- On February 21, 2021
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Water Rafting Sri Lanka
Looking forward to spend a holiday in Sri Lanka? Holidays are much more fun when you visit the banks of the Kelani River. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KM. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable experience during your White Water Rafting Tour in Kitulagala.
A mere 2 hour drive from Colombo-Nuwara Eliya road, Kitulgala is a Rain Forest patch which attracts many resident and foreign tourists for its natural beauty. Engage in an adrenaline pumping journey along the Kelani River, which is part of the famous Bridge on the River Kwai fame. Paddle through the calm waters and the lush greenery of the Virgin’s Breast and move along to the Killer Fall with strong rapids and a 90 degree drop. The gushing water and the ambience is an experience you wouldn’t want to forget. The grade three rapids of the Kelani River are ideal for beginners as well as intermediate rafters alike. Every year many tourists visit Kitulgala with family & friends to spend a day white water rafting which could lasts from 1 ½ hours to 3 hours depending on the requirements of the visitor.
Although Kitulgala is considered as the main spot to go rafting in Sri Lanka, there are few other places for rafting that travelers could also explore.
- Sitawaka River off Avissawella grade 3 and 4 Rapids [for the experienced rafts-men]
Sitawaka River off Avissawella affords the second best option in White Water Rafting in Sri Lanka. The run lasting 2 hours with grade 3 and 4 rapids is better suited for experience rafters.
- Ulapane – Gampola: River Mahaweli grade 2 to 5 Rapids [for the experienced rafts-men]
For groups of 10 or more experienced rafters, special runs are arranged by the operators. One run starts at Ulapane, near Nawalapitiya, and heads down to Gampola along the Mahaweli River, which is Sri Lanka’s longest river. It has rapids graded between from easy grade 2 to adrenalin in full flow grade 5 drops. White Water Rafting at this stretch takes about 3 hours to complete.
- Hatton – Nuwara Eliya: River Kotmale grade 4 and 5 Rapids [for the experienced rafts-men]
Hatton – Nuwara Eliya: River Kotmale is a spectacular run in addition to being a challenging option to the experienced rafts-men. It begins just below St. Clair’s Falls, lasts for nearly 6 hours, and offers rafters 5 rapids ranging from grade 4 to 5. White Water Rafting herein begins in a comparatively higher altitude unraveling magnificent views of the hills.