If you like adventure and nature, you must go rafting in Kitulgala.
The area is of extraordinary tropical vegetation. Just to see this famous river and the lush vegetation that surrounds it, it is already worth visiting.
Despite what it may seem, this part of the country is by no means touristy.
The vast majority of people who come to rafting in Kitulgala are locals, especially the Sinhalese from Colombo or Kandy.
What does this activity consist of?
The rafting activity in Kitulgala consists in crossing the white waters of the Kelani Ganga (“ganga” river in the shinhala language) on a 7 km course.
The seven rapids you will find are class 2-3.
It is an activity that does not involve dangers, since specialized personnel are always added to the boat.
Furthermore, the use of life jackets is mandatory.
Young people and teenagers have a great time doing this simple rafting.
And it’s a perfect visit for family trips!
Other activities and visits that you can do in Kitulgala
In addition to rafting in Kitulgala, we offer the following “extravagant” activities that you can do during your trip to Sri Lanka:
Exhibition of classic vintage cars
Exhibition of classic vintage cars at The Plantations hotel
In this hotel we find a very impressive and varied collection of classic vintage cars.
It is truly a strange place to host an exhibition of this magnitude.
So no one is left indifferent to this housing overlooking the river with its wonderful collection of vintage cars.
Visit the Kitulgala Retirement Home
This old colonial hotel retains the flavor of the times when the British arrived to spend the night in this charming accommodation.
The decoration of the place houses some photos of the life of the old British colony.
In addition, there are posters of films on its walls that were shot in Sri Lanka.
In his restaurant you can enjoy tea or have lunch in the magnificent lounge with a splendid view of the river.
Take an excursion
To get into the trails in this area you need to consider a couple of things.
One is that the density of vegetation is such that it is quite difficult to climb mountains.
And the second is that leeches live in this area.
So you have to go with the material to wipe out these pests like sea salt or Dettol, a very powerful disinfectant.
Despite this and the tropical heat of the place, we will meet many people interested in walking through the rugged mountains with hidden waterfalls included.
Visit the area where the movie “The bridge over the River Kwai” was shot
David Lean shot this famous film in 1957 in this area.
Some filming locations are still recognizable.
Sri Lanka is indeed the perfect place for children and for people who like animals and nature.
This country is incredibly green.
It is impossible not to find elephant herds on safari or even on the same road traveling.
It is also very easy to see leopards, macaques and other types of monkeys, giant squirrels, jackals, etc. etc
Furthermore, walking with children and adults through the Peradeniya Botanical Garden is a delight. Along with the giant trees and millions of plants, we will also find monkeys and other animals in this immense place.