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Sightseeing Near Kalutara – A Beautiful Coastal Town to Enjoy

Kalutara sits along the very popular south coast of Sri Lanka; well-placed for guests to explore the surrounding region this sunny resort town has many delights both within and close by.


Explore the Architectural Wonders of the Brief Gardens

The Brief Gardens are located about eight kilometres from the resort town of Bentota which is 40 minute drive for guests at Anantara Kalutara Resort. An ode to Bevis Bawa Sri Lanka's prominent architect and landscape artists these gardens which were part of the artists home, comprise of enchanting vistas to explore. There is the Japanese style garden that draws inspiration from colonial days while carefully designed little nooks, alcoves and sculptures lend an ethereal quality to the entire area. The gardens display the talents of Bevis Bawa together with the work of other prominent artists both local and foreign.


Enjoy a Visit to the closest Turtle Hatchery

Right along the coast are turtle hatcheries and conservation shelters for sea turtles. The most famous ones are in Bentota and Kosgoda. Visiting one will take you on a journey of how the Turtle population of Sri Lanka are protected; observe how eggs are gathered from the beach or received by fishermen donating these to the sanctuaries. Once there after an incubation period the hatched baby turtles are released to sea. Many visitors choose to volunteer during these very interesting endeavours that take place under the light of the moon. At the sanctuaries one can observe turtles in various stages of growth as well as maimed and deformed turtles unable to survive at sea.


Discover the Merit of Kande Vihare Temple

The Kande Vihare Temple located in Kalutara is home to Sri Lanka's largest Gautama Buddha statue. The seated statue of the Buddha is flanked by a beautiful stupa and an ancient sacred bo tree, four vintage 'Maha Devalayas' or shrines and many relics that dates back to the past. If you are considering a luxury hotel in Sri Lanka; Kalutara would be an ideal choice not just for it seaside allures but also as venue for exploring many historical sites such as this temple.


Enjoy an Adventure on Cinnamon Island

Cinnamon Island is located closer to Bentota which is a mere half hour from Kalutara. The island is home to a vintage Cinnamon plantation that has been owned by the same family for generations. There you can observe the entire process of Cinnamon cultivation where the bark is stripped an rolled to make the sweet spice as well witness the process of extracting the very fragrant cinnamon oil.


Sri Kalyanarama Maha Viharaya

Located about 20kms from Kalutara in Kaluwamodera this temple is most famous for its marble statue of the Lord Buddha. It is believed the statue which is six feet tall was brought over from Burma over a 100 years ago.

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