One day trip to Kithulgala river and Makandawa Forest

Makandawa forest Kithulgala
You can reach Kithulgala, small town in Colombo – Nuwaraeliya road after 3 hour drive from Colombo. You can get into the forest by taking the road to Kithulgala Rest House, and then turn left to a car park. You can take a swim in the river close to Kithulgala Rest House or take a boat ride to the other side of the river and there you will reach Makandawa Forest Reserve (195 hectares).

Key attractions in this area includes Natural swimming and bathing in Kelani River, small but biodiversity rich Kithugala Rain Forest (Makandawa Forest Reserve) and bird watching

Kithulgala river
Kithulgala river – take a boat ride to cross the river
Kithulgala Makandawa Rain Forest - Forest Department Ticketing Center
Kithulgala Makandawa Rain Forest – Forest Department Ticketing Center
Kithulgala Makandawa Rain Forest - Turn from the main foot path to reach river and waterfalls
Kithulgala Makandawa Rain Forest – Turn from the footpath to reach the river and walter falls
Makulu Ella waterfall inside kithulgala forest
Makulu Ella waterfall inside kithulgala forest
waterfall inside kithulgala forest

You can also observe Serendib Scops Owl, discovered recently in this forest. If you need to observe this nocturnal animal you have to visit the forest at night.

Field visit to Kithulgala Makadhawala Forest Reserve
By Nature Team – University of Moratuwa (Videography: Suraj Prashantha)

Kithugala is also famous for white water rafting.

Photo Gallery of Kithulgala Trip

  • Natural bathing places in Sri Lanka - rivers and waterfalls | Trip to Sri Lanka
    August 28, 2012 at 3:28 am

    […] Kithulgala waterfall inside kithulgala forest This is a famous place among local people and foreigners as well. I must say this is only one another beautiful place made of Kelani River. People are attracted to here because of its natural beauty. In this area the river becomes totally white in colour because of the ups and downs and the barriers the river meets with. Visitors can have an adventure boat ride in the river as well. It is easy to reach from Colombo and it will only take less than 2 hours. The facilities are very high because the number of people who are coming here daily is a big number. More on Kithulgala River and Makanduwa Forest […]

  • Diana Hale
    August 28, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Great place with natural beauty.

  • Nirosha Ekanayake
    September 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Like to try boat ride at Kithulgala.

  • My Wild Life
    September 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    nice boat I like to ride it.

  • Saduni Lakshani
    September 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    careful in rain forest.

  • Kavidu Kavisha
    September 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Best place to relax inside the forest and have a safe river bath.

  • m n perera
    November 6, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Call this number 0714475515

  • Don Peter
    May 14, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Better to goto this Forest and enjoy the natural biodiversity, rather than commercially oriented white water rafting.

Leave a Reply