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Black River Adventures - Magical canoeing, Boating, and Kayaking experience Everything you need to know!

Given that Sri Lanka is an island, it is no surprise that water sports are popular here. Kalu Ganga, also known as the Black River, offers one an unforgettable experience. Without further ado, let's see the best water adventures in the Black River.



There are 103 rivers in Sri Lanka, in addition to a multitude of lagoons, reservoir swamps, and old canals; as a result, the possibilities of discovering the island's aquatic splendour during a water sports excursion are almost limitless. Water excursions on the Kalu Ganga are an incredible experience that may range from relaxed outings that last a few hours to more stunning expeditions that last a few days. The Kalu Ganga, which runs from the hill country towards the west coast, offers one of the most exciting adventures and provides possibilities for incredible water sports.


River expeditions

Visitors have the option of going on a river trip in addition to activities such as whitewater rafting, kayaking, confidence leaps, and stream slides. These excursions may last anywhere from 2 or 3 days, which may include paddling down the river in a boat and sleeping by the water. A trip down one of Sri Lanka's rivers is the best opportunity to get up close and personal with the island's abundant wildlife. In contrast to riding in a jeep, the boat is completely silent, allowing passengers to feel as if they are a part of the environment. Most resorts in Kalutara the likes of Anantara Kalutara Resort do offer exciting excursions that you can check out. Make sure not to miss out on these opportunities.



Canoeing along the "Kalu Ganga" (Black River) in Sri Lanka will provide you with the most unique and memorable experience as you will head to some of the best places to visit in Kalutara while on this journey. During this canoe journey, you will get the opportunity to see some of the country's most pristine natural beauties, interact with people, and gain insight into their way of life. You may also have the opportunity to be blessed at a sacred shrine called Saman Devale. Your travels will take you across the tranquil waters of Kalu Ganga, which are home to a wide variety of bird species. It's a thrilling experience, whether you're a seasoned pro or just getting started and attempting this sport for the first time.


Kayaking in the Kalu Ganga

In Sri Lanka, there is an abundance of lakes, rivers, lagoons, and tanks to choose from. Kayaking may be done in any of them in a risk-free and enjoyable manner. Paddle along a river to see the wildlife that lives along its banks, investigate rainwater tanks, and you could even come face to face with a wild elephant. Kayakers get a fantastic opportunity to see the transformation of the surrounding flora and wildlife as they kayak downstream on the Kalu Ganga. Sri Lankan kayaking day trips are conducted by knowledgeable guides making sure your experience is nothing short of perfect.


Things you must know

Clients are responsible for carrying important personal things that are suitable for the weather, which includes conditions like rain, wind, and heat. Sunscreen and insect repellent are two items that should be brought. Clients are required to sign a waiver of liability.