Introduction to Hot Air Balloon
The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. It is in a class of aircraft known as balloon aircraft. On November 21, 1783, in Paris, France, the first untethered manned flight was made by Montgolfier brothers. Hot air balloons that can be propelled through the air rather than just being pushed along by the wind are known as airships or, more specifically, thermal airships.
A hot air balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that is capable of containing heated air. Suspended beneath is a gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule), which carries passengers and (usually) a source of heat, in most cases an open flame. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope.
In today's sport balloons the envelope is generally made from nylon fabric and the mouth of the balloon (closest to the burner flame) is made from fire resistant material such as Nomex. Beginning in the mid-1970s, balloon envelopes have been made in all kinds of shapes, such as hot dogs, rocket ships, and the shapes of commercial products, though the traditional shape remains popular for most non-commercial, and many commercial, applications.
Ballooning is to be found in many countries in the world and it is a wonderful way to appreciate the local area and beauty gently floating with the wind.
Ballooning in Sri Lanka
As with many countries, it is become a tourist favorite to take a flight to see the sights. Sri Lanka currently operates Hot Air Balloons from the Cultural Triangle in the North Central Province and Galle in the South coast. Hot air ballooning in Sri Lanka has enjoyed increasing popularity over recent years, but techniques have changed slightly since the first adventurers braved the elements and scaled the heights.
Floating at heights of 500 to 2000 feet on average, this feeling of peace and tranquility is apparent from the extent of sighs & smiles as the earth seems to slowly descend & rotate below you whilst the views rapidly expand. There are many enthusiasts the world over that partakes in hot air ballooning events and to watch one of these events, with their many colourful balloons, is truly a magnificent sight, like no other.
No other excursion can match the bird’s eye view, beauty and splendours of the Sri Lankan landscape as a balloon flight.
Imagine floating in air, feeling completely weightless and gliding through the atmosphere putting all your cares into perspective. With barely a wisp of a breeze to touch your skin, balloon rides are one way of finding yourself at one with nature and seeing the world from a bird's eye view. Balloon rides in Sri Lanka are becoming more popular and with private launch sites within the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka - Kandalama, Sigiriya, Dambulla; The FORT – Galle, Tissamaharama, ; Buttala/Yala: The Sugar and Safari Village as the Sri Lankan country side is often referred to, we offer the most sensational flyover experience.
Itinerary of Balloon Ride (Standard)
Hot Air balloon adventure starts early morning and will last about three and a half hours, starting with the preparation and inflation of the balloon, briefing, take off, flight (approximately one hour), landing/retrieval and the return by van. After the Pilot’s briefing, you will rise into the air floating gently over breath-taking scenery. Take in the magnificent sunrise. The exact route of your flight cannot be predicted as this is dependent on the prevailing winds. A support crew and vehicle follows the flight.
05.45 - 06.00 am
Meet at Heritance Kandalama grounds or your Hotel reception.
06.15 – 06.30 am
You board the balloon and the Chief Pilot will brief you on safety.
Enjoy your one hour flight, floating serenely over stunning and breathtaking views of the countryside with only the occasional blasts of the burners to disturb the peace!
Flying over the jungle you may see elephants roaming freely, water buffaloes standing in the paddy fields and monkeys swinging from the trees. View of Sigiriya standing majestically in the distance is very visible with the rising of the sun.
Village kids beneath the balloon trying to keep up with the chase on foot or bicycles and you could also spot our Chase Crew as they follow us to the landing site.
8 am approx.
After an exhilarating flight over the jungle you will be welcomed on landing by friendly villagers who are happy to help pack away the balloon.
After each flight we commemorate the adventure with a Champagne Celebration. After, you will be brought back to your hotel by our crew.
Things to make a note of:
- Dress casually and comfortably for the weather, it is a little warmer while the sun is out.
- We 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 for protection.
- If you wish you may carry a pack of sweets to throw to kids when flying over their villages or hand over to them at the landing site when they come to welcome you as an adventurer to their homeland.
- Your vehicle can by all means follow you with the chase crew.
- You are advised to allocate a maximum of 3 1/2 hours for your balloon excursion.
- Kids below 7 years and pregnant women will not be allowed in the balloon. However, please talk to us about flying your kid.
- If a flight is cancelled due to bad weather we do not charge and payment is refunded in full case of advance payment.
The total price is approximately US$ 165/- per adult and US$ 100/- per child between the ages of 7 and 12. This includes hotel transfers, and full insurance cover. Children under 7 years and pregnant ladies will not be allowed to take the balloon flight and children under 16 years have to be accompanied by an adult. The maximum capacity of the balloon is 16 people. A full refund is offered if the flight has to be cancelled due to poor weather or technical reasons.
Balloons operate regular commercial balloon flights from Kandalama. The pilots have a commercial license approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka. The balloons are certified and maintenance inspections are conducted annually as per the safety regulations laid by DGCA Director General of Civil Aviation Sri Lanka.
We at Ceylon Insight hope these informations are adequate to get an idea of Sri Lanka Hot Air Ballooning and please feel free to contact us directly via firstname.lastname@example.org or fill following enquiry form and submit in order to tailor your holiday with Adventure / Balloon as per your requirements and ideas.