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White water rafting in Sri Lanka ….
Consider your safety... Consider the quality and then the price… Whichever way we are the number one. Sri Lanka’s spring fed boulder rivers flow through wild tropical jungles are the ideal setting for white water rafting. Whether it’s a half day or full day excursion or as an activity
This activity which doesn’t require swimming capabilities at all is ideal for the amateurs who wish to 'take the plunge' and for experts as well.
Our main rafting location Kithulgala had a bout of fame, when it was chosen as a prime location in the filming of, David Lean's 1957 award winning film 'Bridge on the River Kwai.'
The Kelani River (one of the main rivers of Sri Lanka) flows through the Kitulgala's rock strewn sections and the rapids provide ample pleasure for the adventure sport of white water rafting.
The actual run takes about 1 ½ hours to 3 hours[ depends on how much time you want to spend in water ] to complete with encounters of grade 2 and 3 rapids, bearing unique names such as Butter Crunch, Killer Falls, Head Chopper and Virgin's Breast !
Although there are rafting spots for the more experienced in the Sitawaka river off Avissawella which lasts for 3/4 hours with grade 3 and 4 rapids it requires a higher degree of skill.
WHAT IS WHITE WATER RAFTING ?
White water rafting is the challenging recreational outdoor activity of using an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other bodies of water. This is usually done on white water or different degrees of rough water, in order to thrill and excite the raft passengers. The development of this activity as a leisure sport has become popular since the mid-1970. Inflatable raft will be used and all passengers have to be equipped with safety gear such as life vests and helmets. Paddles are also required to navigate.
Rafting of this track is a great fun and it is perfect for beginners as well as experts. The enthusiastic & experienced staff will be happy to take u through the rapids of the “Kelani river”. Track is 100% natural and both sides are teeming with trees.
It takes 1 & 1/2 hours. (1 hour along the river)
It is 5 km stretch that includes a series of seven rapids along the “Kelani river”.
Grade 2 & 3 rapids.
High quality life jackets, helmets & qualified guides are provided.
River guides instruct everything on safety.
When coming along the river you come across the location place of very famous film “BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI”.
At the last part of the trip it can be jumped to the river & swim over mini rapids & into a long stretch of calm, cool & refreshing water.
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