Sri Lanka offers great whitewater rafiting possibilities!
Sri Lanka is also home to various rapids for those who are looking for an adrenaline-fuelled white water rafting experience. The rivers best known for this descend from Adam’s Peak, which is purportedly the mythological place where Adam first set foot on earth. Rafting options abound for all kinds of paddlers. For instance, the rapids of Kelaniya River, at Kitugala, are classified as Class III rapids, suitable for beginners as well as experts.
Surrounded by lush forests, and riding precarious river waves, this promises to be an experience to cherish for a lifetime. Another option is the Sitawaka River at Avissawella, consisting of Class III-IV rapids. While the upper section of Sitawaka is meant for more experienced rafters, the lower section may be casually embarked on for a trip with friends and family. As for rivers such as Kotmale, Mahaweli, and Kaluganga, these are meant for experienced rafters only.
All in all, a rafting trip in Sri Lanka alternates the rapids with calm sections where one can observe the various jungles, plantations, and wildlife. A rafting trip costs anything between US$ 25-100 depending on the skill level and duration. Note that the ideal time for going rafting on the Kelani River is during May to December, and it is usually closed during the period of heavy rains as the water gets become turbulent, making rafting a dangerous activity.