In the west of Sri Lanka, Kitulgala is a tiny town. It is in the rainforest of the wet area, which receives two monsoons every year, and is one of the country’s wettest locations. In the first three months of the year, however, it comes alive, particularly in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning The Bridge on the Kwai River was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although there is now nothing left but the concrete foundations of the bridge (and, supposedly, the submerged train cars that plunged into the climate scene into the river). Also, Kitulgala is a white-water rafting base that begins upstream a few kilometres.
ATTRACTIONS IN KITULGALA
- WHITE WATER RAFTING
Experience White Water Rafting on the scenic river Kelani, covering five main rapids and four minor rapids. For anyone over the age of 10, this activity includes safety gear, contemporary rafts, and our white water rafting instructors will give a thorough safety briefing in advance. The covered distance is about 5 km. You will be enchanted by the river and its surroundings, with a memorable experience during your Kitulagala White Water Rafting Tour.
- RAIN FOREST CAMPING ADVENTURES
There are plenty of camping possibilities inside the jungles of Kitulgala that can be combined with White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Jungle Walks, River Bathing and many adventure activities.
If you’re searching for an adventure and recreation base near Colombo, Kithulgala is THE PLACE. Being so near to Colombo if you’re staying for one night, you’d be able to do a lot of adventure and recreation operations like White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Jungle Walking, Visiting pre-historic caves, River Bathing, Waterfall Trekking, Natural Ponds Adventure Jumps and slides.