The mystical passage through Black River on a canoe – Rathnapura

7 Hours

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. This section doesn’t require any special canoeing skills. When leaving the Ratnapura town area behind, you will enter quite and peaceful sceneries with a few little houses surrounded by thick vegetation and palm trees! Here, the only noises you will here are the calls of the birds and the sound of paddling.

At the end of this section, in Kurummagodara, a typical Sri Lankan lunch is awaiting your arrival.

From here the adventure starts building up as the river bends make the water flow stronger. Your canoe will get a bit unsteady too, and therefore some previous canoeing experience is required in this section of the river.

Your real challenge will be the very last kilometer when arriving in Ellagawa. Here, the river flows very fast, and the strong rapid and swirls will test your canoeing skills and concentration.

Our Services Include

  • 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 – Rathnapura
From $255
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $150
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $110
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $95
/ Adult - 4 Persons
  • SLDT /1702/Can01
  • 7 Hours
  • Rathpaura Saman Devalaya / Ellagawa
  • 7.30 am
  • 48 Hours
  • Throughout the Tour
  • 12


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