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6 Unique Attractions to Visit in Kalutara – Discover the Best of this Cultural Hub

Quite unfamiliar with tourists, Kalutara's multiple locations of historical significance makes exploring this ancient city a delight!


Kalutara Vihara

Probably the most iconic landmark in the city, this particular Vihara holds a great cultural significance. Very popular with pilgrims, the Bo Tree in the premises is said to be a branch from the revered Sri Maha Bodhi while the Dagoba is the only stupa around the globe that is totally hollow. Once in the temple, paintings of ancient tales adorn the walls. The Kalutara Vihara is present on the Galle Road, which means it is easy to access and is a few minutes away from hotels such as the AVANI Kalutara Resort.


Veedagama Maha Maithiya Viharaya

A temple that was built in the 14th century, it has a rich history attached to it. The main reason it is important in the history books is due to the fact that the 1st incumbent was a Raja Guru. It means he was an educator of the kings. The second reason is that Ven. Veedagama Maithriya Thero, a famed poet, had close ties to the temple. Since the temple is located in a very touristic area, it is easy to find a good resort in Kalutara close to the Viharaya.


Brief Garden

Widely considered as the best garden in the nation, Brief Garden is spread over 5 acres. Designed by Bevis Bawa, the garden is separated into different areas that comprise of varying themes. Bamboo sticks are used to define the borders. There is an entrance fee that has to be paid to enter the Brief Garden.



Geoffrey Bawa and the striking impact he had on this island nation is well known. Lunuganga; his house that is located amidst a 25 acre estate is probably his most famed piece of work. With a blissful cottage and 4 suites for visitors, it features a multitude of styles such as the iconic Italian Renaissance style. You can also treat yourself to stunning panoramic views of the adjoining lake. There is an entrance fee of Rs.1,500 to enter.


Maduganga River Safari

This river safari is something that ought not be missed. Twist and turn your way through the mangrove trees as you listen to the songs of exotic birds and watch crocodiles lazily bask in the sun as you float down the river. The area is home to around 100 species of birds and you can also drop in to the many islands scattered over the river. Make it a point to visit the island of Koth Duwa which houses a time worn temple.


Kalutara Beach

After a long day of trudging from one attraction to another, stop by at the Kalutara beach and watch the sunset. One of the most noteworthy beaches in the island, this pristine coastal retreat is an excellent spot to take in Sri Lanka's tropical climate and rewind yourself. It is also less crowded than the other beaches while the beachfront hotels and restaurants serve the most tantalizing dishes ranging from Sri Lankan to Chinese cuisine.