Holidays to Kalutara
Less than an hour south of Colombo, the bustling town of Kalutara is one of largest settlements on Sri Lanka’s west coast. The long stretch of golden sand beach on the north side of town remains reasonably unspoilt, dotted with a string of hotels. Sitting next to the broad estuary of the Kalu Ganga, or “Black River”, from which it takes its name, Kalutara was historically an important spice trading centre and is now a top resort.
A long stretch of white sand in a beautiful location where the river estuary meets the Indian Ocean in a huge lagoon.
This golden sand beach backed with tall palms is very protected, undeveloped and popular with both locals and tourists.
Dating from the 1960s, this immense 3-storey Buddhist shrine is hollow, with 74 murals on the inside.
Hundreds of Buddhists visit this sacred fig tree daily, lighting coconut oil candles and tying prayers to the branches.
Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
Nearly wiped out by the tsunami, this long standing beach business has rebuilt itself, with wood carvings and batiks.
There are several massage places on the beach. Try Sirodara, warm oil is poured on your forehead for intense relaxation.
A dark, purple skinned fleshy tropical fruit, the mangosteens from Kalutara are said to be the best in Sri Lanka.
The water from the young coconuts is a refresher any time of the day and readily available from the numerous palm trees.
A walk along the beach under the stars, stopping at a restaurant or bar, is the most hectic Kalutara nightlife gets.
Spice stalls and wood carving stalls stay open late in town, and it’s a cooler time of day to shop.
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