The Kithulgala Water Festival 2023, set to take place from December 22 to 25, 2023, promises an exhilarating experience for adventure enthusiasts. Organized by the Yatiyantota Divisional Office, Soyanvara Subasadaka Association, Yatiyantota Urban Council, Kithulgala Rafting Association and Kihtulgala/Yatiyantota Police, with backing from Sri Lanka Tourism, Sabaragamuwa Provincial Tourism, and media partner Derana, this event is not to be missed.

Day 1: Adventure White Water Rafting Competition 22/12 /2023 

Prepare for the adrenaline rush as teams navigate the thrilling white waters on Day 1, starting at 9 am. Each rafting team, comprising 1 females, 3 males, and a qualified rafting instructor, will compete for the coveted title. To ensure fair competition, teams must adhere to the specified composition requirements, fostering teamwork and inclusivity. The action starts at 9 am, setting the stage for a day of heart-pounding rafting adventures.

Day 2: Adventure Canyoning Race 23/12 /2023

Day 2 brings the Canyoning Race at Kataram Oya River. Teams of 1 female and 1 male will navigate challenging terrains in this thrilling race. Teams must carefully select their members to conquer the canyoning course successfully, combining strength and strategy. The event commences at 9 am, promising a day filled with canyoning excitement.

Day 3: White Water Kayaking Race & Swimming Competition 24/ 12 /2023 

Day 3 unfolds with the White Water Kayaking Race, followed by a Swimming Competition exclusively for Kitulgala locals aged over 45. The kayaking race begins at 9 am, setting the water ablaze with fierce competition. Witness the prowess of local swimmers as they compete in the Liyan Oya River—a spectacle to be noticed, starting at 9 am. Participation in the swimming competition is open to Kitulgala locals over 45, showcasing the community spirit.

Day 4: Kithulgala Adventure Sit Top Race 25/12/2023 

The Adventure Sit Top Race on Day 4 embarks from Kambi Bridge to Kitulaga Guest House, challenging teams in a thrilling race. Teams of two must navigate the designated route, bringing a culmination to the adventure-filled festival. The race flags off at 9 am, promising a riveting conclusion to the festival.

Hungry Blast Nightfall Festival

As night falls, the Hungry Blast Festival at Yatiyantota Vincent Perera Playground takes centre stage. From 4.00 pm to 1.00 am, the festival boasts food stalls, Holly Color festival, a zipline, wall climbing, rifle shooting, DJ music, stunt shows, traditional folk songs, cultural displays, live bands play from 9.00 pm  and a dedicated kids’ play area.

The festival runs each day from December 22 to 25, allowing families and thrill-seekers to indulge in the festivities.

Yatiyantota Vincent Perera Playground transforms into a hub of excitement and entertainment, creating lasting memories for attendees.

Open Photography Competition

Photography enthusiasts can participate in the open competition by submitting original photos capturing the essence of the Yatiyantota divisional area.

Competition Categories 

  • Travel And Tourism 
  • Wild Life and Nature 
  • Culture and Small Business 

Submissions can be emailed to Kelaninadeefestival2023@gmail.com.

Judges will evaluate entries based on creativity, originality, and relevance to the local area, encouraging participants to showcase the beauty of Yatiyantota.

Kids Art Competition

Young artists from Yatiyantota divisional area schools can showcase their talent in junior, secondary, and senior categories.

Participation is restricted to schools within the Yatiyantota divisional area, providing a platform for budding artists to shine.

Inquiries about Kitulgala Water Festival 2023

For further inquiries and details regarding the Kitulgala Water Festival 2023, feel free to contact:

Shanka  : +94 77 760 1440

Manjula : +94 77 238 1709

Whether you have questions about event specifics, registration, or any other related information, Shanka and Manjula are here to assist you. Don’t hesitate to reach out and make the most of your Kitulgala Water Festival experience!

The Kitulgala Water Festival 2023 promises an unforgettable blend of adventure, culture, and creativity. From heart-pounding races to vibrant nightfall festivities, this event showcases the best of Kitulgala’s spirit.

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