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Rafting and Canyoning on the Kelani River

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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.

Experience Overview

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.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Bottled water, refreshments, rafting and safety gear, trained and professional rafting guides, lunch (for morning excursions), fresh towels.

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

3 hours.

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style


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

The experience is great for all ages and we find that children are normally braver than the adults!

Times:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Guests should arrive no later than 9:30AM or 1:30PM respectively.

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

Light cool clothing, enclosed shoes (a pair of trainers that you don’t mind getting wet will suffice),sun screen, a hat and shades, insect repellent.

Important to know:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Important to know:

This is not for the faint-hearted as heights are involved but it is a really fun activity. Ideal times are from May to December, although there are no “bad” times. The river is dam controlled. Therefore, water levels can be low in April, but can also be quite high during the monsoon season.

Private or not?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

This experience is not private




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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