Sri Lanka hot air balloons
Sri Lanka hot air balloons


Up, Up & Away


Discover the enchanting landscapes of Sri Lanka from a breathtaking perspective with a hot air balloon ride over Kandalama and Dambulla. This unforgettable experience offers a unique vantage point to witness the beauty and cultural richness of these historic regions.

Kandalama: A Tranquil Oasis

Nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, Kandalama is renowned for its serene beauty and luxurious resorts. The region is a tranquil oasis surrounded by lush greenery and the picturesque Kandalama Lake. As your hot air balloon ascends, you’ll be captivated by the sight of the lake shimmering in the morning light, bordered by dense forests and rolling hills. The panoramic views of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the distance add a touch of historical grandeur to the serene landscape. The area is also home to an array of wildlife, including elephants and exotic birds, making your aerial journey even more enchanting.

Dambulla: A Historical Gem

Dambulla, just a short distance from Kandalama, is famed for its ancient cave temples and rich cultural heritage. The Dambulla Cave Temple, also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, is a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to the 1st century BCE. As you glide over Dambulla, you’ll see the temple complex nestled within a massive rock outcrop. The intricate frescoes and over 150 statues of Buddha housed within these caves reflect the artistic and spiritual history of Sri Lanka. The sight of the temple from above, with its golden spires gleaming in the sunlight, is a moment of awe and reverence.

Your journey begins in the early morning hours when the weather is calm, and the air is crisp. As the balloon inflates and lifts off, you’ll feel a sense of tranquility and excitement. Drifting gently above the landscape, you’ll have a bird’s-eye view of the lush forests, ancient ruins and peaceful lakes. The skilled pilots provide insightful commentary, enriching your experience with historical and cultural anecdotes about the sites below.

The flight lasts approximately an hour, during which you can take stunning photographs and soak in the unparalleled beauty of the region. Upon landing, a celebratory toast awaits, along with a light breakfast, allowing you to savor the magical experience you’ve just had.

Hot air ballooning over Kandalama and Dambulla is more than just a ride; it’s a journey through the history, culture and natural beauty of Sri Lanka.

Hot air ballooning over Kandalama and Dambulla is more than just a ride; it’s a journey through history & culture.


  • Season: November to April
  • Flying area: Kandalama / Dambulla
  • Flight Time: At sunrise, taking off at 5.45am – 6 am
  • Flight Duration: Approximately 1 hour plus or minus 10 minutes
  • Dress: Casual as in hiking with closed-toe shoes and a hat or cap
Sri Lanka hot air balloons