Trekking in Kandy

Trekking in Kandy isn’t about extreme climbs or elaborate trails; it’s about embracing the down-to-earth charm of Sri Lanka’s landscapes. Whether navigating Hanthana, exploring Udawatta Kele, immersing in local culture at Gannoruwa, or ascending to the Bahirawakanda Vihara, each trek offers a practical adventure that connects you with the heart of Kandy.

Hanthana Mountain Range Hike

Embark on a trek through the Hanthana Mountain Range, a series of lush hills surrounding Kandy. This is considered one of the best things to do in Sri Lanka. The simplicity of the trail unveils panoramic views of the city, showcasing a side of Kandy that goes beyond its cultural heritage. If you’re short on time and prefer to skip road travel, consider the convenience of air taxis offered by domestic airlines like Cinnamon Air. By flying to Polgolla Reservoir in Kandy, you can easily access Hanthana without the hassle of lengthy road journeys

Nature’s Simplicity at Udawatta Kele Sanctuary

Explore the Udawatta Kele Sanctuary, a tranquil forest reserve on the outskirts of Kandy. The straightforward trails wind through dense foliage, offering a quiet retreat where the simplicity of nature takes centre stage, and vibrant birdlife provides a symphony of sounds.

Cultural Interlude at Gannoruwa Hills

Combine trekking with a cultural touch at Gannoruwa Hills. Wander through quaint villages, meeting locals, and gaining insights into their everyday lives. The straightforward interactions offer a genuine experience of Sri Lankan rural culture.

Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue Ascent

Bahirawakanda Vihara
Bahirawakanda Vihara – Photo by Yves Alarie on Unsplash

For a blend of spirituality and trekking, climb to the Bahirawakanda Vihara Buddha Statue. The straightforward ascent provides not just an awe-inspiring view of Kandy but also a moment of reflection at the towering Buddha statue, a symbol of tranquillity in the midst of nature.

Things You Can Do on Your Vacation at Hambantota

A town full of fascinating facets that will thrill lovers of nature, culture, and history, Hambantota has plenty to do for down-to-earth seekers of experiential bliss. Here’s what you can’t miss!

Marvel at Yala National Park

A jaunty jeep safari across the nation’s largest and most renowned nature reserve is one of the crowning glories of a Sri Lankan vacation, hosting exhilarating encounters with over 44 species of native mammals and 200 species of birds in their natural habitat, from the elusively gorgeous Asian leopard to brilliant peacocks, lagoon crocodiles, adorable fishing cats, and the mightily gentle elephant.

Bathe at Muruthawela Reservoir

While the exhilarating jungle trek and boat ride to reach the steaming crystalline Mahapelessa Hot Springs are great additions to your itinerary, bathing in the picturesque Muruthawela canal, posing on its matchbox bridge, and visiting the ancient archaeological site provide a fulfilling challenge for those who like to veer off the beaten track.

Safari on Walawe River

Walawe River 
Image via Wikimedia Commons – Ji-Elle, Eléphants-Uda Walawe National Park (1), CC BY-SA 3.0

If you’re enamoured by dusky mangrove forests, windingly tranquil rivers, thrilling rapids, as well as an impressive diversity of water-loving animals, aquatic fowl, and rare plant species, the Walawe River is great for a splash-worthy escapade in the wild. The most enticing things to do in Sri Lanka are yours to seamlessly enjoy during your limited stay with an avant-garde domestic airline such as Cinnamon Air at your service.

Visit Ussangoda National Park

While Sri Lanka’s Down South is famed for its irresistible medley of sensational jungle-clad beaches, storybook fort towns, artisan tribal-meets-tropical bohemia, and palms majestic for swinging, and striking rock formations, Hambantota’s diversity of experiences is difficult to match. At Ussangoda National Park, for instance, you can find rich red soil plains unearthed by a meteor, beautiful stretches of ocean, rugged promontories, and an extraordinary assortment of flora and fauna.

Explore the Natural Beauty of Kandy

There are many reasons why Kandy, the hill capital of Sri Lanka, is considered one of the best locations for trekking. Kandy is surrounded by beautiful mountains, waterfalls, and forests with diverse flora and fauna. The city is also home to cultural attractions and can be reached easily from other major cities in Sri Lanka. What’s more? Kandy is considered a safe destination for travellers; this makes it the perfect location for an unforgettable trekking adventure. Here are several tips to keep in mind when planning your trek in Kandy.

Wear Comfortable, Sturdy Shoes

Trekking in Kandy can involve walking over rough terrain, so it’s essential to have shoes that can protect your feet from rough areas and provide good support. If you want to be on the safe side, opt for hiking shoes; this will help you navigate various locations with ease.

