Adventure Tourism taken to Greater Heights with Hot Air Balloons

The skies over Sri Lanka will light up from Saturday March 22nd for two weeks as the Sri Lanka Balloon Festival 2008 takes off the ‘ground’ with 72 international ballooning enthusiasts mainly from the UK, Ireland, Japan and Saudi Arabia, joining in the fun and adventure this year.

The events will commence with ‘Night Glow’ on Saturday March 22nd when 22 Hot Air Balloons will be on display at a venue in Colombo . The main events – the ballooning over Sri Lankan landscape is happening in Hambantota in the deep south of Sri Lanka, from March 26th to 30th . The week from March 31st onwards, the Balloons will flyover the cultural triangle, in Sigiriya.

Inaugurated in 2003 the Sri Lanka Balloon Festival has gained wide popularity with many repeat guests participating. The event has received much publicity in ballooning circles on being featured in the British Balloon and Airship Club Magazine Aero Stat and the Japanese magazine Sky Sport.

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