Slowly growing in fame for its adventure sports, Kitulgala is Sri Lanka’s foremost spot for white water rafting, and also offers jungle trekking, outdoor camping, and mountain biking. For those looking for more serene activity, there are over 54 species of birds in the forested area across the Kelani River. It is also famous for being the location where the legendary David Lean’s classic movie “Bridge on the River Kwai” was filmed. There is a restaurant overlooking the location of the key scene of the movie, and provides a great view for cinema enthusiasts.

Travellers are more accustomed to spending the day at Kitulgala and staying in a Kandy hotel. However, there are some options available for accommodation in the town itself.

Accommodation (basic price per night)

  • Royal River Resort - +94 36 2287 575 ($85)
  • Kitulgala Rest House - +94 11 7488 288 ($85)
  • Borderlands - +94 77 7899 836 ($75)

About 96 km away from Colombo, Kitulgala is accessible via the Colombo-Avissawella-Hatton main road. It will take just under 2 hours to reach.

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