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).

$865.98 Multi-day & Extended Tours

9-Night Grand Tour in Sri Lanka

Day 1: Colombo/Dambulla Pickup from the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and transfer to Dambulla. En-route, stop by the Spice Garden where all sort of spices and herbs are described. Overnight in Dambulla. Day 2: Dambulla/Sigiriya/Dambulla After breakfast, visit Dambulla Cave Temple which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Afterwards, climb the famous Sigiriya rock, which was also assigned a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. In evening do the Sigiriya Village tour in an Ox- cart, where you can also have a traditional Sri Lankan lunch in a tree house. Stay overnight in Dambulla.  Day 3: Dambulla/Kandy After breakfast, drive to Kandy and visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. It is a Buddhist temple in the city of Kandy and is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy. In the evening at 5pm, watch a cultural show in Kandy, where all the traditional dances are shown on stage. Check in to a hotel in Kandy. Day 4: Kandy/Kitulgala/Nuwara Eliya After breakfast, visit the Botanical Garden followed by a Kandy city tour. Later on, drive to Kitulgala and have fun with water rafting that takes you along the water for 5 km. En route to Nuwara Eliya, visit a tea factory. On the way you can observe tea plantations and waterfalls. Stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Day 5: Nuwaraeliya - Ella In the morning you take a train trip from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, approximately 3 hours. During the ride, enjoy the beauty of Sri Lanka while passing through the middle of the tea plantations and vegetable gardens. Visit Little Adam's Peak in Ella; it offers splendid views and a not-too-hard trek. Stay overnight in Ella. Day 6: Ella/Tissamaharama Drive to Tissamaharama in the morning, and after check-in at the hotel, visit the Yala Safari at 1:30pm. After spending 3-4 hours in Yala National Park, transfer back to the hotel and you can explore for the rest of the day. Day 7: Tissamaharama/Mirissa Drive to Mirissa and have fun with scuba diving, whale watching (depending on the season). Stay overnight in a Mirissa hotel. Day 8: Mirissa/Galle/Hikkaduwa/Kosgoda/Bentota Visit the Hummanaya Blow Hole which is the second largest blow hole in the world, followed by the famous Galle Fort. Also, explore the moonstone mine in Hikkaduwa, and the Kosgoda turtle farm. Stay overnight in Bentota. Day 9: Bentota  Enjoy a leisure day exploring the beautiful city of Bentota and take it easy at your hotel. Day 10: Bentota/Colombo There is no itinerary planned for the day. You will be transferred to the airport in Colombo according to your flight departure time.  

$529.56 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 6-Day Sightseeing Tour around Sri Lanka

Day 1: Airport/Negombo Pickup from the Bandaranaike International Airport and transfer to a Hotel in Negombo for Check in. Feel free to relax yourself at your hotel, after a long flight. Day 2: Negombo/Kandy After breakfast proceed to Kandy, the second largest city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. Kandy is both an administrative and religious city and is also the capital of the Central Province. Kandy is the home of the famous Temple of the Tooth Relic. En-route to Kandy visit Herbal garden. Watch a cultural show starting at 5pm and afterwards visit the Tooth Temple in the evening. Stay overnight in Kandy.  Day 3: Kandy /Kitulgala /Nuwara Eliya After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya, it is located at a rise of 1890 meters over the sea level and is the most elevated city in Sri Lanka. En-route go water rafting in Kitulgala, visit a tea factory and watch tea picking as Nuwara Eliya is very famous for its tea. Stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya.  Day 4: Nuwara Eliya/Ella/Tissamaharama After breakfast, go on the Ella train trip from Nuwara Eliya to Ella, which takes approximately 3 hours. Train goes through wonderful sites, which is surrounded by tea plantations and vegetable gardens. After the train trip proceed to Tissamaharama. Overnight in Tissamaharama. Day 5: Tissamaharama/Mirissa In the morning from 5:30am to 10:30am go on the Yala Safari in a Safari Jeep. Yala national park spreads over an area of 1260 square kilometers. It is the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. After the Safari proceed to Mirissa. Check in to your Hotel at Mirissa. Day 6: Mirissa/ColomboYou can do whale watching at 5.00 am. It depends on your departure time at the airport. You will be transferred back to Colombo and dropped off at Bandaranaike International Airport.

