Kitulgala, which was the setting of the movie „The Bridge on the River Kwai“, has become famous as Sri Lanka’s number one destination for white water rafting, also visited on day trips by beach holiday makers from the southwest coast. But in recent years, Kitulgala has developed into a major holiday destination in itself offering various other adventure and nature attractions, too. Kitulgala now offers a wide variety of holiday activities such as jungle expeditions for hiking and trekking, relaxing canoeing or birdwatching, exciting canyoning and waterfall-abseiling. Though Kitulgala attracts more and more guests, there are still many places of interest in the river valley and beyond that are not at all crowded. This make Kitulgala still a perfect place for those holifaymakers seeking experiences of untouched nature. Kitulgala is located in a river valley, the slopes of the hills are covered with jungles. Kitulgala lies in an intermediate zone between tropical monsoon climate and moist mountanous areas. Particularly during the southwestern high-season (from Christmas to Easter) the weather can be pretty sunny in Kitulgala.
Read our more detailed description of Kitulgala and holiday activities in and around ist river valley here...
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka,