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Sri Lanka's White Water Rafting Central


Surrounded by low wooded hills, the small village of Kitulgala is perhaps best known for being the location where David Lean filmed Bridge on the River Kwai (1957). A path signposted from the main road leads to the banks of the Kelaniya river, where the filming site can be seen. Those familiar with the Oscar-winning film will recognize some of the riverside scenery and the remains of the bridge’s concrete foundations.

Kitulgala serves as a base for a range of adventure activities, such as White Water Rafting. Most hotels in the area can also arrange rock climbing, cycling, abseiling and overnight river trips. A boat trip across the river leads to the Forest Reserve, which offers good bird-watching and trekking in lowland rain forest. Among the many birds that can be spotted here are the grey hornbill, the yellow-fronted barbet and various kingfishers.

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