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.

Kalutara Beach|Img by: Amila Tennakoon via FlickrCC BY 2.0

Kalutara Beach

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.

Richmond Castle

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.

Gangatilake Stupa

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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