Being situated in the wet zone Kitulgala receives rainfall from two monsoons every year, giving the region its lush green vegetation, verdant mountains and the impressive Kelani River’s cascading waters.
The Kitulgala Forest Reserve (Makandawa Forest Reserve) covering 1,155 ha was established with the objective of protecting the catchment of the Kelani River. It is a secondary lowland rainforest gradually moving towards higher elevations and is accessible by crossing the Kelani River by boat (usually a traditional dugout canoe with an outrigger) and it is sometimes possible to wade across during the dry seasons. The forest reserve with its rain forest habitat, similar to the Sinharaja Rain Forest is home to many endemic species of fauna and flora, in addition to scenic waterfalls; such as the Makulu Ella and Lenakiri Ella.
What is the best time to visit Kitulgala Forest Reserve
Throughout the year. In terms of weather, December to April is the best time to visit Kitulgala Forest Reserve with favourable weather conditions.
How to get in to Kitulgala Forest Reserve?
The scenic and serene village of Kitulgala is situated west of Sri Lanka, 95 km from Colombo on the Colombo-Avissawella- Hatton Road in the Sabaragamuwa Province. From Colombo, Kitulgala can be reached via the Colombo-Avissawela- Ruwanwella route. Kitulgala is where the famous film “The Bridge over the River Kwai” the World War II epic film directed by David Lean was filmed.
How to Explore Kitulgala Forest Reserve?
Kitulgala Forest Reserve could be explored only by foot as vehicular traffic is not permitted. You need an experienced guide to trek in the Kitulgala Forest Reserve.
Opening times of Kitulgala Forest Reserve
Kitulgala Forest Reserve is opened from 6 AM to 6 PM every day of the year.