Rafting and Canyoning on the Kelani RiverBack
Kitulagala is most famous for being the filming site of the famous film Bridge Over the River Kwai, however in recent years it has become well-known for something completely different – white water rafting. Rafting or kayaking (white water or flat water) is a fantastic activity for families and travellers with an adventurous spirit.
The river has Grade 2 and 3 rapids, which are quite gentle. There are calm stretches when you just glide along and look at the scenery around – dramatic forested hills either side of the river and the remains of the bridge that was blown up during the filming of The Bridge on the River Kwai. Then you come to the exciting rapids and get bounced around! If you would like to try canyoning too, you climb off the rafting boat half way down the river and trek through forest to the beginning of another small river. Here you slide down rocks and jump off the top of small waterfalls. This is not for the faint-hearted as heights are involved but it is a really fun activity and great for all ages. Then you come back to the river, and hop into the boat for the final stretch back to the camp. You might like to jump out and swim at this point. It is fun to let the rapids carry you along. If you opt for the morning excursion, we highly recommend you try the hearty rice and curry lunch.