Colombo, Sri Lanka is a wonderful place and with a vibrancy like no other. Being an island you can travel to the ‘interior’ and down south area in a short time and get back. One such place that should be a priority for you is Kitulgala. Located just about 80 kilometers from the city of Colombo, this beautiful area runs into the world famous town of Nuwara Eliya. A famous thing to do in Kitulgala is to check out the palm trees from whose sap a local sweet known as ‘jaggery’ is produced.
Yet, the town of Kitulgala is famous for something even more exiting; there is more to the town that just ‘Kitul trees’ since it is also the island’s white-water rafting haven. The entire experience takes place on the Kelani River in Kitulgala. You can white-water raft for over five kilometers and tours are generally arranged for one hour to half a day, depending on your preference.
The best three months of the year for white water rafting are at the beginning, with February being a favorite. There are also different types of white-water rafting such as black rafting too. This is where you would go in the night time, adding that much more excitement to your journey. Equipped with head lights and all the necessary safety gear, this is a must try for the more experienced rafters out there.
Kitulgala is also a nice place to relax and enjoy some bird watching too. There are some species here that cannot be found anywhere on the island. You can catch a glimpse of the spot-winged Thrush and many other types of birds as well.
While in the town of Kitulgala, visit the locations where the Academy award winning film, ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ was filmed. The foundations of the bridge remain to this day. One could experience white water rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids and is open for anyone above 10 years old. Safety gear, modern rafts and a safety briefing will be given by the water rafting instructors beforehand as a distance of 5 km will be covered. A rate for white water rafting varies depending on the length. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White Water Rafting Tour in Kitulgala.