The climate in the Cultural Triangle is perfect for balloon rides due to it’s calm and predictable nature. The early morning start is due to more stable weather and wind patterns at that time of the day. The average distance covered, in accordance with the wind speed and direction, is anywhere from two to ten miles. The balloon will reach heights from tree top level to several thousand feet up; the perfect vantage point to observe the majesty of the Cultural Triangle.
After an exhilarating flight lasting about an hour you will be welcomed on landing by friendly villagers who are happy to meet and greet you. Your Pilot will toast the flight with a glass of champagne after which you will be transported back to your hotel in time for breakfast with memories of a lifetime.
What: Hot air balloon ride in the Cultural Triangle
When: Balloon rides are in operation between November – April. You will be picked up between 5-5.30am (depending on where in the Cultural Triangle you are staying). Flights average about an hour and the whole excursion is up to about 3 ½ hours from the time of pick up to the time you are dropped back at your hotel.
Where: Sigiriya-Dambulla-Kandalama area
How much: $195 per adult
Need to know: There are issues to consider before deciding to take your children. The sides of the basket are approximately 4 feet high, therefore, small children will not be able to enjoy the beautiful views. Adults are not permitted to hold or carry children during a flight. Another fact to consider is, the burners directly above. As very young children are often frightened by the noise of the burner, children under the age of 7 are not permitted to take a balloon flight.