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Borderlands

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Hatton Road, Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
Borderlands
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manama, Bahrain
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stayed here for 2 nights during a 2 week trip round Sri Lanka. It is an excellent place if you are into outdoor adventures. We did half day bird watching walk and half day white water rafting/ canyoning. The staff were extremely professional and well trained. The food was also excellent. The only part that let it down was the... More 

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Dublin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We spent two nights here in late July of 2015 and had a very good time. The staff are friendly and polite but sometimes too laid back and there was a little miscommunication at times. The island style pace of life is very different to western norms and we found we did a lot of waiting around. Luckily the hammocked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I simply cant rate this place highly enough. As a family with three young children we were a bit concerned that our kids wouldn't be able to do enough of the activities and get the most out of this experience (and therefore justify the expense). When we arrived, Anuk was extremely patient with us and did his absolute utmost to... More 

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Arad, Romania
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very professional services, very nice staff. We totally enjoyed the half-day rafting/canyoning experience and we highly recommend it! Guides well trained, very good spoken english, nice atmosphere, definetely a place where one can encounter adventure, make new friends and hang out in the evening at the nice jungle bar.

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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here with my husband and 15-year-old son for one night. We all wished it could have been for longer. First up, the activities. We've never done rafting or canyoning before and both were excellent fun. The safety briefing was really thorough and we felt very confident in the level of care and expertise that our two instructors demonstrated. We... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be warned this is for the adventurous,intrepid traveller. The staff are incredibly helpful, lugging our heavy cases down a steep road to our tents. The tents are on wooden stilts, right on the edge, overlooking the Kelani River. The wooden platform is a balcony and gives you beautiful views right of the river and lush lands around. The tent is... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Friendly staff, who made us feel very welcome and ensured that we had a fun time. White-water rafting and canyoning was both exciting and a lot of fun. However we felt very safe at all time particularly compared to some of the other rafting companies. Borderlands had a safety kayaker on the water at all times and they ensured that... More 

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear James D, Thank you for you review, we're glad to hear you had a fun time. Borderlands is the only company on the Kelani river who uses a trained safety kayaker for every trip out, and we understand that safety is required first in order for the fun to be there!! We look forward to seeing you in the... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We where here off season and for two nights. One night it was one other couple at the place, the second night we had the whole place for ourselves. Went Rafting and canoying while we where there, the Rafting was pleasant, nothing crazy but nice, the canoying was a bit intense, loved it but if you are on the more... More 

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear TozCaz, Thank you for your review, we’re glad you enjoyed your time with Borderlands. The view from the riverfront cabins and tents in the morning are perfectly described as “amazing” and “spectacular.” The rafting does go up to class III rapids, and the canyoning can be tailored to individual levels, so we’re happy to offer loads of options! We... More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The best thing we did in Sri Lanka. We have three children 11, 13, and 15. The whitewater rafting, the canyoning, the accommodation and the food was really great. The staff are experienced, fun and friendly. We also did a great walk crossing the river on the old suspension walking bridge. Borderlands is spectacular. Swimming in the river and watching... More 

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear ToniVic K, Thank you for your review, we’re so flattered to hear Borderlands was “the best thing [you] did in Sri Lanka.” We do point people towards the suspension bridge, the views are so beautiful it’s hard to resist! We hope to see you again in the future for more fun! Best wishes, The Borderlands Team. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

What an experience for a hen weekend! The greeting was great when we first arrived As was the lunch provided. The staff were very friendly and the safety briefing was very professional. The activities were awesome but canyoning is not for the faint hearted if you don't like jumping from a height. Rafting was fantastic..jump in at the last rapid... More 

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BorderlandsL, Sales & Marketing at Borderlands, responded to this review

Dear Ian M, Thank you for your great review from your hen weekend. You covered everything from food to activities, and everyone does love floating back to camp! We are able to tailor canyoning trips to different “fear levels” and can make the trip as hard or as easy as an individual wants. We hope to see you again in... More 

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