water sports


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 kilometers upstream.


We will do some birding in the remnant Wet Zone forests close to the Kitulgala Rest House in the evening and after lunch go across the Kelani River in a dugout canoe to visit the Makandewa Forest which is a lowland tropical rainforest with a high diversity of endemic fauna and flora. Some of the birds to be seen in this area include Sri Lankan Wood Pigeon , White Faced Starling , Green-billed Coucal , Sri Lanka Magpie , Red Faced Malkoha , Malabar Trogon , Sri Lanka Orange-billed Babbler , Sri Lanka chestnut-backed owlet, and the lesser yellow nape.

WHITE WATER RAFTING/CANYONING Sri Lanka’s spring fed boulder rivers flow through wild tropical jungles are the ideal setting for white water rafting. Whether it’s a half day or full day excursion or as an activity of a multi day tour itinerary White Water Rafting is a must do activity for young and not so young alike. This activity which doesn’t require swimming capabilities at all is ideal for the amateurs who wish to ‘take the plunge’ and for experts as well.

Our main rafting location Kithulgala had a bout of fame, when it was chosen as a prime location in the filming of, David Lean’s 1957 award winning film ‘Bridge on the River Kwai.’ The Kelani River (one of the main rivers of Sri Lanka) flows through the Kitulgala’s rock strewn sections and the rapids provide ample pleasure for the adventure sport of white water rafting. The actual run takes about 1 ½ hours to 3 hours[ depends on how much time you want to spend in water ] to complete with encounters of grade 2 and 3 rapids, bearing unique names such as Butter Crunch, Killer Falls, Head Chopper and Virgin’s Breast !


Belilena is a very large cave, in which the 12,000 year old skeletal remains of the prehistoric ‘Balangoda man’ (Homesepiens Balangodensis) have been found.  In order to reach the cave you have to walk through the jungle, close to the Inoya estate (approx. 8 km from Kitulgala itself).


    • Activities as per above
    • Safety Jackets for white water rafting
    • Leach socks for trekking to Makandawa
    • Refreshments during the activities
    • Service charges and all Government taxes.


    • Transportation up to the location.
    • Any extra beverages or food.
    • Any personal effects not mentioned here.
    • Any tips to the staff.


Full payment with the confirmation


If the cancellation is placed:

      • Before 16 days – 100% would be refunded
      • Within 08 to 15 days – 50% would be refunded
      • Within 03 to 07 days – 25% of the full payment would be refunded
      • Less than 2 days no refund.


      • Personal effects for Warm/Windy/Rainy conditions should be carried by clients.
      • Insect repellent, Sunburn lotion etc. are recommended.


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