Kitulgala trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Kitulgala

(4.1/5 based on 120+ reviews for 3 attractions)
Things to do: adventure
Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning 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 (and, supposedly, the submerged train cars that plunged into the river in the climactic scene). Kitulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometres upstream.FeaturesLarge numbers of people make the excursion from Colombo at weekends to enjoy the beautiful scenery, play in the river, 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.The river can be crossed by walking out across the shallows and crossing the deep channel in a dugout canoe, which is stabilised with an outrigger.Sri Lanka's most recently discovered bird, the Serendib scops owl was originally heard calling by Deepal Warakagoda in these forests.The hills above the rubber plantations also have mountain hawk eagle, crested treeswift and Layard's parakeet.
Use our Sri Lanka itinerary planner to plan your trip to Kitulgala and other destinations in Sri Lanka.
Source

Plan your trip to Kitulgala

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

See this by visiting one of the destinations below

Why?
Some destinations do not have accommodations and require staying in a nearby city. Here are places you can stay:
Sightseeing, nature, nightlife
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Shopping, sightseeing, religious sites
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Nature, wildlife areas, parks
Visit for: 3 daysStart a plan »
Wildlife areas
Visit for: 1 dayStart a plan »
Parks, historic sites
Visit for: 1 dayStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to Sabaragamuwa Province

9 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, kids, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, kids, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, kids, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA January, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: January, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM NEPAL January, kids, relaxing, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: January, kids, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA January, kids, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: January, kids, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES December, kids, relaxing, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA January, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: January, kids, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 6 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 1 day in Ratnapura BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Inspirock Trip Planner in the News