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Fun Things To Do With Your Friends In Kitulgala

Kitulgala is a town in the western province of Sri Lanka on the outskirts of a dense green forest. There are many great outdoor activities to partake in here, which are both challenging and fun. If you and your friends are adrenaline junkies then this is the place for you! Here are some of the exciting activities on offer in Kitulgala.

White Water Rafting

Kitulgala is Sri Lanka’s #1 destination for white water rafting. The river that runs through Kitulgala is the Kelani River- the country’s 4th longest river- and tackling these rapids is a thrilling experience. There are different grades of rapids making it suitable for any level of rafter, before you embark on your adventure you will be given a safety briefing and lesson on how to swerve through the rapids. Also, keep an eye out for the famous bridge which was featured in the movie ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’.  


Ziplining is a mandatory excursion for first-time travellers in Kitulgala. You and your friends will get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding thick green flora, as well as a view of the Kelani River as it winds its way through the forest.


Once you go abseiling in Kitulgala, you’ll never want to see a waterfall from afar ever again! You’ll begin this journey by going on a short trek that takes you through tea bushes and jungle, till you finally make it to the top of a waterfall. From here you’ll descend into a natural pool as the base of the waterfall, by scaling down the cliff face. This is a rush unlike any other and is sure to make the whole group excited.

Rainforest Trail

This is the ideal activity for hiking enthusiasts and for people of all fitness levels. One of the best things about Kitulgala is that it is at the crossroads of many different landscapes, so you and your friends can decide whether you want to hike through tea & rubber plantations, under the thick canopy of a rainforest, or up to one of the surrounding rocky hills. Whatever the choice, you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun!

Canyoning (Rock Sliding)

Canyoning, also known as rock sliding, is somewhat similar to abseiling but not as daunting. There’s a tributary of the Kelani River that has many small waterfalls and rock pools and, one fun thing to do here is to slide down the slippery rocks and into the plunge pool below the cascade– like a natural mat slide! 

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