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Here are a few ideas for some amazing, but less well known, activities available during a stay at some of our collection partners:
1. Downhill bike ride at Ashburnham Estate
For the more adventurous guests, there are 4 decent mountain bikes for guests to explore the stunning scenery in the foothills of the Knuckles Mountains. A guided bike ride with Aravinda takes you off-road and gives a chance to see local life as you flash by!

2. Junior Ranger Program at Leopard Trails
Obviously aimed at the younger generation the Leopard Trails Junior Ranger Program has evolved to be a popular activity at camp and a chance for younger guests to truly gain an appreciation for the natural environment around them. Some of the activities include identifying trees, birds and wildlife, tracking, bush walks, walkie talkie etiquette, a completion of a game drive checklist etc. Activities are also tailored according to individual and family interests, ages and skillsets. 

3. Lake Cruise at Yala
Enjoy a unique ride on a traditional “oruwa” (with a luxurious twist!), the Sinhala name for a floating raft. This activity is ideal for those that enjoy birding, as the lake and its surroundings are teeming with avifauna. Let the gentle swaying of the boat soothe you into a state of bliss. End your cruise with a gin and tonic as you watch the sunset over the horizon. A Leopard Trails guide and a team of assistants will accompany guests on this adventure. Life jackets are available.

4. Animal Monitoring Program at Gal Oya Lodge
Gal Oya Lodge have an ongoing project to record and monitor the lodge’s resident species of animals. In order to understand them better and take necessary steps to conserve these animals, their team of naturalists regularly embark on evening walks around the lodge to set up camera traps. If guests wish to partake in our monitoring project or want to learn more about the animals they are welcome to join the naturalists on their evening walk as they do this. 

5. Explore Batticaloa’s Old Town
Just 20 minutes away from Karpaha Sands is the interesting old town of Batticaloa, which is built around countless lagoons and islands. It’s a lovely place to wander around in the early morning or late evening with its old fort and mesh of many churches, mosques and temples. 

6. Kayaking or SUP boarding on Victoria Reservoir
Guests at Rukgala have the beautiful waters of the Victoria Reservoir at the bottom of their garden. Whatever the level, being in or on the water here is such an invigorating and energising experience. The managers can set you off for picnics on nearby islands or introduce to local fishermen who’ll have you on-board for trips out to catch Lake Fish or fresh-water Crayfish. 

7. Sunset cruise from Mirissa
Obviously whale watching trips are incredibly popular but if you wanted something special and a bit different then a sunset cruise onboard one of Sail Lanka’s stunning catamarans is a great option. It includes afternoon snacks, complimentary refreshments (or a bar if you want to purchase paid drinks) and water sport activities and also a chance to see whales as you are sailing. 

8. East coast snorkelling off Passikudah
During a stay at Karpaha Sands head 20 minutes up to Passikudah Bay and jump onto a 3 hours shared catamaran cruise with Sail Lanka (from May to October). There is a chance to see marine life such as dolphins and also stopping off at beautiful snorkelling spots. From $75 per adult. 

9. Learn to surf whilst at Mosvold
The beaches around Mosvold Villa are some of the best in Sri Lanka for learning to surf. They will organise instructors, board hire and pickup / drop offs. After a few hours surfing head back to the comforts of the hotel and perhaps even make the most of the masseuse, who comes to the property, to rub out any aches and pains!

10. Jungle cookery class at Gal Oya
This introduction to Sri Lankan cookery class has a twist in that it’s done out in a jungle setting. The lodge chef,  including national favourites such as curries, sambol and rotti. Guests are of course welcome to sample these treats at the end of the course!

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