From the top of a river to the bottom, along the natural rocks in the river, wearing protective clothing and tools, engaging in a very challenging journey, is called water rafting.
Experienced and trained guides are a must to engage in this water sport. Because, although it is a fun game, it is really dangerous. You can do water rafting in two types. They are white water rafting and black water rafting. Water rafting is a sport that has been included in the list of national Olympic sports.
History and Origins of Water Rafting
Water rafting started in 1970. In the year 1970, this water sport was started for the first time in America.
Apart from America, water rafting has been made more popular in countries like Uganda and Kenya. Water rafting has become very popular in countries such as Malaysia and Dubai as water rafting is done by creating artificial rivers even though there are no rivers.
What is the best place to go water rafting in Sri Lanka?
If you want to go water rafting, the best place in Sri Lanka is “Kithulgala”. This place has attracted the attention of a large number of local and foreign tourists and this is a wonderful place for water rafting.
This place is dedicated to water rafting and this place is located in Kegalle District, Sabaragamuwa Province in Sri Lanka. Among the highly challenging sports, local tourists and foreign tourists also have been encouraged to engage in this water sport, which has become very popular among tourists.
“Kithulgala” can be mentioned as the strongest place among the places where you can do water rafting in Sri Lanka. Among the places where you can do water rafting, Kithulgala has one unique point to have the strongest position.
That is, at the end of every heavy downpour, the water comes to a point where it moves still. 17 rapids in a row are located in this place. This special location is very important for the life safety of those involved in this challenging sport. At the end of a rapid descent, the site of calm, still, water is beneficial to both those still engaged in the sport and those leaving the sport alike.
This is really a very dangerous game. Even if you are an expert in water rafting, you should be very safe. Because, by engaging in water rafting, even dangerous deaths have been reported so far. Be very careful when engaging in water rafting, no matter how trained. If you are an untrained person, think about it before you start playing this game.
Water rafting has become very popular among local and foreign tourists and many people are engaged in this sport today.
But this is actually a very dangerous game. For those who want to add adventure to their life, this game is great. So those of you who want to do such dangerous things, engage in training and try water rafting.
If you can go to Sri Lanka, you can go to Kitulgala and do water rafting. As well as, there are places reserved for water rafting in countries like America, Malaysia, Dubai, Kenya, Uganda, etc…
There are about 10 agencies operating in the Kitulgala area for rafting services. These organizations can provide you with the clothes and tools you need for rafting. You can see how about 200 employees work in these institutions, who come to Kitulgala for rafting.
Tour guides to guide you for water rafting, caterers to hotels, taxi drivers, and many other service providers are ready to serve you here.
Also, those who come to Kitulgala can engage in various activities such as white water rafting, black water rafting, mountain climbing, river crossing, etc.
The way to Kitulgala
- For those coming from the Western Province and the Southern Province, come to come to Avissawella, turn right from Karavanella, pass Yatianthota and come to Kithulgala. This is the easiest way for you.
- Those coming from the Central Highlands and its surrounding areas can come to Ginigathhena via Hatton, then turn left and come to Kitulgala.
- People coming from Kandy, Gampola, Matale etc. can come to Ginigathhena via Nawalapitiya, turn right and come to Kitulgala.
- People coming from Kurunegala, Kegalle, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Jaffna can pass Kegalle, Galigamuwa, Ruwanwella and turn left at Karawanella, pass Yatianthota and come to Kithulgala. Or search “Kithulgala” on the Google map of your mobile phone. Then you can find this place easily.