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Top 5 Places you must need to visit in Kalutara, Sri Lanka – For a complete Kalutara experience

The city through which the brilliant Kalu Ganga winds its way through is none other than Kalutara. This is the 3rd largest city in Sri Lanka. Kalutara is a place worth visiting for its wondrous attractions such as these.

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Brief Gardens

Brief Gardens

The compound that once used to be a rubber estate was completely transformed into a haven of natural bliss by none other than the famous Sri Lankan artist, Bevis Bawa. This landscaping masterpiece was created in the Lunuganga estate, through this magical garden runs the Bentota river adding an extra exquisite touch to the Brief Gardens. The vegetation found in this garden is very old but never fails to awe visitors with its soothing shades of green. The garden is separated into different sections with various themes. A tiny fee must be paid to enter this wondrous attraction which is one of the most beautiful places in Kalutara.

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Kande Viharaya

Kande Viharaya

In the grounds of the Kande Vihara Temple sits the colossal statue of Buddha seated on a lotus flower. This statue measures a stupendous height of 48 meters, it is a striking sight to onlookers and gives out a serene aura as it glows in the sunlight. The Kande Vihara temple is a few centuries old, it was established in 1734 by Karapagala Dewamitta Thero. The door frame at the entrance of the splendid stupa which is the oldest building in the temple is made of stone. Upon entering this relic chamber, one will come across lovely paintings on the walls and ceiling. The Bo Tree standing tall in the temple garden is a significant symbol in Buddhism and is thought to be about 300 years old.

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Maduganga River Safari

This is one of the calm rivers that flow through the district of Kalutara. Tourists thoroughly enjoy a boat ride across the Madugaga. Make arrangements for a paddle boat, hop in with a guide and set out on a cruise along this rich ecosystem. As the water carries one further away from the starting point, the sweet songs of birds will begin to fill the air. 110 species of birds can be spotted on this journey if one observes carefully. Some of the reptiles such as crocodiles can be seen with their hungry mouths wide open waiting for their prey. There are also several islands around like Koth duwa that absolutely must be explored! The safari is both thrilling and awe-inspiring!

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Basket Centre

Basket Centre

The locals on the area have found a rather creative use for palm leaves. The handcrafted goodies such as baskets and bags made of cane can be the perfect souvenirs to take back home. The production of such items made of the cane is no easy task. Watch as the locals skilfully weave together leaves and twigs that end up in cool colourful products such as mats, hats, and baskets. Visit the Basket Centre located in the middle of the village for a whole new experience. For more information about such places checkout Travel Kalutara.

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Kalutara Beach

Kalutara Beach

Travelling to Kalutara is not satisfying enough unless one makes a visit to the amazing Kalutara beach! Head over to the beach in the afternoon, laze around till you are that perfect shade of tan. Splash about in the waters while taking a small swim but too far off. Tired? Sit in the shade of the palm trees and soak in the blue waters and white waves crashing against the sandy shores of Kalutara. Later in the evening take a romantic stroll along the shores and admire the sunset that is simply mesmerizing!