Phone us  01392 441245  |  E-news sign up
& weddings
Honeymoons and weddings abroad are tailor-made by Expressions Holidays. Contact us for a range of honeymoon and wedding destinations around the world and an amazing choice of honeymoons from island-hopping to visiting cultural sites.

With Authentic Experiences from Expressions Holidays you enter a world of genuine holiday and travel experiences within the framework of one of our tailor-made holidays, be its significance culture, gastronomy, wine appreciation, wildlife, sports or special occasions.

Expressions Spas opens a world of tailor-made spa holidays that allows you to choose according to region, type of treatment desired, product type and recommends for your party type, whether it be for couples, singles or perhaps mothers and daughters travelling together.

Expressions Families affords you an amazing choice of sophisticated resorts ideally suited to families in selected destinations worldwide. You can also choose according to required facilities in resort and we suggest holidays for families with grandparents and single parent families too.

Expressions Holidays offers you tailor-made rail holidays and journeys by train, including luxury trains, scenic journeys and classic rail tours.

Tailor-made journeys and tours for individuals and small groups to selected destinations around the world from Burma to Italy, from Vietnam to India.

Plantation Hotel

/uploadedimages/Images/Sri Lanka/EXH992 A/EXH992_EXH992IMG_1294 Plantation hotel vintage car21122010_A.jpg
/uploadedimages/Images/Sri Lanka/EXH992 A/EXH992_EXH992IMG_1295 Plantation hotel motor museum21122010_A.jpg
/uploadedimages/Images/Sri Lanka/EXH992 A/EXH992_EXH992IMG_1297 Plantation hotel restaurant21122010_A.jpg
/uploadedimages/Images/Sri Lanka/EXH992 A/EXH992_EXH992IMG_1298 Plantation hotel restaurant21122010_A.jpg
/uploadedimages/Images/Sri Lanka/EXH992 A/EXH992_EXH992IMG_1299 Plantation hotel pool21122010_A.jpg
/uploadedimages/Images/Sri Lanka/EXH992 A/EXH992_EXH992IMG_1302 Plantation hotel bedroom21122010_A.jpg
  • /uploadedimages/Images/Sri Lanka/EXH992 B/EXH992_EXH992IMG_1294 Plantation hotel vintage car21122010_B.jpg
  • /uploadedimages/Images/Sri Lanka/EXH992 B/EXH992_EXH992IMG_1295 Plantation hotel motor museum21122010_B.jpg
  • /uploadedimages/Images/Sri Lanka/EXH992 B/EXH992_EXH992IMG_1297 Plantation hotel restaurant21122010_B.jpg
  • /uploadedimages/Images/Sri Lanka/EXH992 B/EXH992_EXH992IMG_1298 Plantation hotel restaurant21122010_B.jpg
  • /uploadedimages/Images/Sri Lanka/EXH992 B/EXH992_EXH992IMG_1299 Plantation hotel pool21122010_B.jpg
  • /uploadedimages/Images/Sri Lanka/EXH992 B/EXH992_EXH992IMG_1302 Plantation hotel bedroom21122010_B.jpg
  • About this holiday

    The Plantation Hotel in Kitulgula is a good option for an overnight stop on one of our tailormade touring itineraries of Sri Lanka. Occupying a beautiful setting on the banks of the Kelani River, the hotel offers simple yet charming accommodation and a lovely restaurant in which to dine in the evenings. Guests will enjoy the local wildlife around the hotel and in Kelani Forest Nature Reserve, and the opportunity to go white water rafting, for which the area is renowned.

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room 
    £1,060 for 7 nights 
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    The Plantation Hotel is a simple but very pleasant guest house/small hotel with lovely restaurant terrace overlooking the river. The constant energy and sound of the fast-flowing river are dominating and invigorating.  

