The Rafter’s Retreat Kitulgala

Aptly named after a pursuit that draws the water sports aficionado to the sleepy town of Kitulgala, nestled roughly 90-KM from Colombo, is ‘The Rafter’s Retreat Kitulgala’.

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Secluded amidst a lush ancestral estate on the banks of the beautiful Kelani River, ‘The Rafter’s Retreat Kitulgala’ mixes a Robinson Crusoe frame-of-mind with an ecological theme. Abundant in nature and oodled with adventure - the white water rafting retreat beckons when your last adventure has gotten cold and old.

The Experience

Strewn across the forested gardens, a selection of rustic accommodations seamlessly blends into nature. Set 6-feet above the ground; each palm-roofed, wooden-slat-framed eco lodge at this adventure lodging in Kitulgala is decked with cosy bedding.

Meals - both Western and Sri Lankan - are served at a wooden-furnished restaurant that spills onto the woodland. Beer and wine offerings spark up chilled nights.

From rafting, waterfall abseiling, cave exploring and canoeing to bird watching and mountain biking; a list of to-do’s promises of adrenaline rush and scenic bliss.

Around and About

Nestled approximately 3 hours from Colombo, Kitulgala lies amidst thickly forested hills. The sleepy town is famed for being the island’s premier white water rafting destination, as well as, having made appearances in the Oscar-winning movie of the ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’. The scenic town also offers the setting for jungle trekking, bird watching and caving.

Rafting the rapids of the Kelani River, your heart drums and screams for more. Consume the feeling of an adrenaline rush…

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