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Things to do in Kalutara - Explore the colourful attractions South Coast has to offer

Located along the coastal belt, Kalutara, which has gotten its name from its own river Kalu Ganga (Black River), came to be widely known especially with the arrival of the colonial masters in Ceylon. As one of Sri Lanka's most popular beach hubs, Kalutara is a seaside hamlet and is one of the island's most intriguing hotspots.

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Kalutara Bodhiya

The majestic island of Sri Lanka contain many treasures, from beautiful landscapes to incredible heritage sites, and one site in particular that encompasses both natural beauty and heritage is the site of the Kalutara Bodhiya, which is a tree that has mythical roots in the foundations of Sri Lankan cultural history. The Kalutara Bodhiya bears incredible historic significance due to it being the result of one of the 32 saplings of the Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura. Most vehicles would stop over for a minute or two to pay obeisance to the Kalutara Bodhiya. As the colonial masters arrived, this was no longer a sacred site; the Portuguese, Dutch and finally the British made use of this premise of their various purpose. During The Kalutara Buddhist Society, upon its formation in the 1930s, took measures to remove all establishments from the key areas within the sacred sites, effectively restoring the tree and her immediate surrounding areas to a heritage site. So if you'd like to witness something magnificent from the distant past, take a visit to see the Kalutara Bodhiya. The Kalutara Buddhist Society, upon its formation in the 1930s, took measures to remove all establishments from the key areas within the sacred sites, effectively restoring the tree and her immediate surrounding areas to a heritage site. If you're seeking an international visit to Sri Lanka, there are many things to do in Kalutara to spend your stay, from budget friendly options to more luxurious ones such as the AVANI Kalutara Resort

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Richmond Castle

Quietly nestled in the heart of a 42-acre property which is also a scenic fruit garden, Richmond Castle stands alone thanks alone thanks to its unique architectural design. This really is a mansion as you see it on the top of a hill. Containing a whopping 15 rooms, the massive complex is also home to a grand wooden stairwell with delicate carvings and a large scale ordinance hall as well. The estate is located beside the Kalutara-Palatota Road. During the British period, the castle was used as a circuit bungalow for the top brass in British administration. Photographic records of the house's residents and prominent personnel of the era are also showcased at this historic and stately castle.

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Calido Beach

Calido Beach is one of the popular beach hubs in Kalutara. The uniqueness of the Calido beach lies in its safety. Calido beach is a small strip between the Kalu Ganga and the sea making it the perfect beach getaway location during the warm evening period. The best moment to visit the Calido beach is towards sunset. As the sun slowly sets, it gets reflected in the beach waters. It will be quite a memory to cherish.