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Top Things to do in Wadduwa

Wadduwa is a town tucked away in the Western coast of Sri Lanka, most famous for its long stretching beach. A small town Wadduwa can be explored within a day however is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is also the perfect place to stay and explore neighbouring cities and attractions without a hassle.


Richmond Castle

Located in Kalutara, around 7 kilometres from Wadduwa Richmond Castle is an old mansion built in 1900. This 42-acre estate has a rich history and is as symbol of influence and power of Baron Arthur Siriwardena, who built this castle. The castle boasts luxury at every corner which was built from material sourced from all over the world. You can witness a glimpse of the life of the Baron and his wife through the architecture of this castle and the photographs on display. The architecture of the castle is said to have the influence of four styles, local courtyard tradition, Roman-Dutch, Indian and Greek styles. This grand mansion has two floors 99 doors and 34 windows. With its luxury marble floors, wooden window panes and grand structure, Richmond Castle is one of the top places to find in Wadduwa.


Wadduwa Beach

One of the most enticing things about Wadduwa is its beautiful beach. You can witness a spectacular sunset with pink skies setting over the calm blue waters. The best part about this beach is that it is peaceful, clean and not very crowded giving you the perfect setting to relax. You could bring along a camera to capture some vibrant colours and beautiful hues of the beach and sunset at the Wadduwa beach. There are many good resorts and hotels in Wadduwa such as Taprobana Wadduwa where you can relax by the beach. Enjoy a spa treat, some great sea food and good vibes at a Wadduwa resort and get a perfect island escape.


Kaluthara Temple

Kaluthara temple is one of the most scared places of worship to Buddhist followers. This temple consists of a large stupa which is significant as the world's only entirely hollow stupa. You can even see local travellers stop by to donate coins to the temple to gain merit. You can witness murals depicting the story of Buddha and engage in some religious rituals such as offering flowers and lighting oil lamps. The bo tree at the lower terrace of the temple is also significant as it is believed to be one of the 32 saplings of the original Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura a branch of the bo tree in India under which Buddha attained enlightenment.


Pahiyangala – Fa Hsien Cave

Pahiyangala cave located in Kalutara district is one of the largest natural caves in Asia. The cave is significant for its archaeological findings that it was inhabited by cavemen around 37,000 years old. A visit to this cave is a must as it is considered as one of the most ancient pre historic settlements in Asia. The cave gets its name from a Chinese Buddhist monk 'Fa-Hsien' who visited it in the 5th century. You can get there by taking a hike to the top of the rock if you are looking for some adventure.

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