Shopping in Sri Lanka will give you a whole new different experience. A variety of Sri Lankan goods with a mixture of other cultures blended with the sri lankan culture and traditions can be bought at reasonable rates.
Golf in Sri Lanka is a sport mostly played by the high class in the society. There are three excellent golf courses. -Victoria Golf & Country resort in Kandy -Royal Colombo Golf Club in Colombo -Nuwara Eliya Golf Club in Nuwara Eliya
Camping is the only possible way of experiencing the wild by being a part of it. It is best to camp in the National Parks where you can experience lively all the creatures trying to find their dinners lurking around the darkness, and listen to the “hoo”s of foxes and have a good night’s sleep in the middle of all these animals. All the camping sites belong to the Wildlife and Forest Department of Sri Lanka.
White Water Rafting can be experienced in Kitulgala by the flow of the picturesque River Kelani. The Award winning movie The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed in this very location. Kitulgala is a patch of rainforest that attracts its visitors for its natural beauty of the wild.
Surfing in Sri Lanka is possible all year round (except for the monsoon months). It is mainly concentrated towards the east coast and the southwest. Sri Lanka has been recognized by the international surfing community and held an annual International Surfing Competition in Arugambay.
Wind surfing in Sri Lanka is rather popular in the south-west coast and Bentota is the idyllic beach for windsurfing. Between the months of November-April, before the monsoons is the ideal time for wind surfing in the south west. The nest windy days with rough seas in the east are from the months of May-October.
Hot- air ballooning is a very unique mode of sightseeing through air. Floating at about heights ranging from 500 to 2000 feet you will have “an experience of a lifetime” that you will never forget. Usually a Hot- air balloon flight is scheduled for takeoff soon after dawn so that the next day’s sunrise and the cool morning breeze with spectacular views of the landscapes can start up your day!!
Dolphin and Whale watching has been an activity that highlights the south more. In the main port, Dondra Point, many sightings have been noted. December to April are the months of sightings, the peak months being December, January and April. During this season there is a 95% chance of sighting Sperm whales, Blue whales and Spinner dolphins in their migration path just off the Dondra point.
Diving and Snorkeling is available all around Sri Lanka all throughout the year. You just need to be sure of when and where. Generally Diving and snorkeling is ideal in the West coast during the months from November- April and the East coast from April- September. This is because of the monsoons. Ideal places are; Hikkaduwa, Kalpitiya, Weligama, Kirinda and Trincomalee.
Bird Watching in Sri Lanka takes you to a whole new level of endemicity. Out of the 427 recorded bird species; 250 are resident and 23 are endemic to the country. Many live in the wet zone and highlands in the Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve and the Adam’s Peak Wilderness Sanctuary. The 1st migratory species visit Sri Lanka in mid- August.
Kite surfing is a popular sport in Kalpitiya, Arugam Bay and Mannar. There are exotic destinations for kiters of all levels; from starters to the professionals. High speeds of winds ranging at an average of 18-20 knots can be experienced during the summer season- May till October winter season- December till March Having the opportunity of kiting in a paradise you will have an epic experience!!