Sri Lanka, a beautiful tropical island will surely enchant you with its beautiful scenery, exquisite flora and fauna, diverse terrain, colourful culture dating back over 2000 years, ancient Buddhist temples, undaunted coastal beauty, pristine beaches, extensive wildlife and incredible archaeological history are your lifelong experiences. But if you are an extreme thrill seeker, you should definitely explore and hit the water sports in Sri Lanka. This land makes sure that something exquisite is in the store for you. It’s offering of water sport activities will surely help you to explore the opulence of the tropical water of the magnificent Indian Ocean.

From deep-sea snorkelling through wild-waves to experiencing wind surfing, Sri Lanka has an array of water sports to choose from! But since there are loads of adventurous water sports in Sri Lanka, we have listed below the best ones for water babies like you, where you will have ample of opportunity to have fun, relax, and be a little more adventurous!

So, why to wait anymore? Just grab a cheaper deal with us on Sri Lanka flight tickets, and add on to it: apply for our quick and easy online Sri Lanka visa process and fly higher to your dreams of dashing deep into the water and enjoying the pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Make sure, when planning your Sri Lanka tour package, you don’t forget to indulge in these thrilling water sports activities for an unprecedented experience!

1. Snorkelling

Snorkeling in Sri Lanka
Boy swimming with a giant sea turtle in the ocean in Sri Lanka

Snorkelling is the perfect opportunity to test the waters of Sri Lanka, which can bridge the length of three nautical miles. You can sense the real thrill when you try this activity. The entire south coast of Sri Lanka is full of such adventurous water sports. As a country’s cultural beach hub, Hikkaduwa is at the top of the list for the best snorkelling beaches in Sri Lanka. Located just 98km south of the city of Colombo, this beach is home to colourful coral reefs and numerous tropical fishes, sea urchins and turtles. This place is ideal not only for experienced snorkelers, but also for amateurs who can learn scuba skills from all-season PADI instructors.

If you want to experience the real thrill, try to reach its peak. You can also try Bar Reef which is considered to be Sri Lanka’s largest reef.

Location: Hikkaduwa beach, Sri Lanka.
Cost: Experience this thrilling water sport activity in Sri Lanka that starts from ₹1,500/- per person.

2. White Water Rafting

Rafting at the Kelani Kanga river with White Water Rafting adventure in Sri Lanka
Rafting at the Kelani Kanga river with White Water Rafting adventure in Sri Lanka
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One of the fun and exciting water sports in Sri Lanka is the White Water Rafting. You can enjoy an active day away from the hustle and bustle of the city on a rafting trip down the Kelani River. The Kelani River is famous for its rapids and downhills, where you can raft through the rapids and tributaries of the water. White water rafting provides a fun experience. You can plunge into this adventurous activity under the professional supervision of a private guide. If you are visiting Sri Lanka with friends and family, this is one of the things you must do!

Location: Kitugala, Sri Lanka.
Cost: You can get the surreal experience for just ₹5,500. However, it varies upon the size of your group.

3. Canoeing Tour

Boy sailing in canoe in Sri Lanka
Boy sailing in canoe in Sri Lanka

Canoeing is a must do activity when you visit the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka. You can experience this with your partner at Unawatuna which is a wonderful island where most adventure sports are held at the Galle. Canoeing is a beautiful experience to explore, especially at Galle. The canoe can take you in the natural beauty of flora and fauna, which features changing landscapes and fascinating mangroves. Once there, canoe down the scenic river, paddle through the gorgeous scenery and create so many cheerful memories to take back home.

Location: Unawatuna Lagoon, Galle Hours, Sri Lanka.
Cost: The tour approximately starts from ₹3,000/-.

4. Windsurfing

Windsurfing in Sri Lanka
Windsurfing in Sri Lanka

Sway in the wind and ride the waves by indulging in one of the best water sports in Sri Lanka. You can surf the sailboat in the clear waters and experience a real adrenaline rush! Sri Lanka’s golden beaches and the humid atmosphere make it one of the best places for windsurfing. This sport requires a specific combination of balance and strength. The exhilarating moment of surfing and the spectacular waves bring back energy and lots of memories.

Location: Bentota and The Colombo Sailing club located on Bologoda Lake.
Cost: Windsurfing costs between ₹1000 to ₹10,000 range and the cost can vary as per the location.

5. Kayaking

Kayaking in Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka
Kayaking in Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka
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Kayaking is just another mode of transportation used by fishermen in ancient times. You can try kayaking on the famous river of Kalu Ganga which flows into the west coast town of Kalutara and eventually meets the Indian Ocean. When kayaking, you can see the fascinating flora and fauna of the surrounding area. It is one of the best water sports in Sri Lanka and is the safest thing that you can experience in Sri Lanka. You just need to paddle through the river, and relax while enjoying the stunning views of the surroundings.

Cost: It usually starts from just ₹2,500/- per person.

6. Seaplane Ride

Seaplane in Sri Lanka
Seaplane in Sri Lanka
Image Credit: Sri Lankan Expeditions

Would you like to go on a completely different scenic trip in Sri Lanka?

Well, now boarding a seaplane is an activity that offers the most breath-taking experience of capturing the beauty of the place while flying at the same time on the water and in the air. Sri Lanka is blessed with magnificent scenic beauty and cultural diversity. You can take a bird’s-eye view of this mesmerising island comfortably on a Sri Lankan seaplane ride. You can enjoy some of the spectacular sights of ancient architecture and experience the scenic beauty that unfolds in front of you in countless ways.

Location: The rides are available from Colombo, Bentota, Kandy, Sigiriya, Trincomalee and many other cities.
Cost: The ride gives you a fantastic experience that starts from ₹25,000/- per person.

Excited already?

Well, you should be because for all the thrill seekers, Sri Lanka is definitely an unmissable country to explore. It is one of the best places to get that adrenaline rush. You can dive deep into the water and can easily overcome all your anxieties and you experienced during all the water sports in Sri Lanka.

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