White Water Rafting Kitulgala

White Water Rafting Kitulgala


Nestled in the lush greenery of Sri Lanka’s central highlands, Kitulgala is a paradise for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. Known for its breathtaking scenery and vibrant biodiversity, Kitulgala is the premier destination for white water rafting in Sri Lanka. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or a first-time rafter, the wild and scenic Kelani River offers an exhilarating experience that you won’t soon forget.

Kitulgala: The Ultimate Adventure Destination

Kitulgala, a quaint town surrounded by dense rainforest, rolling hills, and cascading waterfalls, is the perfect setting for outdoor adventures. The town gained fame as the filming location for the iconic movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” and today it attracts visitors from around the world who come to explore its natural beauty and thrilling water sports. The Kelani River, with its varying rapids and calm stretches, is the centerpiece of Kitulgala’s adventure offerings.

What to Expect on the White Water Rafting Experience

1. Safety Briefing and Preparation

Your white water rafting adventure begins with a comprehensive safety briefing from our experienced and certified guides. They will provide you with essential instructions on paddling techniques, safety measures, and what to expect during the ride. All participants are equipped with high-quality safety gear, including helmets, life jackets, and paddles, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience.

2. The Adventure Begins: Tackling the Rapids

Once you’re suited up and ready to go, the adventure begins! The Kelani River offers a range of rapids, from mild to wild, catering to both beginners and experienced rafters. You’ll navigate through thrilling grade 2 and 3 rapids, such as the “Head Chopper,” “Killer Fall,” “Rib Cage,” and “Virgin’s Breast.” Each rapid provides a unique challenge and an adrenaline-pumping experience as you work with your team to conquer the roaring waters.

3. Scenic Calm Stretches

Between the rapids, enjoy the serene stretches of the river where you can relax and take in the stunning natural surroundings. The calm sections provide an opportunity to marvel at the lush rainforest, towering trees, and diverse wildlife that call this region home. Keep an eye out for colorful birds, playful monkeys, and other native animals that add to the charm of the experience.

4. Swimming and Waterfall Visits

During the rafting journey, there are opportunities to take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of the Kelani River. Our guides will lead you to safe spots where you can swim and enjoy the cool waters. Additionally, you might have the chance to visit hidden waterfalls along the way, adding an extra layer of excitement and natural beauty to your adventure.

Why Choose Our White Water Rafting Experience?

Expert Guides

Our team of professional and experienced guides is dedicated to providing a safe, fun, and memorable rafting experience. They are well-versed in navigating the Kelani River and are committed to ensuring your safety while maximizing your enjoyment.

High-Quality Equipment

We prioritize your safety and comfort by providing top-notch rafting equipment. Our gear is regularly inspected and maintained to meet the highest safety standards, giving you peace of mind as you tackle the rapids.

Unmatched Scenic Beauty

Kitulgala is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, and rafting on the Kelani River allows you to experience this beauty up close. The combination of thrilling rapids and serene natural surroundings makes for an unforgettable adventure.

Practical Information


The white water rafting experience typically lasts for about 2 to 3 hours, including the safety briefing and breaks. This ensures you have ample time to enjoy the rapids and the stunning scenery along the river.

What to Bring

We recommend wearing comfortable swimwear and quick-drying clothing. Don’t forget to bring a change of clothes, a towel, and water-resistant sunscreen. Secure footwear, such as water shoes or sandals with straps, is essential for navigating the river.

Age and Fitness Requirements

White water rafting in Kitulgala is suitable for individuals aged 10 and above. A reasonable level of fitness is required, as participants will need to paddle and navigate the river. Please inform us of any medical conditions or special requirements when booking.


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For customized itinerary, pricing and more information, please contact us directly. We are dedicated to providing a seamless and enjoyable experience tailored to your preferences.

Tour Guide


Suresh Priyadarshana

Managing Director

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