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What is MAHAWELI EXPEDITION?
Named “The Great Sandy River” or Mahaweli in Sinhalese the river Mahaweli is Sri Lanka’s longest river spreading 335km long. EcoGrip opens you to the world of wilderness with the journey through this majestic river.
Be it a beginner or an experienced adventurer we will help you to get the best experience with best safety standards so you can enjoy a trip money can’t buy!
You Have the freedom to choose 3 adventures ranging from 2 days, 3 days, or 4 days each differently unique and offers a totally different experience.
Trips MONEY Can't Buy
All your food and drink, as well as all safety equipment will be provided by EcoGrip. Training will be provided on a separate day mimicking the same environment where paddlers will learn Kayaking, Canoeing skills, Self-rescue and rescue technics, river reading skills, negotiating rapids and bush crafting skills needed to self-sustain in the wilderness.
There will be plenty of wild elephants and a rich and diverse birdlife with occasional crocodiles who will shy away with the slightest sound of your paddle. Occasional class I and II rapids will provide you with a sense of urgency and adrenaline rush to make this expedition a unique once in a lifetime experience.
Timing: 2 days, 3 days or 4 days packages available
Difficulty: Beginner (training provided) NO SWIMMING SKILLS NEEDED
Availability: ALL YEAR AROUND
Guests: Kids 6+, Adult & Family Tour Options
All our guides’ poses more than 10 years of experience with special trained for First Aid, CPR and our Course director/ head guide is also a qualified pharmacist and specialized in allergy management including food poisoning and shock. We are also 3 star British Canoeing certified guides with international recognition.
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You can register for next Mahweli Expedition by buying following options (Cash on Delviery/Bank Transfers).
Just Register yourself! We will get in touch with you
Frequently Asked Questions
- Wildlife Kayak Tour
- Warm, Healthy, Meals
- A comprehensive training before the expedition on a similar environment at no extra cost
- Snacks, Coffee and Hot Drinks
- Transportation from Colombo and back fully AC Comfortable VAN/MINI BUS
- A digital archive of images and videosof your memories
- First Aid- Qualified and CPR trained
- Sports Massage Therapist
- Camping Gear
- 4-season Tents
- You will need to provide your own sleeping bag and pad, or you can rent an Air Mattress/Pillow combo for an additional fee of $15 per person for the entire 3 days.
- All Kayaking Gear
- Personal Floatation Device
- 10 Liter Dry Bag
- Stable Double Kayak & Paddle
Wasgomuwa NP is located in the Central part of Sri Lanka and in the dry zone. Our tours run rain or shine, so we ask you to wear quick-dry rash guards and tight leggings during the day that will cover your entire body. You can change to cotton wear at night. We advise avoiding shoes and flip-flops, ideal footwear for this expedition is a pair of sandals with straps. Because the storage is limited, we request you to travel light. Sunglasses and shades must be strapped. Hats and caps are a must as the sun can get you during the day.
Sun Blocks: we kindly request you to keep it away if possible or use a natural or organic-based one.
Toiletries: Avoid single-use plastic containers, you could accompany organic soaps or dry shampoo bars or purchase an organic soap bar from us to support our rural development and women empowerment initiative.
You will receive a trip-specific packing list upon booking, which will go into great detail about what else to bring. Keep an eye out for it in your confirmation email!
With thoughtful consideration, we have revised our cancellation policy for 2021. The policy below reflects our dedication to providing a stress-free booking, planning, and travel experience for you, our guests. Our revised policies are flexible and forgiving, so you can book with confidence.
For all our Mahaweli River Expeditions, cancellation fees are as follows:
- If you cancel more than 20 days prior to your scheduled trip, we will refund you in full*.
- If you cancel 20-12 days prior to your scheduled trip, we will charge 20% of the total invoice.
- If you cancel 12-7 days prior to your scheduled trip, we will charge the card on file 50% of the total invoice.
- If you cancel within 7 days of your scheduled trip, we will charge the entire amount of your invoice.
- Cancellation from EcoGrip due to weather/Covid Lockdown/ETC, We will refund you in full.
If you decide to cancel your trip with us, please consider transferring your payment to a membership card account. That way you can join us in the future, providing an easy way to postpone your vacation plans.
*Full refunds include: trip fees, add ons, and taxes & fees, minus 2000LKR per person booking fees for multi-day trips*
We completed our 2020 season and are happy to share that, with strict COVID-19 protocols in place, we had a successful season. We were able to conduct this expedition with hundreds of people, and no known cases of COVID-19 were contracted on our trips. We are taking what we learned in 2020 and preparing for another meaningful, inspiring season in 2021.
While our hope for 2021, is to operate our trips in the same way we did pre-COVID-19, we have careful plans to address the continued public health risks posed by the virus. We will follow scientific expertise and industry standards for hygiene and cleanliness, encourage the use of cautious practices among our staff and guests, and communicate all changes to our policies as we continue to adapt.
In 2021, we are set up to conduct this expedition in a meaningful way with purposeful Covid-19 mitigation policies. Please take just a few minutes and check out our Travel Updates & Covid Response Page.