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Hot Air Ballooning

Explore the natural beauty of the Island on a hot air Balloon. Watch the Elephants in their natural habitant without disturbing them, fly over the placid lakes or take a bird's eye view over Sigiriya Rock or a historical ruined city without disturbing the landscapes.

The Cultural Triangle and Gall

Red Dot now offers Hot Air Ballooning in the Cultural Triangle and in Galle. Hot Air Ballooning is a rewarding experience made even better with the warm and friendly welcome that you receive from villagers when the balloon finally lands. Soar high above untouched wilderness, rock temples and ancient ruins in the Cultural Triangle or the scenic Galle coast, inland waterways, and the magnificient 17th century Dutch Fort. The Cultural Triangle trip starts off at Kandalama to Dambulla. In Galle the flights depart about 15kms inland and rises to about 2,000ft – 3,000ft providing panoramic views. A typical trip would start at dawn and last for approximately one hour – depending on the prevailing winds. The exact route of your flight cannot be predicted as this is dependent on the prevailing winds. Red Dot has preferential rates with Adventure Centre Asia, the leading balloon operator in the island, and ballooning trips are now offered daily throughout the season from November to April when the winds are light and the sky at its bluest.

A typical flight

Your hot air balloon adventure lasts approx 3 to 4 hours, starting with the preparation and inflation of the balloon, briefing, takeoff, flight (approx 1 hour), landing/retrieval and the return by van. The take-off is in the morning soon after dawn. The exact time of you will be picked-up will confirmed when you make your booking. However, assuming you are staying in Galle and sunrise is around 6.30am then you can expect to leave the hotel around 5.30am. Hot air ballooning starts about 15 km inland from the historic city of Galle in the south and your path depends on the direction of the wind. A support vehicle will follow the flight.