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Trip Starting From: Kitulgala
Trip Location: Kitulgala
Highlights of the Kitulgala rafting:
- Located in the West of Sri Lanka, Kitulgala is known for its rafting and with this tour, you can experience it.
- Early morning at 5:00 am, you will be picked up from the Colombo hotel and this is when your trip begins.
- On your arrival at Kitulgala, you will be served with a delicious breakfast and once you are ready you can start your trek to the natural rock pools which are based at Kataran Oya.
- While you hike up the upland you can embrace the beauty it owns and also, listen to the soft chirping sounds of the birds across the rainforest.
- Apart from this, you can take a dip in the natural pools or just slide down from the refreshing waterfalls.
- The water here is all cool and the aura will make you fall in love with its views. If you wish to try hands-on canoeing then you may ask the guide and go for it.
- From here you will begin your rafting in Kitulgala, and the first and foremost step will be to equip yourself with the safety gear.
- In the very beginning, you can just relax along with the Kelani River and then get ready for the nerve-wrenching rafting experience.
- This 5 km long white water rafting has 5 major and 4 minor rapids in total which are enough to make your shriek out.
- Once you are done with this, then you can give your craving bellies a delight with the traditional local lunch.
- Later you can swim across the river and embrace the beauty of the river.
- Once you are all done with this, then you will have to trek down to the Kitulgala base and head back to Colombo by 6:00 pm which is your ultimate destination.
This is quaint
town in the Western quarter of Sri Lanka is all covered with the tropical
rainforest. The unique feature of this place is, it gets monsoons two times in
a year and is one of the wettest places in the world. Another thing which this
place is famed for is the Kitulgala rafting, and must not dare to miss out on
Locales like the Kelani river, Rainforest, and more such places add up to the charm of the place and are the worth-visiting spots. When here, you should also try the yellow bananas which are 8 cm long and are really sweet in taste. Additionally, this is a beautiful place for nature lovers as it is all over surrounded by the lush green trails.
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How to use the booking voucher?
The redemption of the booking voucher is an easy task, all you have to do is present the online booking voucher either in the hard copy or soft copy. But this is valid only on the specified date and time. Apart from this, it is advised to keep to the hard copy to avoid any kind of problems during the activity.
What is the best time to go for Rafting in Kitulgala?
If you are looking for the best time to enjoy the Kitulgala rafting then it is in the months from December to May as the water levels are substantial and one can enjoy the rapids. In the other months, the water level is either too low or too high for the sport which even leads to the suspension of it. So it is advised to visit in the months from December to May as this is the best time to witness the sport.
Is whitewater rafting dangerous in Kitulgala?
No, not at all. Though rafting in Kitulgala is one of the most adventurous ones, but it is not at all dangerous. All you have to do is keep listening to the instructions of the guide and keep following them. If you keep doing this then you can easily raft in the water of the Kelani river without any problems.
Additionally, you must not forget to wear the proper safety gear which is an important aspect in terms of safety. Rest basic medications and assistance in case of emergencies is available which makes it a little less dangerous.
Is it worth visiting Kitulgala for rafting?
This is s once in a lifetime experience and must not miss out on it. Also, this is a complete package of trekking, rock sliding, and rafting which makes it even more memorable. Additionally, it is accompanied by a traditional lunch which is compliments the tour. When here, you must not even think of skipping this adventure as it promises everlasting memories.
If I can’t swim, can I still go rafting in Kitulgala?
Swimming is not at all a barrier in rafting in Kitulgala. Even if you are a novice in the sport then you can enjoy white water rafting here. Though if you know swimming it is an advantage for you as you can swim across the river where there is no fast flowing water. Make sure you do not forget to wear the air blown safety jackets when you step down in the water.
Can I bring my camera or video camera for white water rafting in Kitulgala?
Yes, if your camera is waterproof then you can bring it along with you for Kitugala rafting. But it is advised to ask the guide to capture shots and make videos from this camera, as if you lose the grip then it is almost impossible to get back to cameras.
What is the youngest age child you will allow on the river?
To witness rafting in Kitulgala this is no age boundaries but if the child is in the age group of 0 to 17 years then it is necessary for them to be accompanied by a guardian or parent. And if this is not possible then they will not be allowed to raft as the rapids are a little strenuous. One must note that minimum age for rafting is 13 years.
Will I have a guide in my raft?
Yes, Kitulgala rafting is almost impossible without a guide and you will be guided all through it. Sometimes the rapids are too high and it gets a little difficult for a novice to handle them. So to overcome this problem, each one of the rafts is accompanied by a guide which also tells you about the basic instructions which are to be followed and listed too carefully.
If I injured what would be the solutions and who will bear the medical treatment cost?
If there is any minor injury then the basic medication is available at the booths, but if the problem is major then you will be taken to the nearby hospital and the expenses are all on the traveler as this tour does not include the health or medical insurance.
What are my chances of falling out of the boat? What should I do if I fall?
Speaking of the chances of falling out from a boat are very rare, but if in case this happens then there is no need to panic as there will be a guide who will help you to get back to the boat. All you have to do is stay calm as the entire 5 km trail has booths where guides are there to help you in case of an emergency.
What do I need to wear for white water rafting in Kitulgala?
While rafting you will definitely get all wet, so it is advised to wear soft and thin clothes which will dry off faster. And it is also advised to wear sandals so that you don't lose the grip and can also trek in them.
How to reach Kitulgala from Colombo?
Reaching out to Kitulgala from Colombo is not at all a problem as it is well-connected by roads and you can easily opt for the local modes of transport or hire a taxi. But if you book this package then this will be covered as it includes the pickup and the drop off facility for you from the hotel itself.
Can I do it solo or I have to join a group?
This totally depends on you, as both of them are available. If you wish to join a group then you can do that but if you have your own group then you can go together in one raft. Suggestively, you must book this tour in a group so that you can enjoy all over and make the best of memories with your loved ones.
What level of rapids are there in Kitulgala?
The Kitulgala rafting is one of the most frequented rafting in the country and it has mainly 9 rapids. Out of which there are 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. The major rapids are of grade 2 and sometimes 3 so it is advised to wear the proper safety gear and be prepared for the nerve wrenching adveNture.
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