Sri Lanka’s Adventure Sports

Hiking Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada)

Adam's Peak, near to Nuwara Eliya, is recognized as a sacred place by all Sri Lanka's religions. The footprint in the rock at the top of the mountain is regarded as the place where Adam first set foot on earth after being exiled from Eden for Muslims and Christians. For the Hindus it is the mark of Lord Shiva and the Buddhists believe it to be the footprint of Buddha on his third visit to Sri Lanka. In the pilgrimage season, from December until April, thousands trek to the top each day. This pilgrimage takes all day to complete the 8 km ascent. At other times, the ascent will take you around four hours. In the very early morning standing on the peak of the mountain one can admire a wonderful sunrise.

Hiking World’s End (Horton Plains)

The landscapes of this high, misty plateau, south of Nuwara Eliya and up to 2400 m above sea level, are unique in Sri Lanka. They combine mountain grassland with areas of small-growing forms of trees and shrubs adapted to the cool climate and skimpy soil of the plains. A five kilometre walk takes you to the 700 m abrupt drop-off , known as World’s end, that forms the southern boundary to the plains. You have to come early in the morning, when the sun rises, then you will have a marvellous view to the landscape around.

Habarana Elephant Safaris

Habarana is famous for its wild elephants it is also possible to go for a safari on the back of an elephant. It is something special to discover the jungle with its rich flora and fauna from the back of an elephant. If you happen to pass Habarana area after dark, you are sure to spot a few wild elephants crossing the roads.

White Water Rafting

White water rafting along the Kelani river, subject to the weather conditions could be arranged on the site where the famous film the bridge on the river Kwai was shot at Kitulgala. This is along the road from Habarana to Colombo (via Avissawella).


Paragliding, to keep your self fit, set off early hours in the morning, and the gear will be positioned on time. The only site which is naturally formed is at Ella, where the legendary waterfall of Ravana is. Many adventure sporting facilities are available in Ella. Accommodation could be arranged at Ella Adventure Park.

Other Water Sports

Seasonal water sports mainly conducted by the professional staff trained and graduated by the PADI , are diving, parasailing, windsurfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and pearl (treasure) hunting will be operated, provided if the weather permits.


Camping sites are available in many parts on the island, at the game sanctuaries, rain forests, national parks as well as near the cultural sites.