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Kitulgala, Kegalle

Kitulgala, a small town nestled in the lush rainforests of the Kegalle District in the Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka, is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and adventurous outdoor activities. Situated along the banks of the Kelani River, Kitulgala offers a tranquil retreat for nature lovers and thrill-seekers alike. The town gained international fame as the filming location for the iconic 1957 movie "The Bridge on the River Kwai."


Kitulgala is a hub for eco-tourism, attracting visitors with its scenic landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a plethora of adventure sports. From white-water rafting and trekking to bird watching and cave exploration, Kitulgala provides a unique blend of excitement and relaxation. The local real estate market includes residential properties, eco-lodges, and investment opportunities in tourism. Kitulgala’s serene environment, combined with its adventurous spirit, makes it a perfect getaway destination.
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City Insights

tick iconThe town is well-connected by major roads, with regular bus services linking it to Colombo, Hatton, and Kandy.
tick iconLocated in the Kegalle District of the Sabaragamuwa Province, strategically positioned along the A7 highway between Colombo and Hatton.
tick iconThe local economy is primarily driven by eco-tourism, with activities like white-water rafting, trekking, and bird-watching attracting visitors from around the world.
tick iconKitulgala gained historical significance as the filming location for the Academy Award-winning movie "The Bridge on the River Kwai.”
tick iconThe area is rich in archaeological heritage, with sites like Belilena Cave showcasing prehistoric human activity.
tick iconKitulgala’s culture is deeply intertwined with nature, with many local practices and traditions focusing on environmental conservation.
tick iconThe community in Kitulgala is warm and welcoming, with a strong emphasis on eco-tourism and conservation.

Known Landmarks

  • Sri Sudarshanaramaya - Kitulgala

  • BOC - Kitulgala

  • Divisional Hospital - Kitulgala

  • JMC Super - Kitulgala

  • Prabhashwara Primary School - Kitulgala

Connectivity

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Bus Routes

23Kitulgala - Avissawella
20Avissawella - Kitulgala
13Fort - Kitulgala - Dayagama

New Developments

tick iconCurrently, there are no new developments reported in this area.
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What’s great here?

tick iconWell-connected by major roads, facilitating easy travel to nearby towns and cities.
tick iconRegular bus services providing convenient public transport options.
tick iconPeaceful and scenic environment ideal for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.
tick iconAccess to basic amenities, local markets, and essential services.
tick iconA variety of outdoor activities, including white-water rafting, trekking, and bird-watching.
tick iconLow crime rates and active local law enforcement.
tick iconLush rainforests, scenic river views, and stunning waterfalls.
tick iconClean air and a tranquil atmosphere conducive to a healthy lifestyle.
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What needs attention?

tick iconLimited connectivity via rail.
tick iconLimited public transport options late at night and during non-peak hours.
tick iconFurther development of transport infrastructure needed to support growing tourism.
tick iconLimited access to advanced healthcare facilities and specialized services within the town.
tick iconNeed for more advanced and comprehensive healthcare facilities.
tick iconEnhancement of emergency response services and infrastructure needed.
tick iconPotential for environmental impact from increasing tourism activities.

Neighbourhood Rating

3.9

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Safety & Security4.5 out of 5
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Environment4.5 out of 5

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