Outside of surf and yoga, the southern coast of Sri Lanka is filled with an abundance of activities. Paddle down jungle rivers, see blue whales in their most natural habitat or experience a Sri Lankan cooking class are some of the experiences that await you.
We have three amazing locations in which to go paddle boarding, each more amazing than the last.
– A sunrise or sunset river paddle only a 10 minute tuktuk ride from Camp Poe. This takes you around a stunning mangrove island where you can view amazing flora and fauna.
– An ocean paddle from Mirissa to the beautiful secret beach to chill, swim and do some snorkelling on the shallow reef. There is also a cute little bar where you can grab a drink and order some lunch (not included).
– Head inland for our epic jungle river adventures (check out the video above!)… Meandering through the Kanneliya Rainforest with grade I/II rapids and jungle hills as the backdrop, the Gin Ganga is a true wild jungle river experience. Choose one or three day/two night camping.
Discover tropical flora and fauna with our local guide.
Wander along the jungle paths of the Sinharaja Rainforest, the biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka, observing the beauty of nature. Take a close look at snakes, geckos, colorful butterflies and other animals endemic to our country.
The trail of the hike brings us out into an impressive waterfall where you can exhilirate yourself by diving into the deep, cool refreshing waters. Followed by a nourishing local rice and curry before your transfer back to civilisation.
With herds of elephants, wild buffalo, sambar deer and leopards, Uda Walawe National Park is the Sri Lankan national park that best rivals the savannah reserves of Africa.
The Uda Walawe Reservoir, is a lightly vegetated park, spanning over 300 sq-km. This sparce terrain makes game-watching easy, allowing visitors to observe animal behaviours in thier natural surrounding.
On a usual visit it is possible to see whole herds of adults and young elephants feeding, bathing and playing in the water. Around 400 elephants are known to be living in the area. In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many crocodiles, water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.
Get comfy in one of our tuk-tuks and lean back while Sarat, our local guide drives you through the hidden and lovely corners of our neighborhood.
Cruise through the vibrant green paddy fields; discover trees and fruits you never knew existed and marvel at the local wildlife you will cross along the way.
Experience the magic in one of Sri Lanka’s famous tea plantations. From picking the leaves to being brewed in your cup, view the entire amazing process. You’ll have the opportunity to purchase some delicious tea for your loved ones back home so they too can enjoy a little taste of Sri Lanka. This is a must if you want to experience and find out about the real Sri Lanka through the eyes of a local. Sarat, who speaks good English and German, has a wealth of knowledge.
There is no better way to end your fun filled, adventurous or relaxing day at Camp Poe than by sitting by the beach and watching the incredible tropical sunsets that Sri Lanka displays every evening around 6pm.
Within minutes of Camp Poe we have many amazing beaches to get a full view of the setting sun. Some of our favourites include the quieter Devils Island, Gurubebila in Midigama. If you fancy winding down with a cold drink then 7th sky situated on Kabalana Beach is the place. Or there is the ultimate (and our personal favourite) a sunset surf at sticks or the rock.