$783.50 Outdoor Activities

2 Day Private Kithulgala Adventure Tour

Day 01 - Colombo > KitulgalaStart your journey at 0700 hrs from your hotel in Colombo. You will be met by a designated chauffer guide from Lakpura Travels. After the formalities at the hotel, you will be escorted to your air-conditioned vehicle and proceed to Kitulgala to let your adrenaline rush explore. (Travel Time – 2 1/2 to 3 hrs) On arrival to Kitulgala engage in a White Water Rafting Session, Canyoning and Flat Water Kayaking. Enjoy the thrill of adventure as your whitewater raft down the rapids of a 5km stretch of the Kelani River. Bounce through the turbulent white-waters with the confidence and protection offered by proper safety measures. Let your adrenaline rise as you are whirled through the foamy rapids in an experience you will never forget. Go on the ultimate adventure in the gushing waters and deep green forests of Kithulgala. Canyon through the waterfall of Kitulgala, sliding down its thrilling slopes. Abseil down the waterfall while enjoying panoramic views. Hike through the rainforest and learn more about the wildlife. Make your holiday more exciting. On completion proceed to the hotel and check-in. Day 02 - Kitulgala > ColomboAfter breakfast at the hotel go on a cycling tour to Belilena Cave. This tour gives you the chance to go on a cycling tour through the pretty rubber estates of Kithulgala and to see the Belilena Caves. Cycle through overgrown rubber plantations. Hike through the dense jungles around Kitulgala. Explore secretive caves where mankind began. See the archaeological excavation which is famed for the discovery of the ‘Balangoda Man’ skeleton. Make some wonderful memories with your photographs. On completion start your journey back to your hotel in Colombo. (Travel Time - 2 1/2 to 3 hrs) ~ End of Tour ~

$717.36 Outdoor Activities

2 Day Private Kithulgala Adventure Tour from Hikkaduwa

Day 01 - Hikkaduwa > KitulgalaStart your journey at 0630 hrs from your hotel in Hikkaduwa. You will be met by a designated chauffer guide from Lakpura Travels. After the formalities at the hotel, you will be escorted to your air-conditioned vehicle and proceed to Kitulgala to let your adrenaline rush explore. (Travel Time – 3 to 3 1/2  hrs) On arrival to Kitulgala engage in a White Water Rafting Session, Canyoning and Flat Water Kayaking. Enjoy the thrill of adventure as your whitewater raft down the rapids of a 5km stretch of the Kelani River. Bounce through the turbulent white-waters with the confidence and protection offered by proper safety measures. Let your adrenaline rise as you are whirled through the foamy rapids in an experience you will never forget. Go on the ultimate adventure in the gushing waters and deep green forests of Kithulgala. Canyon through the waterfall of Kitulgala, sliding down its thrilling slopes. Abseil down the waterfall while enjoying panoramic views. Hike through the rainforest and learn more about the wildlife. Make your holiday more exciting. On completion proceed to the hotel and check-in. Day 02 - Kitulgala > HikkaduwaAfter breakfast at the hotel go on a cycling tour to Belilena Cave. This tour gives you the chance to go on a cycling tour through the pretty rubber estates of Kithulgala and to see the Belilena Caves. Cycle through overgrown rubber plantations. Hike through the dense jungles around Kitulgala. Explore secretive caves where mankind began. See the archaeological excavation which is famed for the discovery of the ‘Balangoda Man’ skeleton. Make some wonderful memories with your photographs. On completion start your journey back to your hotel in Hikkaduwa. (Travel Time – 3 to 3 1/2  hrs) ~ End of Tour ~

$717.36 Outdoor Activities

2 Day Private Kithulgala Adventure Tour from Bentota

Day 01 - Bentota/ Beruwala > KitulgalaStart your journey at 0630 hrs from your hotel in Bentota/ Beruwala. You will be met by a designated chauffer guide from Lakpura Travels. After the formalities at the hotel, you will be escorted to your air-conditioned vehicle and proceed to Kitulgala to let your adrenaline rush explore. (Travel Time – 3 to 3 1/2  hrs) On arrival to Kitulgala engage in a White Water Rafting Session, Canyoning and Flat Water Kayaking. Enjoy the thrill of adventure as your whitewater raft down the rapids of a 5km stretch of the Kelani River. Bounce through the turbulent white-waters with the confidence and protection offered by proper safety measures. Let your adrenaline rise as you are whirled through the foamy rapids in an experience you will never forget. Go on the ultimate adventure in the gushing waters and deep green forests of Kithulgala. Canyon through the waterfall of Kitulgala, sliding down its thrilling slopes. Abseil down the waterfall while enjoying panoramic views. Hike through the rainforest and learn more about the wildlife. Make your holiday more exciting. On completion proceed to the hotel and check-in. Day 02 - Kitulgala > Bentota/ BeruwalaAfter breakfast at the hotel go on a cycling tour to Belilena Cave. This tour gives you the chance to go on a cycling tour through the pretty rubber estates of Kithulgala and to see the Belilena Caves. Cycle through overgrown rubber plantations. Hike through the dense jungles around Kitulgala. Explore secretive caves where mankind began. See the archaeological excavation which is famed for the discovery of the ‘Balangoda Man’ skeleton. Make some wonderful memories with your photographs. On completion start your journey back to your hotel in Bentota/ Beruwala.. (Travel Time – 3 to 3 1/2  hrs) ~ End of Tour ~