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Borderlands Camp

Kitulgala, Tea Country

A blast of adventure awaits by the Kelani River at Kitulgala. The long-established Borderlands River camp takes residence high up the riverbank in this picturesque part of central Sri Lanka. You definitely aren’t coming here for a luxury boutique experience, but something with a little more adventure: canyoning, white water rafting, kayaking, hiking and mountain biking are all on offer. Over just 2 nights you might struggle to fit all these in, so most guests opt for a couple of activities that catch their eye. 

The adventure doesn’t stop with the day's activities. A night in a semi-outdoor, thatched cabin on stilts over the river makes for an immersive experience to remember. There may even be a few ‘visitors’, but you will be safely ensconced in your mosquito nets! The food here is actually rather legendary, particularly the curries. Dine in the long house and catch up with fellow adventurers over a beer.


In the wilderness close to the town of Kitulgala, this adventurous tented camp is located to the west of Tea Country and 2-3 hours from Colombo.

A little more detail

  • River swim swimming, with supervision

  • Family-friendly 

  • Mountain bike hire

  • Shared bathrooms

From a client…

I was reticent about Borderlands at first, but Ed convinced us. I don’t think the kids would have forgiven me if we hadn’t gone - they haven’t stopped talking about it since we got back!

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Room with terrace at Borderlands Camp
Room with terrace at Borderlands Camp
Terrace overlooking river at Borderlands Camp
Terrace overlooking river at Borderlands Camp
Open air bedroom at Borderlands Camp
Open-air bedroom at Borderlands Camp
Borderlands Camp next to river
Borderlands Camp by the river
Bar and restaurant at Borderlands Camp
Bar and restaurant at Borderlands Camp
River and mountain view at Borderlands Camp
Mountain views at Borderlands Camp
Sunset over the Borderlands Camp
Sunset over Borderlands Camp

Why we love it

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Wilderness adventure

Borderlands injects a few high-octane thrills to any itinerary. Imagine leaving a beautiful, genteel Tea Country property and arriving at this river outpost in the jungle. Everyone on the Selective Asia Sri Lanka team loves this property, and many of our clients have put it down as the highlight of their trip. It’s one of those experiences that transcends normal accommodation expectations. Whether you are arriving from a 5-star boutique hotel or elsewhere, this wilderness adventure couldn’t be experienced in any other way. A great bonding experience and as far from home as you can get in Sri Lanka.

Cabins in the jungle at Borderlands Camp

What can you do there?

While the original focus is on river activities, including kayaking, rafting, and canyoning, there are some other exciting experiences to be bagged. Hike through small villages and into the surrounding jungle to walk, swim, climb for views and spot birdlife. There’s also a hike to caves where prehistoric remains were discovered.

Kayaking at Borderlands Camp

Family Fun

This is the perfect place for families. Borderlands pride themselves on the quality of the family experience they deliver and we have heard many happy stories from clients to back this up. Safety is taken incredibly seriously, and the activities (which are tailored to experience, comfort and confidence levels) can be as mild as tubing down the river followed by roasting marshmallows on an open fire.

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