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White Water Rafting

A challenging activity and an exhilarating water sport, White Water Rafting in Sri Lanka is a popular sport. Sri Lanka attracts a large number of tourists every year and tourism has become a very important source of income for the country. As a tropical island, Sri Lanka holds the reputation of one of the best beach holiday destination. The small town of Kitulgala in the hill country is the most famous place in Sri Lanka to do so.

About Kitulgala The remote and sleepy town in Western Sri Lanka is about 80Km from the commercial capital, Colombo. Settled in a forested locality bordering the Kelani River, the visitors of Kitulgala are bestowed with beautiful scenery and many sites for adventure sports. For people who are holidaying on the beach, it is just a 3 hours drive from west or south coast to experience an adventurous whitewater rafting in Sri Lanka at Kitulgala.

River Kelani at KitulgalaKelani River at Kitugala offers an ideal setting for White Water Rafting, which offers a perfect opportunity to enjoy the tropical scenery of the region. This adrenaline filled adventure sport is suitable for first time rafters and experts alike.

Best Time for White Water Rafting at Kitulgala The time period between May to December is the best time to enjoy White Water Rafting at Kitulgala. White Water Rafting is not possible during heavy rainfall, as the river could turn out to be volatile, and it might get extremely unsafe. However water levels could drop surprisingly fast, turning the river to its regular state during the rainy season as well.

Kitulgala Rapids Kitulgala White Water Rafting takes about a 90 minute run each for 6.5 km with five rapids graded 2 and 3.  Each rapid has been named differently - Head Chopper, Virgin’s Breast, Butter Crunch, Killer Fall and the Rib Cage. White Water Rafting at Kitulgala is safe for even kids over 10 years in age.

White Water Rafting – higher grade Rapids in Sri Lanka

Sitawaka River off Avissawella grade 3 and 4 Rapids Sitawaka River off Avissawella is the second best option for White Water Rafting in Sri Lanka. The run lasting 2 hours with grade 3 and 4 rapids is better suited for experience rafters.

Ulapane – Gampola: River Mahaweli grade 2 to 5 Rapids This is the best option for groups of 10 or more experienced rafters. One run starts at Ulapane, near Nawalapitiya, and heads down to Gampola along the Mahaweli River, which is Sri Lanka’s longest river. It has rapids graded between from easy grade 2 to adrenalin in full flow grade 5 drops.

Hatton – Nuwara Eliya: River Kotmale grade 4 and 5 Rapids Hatton – Nuwara Eliya: River Kotmale is a spectacular run in addition to being a challenging option to the experienced rafts-men. It lasts for nearly 6 hours, and offers rafters 5 rapids ranging from grade 4 to 5. White Water Rafting herein begins in a comparatively higher altitude unraveling magnificent views of the hills.

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