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Popular things to Do in Kalutara – Coastal Fun and History

Kalutara located along the south-west coast of Sri Lanka is a destination that promises one loads of fun on the beach, as well as river journeys, explorations of ancient caves and a chance to savour some local food.


Chill on the Beach

A golden beach lapped at by the glistening waves of the Indian Ocean makes Kalutara Beach one of the most popular along the south-west coast. The beach is clean with the ocean delivering the occasional rough wave that board surfers can have some fun. Swimming should be done only when red flags are not put up while heading over to the beach at morning will treat you to the sight of fishermen bringing in a fresh catch. The beach is also graced by sea turtles and setting off on a walk along the sandy shores will occasionally reward you with sights of the creatures ambling onto the beach. If you are a guest at Anantara Kalutara Resort, or any other beach resort or hotel in Kalutara, look forward to early morning walks along the beach and a mesmerizing sunset in the evenings.


Visit the Kalutara Temple

The Buddhist nation of Sri Lanka has many historical temples, and the Kalutara Bodhiya is one of the islands most cherished pilgrimage sites. Sitting on the southern edge of the Kalutara Bridge, the temple occupies both sides of the Galle Road. One of the world's few hollow chaityas (Buddhist shrine), this temple features a hollow cavern that has a number of Buddhist artefacts and vintage paintings. The bodhiya refers to a historical Bo-tree, which is believed to be one of the saplings, brought over from India, belonging to the same tree the Buddha attained nirvana under.


Tour the Madu River

The Madu River is a bio-diverse haven of many attractions. River safaris are highly popular across mangrove swamps and islands home to cinnamon plantations. Visit one of the cinnamon plantations and you can see how the bark is extracted to make the sweet-smelling spice and even buy a bottle of cinnamon oil. A river safari will treat you to sights of sea eagles, monkeys in the foliage and monitor lizards skulking along the banks of the river. You can easily plan such a safari while as you enjoy the comforts of your Kalutara luxury villa; Sri Lanka is well known for its verdant rivers and a tour of the Madu River will not disappoint.


Explore Richmond Castle

Located in Kalutara Richmond Castle is an Edwardian manor built between 1900 and 1910. The home of Mudliyar Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena the building is now owned by a trust board. A must visit for all culture buffs and lovers of history the building is a fine example of aristocratic extravagance. No cost was spared in the construction of the building which boasts elaborate interiors, as well as a huge ballroom. The lawns are expansive exuding a soothing ambience and adding a vintage aura to the entire property. You can join the private tours which take place on the property for a comprehensive guide of the entire property.


Trek to the Thudugala Ella Waterfall

A walk through a lush rubber plantation in Kalutara will take you to the falls. Located amongst the ruins of a former tea factory the silvery veils of this waterfall are a beautiful sight. There is a small pool located at the base of the falls which is quite a treat to cool down after your long walk to the falls.