Three school boys who accompanied two other colleagues for a river bath near Dunhinda in Ethgala, Gampola on Saturday afternoon, drowned in the Mahaweli Ganga.
The dead were identified as Themiya Supun Navaratne and Chamika Sandeepa Navaratne of Ethgala and Gayan Amitha Bandara of Udagama.
They were all students of Saranapala Maha Vidyalaya.
The other two students who returned to their homes had kept the deaths a secret until the parents of the missing boys went in search of their children.
They had informed Gampola Police about the missing children yesterday morning.
The Navy divers summoned to search for the missing boys in the Mahaweli had traced the bodies inside a big hole like a dungeon and recovered them from the river bed. The bodies were sent to the Nawalapitiya Hospital for an autopsy.