Surrounded by low wooded hills, Kitulgala is a village of lush vegetation. Kitulgala, the Adventure Attraction Kitulgala being blessed with two monsoons each year records the highest rainfall in Sri Lanka. However, January to March is the dry period that makes Kitulgala one of Sri Lanka’s foremost tourist attractions for those who love White Water Rafting.
Bridge on the River Kwai
Beli Lena Caves
One of the best place for those who love White Water Rafting Sri Lanka.
You might see Kithulgala village with beautiful & eye catchy sights .Kitulgala affords the opportunity to engage in nature adventure, jungle trekking, outdoor camping, mountain biking and Bird Watching.
The stretch of the Kelani River, 5km upstream from the village of Kitulgala provides seven grade two and three rapids suitable for white water rafting. The upper section is suited for the experienced white water rafting adventurers while the lower section is suited for the beginners of white water rafting. In between the rapids are a few calm stretches of 6.5 km. The Kitulgala run takes about 90 minutes to complete. Each rapid brings off its own distinctive character. Their colourful names which include Head Chopper, Virgin’s Breast, Butter Crunch, Killer Fall and the Rib Cage could perhaps carry indications as what you can expect.
The river flowing through the village is exceptionably enjoyable. Though generally broad, at Kitulgala, the Kelani River is shallow for the major part of its width and provides safe locations to swim and enjoy the waters and surroundings especially during the first three months of the year. The other bank can be accessed from the village by wading out in the shallow waters and then by a traditional outrigger canoe. The name of Kitulgala is derived from the Kitul Palm Tree (Sinhala: Sago Palm tree) that is found in abundance in the village of Kitulgala. Kitul palm syrup is a necessary ingredient in preparation of various traditional Sinhalese sweets.
Located 8km from Kitulgala, the caves revealed the remains (ten skeletons) of the prehistoric “Balangoda Man” (Homo sapiens balangodensis), Sri Lanka’s oldest inhabitant, deduced to have lived there 32,000 years ago.
The foot of the Adam’s Peak is a two hour drive away from Kitulgala. December to April is the traditional season for the night ascent of the 2234 meter stepped mountain where many travel to worship.
Kitulgala has been famous for being the location where the award winning classic movie “Bridge on the River Kwai” directed by David Lean was filmed. The picturesque location of the movie by the river is accessible to all visitors. Excursions from Kitulgala
This park is the third most visited park in all of Sri Lanka. Herds of elephants, buffalos, deer and leopards are what you are destined to see on your day tour.
Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Its name means "city on the plain" or "city of light".