Hot Air Balooning Dambulla:
There is “Magic in the Air” in the Cultural Triangle, what better way to see all that our beautiful countryside has to offer than with an early morning sunrise hot air balloon flight ! If you are lucky enough to visit the beautiful island of Sri Lanka then you should take the opportunity to see the wondrous sights from the air starting from Kandalama, Dambulla in the Cultural Triangle.
Wondered what it would be like to be a cloud ? Find out firsthand with an exciting hot air balloon ride by Sun Rise Ballooning. Not only will you experience the thrill of a wingless flight, but you will be able to see all of the area’s great attractions and breathtaking views !
As you gently leave the bonds of earth, you will float effortlessly over jungles, lakes and waterways as day breaks with the awakening of wildlife and villagers waving as you fly over their homes and the colours of nature.
Flying over the jungle you may see elephants roaming freely, variety of birds, wild life, water buffaloes standing in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees.
After an exhilarating flight over the jungle 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 our transport will take you back to your hotel.
You will have the rest of the day to visit around Sigiriya, Habarana and include a safari at Minneriya or Kaudulla National Parks. (Not Include the Tour)
- 1 hour Hot Air Balloon Flight Fees
- Celebratory Champagne & Juice
- Chilled bottled water
- Free Hotel pickup and drop-off (Kandalama / Dambulla/ Sigiriya & Habarana Hotels)
- Food and drink
- Hotel pickup and drop-off additional fee, if outside of free area.Please contact us with your hotel name and address.
November to April – Daily flights during the season weather permitting in the Cultural Triangle. Your Hot Air Balloon Flight is approximately one hour and it will take up to a maximum of 4 hours from the time of pick up ie: between 4.45am to 5.15 am depending on your location, to the time you are dropped off at your hotel after the flight.
Our normal launch site is in Kandalama, however, depending on the direction and speed of the winds, Pilots at their discretion, will change launch sites
Pick up points are: Habarana, Sigiriya, Dambulla and Kandalama
2023 & 2024 > 20th October to end of April.
Adult – 260 USD Adult
Child – 205 USD (Ages 7 – 11 Year)
Minimum age of kids is 7 years old.
* Teenagers under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult and kids under 7 years old and pregnant ladies will not be allowed to take the balloon flight.
** Call us for local rate and resident visa holder rate
Hotel Pickup Times:
Habarana & Sigiriya Area Hotels – 4.45 Am
Dambulla Area Hotels – 5.00 Am
Kandalama Area Hotels – 5.15 Am
However, times may differ from the location of the hotel to the launch site in Kandalama.
* Free Pickup from above area hotels.
Departure Time Comments:
- Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.
- Hotel pickups commence may prior to this time as per your hotel location. You can contact us verify your exact pickup time.
- Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 – 60 minutes prior to this time
# Kandalama Launch area.
Returns to original departure point
Hot Air Balloon Capacity:
The passenger capacity varies from the sizes of balloons, which is based more on weight and temperature than the number of passengers. Our balloons can carry from 8 – 16 passengers per flight.
Hot Air Balloon dress code:
Dress casually and comfortably for the weather, it is a little warmer while the sun is out. We also recommend closed toe shoes to opened toe or high heeled shoes as we want to protect your feet just as much as the rest of you. A hat or cap to protect you from the heat of the burners.
Can I take my children in Hot Air Balloon:
We encourage families to participate in Hot Air Ballooning, however there are issues to consider before deciding to take your children. The sides of the basket are approximately 4’ high, therefore, children who are not as tall will not enjoy the beautiful views and may get irritated. Adults are not permitted to hold or carry children during a flight.
A child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Another fact to consider is, the burners directly above. We’ve found that very young children, are often frightened by the noise of the burner. Because of these reasons and past experience, children under the age of 7 are not permitted to take the flight.
Can anyone fly in Hot Air Balloon:
Pregnant mothers and guests taking medications must consult their physician before flying in a Hot Air Balloon.
You are most welcomed to bring in your still or video cameras aboard to take as much memorable pictures and videos to last a lifetime of your memorable sky safari over beautiful Sri Lanka !!
How High Does The Hot Air Balloon Fly?
We normally reach between 500 and 2,500 feet high – and where allowed.
Do we fly on the same direction twice?
Where the hot air balloon flies is always in the direction of the wind and no two flights are the same.
Afraid of heights (acrophobia)?
Many people who have a fear of heights or were just anxious about flying have realize it is not what they were expecting, there is no rocking or turbulence like on a plane. Why don’t you give it a try and have a new experience.
Where do we land?
Wish I had an answer for you on that one, but I don’t! This is really a part of the excitement and adventure of ballooning! We might land in a large field or even someone’s front yard !
The direction of the Hot Air Balloon cannot be controlled by steering as it travels only with the wind and at the speed of the wind. There are usually different wind directions at different altitudes, and by seeking out different wind currents a pilot can maneuver his balloon in several directions.
For safety reasons, balloonists generally prefer for the winds to be less than 10 mph and the clouds to be at least 2000′ above the ground.
How far will we fly?
Well, that depends on the winds. Since we fly with the winds, if the wind is 2 mph, we will fly about 2 miles. If the wind is 8 mph, we will fly closer to 8 miles. You get the picture.
After the landing?
We go nowhere until our crew shows up to get us. Balloon chasing is a fun challenge and hopefully the chase will be there waiting for us, or will arrive shortly after we land to take you back to your place of pick up and to pack up the balloon. Your vehicle could also join in the fun with our chase team, if you wish!
After each flight we commemorate the adventure with a Champagne Celebration.
About the Tour Operator:
- 4R-OSY – 16 passenger
- 4R-ISN – 8 passenger
- 4R-UBY – 2 passenger
Flights are dependent on good weather conditions. In case of flight cancellation due to bad weather conditions, full amount will be refunded. If you wish and we have availability, possible to attend next day’s flight. On the other hand, if you want to cancel your Sri Lanka Balloon Flight, you can cancel it up to 5 days before the flight and you can get your payment back (except Gift Vouchers).
Additional Tour Information:
- For Next day bookings, Please you must contact us by Call or SMS / WhatsApp / Viber with mention exact pickup Location to +94776487757
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Pregnant ladies and infants are not allowed in the basket.
- Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical condition
- Hot air ballooning is totally weather dependent, flights will be cancelled by the Pilots for safety reasons.
- Please include your Mobile / Local contact number & Hotel pickup details at the booking