Kalutara, is a favourite spot with both locals and international visitors, as an idyllic getaway from the bustling city of Colombo. Here is the top must-visit attractions and things to do while here!
The calm waters of Kalutara are perfect to enjoy an array of watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and snorkelling among others. There are plenty of well-reputed watersports centres which one can approach to rent out equipment.
Eat Fresh Seafood
Love seafood? Then you have come to the right place. Foodies can dig into fresh seafood such as tiger prawns, crabs and lobsters which have been prepared in a myriad of ways. One has the endless options of choosing from either charming seaside cafés or premier restaurants at one of the many hotels in Kalutara including the likes of Anantara Kalutara Resort.
Visit Richmond Castle
Pay a visit to the iconic Richmond Castle, a grand mansion which was built by a wealthy landowner during colonial times to catch a glimpse of the area’s rich history. Do make some time to take in the many fruit groves that surround the manor as well!
Take in the Brief Gardens
Another key attraction in the area, the Brief Gardens by Bevis Bawa is a picturesque place to visit. Visitors can enjoy a picnic on terraced lawns and the many nooks and crannies these famous gardens come along with.
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The major coastal town of Kalutara is situated just around forty kilometres away from the main metropolitan area of Colombo. This is a truly captivating place.
Perhaps the best known aspect of Kalutara, in addition to producing of mangosteens, a popular local fruit, would be the beaches of that area. The beaches of Kalutara are generally composed of pristine powdery sands which form a barrier between beautiful Turquoise Ocean and lush tropical forest. You can also find many a Kalutara beach resort such as Turyaa Kalutara.
This is a spectacular Edwardian Mansion that was built during the colonial times sometime around 1900. It depicts an interesting assortment of eastern and western influences which results in an absolutely breathtaking sight. Visiting this work of architecture is one of the essential things to do in Kalutara.
This Buddhism religious site is renowned for being the only stupa in the world that is reputedly hollow. Interestingly this is one of the newer temples to have been built in the nation since its construction took place in the 1960s.
The Basket Capital of Sri Lanka
Kalutara is renowned for producing some of the most colourful and intricate hand-woven baskets in the country and attracts many people eager to purchase the town’s hand-woven produce.
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Located in the Western Province of Sri Lanka , Kalutara is not too far from the Capital of the island. Only an hour away thanks to the new Southern Expressway the city. Kalutara is one of the closest beach retreats if you are in Colombo and do not want to travel too far. When accommodation options are taken into account there is a wide range of Hotels in Kalutara, Sri Lanka is famous world over for the beaches that surrounds it and Kalutara also has a beautiful tropical beach to boast of.
One of the highly recommended hotels in Kalutara is AVANI Kalutara Resort and Spa. Tastefully designed hotel offering true Sri Lankan hospitality is a perfect place to spend a day and feast on the great dining options it has to offer.
The close proximity to Colombo makes Kalutara an ideal place to spend the day. The city’s dominant land mark is the Kalutara viharaya which sits beside the Kalu Ganga is a large Buddhist temple which is believed to be the only hollow Bhuddha stupa in the world. Most passers by traveling towards the South of the country stop by to make offerings to the temple. The name of the city is derived from the major rivers that flows through this city , Kalu Ganga originating in the central hills and meeting the ocean in Kalutara.
The city was formly famous for its spice trading and was also the capital city of the country for a short period of time. The city also boasts of fortification during the period of the Dutch Portuguese and British. The city is home to numerous famous Buddhist temples such as the Kalutara Bodhiya which is one of the 32 saplings from Anuradhapura which is believed to be a sacred site for the Buddhist and is located on the Galle Road. Another famous temple is the Asokaramaya temple built in the 19th century. One of the other places to visit while in the city is the Richmond Castle built for a rich governor in 1896 which is located in a fruit estate.
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