One day trip to Kithulgala river and Makandawa Forest

By on August 27, 2012

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

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8 Comments

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  2. Diana Hale

    August 28, 2012 at 4:08 am

    Great place with natural beauty.

  3. m n perera

    November 6, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Call this number 0714475515

  4. 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.

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