Welcome to Kitulgala


The town’s other main claim to fame is that David Lean filmed his 1957 Oscar-winning epic Bridge on the River Kwai here on the banks of the Kelaniya Ganga, though there's little physical evidence left to see.

A few kilometres from Kitulgala is a large cave system where the 28,500-year-old remains of early humans were discovered. Many hotels in the area can arrange a guide to the caves.


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$900 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Night Sri Lanka Wildlife and Adventure Tour

Day 1: Arrive / Bentota You will be picked up from your hotel or the airport in the selected cities (please refer to Departure Point for details) and greeted by your personal guide. We will drive to Bentota and relax for the rest of the day. Overnight at Citrus Waskaduwa or Similar hotel on B&B basis Day 2: Bentota / Sinharaja After breakfast you can enjoy a boat ride in Madu River. The bio-diversity of the Madu River is very significant when considering the wide ranges of aquatic and avian life as well as wetland dwelling amphibians, reptiles and mammals that inhabit this natural treasure. Afterwards you will be driven to Sinharaja (approx. 3 hours drive). In the afternoon you can proceed with a guided trekking tour in the Sinharaja Rainforest, which is a world heritage site and major ecotourism destination in Sri Lanka. Overnight at Rainforest Eco Lodge or Similar hotel  on B&B basis Day 3: Sinharaja / Udawalawe After breakfast you will be taken to Udawalawe (approx. 4 hours drive) and check in to Grand Udawalawe. Late afternoon you will experience a game drive in the National Park. Udawalawe is an important habitat for water birds and Sri Lankan elephants. Overnight Stay at Grand Udawalawe or Similar hotel on B&B basis Day 4: Udawalawe / Yala After breakfast you will be taken to Yala (approx. 2 hours drive). Upon arrival in Yala, we will go to a campsite where we will spend the night. In the late afternoon, you can enjoy a game drive at Yala National Park that is mainly famous for its leopards. Overnight at a campsite with a BBQ dinner in the Jungle Day 5: Yala / Ella After breakfast we will take you to Ella (approx. 3 hours drive). In the afternoon, you can do a trekking tour with your guide to see Ella gap, Little Adam's Peak and Rawana Waterfalls. Overnight Stay at Mount Heaven or Similar hotel on B&B basis. Day 6: Ella / Horton Plains / Nuwara Eliya After breakfast you will go to Horton Plains (approx. 2 hours drive), then take a guided walk along the nature trails to a viewpoint known as World’s End. Overnight Stay at Grand Camellia or Similar hotel on B&B basis Day 7: Nuwara Eliya / Kitulgala After breakfast you will be taken to Kitulgala where you can enjoy a whitewater rafting at Kelani River. In the afternoon, you can enjoy a cycling tour in the village. Overnight Stay at Plantation Villa or Similar hotel on B&B basis Day 8: Departure After breakfast you will be taken to your hotel or the airport in the selected cities (please refer to Departure Point for details).

