Whether its water-based action you are looking for, or just prefer to be a land lubber, Sri Lanka is a veritable paradise for thrill seekers. With a gamut of adrenalin pumping activities and excursions, lack of choice is not something you are likely to experience here.

For water sports fans, Bentota on the Southern coast has excellent facilities and equipment for water-skiing, jet skiing and other motorised sports. If you would prefer something less strenuous take a boat excursion through the mangroves of Madu Ganga nearby. Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna with clear blue waters and shallow reefs offer excellent snorkeling, and scuba diving the marine sanctuaries of Pigeon Island in Trincomalee, and Bar Reef off Kalpitiya are highly recommended. More experienced divers can explore the numerous wreck sites off the coasts of Negombo, Galle and Trincomalee, some of which date back to World War Two.

Deep sea trolling off Negombo and Trincomalee is an anglers dream, and provides a great opportunity to hook the king of game fish, the marlin. Recognised as one of the top 50 surf breaks in the world, Arugam Bay is a haven for surfers, and for kite surfers, Kalpitiya is the go-to destination with ideal conditions for beginners as well as the advanced kiter. Numerous rivers and inland waterways flow down from the central hills, and for heart stopping action try white-water rafting in Kitulgala, which can rocket you through Level 5 rapids.

Prefer not to get your feet wet? Don’t worry as dry land has got its own thrills to offer. A pre-dawn climb of Adam’s Peak up its 5,200 steps to catch the sunrise, is sure to keep those calories in check. For the slightly more adventurous, get your hiking boots on and head a little further south to explore the Sinharaja Rainforest. Sri Lanka’s only rainforest and a World Heritage site, hiking its densely forested trails is a challenge but is rewarded with sightings of unique endemic species. The Knuckles Mountain Range off Matale is another popular site for trekking. With its resemblance to the knuckles of a bunched fist, this granite massif is a hotspot of biodiversity and as such a strict conservation zone and home to the bulk of endemic species of Sri Lanka. The Knuckles also has excellent cliff faces of varying levels of difficulty for rock climbing.

If you have a head for heights, then hot-air ballooning over the Cultural Triangle is an experience of a lifetime. Drifting silently over of the magnificent rock fortress of Sigiriya will give you a bird’s eye view that even the ancient Kings will go green over!

For a more sedate experience, perhaps a round of golf? Established during British colonial times, the Royal Colombo Golf Club is one of the oldest in South Asia and provides a challenging course. The Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, modeled on the legendary St Andrew’s course is an almost spiritual experience for the diehard golfer. Overlooking the Victoria Reservoir off Kandy, the Victoria Golf and Country Club with its spectauclar views, offers a truly zen morning on the green.

Written by Jonathan Roelofsz for

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