Hot Air Ballooning Day Tour
Enjoy an experience of a lifetime as you feel the adrenaline rush while drifting off over breathtaking views of the tropical paradise of Sri Lanka. The climb may go unnoticed but in a few seconds, just look down and you will be floating above rugged mountains, lakes, rivers, cultural attractions and green trees. Let the excitement grow as your pilot lets you touch tree tops, close-up on a bird or watch an animal walking in daybreak. Unlike traditional air travel, hot air ballooning is a completely different experience where you feel absolutely no movement after you take off from the ground. You are left in complete silence to indulge in the surroundings of peace and serenity. Hot air ballooning in Sri Lanka is conducted by handpicked pilots who have the necessary qualifications and plenty of experience. Balloons are registered and the crew is fluent in English so as to explain safety measures to passengers in the best possible way. If the weather is even slightly unacceptable, they will not take off the ground. In case of a flight cancellation, guests will be refunded their money. The hot air balloon flight is a complete morning experience, with the meeting point being at Heritance Kandalama hotel at sunrise – as early morning rides offer the best landscape views. The actual ride is about an hour or so but with the time taken from pick up to transfer to preparation of the balloon, flight briefing, takeoff, the flight itself, landing & retrieval and transfer back to hotel, the entire affair takes about 4 hours. On most days, the launch point is at Kandalama but sometimes, depending on the direction and speed of wind, pilots cans change the launch site. Standard pickup points for guests going on the hot air balloon day tour are Habarana, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandalama. Depending on your location, you will be picked up at anywhere between 4.45a.m – 5.15 a.m. Due to the high demand for hot air balloon rides in Sri Lanka, Saffron Sri Lanka Tours strongly advice guests to make their reservations well in advance in order to avoid disappointment.
More About Tour
Flight Area and Timing –
Take Off Place: Kandalama / Dambulla
Flight Area: Dambulla-Kandalama-Sigiriya depending wind direction.
Take Off Time: Around 06:00
Flight Duration: 1 hour (+/- 10 min. depending on weather and terrain)
Pick Up Time: Kandalama: 05:30 , Dambulla: 05:15, Sigiriya & Habarana: 05:00 (may vary depending on hotel location)
Transfers from/to hotel, snack Breakfast before take-off (bun, tea-coffee, banana), 1h Balloon Flight, Cold Water on board, Glass of Champagne – Juice – Water and Cake on landing location, personalized Flight Certificate, Insurance
This is where the tour will begin from and take you over the Cave Temple and other green areas of Dambulla.
Fly above the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and other neighboring areas for a splendid sight. Habarana and Minneriya (optional): Explore the wildlife by road in these two close by towns if time permits after your hot air balloon ride.
Explore the wildlife by road in these two close by towns if time permits after your hot air balloon ride.
What You Should Know
It is no colder in the balloon than it is on the ground. You should wear sensible shoes and dress comfortably. Flights generally take place in the early morning (because the weather is more stable), and the average distance we cover, in accordance with the wind speed and direction, is anywhere from 1 to 15 kilometers. The height at which we fly will vary from tree top level – where we enjoy contour flying at low level to several thousand feet up: the perfect vantage point to observe the majesty of Dambulla-Kandalama area.
We collect you from your hotel approximately half an hour before sunrise.
Transport to and from your hotel is provided in our luxury company vehicles and snack brekfast provided at take-off point.
Your pilot will give you a safety briefing before take- off and tell you everything for a safe and enjoyable flight.
The flight has a duration of 1 hour plus or minus 10 minutes, depending on weather conditions and terrain.
After landing, we celebrate in style with a traditional glass of Champagne, juice and cake. Then, your pilot hands out your personalized flight certificate.
You should allow 3 hours from start to finish.