Kitulgala Forest Reserve

  • Category: Natura of Sri Lanka
  • Distance From Colombo‎: 95,6 km
  • Drive Time: 2 h 40 min
  • Location: Sabaragamuwa Province
  • Availability: All Year
  • Txp: Van, Car, Jeep, Bus
  • Area: 1,155 km2
  • Best Time To Visit: February to April
  • Accom: Hotel, Bungalow, Gust house
  • Elevation: 9 m above sea level

About Kitulgala Forest Reserve

From 95 km from Colombo, west of the road from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, among forest-covered hills, rises Kitulgala, Kitulgala which is considered the capital of adventure sports. For the moment the young and athletic inhabitants of Colombo are mainly visiting the town. But, more and more foreign travellers are discovering the charm of white-water rafting, trekking through the jungle, birdwatching and speleological expeditions. The city of Kitulgala is also known because in 1957 David Lean turned here, on the shores of the Kelaniya Ganga, the epic film The bridge over the River Kwai, although very few traces remain. A few kilometres from Kitulgala extends a vast system of caves in which human remains dating back to 28,500 years ago have been found.

What is The Best Time to visit Kitulgala Forest Reserve

The best season for the White water rafting in Kitulgala is from April to November. During this period the southwestern monsoon of Sri Lanka gently increases the water level of the Kelani Ganga river. A single torrent of heavy tropical rains could cause the Kelaniya Ganga River in Kitulgala to swell so terrifyingly and appear furious. However, the water level could drop, and the river could calm down to its natural and regular state to make all rafting beams enthusiastically. On-site rafting operators advise and guide everyone on all occasions.

Best Things To Do in Kitulgala
Start Your Adventure
  • White Water Rafting
  • Flat Water Rafting
  • Water Fall Abseiling
  • Rain Forest Trails
  • Water Fall Trekking
  • Bird Watching
  • Cycling & Walking Trails
  • Confidence jump & Stream Slides
  • River Expeditions
  • Village Walking Trails
Activities Near Kitulgala
Closest landmarks
  • The Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Classic Car Museum

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Kitulgala situated at?

City of Kitulgala, Sri Lanka is located 95km away from Colombo

What are the famous places in Kitulgala Sri Lanka?

White Water Rafting, Flat Water Rafting, Water Fall Abseiling, Rain Forest Trails, Water Fall Trekking, Bird Watching,Cycling, Caves. etc.

What to wear in Kitulgala Sri Lanka

Light clothing, sun cream, a hat. You might want to bring a change of shirt or t-shirt and K-way

How’s the Kitulgala weather?

Average temperatures in Kitulgala Forest Reserve vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year.

When is the best time for rafting?

The best time to enjoy White Water Rafting at Kitulgala is between May to December. During periods of heavy rain.

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