Sri Lanka is ideally endowed for water-based sports, adventure, and other land-based leisure activity.
Combined with well-developed and professional water-sports facilities and infrastructure, these assets offer excellent scope for all varieties of aqua activities. They include scuba-diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, water-skiing, surfing, sailing, speedboat, banana-boat, jet-scooter and tube rides, river, river land lagoon boat cruises, deep-sea and river fishing, canoeing and kayaking and white-water and river-rafting. Prime water sports resorts and marinas are located in the leading beach resorts around Negombo, Mount Lavinia, Kalutara, Beruwela, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Weligama, Tangalle and Hambantota, on the western, southern and southeastern coasts.
The range of land-based sport, adventure and special interest activity, which Sri Lanka’s diverse topography and varied bio-diversity of extraordinary richness offers, is immense. The most accessible and popular wildlife land areas are Yala, Uda Walawe, Horton Plains, Wasgomuwa, and Randenigala, especially for elephant, sambur, leopard, sloth bear, wild buffalo, many species of dear and monkey, giant squirrel, civet, rusty spotted and fishing cat, pangolin and jackal, many endemic bird and butterfly species and vegetation. Other major wilderness sites include Sinharaja Rainforest, Knuckles Ranges, Adam’s Peak Wilderness, Hakgala natural reserve and Udawattekelle, the bird sanctuaries of Bundala and Kalametiya and the Muturajawela tropical wetlands.
With this asset base, a superb range of land-based leisure activity options becomes possible. The list includes hiking, trekking, nature trails, walking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, paragliding and international (non-professional) marathon running