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: Nature & Wildlife
Distance From Airport
: 110 Km (3 hour drive)
Distance From Colombo
: 80 Km (2.15 hour drive)
: Kelani river, Location of the film
Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rainforest, 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.
Large 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.
The Academy Award-winning The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani 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.
The agriculture around Kitulgala is typical of the hilly wet zone. The Sago Palm, Caryota urens, which is called Kitul in Sri Lanka, gives rise to the towns name. Its sap is concentrated into a delicious syrup, not dissimilar to maple syrup, and crystallised as jaggery. It is also fermented to make toddy. The pith is used to make sago, and the fibres to make rope.
Red Bananas in Kitulgala forest Bananas of both red and yellow varieties are grown. The yellow bananas are only some 8 cm long, but are sweeter and tastier than the commercial strains available in the West. Rubber trees are also grown on the higher areas.
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.
White Water Rafting, Jungle Trekking, Cave Exploration and Camping in Kitulgala
Sri Lankan Expeditions can arrange nightout camps with all outdoor comforts coupled with adventerous White Water Rafting, Jungle Trekking and Pre-historic cave exploration. Once you arrive in our camp site after an exiciting White Water Rafting or Jungle Trekk our expert staff will take care of all your needs. Enjoy a stary night amidst roaring camp fire complimented with a hearty BBQ Dinner.
Palmstone Retreat - Kithulgala
Palmstone Retreat is a Luxurious small hotel that offers exclusive 5 star experiences with luxury accommodation, unparalleled fine dining options and the ultimate in comfort and privacy.
Royal River Resort-Kitulgala
The Royal River Resort is situated amidst a Rubber plantation in the riverside village of Kitulgala, sandwiched between the western coastal belt and the scenic central highlands.
Situated in a riverside village just half 1 km from the town of Kithulgala, Hotel Miyora is a Tourist board approved A Grade Hotel which offers luxury accommodation for families , travel groups , honeymoon...
The Plantation Hotel has been designed around a refurbished colonial bungalow situated on a former coffee plantation Respecting the environment and in time with the surrounding ecology, the buildings ecology,
Kitulgala Rest House
Kitulgala Rest house boasts a magnificent location overlooking the wide Kelani River, a tributary carving its way through a southern strip of low rolling hills covered with lush vegetation.
The bridge is located at the heart of Kithulgala and is well known for its delicious cuisine and hospitality service.