The main attraction of Kitulgala is white water rafting, where you can ride the tidal Kelani River. Otherwise, it is popular for sports such as confidence jumping, flow slides, waterfall rappelling, and jungle trekking. Bird watching and caving and last but not least river trips and expeditions.

Kitulgala is set amidst densely forested hills. Most visitors are the young and energetic locals of Colombo, but foreign visitors are also beginning to discover the region’s white water rafting, jungle trekking, bird watching, and caving.

The other main reason for the city’s fame is that in 1957 David Lean filmed his Oscar-winning epic Bridge over the River Kwai here on the banks of the Kelaniya Ganga, although little physical evidence remains to be seen.

A few kilometers 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 organize a guide to the caves.


Yala National Park

Yala National Park, located in the south of the island, is home to a wide variety of wildlife such as leopards, bears, elephants, wild boar, deer, peacocks, jungle birds (the national animal of Sri Lanka), crocodiles, water buffalo, lizards and around 200 different species of birds. A trip there is definitely worth it.

Udawalawe National Park

Framed by the towering highlands on its northern border, Udawalawe National Park is one of the best places in the world to see wild elephants. It is located in southern inland Sri Lanka and consists mostly of grassland and scrub forest. Many other wild animals can also be observed there.


Kataragama is the holiest city in Sri Lanka. Located in the southeast of the country, it is a compelling mix of pomp and procession, as well as piety and religious extravagance. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Sri Lanka, a sacred place for Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and Veddah peoples.

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