Kitulgala Guide

Kitulgala Sri Lanka
Travel & Accommodation Guide

Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka and is becoming more and more one of the most visited ECO destinations in Sri Lanka.

The film location of "The Bridge over the River Kwai". was filmed in Kitulgala.
it is at Kitulgala the bridge for the film set was built.

The beautiful tributary of the Kelani River, over which the bridge was built is still attracting fans to the town. Other attractions include Keleni Forest Reserve a bird watching location, white water rafting and trekking.

Many birders stay at Kitulgala. This area has most of the rainforest bird species that are found at the World Biosphere Reserve at Sinharaja, although in lower numbers. However, the secondary forest and cultivation at Kitulgala is more open than the pristine woodlands of Sinharaja, and elusive endemic species like Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Green-billed Coucal and Spot-winged Thrush may be easier to see.

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Kitulgala, Sri Lanka is located 230 km from Sri Lanka's international airport and 197 km from Colombo.
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