Pack Light

Ensure to bring only the essentials and leave any unnecessary items at home; this will help you to travel to various locations in Kandy more comfortably and enjoy exciting things to do in Sri Lanka as you traverse the area. Bring a backpack with you with a few water bottles and some snacks.

Wear Protective Clothing

Kandy Town
Image via Wikimedia Commons – Charith Gunarathna, Kandy Sri Lanka (25818382171), CC BY 2.0

Depending on the weather and the type of trek you are doing, it may be wise to bring protective clothing such as a rain jacket or sunscreen. Kandy observes both the rainy season and the sunny season. So, make sure to prepare yourself in advance. If you want to travel to Kandy safely and quickly, use Cinnamon Air.

Protect the Environment

Remember to protect the natural environment and take steps to minimize your impact – this may include disposing of trash properly or avoiding disturbing wildlife. Be an environmentally conscious traveller and preserve the environment for younger generations.


Minneriya National Park

Giving you the perfect respite from becoming ‘templed-out during your stay in Sri Lanka, Minneriya National Park will feast your eyes with its famous ‘elephant gathering’. Read and know more facts.

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Dominated by the ancient Minneriya Tank, the park unfolds plenty of lush forests, grasslands, and wetlands. It’s located in the North Central Province, Polonnaruwa district. The wetlands closer to the reservoir provides an important feeding ground during the dry season. If you are starting your journey from Colombo, book an air taxi in Sri Lanka with an entity like Cinnamon Air, to make your journey faster and hassle-free

The elephant gathering

This is an entirely natural phenomenon that takes place between August and September annually. The largest meeting venue for Asian elephants! Park’s reservoir welcomes more than 300 elephants during the dry season. An amazing sight to behold!


The park’s vegetation comprises wetlands, grasslands, abandoned chena cultivated lands, and tropical dry mixed lush forests. The reservoir along with its surroundings plays a significant role as a wetland, speaking volumes of its rich biodiversity.


The Minneriya National Park is home to more than 24 species of endemic animals. The most important of them is the ‘wild elephant’. You can also spot different species of aquatic birds and fishes.

Guide To Minneriya National Park

A safari through the wilderness and rugged jungles of Minneriya National Park will offer you plenty of opportunities to see Sri Lanka’s gentle giants; the elephants!

Where is it?

Minneriya National Park is located in the North Central Province of the island. There are many ways to get here, either by bus, car or plane! As flying the fastest and most convenient way to travel to the park, you’ll be able to arrange a flight through Cinnamon Air. Those interested in driving can rent a car through the many car rental groups in Sri Lanka.

Minneriya National Park | Image Credit - Photnart, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons
Minneriya National Park | Image Credit – Photnart, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikipedia Commons


The Sri Lankan elephant is a treasured beast on the island. The Minneriya National Park has approximately 150 – 200 elephants and The Gathering inside the park is known to be one of the largest wild elephant gatherings in the world.


Sadly, the Minneriya National Park faces a huge threat of being wiped out; the animals with it, due to human encroachment, overfishing, poaching, water pollution and the clearance of the forest.

Other animals

The other wonderful animals that reside in this park include the Sri Lanka leopard, deer, sloth bear, toque macaque, monitors, jungle fowl and much more.

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Dolphin & Whale Watching in Mirissa- Gentle Giants of the Ocean

Sri Lanka is a popular pick for tourists visiting South Asia as it is an island that is abundantly blessed by Mother Nature. The island is home to a wide range of flora and fauna and the oceans around are a great place to spot whales and dolphins. If you are visiting Sri Lanka then a quick travel to Mirissa will not disappoint you. Domestic flights such as those operated by Cinnamon Air could take you to the south of the country in no time.
The whale and dolphin watching adventure in Mirissa are one of the most thrilling water activities in Sri Lanka. The warm waters around Sri Lanka are ideal to spot blue whales, Bryde´s whales, sperm whales, fin whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and sometimes killer whales. Spinner dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, and striped dolphin can be seen too. The whale watching season starts in November and ends in April when the waters are warm and calm. Whale watching boats can ideally carry up to 40 passengers at a time with an observation deck.
Whale watching tours usually start around 7.00 am as boats leave the harbour around that time and last about 3.5- 4 hours. Tickets often include passenger insurance as well and provide light refreshments during the tour. It is advisable to make a pre-booking during the season as it can get pretty crowded around this time. The off season months are not great for whale and dolphin watching tours as the seas are rough; however, there have been instances of dolphin and whale watching if the conditions are not extreme. Hence it is better to check with your tour provider.
Mirissa is a great place for tourist as there are a countless number of hotels, restaurants, and bars. The beach is also regarded as one of the best in the south.

