Adventure Tours with Rafting, Kayaking & Caneoing
The roaring Kelani River, which hurtles across the boulders at Kithulgala, is our destination for an exhilarating experience of white-water rafting. The adventure begins gently in a seemingly gentle section of the river surrounded by lush tropical rain forests and rolls gradually over to the hissing waters as the river starts to flow fast and meets a rapid, to send adrenaline pumping in your body. The ride include sections from grade 1 through to grade 4. Rafting trips are usually of one or two hours in duration.
The 14 day itinerary below is an ‘extreme tour’ for dedicated rafting enthusiasts who would wish to spend a significant portion of their vacation on a rafting holiday. Shorter tours can be arranged on request. For the majority of visitors who would simply want to try their hand at white-water rafting, a half day or full day session can be arranged as a component of another travel itinerary.
Arrival in Sri Lanka, to be met by a representative of Jetwing Eco Holidays and transfer to Galle Face Hotel, Colombo. Lunch at the Hotel. Afternoon city tour of Colombo. Visit (walk) the Fort area, Pettah, Wolfendhal Church, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple, Independence Hall, BMICH and other sites. Dinner and overnight at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo.
Morning leave for Kithulgala via Avissawella and Talduwa. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon meet the Rafting Guide to discuss the program, obtain a full briefing before running the river and to organize necessary items for the rafting. Dinner & overnight at Kithulgala Rest House
At 7.30 a.m. leave by vehicle up to Maskeliya (below Laxapana Waterfall) to commence the white-water rafting. It will take 2 1/2 to 3 hours of rafting in the white-water section of the river. The boulders and the rocks create grade 3-4 rapids which are exhilarating and very scenic. You go through the rocky gorge just above Kithulgala, pass the location for the bridge of the film “Bridge on the River Kwai”, and end in a sand bank near the Kithulgala Rest House. Lunch at the Rest House. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner & overnight at Kithulgala Rest House.
After breakfast use the inflatable canoe (Duck’s) and paddle through the lower gorge and continue through Avissawella, Pugoda, up to Hanwella. Lunch at Hanwella Rest House and then proceed by vehicle to Ratnapura. Dinner & overnight at Ratnaloka Tour Inn.
After breakfast proceed to Ratnapura bridge to start the rafting down the Kalu Ganga (River). There is only one rapid at Ellagawa – 4 ft. drop – one stop near the bridge. Lunch will be supplied to the boat. 2nd leg is narrow with rocks, certain sections very deep and dark water. Early evening stop at Diyabariyawa – Rubber Plantation. Overnight in a camp in the Rubber plantation.
After breakfast start the 2nd leg of the rafting. Pass the big rapids and continue up to Nanagala Ella; 2nd & 3rd corridors are very good. River is wide and smooth. Could row up to Anguruwatota Police grounds. Stop for picnic lunch. After lunch continue up to Kalutara. This stretch is very smooth. At Kalutara proceed to “Bandu River Inn” and use their pier to get down to enjoy Tea and refreshments. Dinner & overnight at Cinnamon Bey, Beruwela.
After breakfast leave for Yala via Galle & Matara. See the Dutch Forts at Galle & Matara, Wevurukannala Buddhist Temple etc. Lunch at Jetwing Yala. Afternoon visit Yala National Park by jeep to see wild animals including Elephants, Leopard, Spotted deer, Sambhur, Barking Deer, Civet Cat, Fishing Cat, Jackal, Crocodile, other animals and many species of birds. Evening return to Hotel. Dinner & overnight at Jetwing Yala.
After breakfast leave for Ella via Wellawaya. Stop at Buduruvagala to see the tallest rock-cut Buddha statue (51 ft. high) and 6 other figures of Mahayana Buddhists. Lunch at Ella Adventure Park. After lunch canoeing in calm and beautiful lakes encircled by picturesque surroundings and sighting of wild animals. Evening return to the Camp. Dinner and overnight at Ella Adventure Park.
Full day at the Ella Adventure Park. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at the Ella Adventure Park
After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya. On the way see Dowa Temple at Bandarawela and Hakgala Botanical Gardens. Lunch at Jetwing St. Andrew’s, Nuwara Eliya. Afternoon relax. Evening walk up to the Market and Victoria Park, and drive round the city. Boating in Lake Gregory. Dinner & overnight at Jetwing St Andrew’s, Nuwara Eliya.
After breakfast leave for Kandy. See Ramboda Falls (329 ft. high) and visit Glenloch Tea Factory to see the process and to buy “unblended” Tea. At Peradeniya see the Royal Botanical Gardens – 150 acres with more than 5,000 species of trees and plants. Lunch at Amaya Hills. Afternoon city tour. Visit the Market, drive round the lake, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and other sites. In the evening go for a Kandyan Dance Performance. Dinner & overnight at Amaya Hills, Kandy.
Morning leave for Negombo. On the way visit Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to see the Elephants. Lunch at the Pinnawela Restaurant. After lunch leave for Negombo via Polgahawela and Alawwa. Dinner & overnight at Jetwing Blue, Negombo.
Relax on the Beach-sun-bathing and sea bathing. Lunch, Dinner & overnight at Jetwing Blue, Negombo.
Free, spend the day on the beach. Afternoon proceed to Colombo for shopping. Dinner & overnight at Jetwing Blue, Negombo.
Transfer to Airport for Departure.