Kithulgala is a famous adventure activity destination in Sri Lanka, where even adventure camping is possible for adventure tour lovers and thrilling water activities to engage in. Kitulgala has been famous for being the location where the award winning classic movie “Bridge on the River Kwai” directed by David Lean was filmed. The picturesque location of the movie by the river is accessible to all visitors.
If you are looking at an adventure and leisure base close to Colombo, Kithulgala is the best place for that. The stretch of Kelani River 5km upstream from the village of Kitulgala provides seven grade two and three rapids for white water rafting. The upper section is suited to the experienced white water rafting adventurers. The lower section is suited for the beginners of white water rafting. In between the rapids are few calm stretches of 6.5 km Kitulgala run that takes about 90 minutes to complete. Each rapid brings off its own distinctive character. Their colourful names-Head Chopper, Virgin s Breast, Butter Crunch, Killer Fall and the Rib Cage-could perhaps carry indications as what to expect. Inside the jungles of Kitulgala there are plenty of camping opportunities which can be coupled with Bird Watching, Walking in the Jungle, Visiting pre historic caves, Bathing in the river, Trekking to Waterfalls, Adventure Jumps and slides in natural ponds, River Expeditions, Rain Forest Walks and Trails, Flat Water Rafting, Waterfall Abseiling, Mountain biking and many adventure activities.