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Belihul Oya
Kalu Ganga
Canoeing/Kayaking Tours

Canoe in the Hills
1N / 2D Excursion in
Belihul Oya

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Canoeing the Kalu Ganga

" From the vantage point of a canoe, Emma Boyle embarks on an epic river journey from Ratnapura to Kalutara to explore the unique way of life surrounding the mighty Kalu Ganga."

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Kayaking and Canoeing Tours in Sri Lanka : Canoe in the Hills - Belihuloya
: Canoe in the Hills - Belihuloya
: 1 Night / 2 Days.

Day 1 - Arrive at Belihuloya (FB)

Belihul Oya

Belihul Oya is a very picturesque and romantic hamlet situated about 160km from Colombo in the historical "Sabaragamuwa" province.

This zone is a climatically transitional area linking the wet & dry zones and the hill country & the low country. This very important location has made it one of the places in the country with the highest bio-diversity. River Garden Resort is built in this little hamlet.

Kinchigune Nature Trail
This diverse trail of approximately 6km begins at the River Garden Resort in Belihuloya, running alongside a riverine forest and the Belihuloya river itself. During the trail, you will venture through paddy fields, across rivers and past local village houses with their extensive vegetable plots. It is an ideal opportunity to learn a bit about the local agricultural systems and simple way of village living. Along the way, you will also witness several types of beautiful birds and butterflies and some charming waterfalls. The trail finishes where the Belihuloya river meets the Samanalawewa reservoir. From there, it is a short climb up through the forest to the Kinchigune Eco Lodge where you could extend your stay and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The whole journey takes between 2 and 4 hours.

Canoeing In Samanalawewa
The still calm waters of the Samanalawewa reservoir are perfect for canoeing. Whether you want to take your time and go for a leisurely paddle for a couple of hours, perhaps venturing out to the mouth of the Belihuloya River or spend an entire day exploring the perimeter of the reservoir, you are sure to have an unforgettable experience. The Samanalawewa reservoir is named after the Sinhalese word 'samanala', meaning 'butterfly', hinting not only at the terrific number of butterflies in the area but also the actual shape of the reservoir. The word 'wewa' literally means ' tank' (another term often used to describe reservoirs). The surrounding mountains add to the idyllic setting of the reservoir. All groups will be supplied with an experienced guide and modern life jackets, and a proper orientation will be offered for those who are new to canoeing.


  • Arrive at River Garden Resort by 10AM.
  • Nature Trail to Kinchigune village.
  • Lunch on the way near Samanala Wewa Reservoir.
  • Evening - 2 hours canoeing at Samanala Wewa.
  • B.B.Q Dinner and overnight stay at Eco Team campsite at River Garden Resort or at Kinchigune.
Day 2 - Departure from Belihul Oya


  • After early Breakfast, 2 hours canoeing at Samanala Wewa.
  • Departure to next destination after canoeing.
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Our Rates -Per person : USD 105 Please contact us for more information

Our Rates Include:

  • Canoeing at Samanala Wewa with necessary guidance and safety equipment.
  • Nature trail to Kinchigune with experienced guides.
  • Camping Accommodation with meals on Full board basis.
  • All government taxes and service charges.
  • Charges for canoeing in Samanalawewa

Our Rates Do Not Include:

  • Transport for the tour.
  • Any additional beverage or food, which would be ordered extra.
  • Tips to the staff.
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here.
  • Any other items not mentioned above.

Important Factors:

  • Accommodation - 2/4 persons in an insect & waterproof tent
  • Camping toilet facilities will be available with running water.
  • Personal effects for Warm/Windy/Rainy conditions should be carried by clients.
  • Insect repellent, Sunburn lotion etc. are recommended.
The above mentioned descriptions and programmes have been compiled after long, arduous, exploratory, and expensive work and hence is the property of Eco Team (Pvt) Ltd. Making use of these programmes/descriptions for any public or commercial programmes requires the permission of the said company.

Naturally our ready made programmes will come cheaper than the tailor make programmes. How ever we are flexible enough to do minor changes to the ready made itineraries, with out any charge.? Please write to us

Do you own programme – Visit the location and activity pages on our site and you will come across mini tours in all of those pages. By combining them you can design your own tour. We will complete it by adding on the hotels and other cultural locations you may require.

Your tour will be handled by an experienced travel consultant who will provide a personalized service.

On certain occasions our standard programmes could be cheaper  than a tailor made programme for a specific client. But rest assured that we are flexible enough to effect minor changes to a standard programme as required by you,  our valuable clients  & offer same at no extra cost. Please contact us at reachme@srilankaecotourism.com we will do the needful.  

You also have the facility of designing your own  programmes by visiting our location and activity pages on the website and accessing the mini tours segment in those pages & selecting an appropriate combination. Our experienced travel consultants  will then add the finishing touches to the programme & provide a costing based on same. 

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