Adventure Sports in Kitulgala

White Water Rafting
Kitulgala is a small town located in Kegalle District, Sri Lanka, and presently a popular tourist destination for adventure sports such as white-water rafting, canyoning, waterfall abseiling, jungle trekking, bird-watching, and aerial rope activities.

Kitulgala is also the movie location of where David Lean’s 1957 adventure epic war film, "The Bridge on the River Kwai" was filmed.

White Water Rafting (WWR)
Kelani Ganga river that flows through the Kitulgala area has made the country's safest and attractive place for white-water rafting. The rapids named "Virgin breast", "Buttercrunch", "Killer fall" and "White water" are ideal for the rafters of beginner to advanced level.

Canyoning (Trekking, sliding, & confidence jumps)
Canyoning is created in Kataran Ella Fall with trekking, sliding down inclined 7 m waterfall into a rock pool. The 12 ft tall confidence jump is performed into a natural rock pool.

Water fall abseiling/rappelling
Waterfalls such as Sandun Ella are popular for abseiling.

Village trekking, Jungle trekking, Cycling
Trekking and cycling through hamlets, rain forests, and mountains are also among the activities at Kitulgala. Exploration of pre-historic Belilena cave is also included.

Bird watching
Many bird species including endemic species such as Blue Magpie, Orange-billed Babbler, Chestnut-backed Owlet are found in the Kitulgala area.

Aerial rope activity
Zip-lining activities are also available for tourists.

Note: A number of adventure sports companies are currently operating in Kitulgala area and travelers are advised to contact any of them before going for an adventure type trip.

Broadlands Dam project 
Under the Broadlands Dam project, a river hydroelectric complex is being constructed across the Kelani Ganga River in the Kitulgala area. According to the view of local adventure sports companies, there is a risk of declining the water-based sports in Kitulgala including the WWR due to this dam construction.


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This page was last updated on 2 April 2021
For a complete tourist map follow this link: Lankapradeepa Tourist Map

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