Lanka is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the region. The capital of Sri Lanka in Colombo. Sri Lanka is the ethnic melting point, where you find many different cultures, religions and ethnic groups.
Opportunities for Adventure Holidays in Sri Lanka
Even though Sri Lanka is a small country it is very rich in natural attractions such as rainforests, wildlife parks, pristine beaches, waterfalls, rivers, mountains and many many more. You will feel the adrenaline rush with white water rafting, trekking, mountain climbing, waterfall abseiling, caving, hiking, mountain biking, rock-climbing, hot-air ballooning ride especially towards the interior of the country. Due to the geographical upheavals in the past number of mountains came to being in the centre of the country. Today these mountainous areas are very popular adventure holiday spots among the travellers, Nuwara Eliya, Kitulagala, Bandarawela, Haputale, Sinharaja rainforest, knuckles, Ella are several popular destinations that make possibilities for adventure holidays in Sri Lanka.
1. Sinharaja Rain Forest
Sinharaja rainforest is the last remaining primaeval rain forest, that definitely be very handy for your adventure holiday in Sri Lanka and it is one of the must-visited places if you like to have a heavenly experience amidst the beautiful nature of a primaeval rainforest. Sinharaja can be visited at any time of the year and you will be lavishly rewarded with sites of millions of years old trees, many species of birds, vertebrates, amphibians, several species of other animals. The Sinharaja trek takes you through dense of foliage of tropical trees and plants, streams, waterfalls, mountains and valleys.
2. Horton Plains National Park
Including Horton plains national park in your venture of adventure holidays in Sri Lanka is very important, the highest elevated forest in Sri Lanka takes you through an unbeatable experience of mountaineering through a cloud forest and an opportunity to embrace the one of its kind beauty of an untamed wilderness. The best time to visit the Horton plains national park is in the early morning while afternoon makes it difficult to walk through the forest due to the concentration of mist. The park is consist of the huge open area with grass, streams, and isolated trees where you find a large number of sambar deer. Horton plains national park is situated at an altitude of 2100-1300 meters above sea level making it the highest adventure trek in the island, The distance from Nuwara Eliya to HPlainsplains is around 30km.
3. Don’t Forget to Include Ella in Your Adventure Holidays in Sri Lanka
Ella is a remote and isolated small beautiful hamlet with a scenic array of mountains, valleys, tea plantations, waterfalls, patches of forests and it is home to a large number of tourists in the island. Ella is situated overlooking the Ella gap therefore breathtaking views of Ella gap and the nearby mountainous area can be seen from Ella. There is a large number of trekking sites here such as mini Adam’s peak, Ella gap, Ella forest. The views from the city over the Ella gap are worth beholding, a trek here is dotted with many such sightings and the best highlights remains in the beautiful valley at the Ella gap that would delight one and all.
4. Trek to the Knuckles Forest
A high altitude trekking in central Sri Lanka near Kandy provides the trekkers with a breathtaking view and an adventurous trekking opportunity, therefore knuckles forest is highly recommended for your adventure holidays in Sri Lanka. The best time to visit knuckles forest is from November to April. Due to the difficulty of this trek, it is strongly advisable to have several members in the group. Having the help of trekking guide is definitely very useful to have an enjoyable and safe trek in knuckles forest.
5. Sri Pada or Adam’s Peak Trek
Adams peak is the 3rd highest mountain in Sri Lanka and its pinnacle is located 2234 meters above sea level. Sri pada trek begins either in Rathnapura or Hatton. The trek from Ratnapura to Sri pada is believed to be more difficult and time-consuming compared to the route starts from Hatton. Most pilgrims in Sri Lanka use the trek that starts from Hatton and it will take about 5 hours to reach the pinnacle on this route. At the summit, you can see a Buddhist temple where you find the footprint of Buddha. It is said this trek is in use for many centuries and dating back to 2nd century BC. Adam’s peak is a popular pilgrimage site among the Sri Lankan’s and attracts hundreds of thousands of people especially during the pilgrimage season that occurs parallel to the dry season in south-west Sri Lanka, from November to April. Rest of the year the trek is deserted and there is hardly anyone on the way due to the torrential rain in the region, triggered by the south-west monsoon, which could cause life hazard for the trekkers. During the rainy season, the path is not maintained due to absent of pilgrims, therefore the most parts of the trek are hidden in the jungle making it difficult to find the way-up. Furthermore, the presence of wild animals is more frequent than rest of the year.Furthermore, there is a high possibility of encountering wild animals such as leopard, elephnats, wild boar and many other wild animals.