Hot Air Ballooning

Cruising at high altitude, a lush green landscape below you, and the majestic sun rise in the horizon is something we can only dream of witnessing. However, it is not entirely out of your reach as the Dambulla area offers a great opportunity for the traveller yearning for a bird’s eye view of the Cultural Triangle. On a clear day you might just be lucky enough to catch magnificent glimpses of the ancient cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Kandy.

Hot air ballooning in the paradise island may not be a well-known activity to partake in due to its relatively recent establishment in the country, however, it has quickly caught on with the tourists exploring the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka.

As you gently float away from the bonds of the earth, marvel at the jungle below with its elephants roaming freely, a variety of birds, wildlife, water buffaloes standing in the paddy fields, and monkeys swinging from the trees. As the day breaks with the majestic sun rise coming in from the east, see how sleepy villages come to life getting about their day in their own unique way.

Interesting Facts

  • Hot air ballooning has only taken off in the country for just over a decade, making it one of the youngest markets in the tourism industry.
  • The excellent services provided by the organisations have made it a popular activity to partake in by locals and tourists alike.
  • Upon successful completion of the one hour flight, a certificate along with pictures taken on board will be presented to mark the special activity, while having a sip of celebratory champagne provided by the service provider, adding the ‘luxury’ in your luxury holiday.
  • You would also be picked up and dropped back from your lodgings in the Dambulla, Kandalama, Sigiriya and Habarana areas, so it is money well spent.
  • Upon request you could also book a flight to celebrate a special occasion, such as a wedding anniversary, a wedding ceremony, a marriage proposal or even a birthday celebration, making it an extra special flight.

Times, Seasons and Tips

  • The hot air ballooning season generally starts from November to May, since the weather is calm enough for flying.
  • The timings of the flight are fixed to just before sunrise and after sunrise, and happen simultaneously, so it is best to reserve a spot beforehand in order to avoid disappointment.
  • Dress casually and comfortably for the weather, it is a little warmer while the sun is out.
  • It is recommended to wear footwear that protects your feet just as much as the rest of you.
  • It is important to listen to the flight briefings.
  • There is a possibility for the flight to be cancelled due to bad weather conditions, but fret not, they will refund the full amount back to you or allow you to fly the next day upon request.

In conclusion, if you are looking for fun things to do during your adventure holidays in the paradise island of Sri Lanka then the mesmerising effect of hot air ballooning is something you ought not to miss.

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