Sailing possibilities during your Sri Lankan holiday !
When it comes to water, Sri Lanka has much to offer. While the island nation may not be particularly known as a sailing destination, its situation in the Indian Ocean with a 1340km long coastline spells the extent of the opportunities available. Sri Lanka being endowed with spectacular bays, sailing enthusiasts are bound to be rewarded with unhindered opportunities. From June to September, one should head to the north east while the south coast is best for sailing from December to April.
Sailing tours usually include snorkelling options and some of the major sailing spots are Kalpitiya, Trincomalee, Galle, Pasikuda, Beruwela, and Mirissa. This promises to be a fun activity for families, honeymooning couples and backpackers alike. Tour operators offer a choice of vessels from catamarans to yachts and a choice of itineraries. The cost varies depending on your choice of vessel, the duration at sea including anchorage time and location.
You could also opt for a boat ride across the numerous rivers, lagoons and canals of Sri Lanka. A typical boat ride promises a scintillating view of remote villages, Buddhist temples, old churches, mangroves and lush greenery. Sailing on the Bolgoda Lake near Colombo is very popular too, even among local tourists. A ride at Hikkaduwa is accompanied by various sights of monkeys, crocodiles, turtle farms and gem mines to name a few. On Madhuganga Lake near Ambalangoda, do get a foot rub from fishes (yes, it’s a whole new level of beauty treatment!). Other options are the Bentota River and the Kalu Ganga. The approximate cost of these rides in a motorized local boat is around Rs.4000.