$856.17 Multi-day & Extended Tours

9-Night Grand Tour in Sri Lanka

ItineraryDay 1: Colombo/DambullaPass By: Bandaranaike International AirportYou will be picked up at the Bandaranaike International Airport or from the hotel you are already residing in Colombo. From there transfer to Dambulla.Stop At: New Ranweli Spice Garden, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceVisit the spice garden in Kandy and get to know about the herbs and spices grown there. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Dambulla. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 2: Dambulla/Sigiriya/DambullaStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceThis temple is also called the golden temple, a UNESCO world heritage site. The caves contain ancient paintings and sculptures of Lord Buddha. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceA UNESCO world heritage and massive rock fortress, built during the ancient era of King Kashyapa. Duration: 4 hoursStop At: SigiriyaTravel across the Sigiriya village and its suburbs through an ox cart ride. Enjoy a free traditional Sri Lankan lunch at a tree house.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Dambulla. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 3: Dambulla/KandyStop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceA UNESCO world heritage site and popular religious place in Kandy. Take part in traditional rituals. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceWatch the evening cultural show in Kandy, where you'll find traditional Sri Lankan dancers. Also, you can observe fire walking.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Kandy. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 4: Kandy/Kitulgala/Nuwara EliyaStop At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Kandy District, Central ProvinceVisit the Royal Botanical Garden, nestled in a 60-hectare ground in Peradeniya.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Rafting KitulgalaGo on a white water rafting challenge guided by professionals. The white water rafting tour in the Kelani river goes up to 5 Km. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bluefield Tea Gardens, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceVisit a tea factory for encountering tea production process and taste pure Ceylon tea.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Devon Falls, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceDevon Falls is situated on 6 km west of Talawakele. It is 97 metres high and 19th highest ranked waterfall in Sri Lanka. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 5: Nuwaraeliya - EllaStop At: Nanu Oya Railway Station, Nanu Oya, Central ProvinceReach the Nanu Oya railway station. Go on a scenic train ride to Ella, passing astonishing backdrops of the surrounding. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Little Adam's Peak, Ella, Uva ProvinceLittle Adam’s Peak is a short hiking point in Ella. Hike through the tea plantations to reach the destination and witness the beauty of Ella. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Ella. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 6: Ella/TissamaharamaPass By: Tissamaharama Raja Maha ViharaA town located in the Hambantota District and was the capital of the Ruhuna kingdom during the 3rd century B.C.Stop At: Yala National Park, Sri LankaEnjoy a safari in Yala National Park early in the morning. It is the most visited and the second largest national park in Sri Lanka.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Tissamaharama. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 7: Tissamaharama/MirissaStop At: Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Southern ProvinceIndulge in recreational water sports activities at the Mirissa beach: snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Mirissa Whale Watching No 1Spot the sea giants like whales, dolphins and turtles during the tour.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Mirissa. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 8: Mirissa/Galle/Hikkaduwa/Kosgoda/BentotaStop At: Blow Hole Hummanaya, Dikwella, Southern ProvinceThe only blowhole in Sri Lanka and World's second largest blowhole.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Galle Fort, Galle, Galle District, Southern ProvinceThe Galle Fort is also known as the Dutch Fort or the Ramparts of Galle.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Moonstone Mines, Ambalangoda, Galle District, Southern ProvinceA small village in the South West region and the primary place of moonstone and gem mining in Sri Lanka. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kosgoda Turtle Care, Kosgoda, Galle District, Southern ProvinceDiscover Sri Lanka’s sea turtle conservation project. It is a prime turtle nesting site conducting hatching, breeding and releasing to the sea. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Bentota. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 9: Bentota Stop At: Bentota BeachBentota is a coastal hamlet located in Sri Lanka’s southwest coast. It has a long stretching beach with Coral-rich dive sites. Enjoy the city attractions of Bentota. Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Bentota. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 10: Bentota/ColomboPass By: Bandaranaike International AirportYou will be drop at the airport, 3 hours before the departure time.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$523.56 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 6-Day Sightseeing Tour around Sri Lanka

ItineraryDay 1: Airport/NegomboPass By: Bandaranaike International AirportYou will be picked up at the Bandaranaike International Airport or from the hotel you are already residing in Colombo. From there transfer to Negombo.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Negombo. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 2: Negombo/KandyStop At: Ranweli Spice Garden, Matale, Central ProvinceVisit the spice garden in Kandy and get to know about the herbs and spices grown there. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceWatch the evening cultural show in Kandy, where you'll find traditional Sri Lankan dancers. Also, you can observe fire walking.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceA UNESCO world heritage site and popular religious place in Kandy. Take part in traditional rituals. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Kandy. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 3: Kandy /Kitulgala /Nuwara EliyaStop At: Rafting KitulgalaGo on a white water rafting challenge guided by professionals. The white water rafting tour in the Kelani river goes up to 5 Km. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Bluefield Tea Gardens, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceVisit a tea factory for encountering tea production process and taste pure Ceylon tea.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 4: Nuwara Eliya/Ella/TissamaharamaStop At: Nanu Oya Railway Station, Nanu Oya, Central ProvinceReach the Nanu Oya railway station. Go on a scenic train ride to Ella, passing astonishing backdrops of the surrounding. Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Tissamaharama Raja Maha ViharaA town located in the Hambantota District and was the capital of the Ruhuna kingdom during the 3rd century B.C.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Tissamaharama. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 5: Tissamaharama/MirissaStop At: Yala National Park, Sri LankaEnjoy a safari in Yala National Park early in the morning. It is the most visited and the second largest national park in Sri Lanka.Duration: 4 hoursPass By: Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Southern ProvinceMirissa is a popular tourist hotspot for snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Mirissa. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 6: Mirissa/ColomboStop At: Whale Watching MirissaSpot the sea giants like whales, dolphins and turtles during the tour.Duration: 4 hoursPass By: Bandaranaike International AirportYou will be drop at the airport, 3 hours before the departure time.No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$151567.30 Cultural & Theme Tours

