Hot Air Balloon Rides Sri Lanka
Imagine floating over some of Sri Lanka's dramatically varied landscape ranging from the ancient cities of the Cultural Triangle (such as SIGIRIYA ) to the wonders of the UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK (how else do you get to see the elephants from above?!) Hot Air Ballooning is a relatively new activity to Sri Lanka , but in response to the ongoing search for new and exciting ways of seeing the country, it provides a remarkable experience never to be forgotten. With no two flight paths the same, it really will be a unique journey.
All hot air balloons are manufactured in the UK , where balloon pilots are also trained by instructors licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka. Throughout the flight, an experienced ground crew (following the flight path in a jeep) are in constant communication with the pilot of the balloon, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. So all you need to do is relax, enjoy the peace and quiet and admire the views of Sri Lanka !
N.B. Hot Air Ballooning is dependant on weather conditions so the best season for flying is October to April when light winds and lack of rain prevail.
The deluxe basket carries up to sixteen passengers plus the pilot, and has padding and handles.
When to go : October-May, Flights commence at approx Sunrise (6.30-7.00am) The Inflation, flight briefing – tea and biscuits – then a 1hr +/- flight of tranquil sightseeing plus a Champagne / Tropical Fruit Breakfast follows on landing.
What is down below: The main operating centre is the Cultural Triangle , (Kandalama as the base) rich in culture, mountains, lakes and lotus ponds plus wildlife…. not to mention Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
The balloon is Australian manufactured. Pilots are holders of International CPL licenses and endorsed by CAA in Sri Lankan whilst also holding a Sri Lankan License. The Pilot's decision to fly or not is final (regarding weather). Passengers are required to sign an indemnity form. Check the small print on your travel insurance.
Adventure Asia Int. has all passengers insured and are the only holders of an Airline Operators Certificate (AOC) permitting commercial flights in the country. Adventure Asia Int. has been appointed by the SLCAA to oversee all ballooning operations in Sri Lanka .
Speed 5-10 knots, no flights in wind speeds 10 knots, height up to 2500ft.
Communication – 2-way VHF radio with ground crew, Air Force plus mobile phone support.
If you would like to take a flight, just let us know and we will plan it into your itinerary.
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