White Water Rafting

White water rafting is the perfect activity for water sports enthusiasts who live for adventure. The most popular spot for white water rafting in Sri Lanka is in Kitulgala. The rock-strewn stretch of the Kelani River in Kitulgala offers both major and minor rapids, and also proffers the most scenic sights to enhance your holistic adventure. 

A highlight in your life

This tropical town is located in the hill country, about 80 km away from the commercial capital of Colombo, and can be accessed through the A7 main road. It is also a hub for bird-lovers, as it is home to a number of endemic species. White water rafting in Kitulgala covers a distance of about 5 km, with about five rapids of Grades 2 and 3. The journey will take about 90 minutes, and these 90 minutes are guaranteed to be a highlight of in your life. 

The best period for white water rafting is between May and December. If you want a heightened sense of adventure and euphoria, you can even go black rafting during the dead of the night. More experienced rafters can also raft through rapids of Grades 4 and 5 in Sitawaka and Gampola. 

Children have to be over six years old to participate in white water rafting. Some places offer safe rafting experiences on flat waters and bask in the surrounding scenery, making it suitable for younger children. Average cost per person is about USD 30, and both amateurs and experienced rafters are guaranteed a euphoric experience through the major and minor rapids. 


During your adventure, you will be supervised by well-trained officials. Statistically, you’ll be safer in a raft than in your own car. Even those who can’t swim are welcome, and every rafter will be provided with a personal floatation device and other safety equipment. Avoid wearing clothing that will weigh you down and restrict movement. 

Teamwork & leadership skills

Not only is white water rafting a breath taking adventure that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime, it is also the ideal excursion to hone teamwork and leadership skills. All you need is an average level of physical fitness and fearlessness. It’s guaranteed to be an adventure you will never forget!