Situated on the banks of the Kelaniya River, this quaint little town was the set for the epic film ‘Bridge on the River Kwai’ The Kelaniya River is also ideal for white water rafting.


  • Adventure
  • Heritage


  • Kelaniya River
  • White Water Rafting
  • Scenic Beauty

Places to Stay

Kithulgala Plantation

Style: Resort

The Plantation Hotel is situated 90km from Colombo (a 2.5 hour drive) in a sleep riverside village called Kithulgala, sandwiched between the famous west coast and the towering central highlands.

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Royal River Resort

Style: Resort

Located amidst a Rubber Plantation this eco-friendly resort lies at the edge of the Ing Oya rapids.

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Activities in Kithulgala

White Water Rafting at Kithulgala

For those seeking an adrenalin boost, go White Water Rafting on the majestic Kelani river for an exhilarating way to discover Sri Lanka’s spectacular scenery. Best known as the location for the filming of ‘Bridge over the river Kwai’ and the stunning area around Kithulgala – Kitul is a type of palm tree. Weave your way through lush forests and sand bars ending back at your hotel.


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