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Things to Do in Kalutara – More than Just a Fab Beach Resort

Kalutara sits along the south-west coast of Sri Lanka. The town is almost a gateway to the marvellous southern stretch. There you have river and sea for loads of fun and no shortage of culture.


Visit the Kalutara Bodhiya

The Kalutara Chaitya, a Buddhist shrine occupies both sides of the main Galle Road, just before the Kalutara town. The temple sits across the huge bridge spanning the Kalu Ganga, one of the islands main rivers. Located at a convergence where river meets sea, this Buddhist shrine is home to one of the country's oldest bo-trees. The temple has one of the largest cavernous stupa's in Asia, the interiors of which are inlaid with ancient artefacts and art by some of the country's most prominent artists. You will find that visiting the temple, just 10 minutes from Mermaid Hotel & Club, at night is quite a serene and soothing experience, especially on full-moon Poya nights, when soft winds blow and the silvery light of the moon casts a magical glow.


Explore Richmond Castle

If you are a culture buff, then Richmond Castle should not be overlooked. Exploring the place is amongst the top things to do in Kalutara; as it is a fine amalgamation of British and local architectural styles. Built in 1896, shiploads of Burmese teak were brought over for the construction of the fabulous mansion, for which its wealthy owner, a Sri Lankan aristocrat, spared no expenses. The place is made up of stables, staff rooms, guard's quarters, a huge ballroom for dancing and many other elegant and luxurious trappings associated with the wealthy. Enjoy exploring the 42 acre estate, and building complete with stained glass windows elaborately carved wooden features and grand rooms.


Take on a Kalu Ganga Boat Cruise

The vast River Kalu is a marvellous body of water to explore; you can take on a riverboat cruise and relish the lush surroundings. Take along the cameras and binoculars for capturing the exotic wildlife both in the water and skulking around the verdant river banks. Wave to the friendly locals, let the warm sunshine cheer you up and sit back relax and enjoy, as your boat glides serenely across the glassy river. You may want to check on taking a sunset cruise, which of course is quite an enchanting tour, as you sail into a blazing sky of orange hues.


Enjoy Time on the Beach

The Kalutara Beach is a large sandy expanse, lapped by the Indian Ocean. There are plenty of coconut trees to add shade; while most Kalutara beach resorts are located right on the beach, allowing guests to merely walk over to the sands. Hence, you can plan early morning walks along the sandy shores, afternoon swims and loads of siesta time under the shade of a palm. Work on that tan, swim to your heart's content and simply unwind and relax at Kalutara Beach.


Head over to Bentota

Head over to the resort town of Bentota, just half an hour from your Kalutara hotel, and you can enjoy a whirlwind day of water sports, dining, visiting the Bewis Bawa, sculptured gardens and chilling on the beach. Bentota is perfect for a fun day out, with the thought of returning to relax in your serene Kalutara resort.