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Helicopter Service

A charter services for tourist transfers and corporate clients on a fleet of US made helicopters and fixed wing aircraft is available in Sri Lanka operated by a Board of Investment approved company which began it’s operations in 2003 and is the holder of the only helicopter operator’s license in Sri Lanka..

These US made Bell Jet Ranger series of helicopters can be chartered for sightseeing, or for any special occasion and in most cases can fly you directly to the grounds of your hotel. Now with transfers available directly from Bandaranaike international or domestic airports directly to your hotel in or out of Colombo, gets you to your destination conveniently quicker than any other mode of transportation available in Sri Lanka. For the larger group of up to 17 passengers the Beechcraft 1900 series is available with the capability of landing at almost any air field within the Island.

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Elephant back safaris

Elephant back safaris in Sri Lanka is not just riding through the jungle terrain and crossing rivers amidst beautiful scenery on the largest land animal, it's perhaps a once in a lifetime experience you will get to interact with this majestic fascinating beast

Elephant back safaris are one of the latest adventure related experiences Sri Lanka has to offer, these safaris not only allow one to view wildlife from the back of an elephant, but perhaps most importantly, provides you with the unique opportunity to share a day in the life of the elephant, the relaxed interaction will help you to understand and appreciate this intelligent animal. Weather it is just viewing surroundings sitting high on their back, feeding them, swimming with them or simply just appreciating them by being close to them, you are sure to enjoy this memorable encounter. Such Elephant rides are made possible at Habaranaand Pinnawala although the Habarana safari is best on offer.
 
Hot Air Ballooning
Imagine the breathtaking experience of floating over some of Sri Lanka's dramatically varied landscape ranging from the ancient cities of the Cultural Triangle to the jungles of a National Park. Hot Air Ballooning is relatively new to Sri Lanka although has become very popular and a truly exciting way of seeing the country, which provides a remarkable experience never to be forgotten.

Hot air ballooning has also become a popular adventure sport in Sri Lanka. The inaugural Sri Lanka Balloon Festival was held in 2003 and since then has been continued almost biennially. The 2008 festival held during March-April was declared a National event by the Ministry of Tourism and is organized by the Ceylon Airship and Ballooning Club and currently remains as the only aviation event in the country.

Hot Air Ballooning is reliant on suitable weather conditions. The best time for flying is October to April when light winds and lack of rain prevail, the most popular ballooning sites are at Sigiriya and Uda Walawe mainly due to logistical reasons.

A typical flight is scheduled early in morning with flights commencing soon after dawn. The exact start time varies depending on the season and will be determined at the time you make your booking. The total experience from being collected from the hotel within a 20 km radius from the city of Galle the preparation and inflation of the balloon, takeoff, the actual flight to the landing and retrieval and return to our hotel is approx 4-hrs.

The arrangements for this activity and equipment is outsourced through a professional company who uses Balloons manufactured in Australia and the equipment used ranges from 80,000 cu. ft. balloons suited for 3 persons to a 350,000 cu. ft. suitable for up to16 persons.. The balloon pilots are well trained by instructors from the UK. Throughout the flight, an experienced ground crew (following the flight path in a jeep) are in constant communication with the pilot of the balloon, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. So all you need to do is relax, enjoy the peace and quite and admire the truly spectacular views of Sri Lanka from hundreds of feet above.

Mountain Biking
In plenty of towns and villages of Sri Lanka the bicycle perhaps may be the only form of transport, therefore travelling by bike yourself offers a great experience to mix with the local folk and learn more about there day to day life experience. It also takes you off the beaten track giving you an unparallel experience to explore more about this paradise Island.

A typical bicycle trip could be arranged to cover areas of scenic and cultural variety. combining ancient cities of a bygone era to rides through beautiful landscape such as tea plantations, and valleys, such terrains could easily be rated as some of the best biking sites in the world, the trail will allow one to see Water falls, caves temples, varied wildlife, etc and then to wind it all up down at a palm fringed sandy beach will no doubt give you the taste of paradise Programmes can be custom designed suitably to cater to the requirement of the traveler, focusing on the level of fitness and experience, age and likings and if one is up to the challenge even a small round trip can be covered with the help of a support vehicle.All Mountain bikes provided are well maintained quality products such as GT Hard, Rock, Specialized, Matra, Peugeot, and Mereida all of which are Shimano equipped for maximum enjoyment and safety.
White Water Rafting
If you're looking to incorporate an action-packed adventure in your Itinerary, why not go for a white water rafting experience in the numerous rapids found in Sri Lanka ? This activity is great fun for first-timers and experts alike, and is a sport that does not require immense physical strength. An average level of fitness and a calm disposition is quite enough. The ability to swim would of course be an advantage in case of an emergency situation, however it is not strictly essential as each rafter is provided with a Personal Flotation Device. This sport activity however is not suitable for those suffering from heart ailments and conditions such as epilepsy, while being under the influence of intoxicants would also be very unwise.There are a wide range and grading of rapids on some of Sri Lanka 's Rivers, more turbulent waters such as Kelani River and the Kotmale river in particular which offer 4-5 rapids to Kitulgal which rates between 2-3. Kitulgala seems to be the most popular due to it’s ideal conditions, location and facilities, approximately 80 km from the Colombo road to Nuwara Eliya via Avissawella Kitulgala became quite a famous town when it was selected for the film location for David Lean's 1957 blockbuster movie, “Bridge on the River Kwai”. Since then many foreign visitors just stop here to gaze across the Kelani River where once stood the most famous bridge in cinematic history. Tours can be arranged for anything from 1 hour to a half-day including lunch.


Air Taxi

Was operated by the National Carrier Sri Lankan Airlines, but has been temporarily suspended due to security reasons, information on this service shall be provided through this site once operations resume.
   
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