is lovely little town on the banks of Kelani River, particularly famous for
White Water Rafting. The town derives its name from strangely
prehistoric-looking kitul tree, which abounds the region in vast numbers.
Many of the resorts here have colonial aire and originally built for
visiting colonial masters. Kitulgala is a nice place for those people who
want to take a break in the lap of the mountains.
Adventure lovers often visit Kitulgala to enjoy the game of whitewater
rafting which is arguably the best in Sri Lanka. Several movies have also
been shot in the place, most famous of which is David Lean's award winning
classic Bridge on the River Kwai.' Movie lovers can visit the place to
enjoy the original location where the movie was shot. Kitulgala sits
prettily among the low waving hills carpeted by lush vegetation.
White Water Rafting
Organisers of Whit Water Rafting segregate the Kelani east of
Kitulgala into three sections. Most of the adventure seekers take the scenic
middle section, which consists of 10 level two, and level three rapids,
which are seperated by tranquil water. The upper section is most
challenging. Between rapids number of calm stretches is few. Only
experienced groups take this section. On the contrary, the lower section is
calm enough for the uninitiated to introduce themselves to white water
Bridge on River Kwai
The movie Bridge on River Kwai was shot in Kitulgala in its
entirity. Impressed by attributes of Kitulgala film director David Lean
picked up Kutulgala as the location for bridge construction and destruction
scenes. One can stroll down to the place where the movie was shot.