7 Night Private Luxury Sri Lanka Tour

Day 1: Colombo You will be picked up from Bandaranaike International Airport or your centrally located hotel in Sigiriya, Colombo, Nuwaraeliya or Kandy and proceed to the hotel for check-in. Have the dinner, stay overnight in a 5-star hotel  in Colombo. Day 2: Colombo - Dambulla Have breakfast after that drive to Dambulla, en-route visit Spice Garden. Have dinner and stay overnight in a 5-star hotel at Dambulla. Day 3: Dambulla - Kandy Have breakfast after that climb the famous Sigiriya Rock at around 8:00 am. Visit Dambulla Cave Temple, and also you could do the Sigiriya Village tour, which is an extra activity. Proceed to Kandy. Watch a cultural show and have the dinner. Stay overnight in the 5-star hotel in Kandy. Day 4: Kandy -Kitulgala - Nuwara Eliya Have breakfast and visit the Tooth Temple and the Botanical Garden. Take a city tour in Kandy for city sightseeing and shopping, do water rafting in Kitulgala, proceed to Nuwara Eliya en-route visit tea factory and tea plantations. Have dinner an stay overnight in a 4-star Hotel in Nuwara Eliya. Day 5: Nuwaraeliya - Ella - Tissamaharama Have breakfast, enjoy Ella train trip in the morning which is a 3 hour train trip from Nuwara eliya to ella, where you could see a beautiful scenery of tea plantations, waterfalls and vegetable gardens.  Have dinner, and then stay overnight in a 4 star hotel in Tissamaharama. Day 6: Tissamaharama- Mirissa Do Yala Safari in the morning at 5:30 am, and proceed to Mirissa. En-route mirissa you could also visit Hummanaya Blow hole. Have the dinner and then stay overnight in a 4 star Hotel in Mirissa. Day 7: Mirissa - Galle - Kosgoda - Bentota Do whale watching in the morning at 5:30 am, and proceed to Bentota. On the way you could also watch stilt fishermen in Weligama, visit Galle fort, if you are interested you could also visit Meetiyagoda Moon stone mine. Do Maduganga Boat Safari which will take you to small cinnamon  islands in a boat, which is a lifetime experience. Visit turtle farm in Kosgoda and enjoy an overnight stay in a 5 star Hotel in Bentota.  Day 8: Bentota - Colombo Have breakfast. You will be transferred back to Bandaranaike International Airport or your centrally located hotel in Colombo.  There is no itinerary planned for the day.

$1600 Cultural & Theme Tours

Blue Tour - 7 nights 8 days

Day 01  Arrival to Colombo International Airport Katunayaka, Sri Lanka, your chauffeur / guide will meet you at the airport, and drive you to Habarana You can visit   Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en route. Afternoon enjoy an exciting safari at Minneriya National Park where you can watch elephants in their rightful home - in the wilds.  overnight stay at habarana/dambulla Day 02  After breakfast drive to Polonnaruwa to visit anciant city. Three Kings dominate the chronicles of the city and the period. The city reached a dazzling but pitifully brief zenith in the 12th century and though ravaged by invasion in the centuries that followed, much evidence remains of the old grandeur and glory. Afternoon experience the laid-back rhythms small village life in Sri Lanka with the villege tour in  sigiriya or Habarana .  overnight stay at habarana/dambulla Day 03 After breakfast, set off to discover the 8th wonder of the world – the Sigiriya rock fortress. Dating back to the 5th century ADAfterwards, leave for the hill capital of Kandy, visiting a spice garden at Matale en route. Our spices have been sought after for centuries, and continue to be a celebrated export, even today.Afternoon enjoy a city tour of Kandy – The last kingdom of the Sinhalese. Evening round off your day with a cultural show, where the vibrant costumes and pulsating rhythms of traditional dance forms from centuries old rituals will enthrall you.overnight stay in KandyDay 04Morning visit Peradeniya Royal botanical gardens en route. and Continue to Nuwara Eliya, visiting  waterfalls and a tea factory along the way.Afternoon the old colonial outpost still referred to as ‘Little England’ Nuwara Eliya certainly lives up to its nameovernight stay in Nuwara EliyaDay 05After breakfast return to Galle via Kithulgala. If you feel adventurous, the incredible experience of white water rafting awaits you at Kitulgala. Afternoon Enjoy the Galle Fort city tour. The Galle Fort, or Dutch Fort as it is also known,overnight stay in GalleDay 06Relax on the beachovernight stay in GalleDay 07After Breakfast drive to Colombo take in the sights and sounds of the city of Colombo from the busy commercial hub to the tree-lined suburbs. Here, colonial architecture vies with glass skyscrapers and the past comes alive in buildings that have withstood great winds of change. There are bargains to find, history to discover and much to explore.overnight stay in Colombo Day 08After breakfast, big good bye to Sri Lanka as you leave to the Colombo international airport at Katunayaka for your departure flight.

$148 Water Sports

Private Guided White Water Rafting Tour in Kitulgala from Colombo

Experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity recommended for age of 10 years with safety gear, The distance covered is around 5 KMs. Rain Forest walks to see beautiful streams and waterfalls, Stream slides and confidence jumps (Canyoning), Mountain biking on the roads or in the forest, Bird Watching and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White Water Rafting Tour in Kitulgala. You can enjoy Sri Lankan rice and curry lunch at good restaurant. Then will start the return ward journey which takes 2 hrs to reach in Colombo.