Kitulgala in Sri Lanka is a small town which is 3 hrs (95 kms) away from Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka and located in the Sabaragamuwa province. Kitulgala is a wet zone rain forest and gets two monsoons each year and is very popular for white-water rafting.
The Academy Award winning movie ‘The Bridge on the River Kawai’ directed by David Lean in 1957 was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala. And still you could witness the remains of the concrete foundations of the bridge.
White-Water Rafting at Kitulgala
Kitulgala is a famous location amongst the adventure travellers for White-Water Rafting, Stream Sliding with Confidence Jump, Waterfall abseiling, Jungle Trekking, Bird Watching and Cave Exploration, and many other activities. And also Kitulgala is a very popular location for adventure-based training programs.
The white water rafting is the most famous activity in Kitulgala which you could experience in the stretch of Kelani River, 5 km upstream. The river provides grade two and three rapids. You will experience 5 major rapids and 3 minor rapids during the activity and it is highly recommended to follow all the guidance and to use the safety equipment given by your guide. The white water rafting activity will complete within 1-hour time and that will be the most unforgettable and thrilled 1 hour of your life time.
Mr Deepal Warakagoda, the prominent Sri Lankan ornithologist discovered the Serendib Scops Owl at the Makandawa Rainforest near Kitulgala and the hills above the rubber plantation is a nature home for many other birds including mountain hawk eagle, crested tree swift and Layard’s parakeet. For Bird Watching in Sri Lanka Tours Kitulgala is an ideal place.
For Adventure lovers, tour operators in Sri Lanka always recommend Kitulgala White-Water Rafting and other adventurous activities.
Key Adventure Activities in Kitulgala, Sri Lanka
– White water rafting
– Stream sliding with confidence jump
– Jungle trekking
– Belilena cave exploration
– Bird watching
– Flat water rafting