Take on powerful rapids with the greatest white water rafting challenge – Kithulgala [1-2 hours]

With over 100 rivers across the island, Sri Lanka boasts rich water resources that flow at all kinds of rates. Over the past two decades, a relatively new extreme sport has been gaining popularity with locals as well as visitors from other nations: Sri Lanka white water rafting has become the no. 1 extreme sport in the country. Sri Lanka’s central region is mountainous and has a lot of rivers. When water flows at speed through rough terrain, it becomes bubbly, and we call this white water. Rafting in Sri Lanka through these turbulent waters, you will feel a sense of adventure like never before. White water rafting in Sri Lanka is popular because of several reasons. The less turbulent areas of the ride may be a great time to see wildlife, especially birds of many varieties and several species of monkey. The calmness does not last too long, though, as the main event – the rapids – come at you and toss and turn you with all its might. When white water rafting, you lose control of everything, and your body takes over to try to survive the experience. The sudden adrenaline rush you get when this happens is second to none. Sri Lanka Day Tours offers Sri Lankan white water experiences with a difference. Your tour may include activities such as a nature trail or some fun activities added. Safety equipment and training is provided at the beginning of each tour and you will be accompanied by an instructor/guide throughout.

You will meet: sanjeewa [SID: 5]
Starting time: No specific time. However, the preferred starting time is between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.
Meeting point: Plantation Hotel, Kithulgala
Children 6 to 12 years of age will be charged 50%
Kitulgala white water rafting is not recommended for children under six years of age.
A normal rafting boat accommodates 6 to12 people safely, including the guide.
Boat charter fee and guide fee
Safety jackets
A warm drink at the end of the journey
Bottled water
All applicable service charges and Government taxes
Transportation to and from Kitulgala
Any extra beverages or food and snacks consumed
Optional activity costs
Any tips for the staff

Tour In Brief

Your safety is always our foremost priority. Our clients are briefed on all safety precautions, including “man overboard” procedure, paddling techniques and the route are elaborated upon before starting out.

While water rafting in this section of the Kelani River is an exhilarating experience. Rocky sections, rapids, and rafting through the boulders and rocks, create grade 2 to 3+ rapids. As the river widens, you will go past the exact location used to film ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’. This location is also ideal for a refreshing swim with its cool and inviting waters.

A flatter section of the lower gorge is ideal for those who want to enjoy the river and its surrounding beauty - without having to navigate through the thrills and spills of large rapids. This option is perfect for children and family groups.

The changing contours of the route along with the gushing crystal clear waters, certainly make white water rafting at Kitulgala a novel experience.

The white water rafting adventure ends further down the river close to the Kitulgala town.

It is possible to add activities such as: canyoning, waterfall abseiling (rappel down), rainforest walks, a visit to a prehistoric man’s cave or a rubber plantation.