We have arrived in Sri Lanka! Travelling with the boats went suprisingly smoothly and bar the person throwing up on himself next to Will so did the flight. When we arrived in the airport we were met by Mahesh who is one of the raft guides working for Borderlands. We then went to the Borderlands office in Colombo which boasts the capitals only outdoors sports shop. Here we met with Wade and discussed our plan of action.
Chunky sharing some of his knowledge on the rivers of Sri Lanka.
A meeting with the Secretary General of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO (try sayingthat after a fe Arracks,) and president of the National Association of Canoeing and Kayaking Sri Lanka, Mr Prahara. His blessing and covering letter will hopefully go some way to easing any access issues as we begin to explore the country. This was also a pretty fun and strangely officious beginnings to the trip. That evening we headed for Borderlands and the Kelani river.
Dave getting involved with some serious fruit shopping,
First get on, Kelani raft run!
Warming up on the Kelani river
Day 2, Upper section of the Kelani
Day 2, best rapid on the upper Kelani.
Thilak, one of Borderlands safety kayakers, and chief raft guide on his first run of the upper section!
'Raptors' at rest, this is a wee shot of the Borderlands raft camp, our main base camp from which to explore for the next month. Were starting off on the rivers located within a day trip of this camp and will head off deeper into the hills to paddle over the next few days.