Its’ been raining hard here in the South East Highlands of Sri Lanka and the Kelani had us all ready for more. It was time to go and try the Sitawaka, a river that gets rafted, if rarely. Wade came with us for a scout out of the run as a potential move for his operation if the Kelani’s second dam project goes ahead (see this previous blog: http://www.kayaksrilanka.co.uk/2/post/2011/07/post-title-click-and-type-to-edit.html). 
We were expecting another run of about class three if the flow was good, it turned into a great day out.
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The generous offer of limes isn't such a sweet deal!
The river is set in a gorgeous, jungle bordered, bedrock gorge. Six rapids of good class four pool drop were interspersed with lots of grade three and minimal flat. A perfect step up in our warm up and loads of smiles all round!
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Niamh nailing the first rapid
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Tom takes the boof line into a tricky shoot early on in the river
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Sean in the thick of it
The flow is good on this run and it feels like it has the volume to hold water, hopefully the monsoon rains will keep it up.  We have no info at all on the upper stretches and have not heard of a group who has been in there, one to explore in the next couple of weeks for sure.

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Nick riding out the boils down a tricky channel
The mission for tomorrow is to head for the Belihul oya, this run was run by an American team seven years ago as part of a film for National Geographic. The monsoon has not fully hit yet but the rivers are rising, were going to drive over to this area to try to catch it before the water rises too high. We also have hopes (as always) for more runs in this area, watch this space!
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Dave Burne at he end of another class day boating in Sri Lanka
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