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Exciting things to do in Kalutara – take a tour through Kalutara

A myriad of sights and sounds awaits all those who arrive in the sunny, fishing hamlet of Kalutara; an oasis of cultural hotspots and miles of golden sandy beaches.

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Brief Garden

Brief Garden

Amongst the numerous things to do in Kalutara that vacationers like yourself would have time for during your travels across and through Sri Lanka, venturing out to the bustling towns dotted along the western coastal belt of the country is highly recommended. From these the town of Kalutara is an ideal escape for it paves the way for exciting expeditions to be scheduled and enjoyed thereafter. Should one be on the lookout for some peace and quiet from the very outset, then do consider stopping by the Brief Garden located in Kalawila which once served as the residence of acclaimed artists, Bewis Bawa. Long stretches and patches of greenery would greet you from the moment you step within its comforting surrounds that best represent the artist and creative genius of the man himself. Across these 5 acres of land one will encounter a vast array of tropical trees and finely crafted sculptures; a truly calming and experience in the event one is into nature and is fascinated by its every facet.

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Dutch Fort

Dutch Fort

Quite the sight for sore eyes is this iconic masterpiece that goes back to the days when colonial rule prevailed in the Emerald Isle. Considered the work of the Dutch in the 17th century, the fort comprises impressive ramparts within which a wide range of interesting elements are can be discovered. Overall traditional Dutch architecture covers almost every nook and cranny of the fort and visitors upon entry could see the original gateway which continues to withstand the trials that Mother Nature sometimes confronts it with. However arguably the standout feature of the fort is its imposing lighthouse that has transformed itself from being a beacon of light & guidance for seafarers of old to one of a tourist attraction that rises up against the clear blue skies of the city. Day trips are the usual ways of exploring Galle and its fascinating history and those staying at nearby hotel properties such as Mermaid Hotel & Club ought to take note of such places of interest well ahead of any holiday that they may have in mind.

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Maduganga River Safari

Maduganga River Safari

Get up close and personal with the curious creatures of the Maduganga River as you meander through a series of tiny islands and mangrove forests and swamps that form part of a unique habitat where numerous reptilian species reside. Located in the town of Bentota which is accessible enroute to Galle from Colombo or Kalutara, the habitat calls out to the adventurer in you to come experience boat rides and bouts of lagoon fishing in one's own time, unperturbed by the worries of the outside world. Exchanging pleasantries with local fishermen busily engaged in their livelihood would also be the order of the day though it is recommended that you first learn the basic greetings in Sinhalese so that you may overcome the initial communication barriers.

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Kalutara Bodhiya

Kalutara Bodhiya

Founded on the deep-rooted beliefs and teachings of Buddhism, the Kalutara Bodhiya or 'temple' is easily identified when one arrives either from Colombo or from the Deep South of Sri Lanka. Built around the sacred fig tree or 'Bodhi Tree' in the area that currently houses one of the world's most treasured and venerated Buddhist sites, the temple often is the centre of activity, particularly during the local holiday of 'Poya' which witnesses crowds of pilgrims clad in white who set foot upon its hallowed ground in order to offer flowers, light sweet-smelling joss sticks and invoke the blessings of the priests. Well known for its hollow dome, the Kalutara Bodhiya and its surrounding grounds provide rest and shelter for the weary soul who seeks spiritual nourishment and contentment in life. Also found by the side of the temple is the Kalu Ganga where scenes of eager water sporting fanatics and smiling fishermen can be pictured.

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Water sports and sunbathing

Water sports and sunbathing

Since the conservative values of a country such as Sri Lanka tend to overshadow its more daring Western counterparts, nude bathing is quite simply outlawed and not permitted. However sunbathing is a good way by which one may work on that much sought after tan and the beaches around Kalutara are perfect havens where this popular pastime can be delighted in. Should one's interest levels be a notch or two higher than normal, the these seas provide wonderful opportunities for swimming and engaging in a wide range of water sports such as jet skiing and wind surfing. For more details it would be wise to consult your hotel or place of lodging for they would be in a far better position to offer you tips on how to maximize your time in this part of sunny Sri Lanka where temperatures are fairly consistent throughout the day.