Encircled by the Indian Ocean, plenty of freshwater reservoirs, rivers, lagoons, swamps, and a few interconnected old canals and lakes, Sri Lanka affords plenty of water sports and activities.
Sailing In Sri Lanka
The main sailing destinations in Sri Lanka are located on the North-east coast and the Southern coast with pristine beaches to match. Beruwala, Pasikuda, Galle, Trincomalee, Mirissa, Bolgoda lake are amongst the best hotspots for sailing.
Kayaking and canoeing
With a great many rivers and a wealth of swamps, lagoons, and old canals, Sri Lanka provides many opportunities to try out kayaking and canoeing. The famous Kalu Ganga is an excellent location to enjoy the best of this activity.
Surfing and windsurfing
The most popular surfing beaches are Hikkaduwa off the south western coastal belt and Arugam Bay off the eastern coastal belt of Sri Lanka. Bentota in the south-west, the Negombo lagoon on the west coast and Trincomalee on the East Coast are excellent locations for windsurfing.
White water rafting
The Kelani river, extending some five kilometers in Kitulgala covering five major rapids and four minor rapids offer many challenges and promises to be an exhilarating experience.
Sail on an Oru or Madalparu, both traditional Sri Lankan craft that have been around for a millennia. Go on a river safari on the Madu Ganga in the Southern region of Sri Lanka. The Madu river is rich in biodiversity passing through the wet zone of the island opening up into the large Madu Lagoon on its way to the Indian Ocean.
Diving and snorkeling
Hikkaduwa, Weligama, and Kirinda provide breathtaking snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities for you. In the west of the island is country’s largest reef the ‘Bar Reef’. It is three nautical miles in length and is in close proximity to the town of Kalpitiya which is well known for dolphins and kitesurfing.
Ampara and Trincomalee offer rare chances for shipwreck diving, skin diving, and diving with dolphins. Four of Sri Lanka’s coral reefs have been declared protected areas. That is Hikkaduwa, Rumassala, Pigeon Island, and Bar Reef. Explore Sri Lanka underwater and add memorable stories to your travel book!