    Hotel description

    The Plantation Hotel in Kitulgala enjoys a unique setting on the banks of the Kelani river, where the academy awarding-winning film Bridge over the River Kwai was filmed. This charming, simply furnished guest house cum small hotel has eight bedrooms and a lovely restaurant slightly above the river bank, as well as a bar, swimming pool, terrace with sunloungers and a curious Motor Museum. This is the hot and humid wet zone, so the bedrooms are air-conditioned and well shaded by lush vegetation and towering trees. The fast-flowing river sends energy and a fine, cooling spray all around the hotel and there is a constant sound of water crashing along the rocks. Guests come here mainly to enjoy the nature and wildlife and go white water rafting. This is the most popular location for white water rafting in Sri Lanka, travelling around 9 kilometres along grade 2-3 rapids through tropical rainforest. Birders in particular like to walk through the Kelani Forest Nature Reserve, where a number of indigenous bird species are frequently spotted (be prepared for leeches). Kitulgala is often visited by people passing through who stop for lunch at the restaurants along the banks. It is however, an intriguing experience to stay overnight here at the Plantation Hotel if you like a hot, humid climate, the rush of wild rivers and a mild sense of adventure without frills. 



    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 3 1/2 hours by car

    Closest airport


    Room types

    Number of rooms - 8
    Deluxe Room. Air-conditioning, Mini-bar, Satellite TV
    Super Deluxe Room. Air-conditioning, Mini-bar, Satellite TV

    Hotel facilities and services

    Facilities at Plantation Hotel include: River bank restaurant, Bar, Lounge, Swimming pool, Terrace with loungers, Tropical forest garden, Motor Museum

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local to Plantation Hotel are: Kelani River – Film location, white water rafting trips; Kelani Valley Forest Nature Reserve; Beli lena caves; Tea Estates; The scenic highlands; The market town of Gampola; Kandy; Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage; Sri Pada - Adam’s Peak.
    Special Events: Kandy Esala Perahera in July/August

    Sports nearby

    White water rafting and kayaking on the Kelani river in Kitulgala (Grade 2-3 rapids); Walking through Kelani Forest Nature Reserve (bird watching, monkeys, nature and wildlife); fishing.


    Minimum stays

    Other information


    • Rail holidays

      Rail holidays and train journeys, tailor-made.

    • Garden holidays

      Italian garden holidays and tours for individuals and small groups

    • Family holidays

      Visit our selection of tailor-made family holidays to selected hotels and resorts around the world.

    • Cookery holidays

      Tailor-made cookery holidays in Italy

    • Spa holidays

      Rejuvenating, relaxing, refreshing, good for the body and the soul; spa and well-being worldwide

    • Authentic experiences

      Our selection of authentic experience and special interest holidays.

    • Worldwide journeys

      Luxury tours for individuals around the world


  • New Marine Biology Centre at Kanuhura

    A new Marine Biology Centre as opened at Kanuhura in the Maldives.

    Find out more Read more

  • New Grand Suites for the Venice Simplon Orient Express in 2020

    Three new Grand Suites will be introduced for 2020 on the Venice Simplon Orient Express

    Find out more Read more

  • Six new Cinnamon suites at Mount Cinnamon

    Mount Cinnamon will be introducing 6 new Cinnamon suites in time for the festive season.

    Find out more Read more

  • Hotel Botanico introduces new Wellness Programme June 2019

    The Hotel Botanico in Tenerife is introducing a new ‘Slim and Wellness Programme’ from June 2019

    Find out more Read more

  • Luxury Al Andalus rail holiday departure dates 2020

    The luxury Al Andalus train departure dates for 2020

    Find out more Read more

  • Cookery Holidays at Eremo della Giubiliana Sicily

    The Eremo della Giubiliana has announced the themes for its cookery lessons

    Find out more Read more

  • New Family Aqua Park at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino

    The redesigned Aqua Park at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino opens end of April 2019.

    Find out more Read more

  • Creative Writing Holiday East Winds in St Lucia

    A week long Creative Writing Retreat at East Winds, November 2019.

    Find out more Read more