Best Tips on Arranging a Helicopter Tour in Sri Lanka


Planning a helicopter tours in Sri Lanka? Helicopters are one of the quickest and most convenient ways to travel, especially when you’re strapped for time and need to get to your destination quicker, or if you generally despise being stuck in traffic during your holiday. The lovely island of Sri Lanka is the ideal place to embark on a scenic helicopter tour. With verdant views of jungles surrounding city landscapes, you’ll be blessed with tons of things to see, while escaping the treacherous, never ending lines of traffic around the city, especially when it’s rush hour! There’s no better way to get a bird’s eye view of the city! Here are some quick tips on how you can get a helicopter tour of Sri Lanka.

Planning is important for helicopter rides in Sri Lanka

Unfortunately, helicopter rides in Sri Lanka aren’t an Uber features yet, so until then, planning is a definite must when it comes to arranging a helicopter tour. If you’re travelling to the first time to the island, then travel agencies like Olanka Travels will be able to sort out all the minor details and get you on your first flight out as you make your way to your select destination. With a travel agency, you won’t have to worry about planning all the minute details which includes pickup and transfers, accommodation etc. Take the load off your mind as you enjoy a scenic helicopter ride over the sunny island.


The weather plays a major role in Sri Lanka helicopter tours what you need to consider before planning your helicopter ride. Being a tropical island, the country is blessed with tropical monsoon seasons and pure drought. Although November to January is considered the most effective and most popular time for travellers to visit the island, the weather is fairly unpredictable. However, once the monsoonal winds and storms are far off, the skies are generally always clear and blue, making it a great time to enjoy the views from the helicopter. Mist and fog are another condition that could severely affect your flight experience. Be sure to contact your flight operators before your flight, just to double check whether the conditions are safe for flying again.

Your Seat

Before booking your helicopter ride, check how many people can fit into one helicopter. Usually, it’s a 6-person ride, and if you’re unfortunate enough to get a middle seat, you’ll miss all the amazing views from the sky! Remember to book early and always specify that you want to be seated by the window. However, sometimes, your seat might not always be guaranteed, as the weight inside the helicopters needed to be distributed evenly, so they might change your seating position based on your weight! If you’re adamant on sitting next to the window, contact your operator or tour agency and specifically ask them to sit you there, instead of the middle of the helicopter.

Safety Matters

Always read reviews online and check with other people who have done a helicopter in the past, whether they can recommend how safe the helicopter or the company is. It even helps to call the company and ask them directly, about the safety measures by living inside a helicopter. In addition, it helps to browse through the flight details of the pilot. Do make sure to check their official website and any review sites where previous passengers have reviewed the service, flight and overall experience.


You’ll be flying high above the clouds on a massive, loud, metal contraption. You’ll be provided with noise-cancelling headphones; and that’s just to drown out the sound of the blades. Keep in mind that earrings might hurt your ears while wearing the headphones. When it comes to attire, remember to dress appropriately, comfortable shoes and pants are recommended, which makes it easier to also get in and out of the helicopter with ease. Avoid hats, sunglasses, loose shoes etc., as there’ll be a good chance that it might just fly off the open windows!

Camera and Binoculars

Getting aboard a helicopter without a camera and a pair of binoculars, will be terribly disappointing. Bring your camera along, but always make sure it’s fastened to your body. Binoculars will help you spot tiny islands, wild animals or famous landmarks while you’re flying high above, like a bird in the sky!


Though small in size, Sri Lanka has plenty to see. Always decide where you want to go and what you want to see before booking any tour. Some companies allow you to personalise your helicopter tour – which is most beneficial if you’re planning a big surprise while you flying amongst the clouds. Helicopters tours will generally take you to the coastal areas or mountainous regions of the island. Some of the most popular locations are Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Galle, Koggala, Hatton, Kandy and Nuwara Eliya.

Contact Olanka Travels to get more details on helicopter tours in Sri Lanka. Check our package for 6 days in Sri Lanka where you can include helicopter tour.

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