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A journey across the Mahaweli

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At a length of 330km, Mahaweli is Sri Lanka’s longest river spanning across one fifth of the total area of the island and reaches the Bay of Bengal through the Trincomalee Bay in the eastern coastline. The river serves as a lifeline to several hundred thousand families and is connected to the hearts of all Sri Lankans in one way or the other.  Kayaking across the Mahaweli and camping along the river bank gives you the chance to discover and enjoy Sri Lanka from a unique viewpoint.

Experience Overview

Start your four day journey at the base camp in Kithulaga, where you will stay the first night and learn how to read the river, safety and paddling techniques on the Kelani River. Rise early on the second day and make your way across the Mahaweli. Over the next few days, you will be surrounded by wilderness and birdlife and pass through some of Sri Lanka’s most secluded areas as well as a national park. At dusk, set up a camp fire to ward off any wild animals and gather around to listen to the day’s events as you enjoy dinner under the stars.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

All equipment, food, drink and guides.

Duration: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

3 nights, 4 days.

Difficulty: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style


Suitable for children: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

12 years +, younger will be considered case by case.

What to wear or bring along: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Light, cool clothing and sandals




Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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