White Water Kayaking in Sri Lanka -  Skills Weeks

Join us for one of our skills weeks on three white water rivers in Sri Lanka. The Kelani river, Gin river and Kukuleganga river. This skills weeks are designed for kayakers who already have have decent boat control in flat water (for UK paddlers, ideally you've already achieved British Canoeing 2-star). Experience in moving or white water is not necessary. Dates for 2019 are not fixed and can be arranged at dates to suit you.

We can also arrange shorter bespoke kayaking trips from half a day in duration up to 3 days as well as ongoing kayaking lessons.

Kayaking in Sri Lanka on the Kelani river in Kithulgala.
Kayaking in Sri Lanka on the Kelani river in Kithulgala

Kelani River, Kithulgala (our base)

The lower Kelani river is a good 7km run of class  I, II and III rapids. We will spend each day combining white water skills development with river runs, tailored to each person's aspirations and personal goals. Trips to Marvel Canyon, a small nearby trib that flows into the Kelani will be arranged as well. This is a great place for having fun on slides and jumps.

The water and air temperature are both wonderfully warm, so there is plenty of time to practice rolls and rescues without getting cold and work on your own development in an idyllic environment.

For those that want to, we will also explore the upper Kelani River, a 4km run of class III to IV white water. 

A 1-2 day trip to either the Gin or Kukuleganga will also be organised for those that are keen (river level and skill level dependent). These are best suited for more experienced paddlers (class III; class IV).

All of the kayakers running the course are highly experienced, skilled safety kayakers, who've had extensive river safety and rescue training. You'll be in very safe hands. The skills weeks will be led by Lahiru Prasad.


Kayaking in Sri Lanka near Kitulgala on the river Kelani
White Water Kayaking Sri Lanka

activities in Kithulgala

Kithulgala is a small town only 2 hours from the capital Colombo. Lush rainforests surround the town and there are plenty of extra activities we can arrange, whether camping, hiking, bird watching, mountain biking, abseiling, cave exploring or rafting. Additional activities are not included in the price, but can be arranged at a great rate using our friends in the local community. 

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Accommodation in Kithulgala

There is an array of accommodation options available in Kithulgala, ranging from very basic to 3 star hotels. We have left accommodation off the cost but will happily help you choose and arrange depending on your preferences. 


White water KAYAKING SKILLS WEEK: Price 

For 5 days skills training (minimum 4 hours per day) the cost is £450 per person. This includes all lessons and shuttles throughout the week. 



Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
— A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh