Kitulgala is a small village situated on the main road between Colombo and Hatton. It's also the only place in Sri Lanka for Water Rafting on the river Kelani.
No train station in Kitulgala, only buses. It can be reach from Pettah bus station in Colombo to Hatton for around 150 roupies. If you're in Hatton, take the bus to Colombo, only 60 roupies.
The town itself is very small so it's very easy to walk around. But the main interest of Kitulgala is its surroundings, such as rainforest, waterfalls, tea plantations. If you're okay to walk, just keep in mind that it will you some times to move from a place to another one. Otherwise there are plenty of tuk-tuks drivers who would be happy to take you whatever you want to go. Buses are also a good option and very cheap. You just have to know where you want to get off.
Beautiful nature everywhere.
- Water Rafting: Go to team n°39 spot. A lot of fun guarantee, good price and friendly people. - A walk into the rain forest: Around 4 hours walking through a very dense rainforest with beautiful and hidden waterfalls. Take the suspended bridge and follow the road. There will be a school playground, you cross it straight. Then you will go through a small village and after a little more walk, you will arrive to the office where you can pay the fee for the entrance. Ask local people because there is no sign to indicate where the rainforest is. Also be careful, there are blood drinkers in this forest, so sneakers and socks will be good partners.
M n M's vegetarian and local restaurant is situated 1km away before Kitulgala town when you come from Colombo. Everything is organic, local and vegan. The cook is a genius and cooks an amazing rice and curry, the best food in Sri Lanka so far. The price for a regular rice and curry is 150 ruppies.
No bars in KItulgala but beers can be purchase at a beer shop situated around 5km away from town on the way to Hatton.
M n M's Guesthouse. Same place as the restaurant. You just have to go down (you will pass by a lovely puppy shelter runs and created by the owners of the restaurant and the guesthouse) and you will find 3 cozy cabanas and several tents situated by the river. Both accomodations are big enough to host a couple. Each cabana has a bathroom and a toilet attached. Price for a night: 1500. Its situation allows you yo take a refreshing bath in the river or just to chill on their small but nice beach where the view is stunning. They work with team N°39 for water rafting so don't be shy to ask them information and you might get a cheaper price with them.