The mystical passage through Black River on a canoe – 1 Night / 2 Days

2 Days

Black River or ‘Kalu Ganga’ invites you to a magical canoeing experience… through tender waters filled with bouts of silence interrupted by birds, river folk village life, water birdwatching and more, in Rathnapura.

Why should you book this trip?

  • Canoeing in “Kalu Ganga” (Black River) gives you some of the rare and rewarding experiences of Sri Lanka and its people who live in the riverine villages.
  • You are able to witness the most untouched scenic beauty of the country, encounter locals and learn their way of life on this canoe trip.
  • An opportunity to visit and be blessed in one of the most sacred shrines – Saman Devale (dedicated to God Saman) – in the country and evoke blessings.
  • The journey will take you through the silent waters of Kalu Ganaga amidst the varied bird life.
  • It’s a fun-filled adventure for an expert and even for an amateur to try his/her hand.


Your journey will start from Saman Dewalaya in Ratnapura, the City of Gems, with an easy 15 km section through calm waters in a low valley after which the river will start curving. You will then continue another 18 km, and once arrive in Ellagawa, you will reach the more adventurous part where the river is flowing faster, creating waves and swirls.

Soon after Ellagawa bridge, you will have a lunch break in a scenic location on the river bank. After the meal, your journey will continue 19 km to Wagawatta village. In this section, the water flows at 4km/hr, which makes it easy to navigate.

Located right next to the river in Wagawatta, the Eco Team Canoëing Campsite is an ideal place to enjoy a refreshing river bath after a day of canoeing. And we do camping in style! Forget about sleeping in cramped tents and sitting on the ground for mealtimes. Our site is set up prior to your arrival, with everything from the kitchen sink, chairs and tables, toilets, showers and cold beer being transported in. In the evening you can enjoy a hearty barbecue meal in a magical setting - the whole area is lit up with traditional flame torches and a roaring campfire. So sit back, relax and let our experienced staff cater to your every need.

Today, your journey will start with canoëing 19 km through very still waters to Thebuwana. Here, forests and rubber estates will start changing to coconut plantations, and you might be able to spot a few monkeys swinging on coconut branches. Then, the riverbanks will get more crowded with fishermen coming ashore and sand miners in long ferries. This last stretch of 20 km will take you to Kalutara through a calm and meandering river, flowing very slowly into the ocean.

The ending point of your journey is Kalutara, a little town by the shimmering Indian Ocean. Upon arrival you will pass the majestic Dagoba of the temple as well as railway and road bridges that go across the river.

Our Services Include

  • Accommodation in Standard tents in a Campsite on the banks of Kalu Ganga River
  • 1 breakfast + 1 dinner + 2 Lunches (Packed)
  • Canoes in prime condition with helmets and life jackets for the expedition
  • Refreshment and water during the trail
  • Picnic style lunch would be served in a river bank enroute
  • Well Experienced River Guides for the expedition
  • Management of the Entire expedition with emergency backup

Our Services do not Include

  • Transportation upto the starting point and beyond ending point
  • Any additional food or beverage
  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • Tips / gratuities and porterage.
  • Any other services not specified under service includes column

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The mystical passage through Black River on a canoe – 1 Night / 2 Days
From $962
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $512
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $362
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $287
/ Adult - 4 Persons
From $242
/ Adult - 5 or More people
  • SLDT /1702/Can02
  • 2 Days
  • Rathpaura Saman Devalaya / Kalutara
  • 7.30 am
  • 72 Hours
  • Throughout the Tour
  • Basic Tented Accommodation
  • Not included. Could be arranged at a supplement
  • 12


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