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Lower Kelani

Draining from Adam’s Peak, the Kelani River’s clear water cascades over the Hill Country’s bedrock as it makes its way out of the mountains headed for the Indian Ocean. In Kithulgala, beginners to advanced kayakers will find the Kelani a fun place to learn the basics of the sport or simply get in a great day of exciting white water paddling. Beginners can paddle up stream from our camp, trying their hand at some wave surfing on a Grade I playwave before heading downstream on a gentle journey through breathtaking scenery. For a more intense experience, we offerwhite water kayaking on the raft run – a 7 kilometer run of Class II and III rapids. The Upper Kelani, starting up neat Laxapana Reservoir is a thrilling stretch of water, offering challenging Class IV water. Borderlands has the most extensive range of kayaks in the country from play boats for experienced paddlers, to sit on top and inflatable duckies for the less experienced, along with safety equipment which meets the highest international safety standards to ensure all guests are always safe on the river.

    • Location: Kithulgala
    • Age: 10
    • Duration: 2 hours +
    • Flat Water Kayaking: US$43.00 per person
    • One on One Kayaking Tuition: On request
    • You can include this activity as part of an overnight stay in one of our riverview tents, which includes up to two activities and all meals and tea for $125 per person per night.
    • Special rates are available for Sri Lankan residents. All of our activities are subject to government taxes
    • Professional River Guide
    • Formfitting Paddling Life Jackets
    • Helmet
    • Sprayskirt (when relevant)
    • Paddle
    • Kayak
    • Mobile Phone for Emergency Calls
    • Safety and First Aid Equipment
    • Drinking Water
    • All Other Necessary River Equipment
    • Sturdy River Shoes or Sandals with a ankle strap
    • Sunglasses with leash if necessary
    • Sunscreen
    • Swimsuit & Shorts
    • Towel & Change of Clothes

Guides conduct a full safety briefing before kayaking. All Borderlands kayaking tours meet international safety standards, with all staff and guides trained in CPR and First Aid as well as river rescue techniques. Participants will wear paddling life jackets and helmets for safety and will be guided by an expert Borderlands guide.