Kitulgala Forest


Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka.A rain forestry area, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-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.

Large numbers of people make the excursion from Colombo at weekends to enjoy the beautiful scenery, play in the river, Jungle Walks, Adventurous water fall jumps/ slides, White Water Rafting and have an excellent rice and curry lunch at the local restaurants.

The Kelani River is wide at Kitulgala, but it is shallow apart from a deep channel near the opposite bank, so in the drier months it provides a safe and attractive place to swim, wash and play. Many birders stay at Kitulgala. This area has most of the rainforest bird species that are found at the World Biosphere Reserve at Sinharaja, although in lower numbers. However, the secondary forest and cultivation at Kitulgala is more open than the pristine woodlands of Sinharaja, and elusive endemic species like Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Green-billed Coucal and Spot-winged Thrush may be easier to see. So Kitulgala is a primary spot for bird watching enthusiasts.

Inside the jungles of Kitulgala there are plenty of camping opportunities which can be coupled with White Water Rafting, Bird Watching, Jungle Walks, River bathing and many adventure activities. If you are looking at a adventure and leisure base close to Colombo, Kithulgala is THE PLACE. Being so close to Colombo if you stay for one night you would be able to do many adventure and leisure activities such as White Water Rafting, Bird Watching Walking in the Jungle, Visiting pre historic caves, Bathing in the river, Visiting waterfalls, Swimming in natural ponds etc.

White Water Rafting in Kitulgala

Experience  White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KMs. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White Water Rafting Tour in Kitulagala.

Waterfall Abseiling in Kitulgala

Enjoying the view of a stunning Waterfall is already amazing but abseiling takes this adventure far beyond the limits of a normal sightseeing of a tourist. The intense and powerful feeling of the water combined with the fact that you are hanging on a rope and that there is nothing but water beneath and above, will give Adrenalin push like you have never experienced before.Water fall height is 105 ft and duration will be 3 hours for 4 people. Waterfall Abseiling is an ideal adventure activity to test your confidence.

Bird Watching in Kithulgala

Bird watching in Kithulgala is considered as a main interest of a nature lover and can result in you seeing many of the country’s endemic bird species such as Sri Lanka Orange-billed babbler and chestnut-backed owlet, as well as reptiles such as green pit viper and earless lizard and a variety of butterflies.

Flat Water Rafting in Kitulagala

Looking for a relaxing, leisurely floating trip?Have small children who can’t get on the white water? We have the answer with our flat water rafting on the Kelani River! There’s nothing as refreshing as floating down the river in a raft. We could take you up to 40kms along Kelani River with picnic meals depending on your request.

Rain Forest Trekking in Kitulgala Forest

Let us cross the Keleni River in an open catamaran-type traditional wooden boat with no sail and walk in to the deep routes of the Rain Forest of Kitulgala Forest Reserve. The well experienced boatmen will take across the 60 meter wide river and you will feel how the people negotiated the river in times where there were no bridges. You will see the shawls of fish and the river bed, as the visibility through the clear waters of the river is very good. Experience various fauna and flora of the Rain forest of Kitulgala Forest Reserve and see beautiful sceneries of waterfalls and streams hidden inside the forest. Have cool dip in a scenic flowing water stream during your Rain Forest Trekk in the Jungle of Kitulgala.

Waterfall Trekking in Kitulgala

Water fall trekking gives travellers a close view of incredible scenery of a waterfall. Trekking is mainly focused in view of stunningly beautiful waterfalls hidden inside the rain forests in Kitulgala.

 Aerial Rope Activity

Adventurous ride on a steep and inclined cable, to experience and fulfill the curiosity of the flattering aerial view of a river running through a forest, like an Eagle. 400ft length & 30ft height.

Canyoning in Kitulgala

The trek to natural rock pools and waterfalls of kataran-Oya” – 1.5KM. There are 7 natural pools which are extremely beautiful and a gift of nature where you will be able to experience below activities. Sliding down an inclined 05 meter water fall with safety gear, in to the rock pool, A confidence jump with safety to beautiful  natural rock pool & Swimming in the cool and clean waters of the rain forest.

Tracking Route


Colombo-Wattala – Kadawatha – Ruwanwalla- Ganepalla – Kithulga – Return back on the same route 

Colombo-Wattala – Kadawatha – Kaduwla – Karawanella-Ganepalla – Kithulga – Return back on the same route 

Kandy-Nawalapitiya – Ginigathhena – Kithulga – Return back on the same route