A mere 2 hour drive from Colombo-Nuwara Eliya road, Kitulgala is a Rain Forest patch which attracts many resident and foreign tourists for its natural beauty. The Academy Awad-winning movie The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge Kitulgala is the base for white-water rafting in Sri Lanka but there are myriad of leisure and adventure activities that can be done in Kutulgala.
At Sri Lankan Expeditions, suggests following things to do if you are planning a trip to Kitulgala,
White Water Rafting in Kelani River
Flat Water Rafting for Kids in river branches in Kitulgala
Jungle walks to see beautiful rivers and waterfalls
Mountain biking on the roads or in the forest
River bathing in the shallow branches of the main river in Kitulgala
Visit pre historic Belilena caves in which the 12,000 year old skeletal remains of the prehistoric 'Balangoda man' (Homesepiens Balangodensis) have been found
Visit to remote Waterfalls and streams
Waterfall Jumps and Waterfall Abseiling
Sri Lankan Rice and curry for lunch and Curd with honey must is highly recommended to experience the local food flavours.
While one night or two nights stay is recommended Kitulgala can be enjoyed in one day also. But staying a night will be a nice experience. A night out in a eco lodge near the river bank in Kitulgala is amazing experience amidst a roaring