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Top 05 Things to Do in Kalutara, Sri Lanka – Where River Meets Beach

Sunny Kalutara has a rich history and is a town serviced by the mighty Kalu River; it is a place where riverbank and ocean meet. Go there to explore waterfalls, ancient mansions, a historical temple and of course loads of sun, sand and surf.


Explore the Kalutara Temple

The white Chaithya of the Kalutara Temple looms above the far end of the Kalutara Bridge and for many is an indication and welcome to the town of Kalutara. Occupying both ends of the Galle Road, the temple is steeped in history and is one of the islands most revered pilgrimage sites. There you can drop alms into the roadside tills, asking for blessing and a safe journey, discover vintage art within one of the world's few hollow chaithya's and cross the road to the riverside to enjoy the gentle breeze that flutters the leaves of the ancient and revered Bo-tree growing along the banks of the Kalu River.


Enjoy Ayurveda Treatments

The best Ayurveda Sri Lanka has to offer can be found at health-resorts along the south-west coast of the island. An ancient art of holistic treatment spanning across 2,000 years, Ayurveda promises to rejuvenate and balance your entire being. Many tourists choose Ayurveda resort stays in Sri Lanka, for a holiday of total relaxation, returning as new and revitalised individuals. You can choose to enjoy the benefits of Ayurveda at a number of centres or properties such as those of Siddhalepa Resorts Spas & Hospital, operating a wellness retreat and centres close to Kalutara.


Check Out Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle is an Edwardian style manor built by a rich Sri Lankan aristocrat. No expense was spared in the construction of the fine complex which boasts imported timber and chandeliers fit for a palace. Explore the vast rooms, and magnificent gardens, which are today held under the care of a trust fund, as the proud owner sadly had no heirs to bequeath his treasured mansion to.


Take on a Madu Ganga River Safari

If you are staying at a Wadduwa resort or Ayurveda hotel close to Kalutara, a Madu Ganga safari is not to be missed; ganga meaning river. Tours are both relaxing and fascinating on which one can enjoy sights of exotic wildlife such as birds, monitor lizards and fish while stopping at little islets or even indulging in some fish-foot therapy. No, this is not a therapy that harms fish, but an action where one gets onto a makeshift platform in the river to dangle one's feet in a sectioned-off square of water where hundreds of little fish dart about, the experience is tipped to be soothing, and really does no harm to try.


Travel to the Sea Turtle Sanctuary

A short drive from Kalutara the town of Kosgoda is renowned for its sea turtle sanctuaries. Reserves that strive to protect the endangered species, not only house incubated eggs but turtles in all stages of life. You can even join one of the night-time release expeditions which take the hatched baby turtles to the beach and make sure they make it into the ocean safely.