Hot Air Balloon Ride in the magical island of Sri Lanka


Hot Air Balloon Adventure is one of the best activities you can indulge in during your visit to Sri Lanka. You can experience this one of a lifetime venture in a few of the most scenic places in the island paradise. These places include: Sigirya, Habarana, Kandlama, and Dambulla. The climate in Dambulla to Kandalama is remarkable for flying balloons. The weather is always calm and predictable. The balloon rides usually take place in the morning and cover ten miles. The height at which you want to fly varies from treetop level to thousand feet up. Your safety is assured with excellent pilots and ground staff who are highly qualified and experienced. Remember that only fewer passengers can fly at a time as your safety comes first.

What is it all about?

Treat your eyes to the breathtaking views of beautiful Sri Lankan landscapes as you choose to ride through the sky. Hot Air Balloon tours are commonly popular among tourists for the adventure they offer for an affordable price. You can drift over the scenic tropical paradise witnessing historical and cultural monuments below along with never-ending greenery as the morning sun warms the island. You will be marvelled at the panoramic view of the Sri Lankan countryside and the many man-made lakes glittering below. A Hot Air Balloon tour is your best opportunity to witness the true magic of ancient Sri Lankan architecture, as you drift through the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka.

When and where?

Nothing beats an unforgettable hot air balloon excursion across the plains of Sri Lanka Trip. A silent ride through the blue skies over a heritage site or a wildlife part is simply magnificent. Make your vacation in Sri Lanka memorable by choosing a ride to the sky. You can celebrate your anniversary, propose to your beloved or even celebrate your kids’ birthday on a Hot Air Balloon. The diverse ecosystem of Sri Lanka allows you to enjoy this magnificent ride. December to March contains a rainless season for the tropical island making this hot air balloon ride the most affordable, luxurious and the most entertaining encounter. These extravagant rides function from Dambulla, Sigiriya, Kandalama and Habarana.


Hot Air Balloon tours are available from the north-central plains of the country. This covers Dambulla, the best terrain you can find to experience the excursion of rural Sri Lanka. As you float through the cloudless skies you will see the wonders of the ancient irrigation system of the country along with the lush paddy fields and verdant untouched forests. The cave temple of Dambulla is a popular tourist destination. Complimenting the caves are the enormous golden Buddha statue of Dambulla. As you float through the sky, you are privileged to examine the amazing ancient architecture. The service from Dambulla is available from December to March.

Your safety is assured with our well-trained pilots who will brief you on everything you need to know.


When You begin your Hot Air Balloon adventure from Sigiriya, you must start your journey around 4.45 am. You can catch the first rays of the sun and the morning breeze. Ideally, you should stay in a hotel near Sigiriya, so your tour organizers will provide you with transportation. Witnessing the Lion Rock from above will indeed marvel you as this is the only possible method for you to appreciate the true architectural marvel of ancient Sri Lanka. Not only the Lion rock, but the surrounding ancient water park and its significance will make you question the ancient irrigation technology of the Sri Lankan people.


Your ride will be waiting in the place where you stay to pick you up for the Hot Air Balloon ride. It is recommended that you commence your journey at 5.15 am. As the sun rises, you will find the breathtaking view and the vibrant colours of the Kandalama Lake and the surrounding natural sanctuary. Your ride will be complemented with the majestic view of the golden Buddha statue and with glimpses of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Your ride will take one hour or an hour and a half, depending on the wind directions and where you will land.

What would the experience be like?

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If you are staying in Habarana, enjoying the sight of wild elephants, booking your Hot Air Balloon ride from Habarana is the best option for you. You can start your journey at 4.30 am and your ride will end probably at 6.00 am. You will be picked up by the tour organizers from your hotel. Ride from Habarana is best suited for you if you want to witness the herds of wild elephants coming out from forests in search of water during the mornings. This marvellous sight together will lush green wilderness is a sight worth seeing. The surrounding terrain homes the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya and the cave temples of Dambulla. Your ride accompanied by experienced pilots will be filled with awe and marvel.

What to wear and bring for your adventure

  • Dress casually and comfortably. The air gets warmer as the sun comes out. 
  • Choose comfortable shoes of your choice. 
  • Bringing A hat, cap or a Scaff is recommended. 
  • You are expected to allocate at least three and a half hours for your entire journey. 
  • Please note that if you are pregnant or if you have children under 7 years of age, the ride isn’t ideal for you. 
  • If the flight is cancelled due to bad weather or any other unavoidable circumstance, your payment will be refunded in full. 
  • You can throw candy at local village children if you wish to. So bring some candy if you are interested in doing so. Local children love this. 
  • Your pickup time will depend on the location you are staying. The time will be between 4.45 am to 5.30 am.  
  • You can propose to your loved one, or celebrate any other special occasion on a hot air balloon. Make sure that you make the necessary arrangements and inform your tour company about this. 
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