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Weligama Stilt Fishing, idyllic fishing village -Admiring an ancient craft

You might have seen fishing in various forms, but stilt fishing in Sri Lanka is a technique that would leave you gasping in awe. Stilt fishing an ancient tradition of fishing in the shallower waters, that is practised in several areas of the country, prominent among them being Weligama. According to State records, this has been in practice since the Second World War. Whenever it may have started, the skill of stilt fishing seems to be something that has been perfected by the villagers.
A long vertical rod is placed on the seabed, and a cross bar is attached to it at the height of about 2m from the surface of the water. This cross bar is called “petta”, and is where the fishermen perch. If you visit Weligama at sunrise, around noon, and towards late evening, you would see the men of the village perched on the crossbar, one hand holding the vertical rod while the other hand holds onto the fishing line. They stay in this posture for hours at an end until they get a catch. As per the tradition, no bait is used on the hook and is a simple battle of patience.
While walking to the coast of Weligama can give you a clear view of the stilt fishermen, the most amazing view is from air, from an air taxi. Sri Lanka is a small island, and as such do not have domestic flights for commercial purpose. However, certain companies like Cinnamon Air does flights for tourists that target on flying over more beautiful areas of the country. Thus, if you are able to take in the aerial view of the fishermen of Weligama, it is going to be one image you are unlikely to forget for the rest of your life.

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Surf Trip to Arugam Bay

Surf's Up In Arugam Bay
Surf’s Up In Arugam Bay | Image Source : Penthouse Travel

Sri Lanka’s east coast delivers up a perfect blend of sand, sun and waves, with no place better for surfing than the fishing village of Arugam Bay. World famous as a top surfing destination, Arugam Bay attracts surfers from around the world with its various surf breaks and isolated beaches. Located 320km from Colombo, a surf trip to Arugam Bay, or A-Bay as the locals call it, takes more than a little bit of planning; the fastest and easiest way to get there is by booking an Air Taxi. Sri Lanka has quite a few air taxi operators and the most popular tour operators like Cinnamon Air, have several ongoing offers for travel to the East Coast.

Once you have arrive and settled down in one of the many guesthouses and hotels along the coast, there are several surf points to choose from Main point, considered to be the best surf spot by many, to Whiskey Point located further north which is ideal for beginners as well. Elephant Rock and Peanut Farm are two other well-known spots near isolated beaches south of the Bay and if you head further south you’ll see Okanda, a surf spot surrounded by the dense jungle of the Kumana National Park.

While Arugam bay is more commonly known now for its surf culture and laid back hippie vibes, there is a wide range of activates to try besides surfing. There are several lagoons and beaches around Arugam bay if you just want to relax as well as cultural attractions such as historic temples and ancient ruins of Buddhist monasteries. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast the Kumana National Park is perfect for bird-watching and elephants. A trip to Arugam Bay with its natural break points and sunny beaches is the ideal vacation for anyone looking for Sri Lanka’s best surfing spot.

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Wild life at Bundala National Park


Bunadala National Park
Bunadala National Park | Image Courtesy : Deep South

Sri Lanka is a small island in the Indian Ocean, known for its beautiful beaches, but do take a closer look to discover some of its other wonders. Sri Lanka, despite its size, is one of the best countries in South Asia to watch animals in the wild. And with the recently introduced air taxi, Sri Lanka is even easier to explore. The various different habitats have been converted into national parks to protect the species that they support. Visit the wilds of Sri Lanka to observe large herds of elephants, solitary leopards, shimmering peacock and more.
Bundala National Park is located in the Hambantota District; two hundred and fifty kilometres from the capital city of Colombo. The quickest way to travel the distance is by taking a flight with an airline such as Cinnamon Air to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. The park spans over six thousand hectares but is smaller and less popular than the neighbouring Yala National Park. The region is hot, dusty and dry. You will notice the surrounding areas are mostly flat with thorny scrubs for vegetation but the lagoons and interwoven waterways make for a picturesque view.
Bundala National Park is of international significance because the park plays host to several species of migratory birds. Over two hundred species of bird have been recorded inside the park some travelling from as far as Siberia. It is best known for playing host to flamingoes who make it their winter home; as many as two thousand have been sighted at one time. Other types of fauna include the timid spotted deer, the spirited grey langur monkey and the pangolin, which is a rare sight. The park also has twenty kilometres of beachfront that stretches from Kirinda to Hambantota, where sea turtles sometimes come to nest.

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