Our family of 4 (with 2 teenagers of 13 and 16) are very keen on white water rafting and we had specially planned our Sri Lankan holiday to include this activity. We could only fit it into our tour between Kandy and Ella and so travelled from Kandy to Kitulgala (about 1.5 hrs) in the morning. As the journey from Kitulgala to Ella was going to take at least 6 hrs (1 hr longer than anticipated due to some road improvement at the time which meant that a different/longer route had to be taken), we only had time to do the rafting and not the other activities on offer.
The rafting was great fun and the 2 guides were very friendly. We were pleased that one of the guides was in a separate safetly canoe.
Rafting on the river (it had 7 rapids of Grade 2 or 3) itself only lasted about 55 minutes. We enjoyed it very much but certainly wished that it could have been longer!! It may be just us though that thought that it was a bit short as we've rafted on various rivers in other countries. We appreciate that it is the river itself that dictates how long the rafting can be. If we had more time, we would certainly have done some of the other activities as well to make the visit more worthwhile.
The lunch they provided after the rafting was good and they were able to cater to my son's food allergies.
If we're in Sri Lanka again, we would definitely make more time to do more of the activities that Borderlands has on offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Borderlands Adventure Eco-Lodge offers comfortable riverfront accommodation, in 4 tents and 11 cabanas (3 of which have en suite facilities) which are fully kitted with beds (which can be arranged from singles to doubles, with up to 5 beds able to fit in a family cabin) and have electricity throughout so guests can charge their laptops, phones and cameras. Each tent and cabana is located on a wooden platform with a private deck, with views overlooking the Kelani River and the surrounding mountains. All meals are served in The Long House, a great place to chill out at the end of the day. A full music system means guests can listen to their Ipods. Evening Movie Nights are offered, which is a great hit with kids. As well as offering accommodation, Borderlands runs white water rafting, canyoning, and white water and flat water kayaking activities from our ecolodge, and offers the largest number of sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks in Sri Lanka. Other activities include abseiling, hiking, biking and swimming. ... more less