No one can resist the dramatic bird's eye view of the pearl of the Indian Ocean in a drift over thick jungle canopies and the thrill and serenity of being on a hot air balloon.
Since 2003, hot air ballooning has become a new and exciting way of seeing the island's countryside. Balloon flights have taken hundreds of travelers on unforgettable journeys over Sri Lanka's world heritage sites, ancient Kingdoms, lakes, rivers, bright green paddy fields and the golden sandy beaches.
As you drift above the majestic wilderness, you may get a glimpse of the royal giants - the Sri Lankan Elephants wandering through the jungles to the lush waterholes, thousands of feet beneath you.
You may experience watching the sunrise from thousands of feet above ground level, a view of the farmers working in lush green paddy fields, fishermen sail through in man-made reservoirs or the royal paths of the cultural cities including that of the Sigiriya rock fortress lit up with the bright rays of the morning sun. A hot air balloon ride It gives you an opportunity to quietly appreciate nature, while breathing in fresh fair and getting some morning sunlight on your skin.
The amazing experience of hot air ballooning appeals to people of all ages, while keeping medical conditions in mind. Sigiriya, Dambulla and #Udawalawe# are the most popular hot air ballooning Sites in Sri Lanka and the best season for an adventurous ride is from November to April. #Flights are most scheduled at day break or dusk. A flight would be approximately 01 – 04 hours long and you may be able to enjoy your breakfast on board.
Hot air ballooning is much peaceful and tranquil than a helicopter ride. It will give you an opportunity to quietly appreciate nature. While afloat you are most welcome to enjoy the lift of the calm winds, the sunlight on your skin and breadth in fresh air.
Good to know: The Sri Lankan Tourism bureau organizes the Hot Air Ballooning festival annually.