Land Activities

Agro Tourism

The concept of Agro Tourism is rather new. It is in essence an extension of Eco Tourism and functions on the basis that visitors have firsthand experience with agricultural life. The practice of this kind of tourism does wonders for traditional, environmentally friendly agriculture. There are a fair number of agro tourism activities one can partake in such as hauling in fishing nets, climbing a coconut tree, tapping rubber and plucking tea. Even a home visit with a Sri Lankan family is a great way to immerse yourself in Sri Lankan life and hospitality.

Bird Watching

Having the honoured distinction of being the most populated Endemic Bird Area in Asia makes Sri Lanka a veritable paradise for birders. There are 26 endemic species, along with 227 resident bird species. Migrant species bring the final number to 482. There is a considerable variation when it comes to habitats, from wet rainforests to dry lands. The best birding adventures take place in the Sinharaja Rain Forest ( A UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve) where many of the endemic species can be spotted. There is also Bundala or where migrant flamingoes set up camp and Kumana or Yala East, which spans over 200 hectares. The best time for birdwatching is November to April with great opportunities also between February and March.

Caving

Having the honoured distinction of being the most populated Endemic Bird Area in Asia makes Sri Lanka a veritable paradise for birders. There are 26 endemic species, along with 227 resident bird species. Migrant species bring the final number to 482. There is a considerable variation when it comes to habitats, from wet rainforests to dry lands. The best birding adventures take place in the Sinharaja Rain Forest ( A UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve) where many of the endemic species can be spotted. There is also Bundala or where migrant flamingoes set up camp and Kumana or Yala East, which spans over 200 hectares. The best time for birdwatching is November to April with great opportunities also between February and March.

Cycling

A popular form of transport among a significant number of the population- cycling can also be a fun way to explore the landscape and take in the sights. Whether you are hardcore and looking for a challenging mountain biking trail or you just want to spend a couple of hours sailing through some breathtaking scenery, Sri Lanka will have something for you. The hill country is most popular for the tougher trails that wind their way through thick jungles and tea bushes, while the lowlands sport the easier ones. Even the ancient city of Pollonnaruwa is an excellent place to spend the morning on a bicycle.

Flora and Fauna

Sri Lanka has many biodiversity hotspots and considerable national parks where you can experience first-hand the richness of what the island has to offer. The most popular national park is Yala which, with its leopard population of 35 is among the highest densities in the world. Wilpattu is also another place where with a little bit of luck and a whole lot of patience, you can catch one of these majestic cats in action. In total there are 86 mammal species, 83 species of snake, 5 endangered marine turtles and 54 species of fish. You can also visit the Horton Plains National Park where you can find species that are not only endemic to Sri Lanka but also to this region. The Horton Plains Slender Loris is one such example of which there have been only two recorded sightings in history. For flora you will delight in the wet zone where orchids and hardwood trees thrive

Off Roading Adventures

Take a tour of sand dunes, hair pin bends and cross a few streams in a rugged 4WD jeep, staying as far from the main road as possible! Kalpitiya has dunes between the ocean and the lagoon, the Dragon Drive at Gal Oya National park is thrilling, and the Devil's Staircase at Belihul Oya has a whopping 32 hair raising hair pin bends! Even longer jeep tours across the island can be arranged, or you can squeeze in a short one between other activities.

Rainforest Exploration

Any conservationist will tell you that rainforests are a threatened entity. The experience of exploring one is one that can scarcely be repeated at any given time or place. Luckily for you though, Sri Lanka has declared all existing rainforests protected areas and you can take a tour of one. Rainforests occur in the wet zone areas and include the Sinharaja, which has been named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In a Sri Lanka Rainforest you can experience trees that are hundreds of years old, vibrant flowers and animal life.

Rock Climbing

One of the most enjoyable past times to be sure and definitely not for the faint of heart or limb for that matter. Rock climbing is an adventure that's not to be missed. Amateurs and novices won't find all that much as there aren't too many developed climbing sites, but you can try your hand at the Bamabarakanda Falls, which is Sri Lanka's highest waterfall. However, if you are adept and experienced and you want to 'boldly go where no man has gone before' in the literal sense, you can find a cliff, mountain or rock where you can leave your mark. Equipment can also easily be arranged!

Safari Camping

Sri Lanka's wildlife parks and reserves often have designated camping sites for those of you who want to ditch convenience and get in touch with your wild side. Several operators also provide luxury and standard camping tours or we can advise you as to what sites are appropriate and where you can rent equipment. Hardcore naturalists can also take this opportunity to observe rare flora and fauna, endemic birds and butterflies in their natural habitat.

Sri Lanka by Rail

The railway tracks which were set in place by the British to transport goods in the 19th century are largely what remain today in terms of train travel. Luckily a few of the Orient Express style steamers are still in action on select trails for tourists. Find yourself in a land not reminiscent of an era gone by, but more like still existing in it. Little has changed in the sparsely populated tea country mountains since the colonial times drew to a close and if ever you wanted to take a machine, then this is about as close as it gets! The Viceroy Special is one such steamer that is still in operation, and we can easily book a tour for you. It is 75 years old and still retains the plush seating and period furnishings

Trakking and Hiking

Get back to the basics while feeling the earth beneath your feet and fresh air, with a hiking trail through the island! It is one of the best ways to really get in there with nature and to explore the varied terrain that Lanka has to offer. Almost everywhere will have some form of hiking trail, especially true up country, but if you really want to test the limits of your endurance you can even opt for a multi day trek. Try your hand at Adam's Peak, Sinharaja Forest or Horton Plains. Treks of any grade can be arranged, so just tell us what you prefer and we will make it happen. Take care to avoid the rainy season though.

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