Rafter’s Retreat

Hut in Kitulgala

This old colonial-era bungalow serves as the hub for a rafting and birdwatching outfit that sprawls along the riverbank. The 10 quirky riverside cottages are basic and fan-cooled. You just pull up a blind to see the gushing river.

The breezy riverside restaurant is a great place for a few beers, and jovial owner Channa can organise all manner of tours and activities.