Hot Air Balloons
Balloons that travel with the wind, make for one of the most surreal and tranquil sensations of flight. Following the initial adrenaline rush of the take off, one could settle down to absorb the wonder of the colourful earth below.
A hot air balloon is a lighter-than-air aircraft consisting of a bag, called an envelope, which contains heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule), which carries passengers and a source of heat, in most cases an open flame caused by burning liquid propane. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the colder air outside the envelope.
Adventure tourism is gaining a strong foothold in Sri Lanka, a region which already enjoys a mature and well-developed tourism market. Blessed with jungles teeming with flora and fauna, an abundance of underwater life, mountains and cliffs to explore, Sri Lanka is an island one must visit.
Imagine yourself floating gracefully over the spectacular lands of Sri Lanka with beautiful rivers, magical forests, green mountains and ancient historical sites. Hot air ballooning is a relatively new activity, but it’s gaining more popularity each year. It’s a unique way to see the country and there are no two routes alike so you are guaranteed to have a unique experience.
Balloon trips are usually scheduled in the morning so you could watch the sunrise in the air. Takeoff starts soon after dawn which is around 6-7 a.m. depending on the season. It’s best to ask your travel agent to arrange a wakeup call so you would wake up on time. It is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience that shouldn’t be missed.