Kitulgala is located 95km away from Colombo, in the Sabaragamuwa province
Kitulgala is reached by Colombo-Avissawella-Hatton main motor road.
Being set about halfway along the Hatton of Central Highlands of Sri Lanka to Avissawella of low lands of Sri Lanka, Kitulgala is surrounded by wooded hills making way to the swift waters of River Kelani Ganga.
Kitulgala, the light adventure attraction
Kitulgala is Sri Lanka's foremost tourist attraction of those who venture into white water rafting. Kitulgala. The nature, birdlife and white water rafting attraction of Kitulgala.
Whitewater rafting at Kitulgala
Though Kelani River is broad at Kitulgala, it is shallow in most of the areas providing safe locations to swim and enjoy the waters and surroundings especially in the first three months of the year.
The name of Kitulgala is derived from the Kitual Palm tree (Sinhala: Sago Palm tree) that abound in the village of Kitulgala. Kitul palm syrup is used to prepare numerous traditional Sinhalese sweets.
Numerous varieties of Banana together with other fruits and vegetable are grown in the village of Kitulgala. The restaurants and Hotels at Kitulgala are famous for traditional Sinhalese rice and curry supplemented by the dessert of curd sweetened with Kitul palm honey.
Excursions from Kitulgala
Beli Lena caves, 8km from Kitulgala revealed the remains (ten skeletons) of "Balangoda Man", Sri Lanka's oldest inhabitant, deduced to have lived there 32,000 years ago.