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05 Reasons Why You Should Visit Kalutara - The Hidden Cultural Treasure

Though it is usually overlooked when compared to the other popular places on the island, here are a few reasons why you must definitely visit Kalutara.


Visit the Kalutara temple

This is a pure white temple that is located on the far end of the bridge and for many people here, it is a welcome sign that you are entering the town of Kalutara. Taking over both sides of the Galle road, this temple is hollow and has a lot of culture and history for you to explore. This is also one of the most visited pilgrimage locations on the island. You can drop in cash for donations in the road site tills available and also ask for blessings and a safe journey on your way past it as it is a local ritual here to do so.


Indulge in the Ayurveda treatments and experiences

Most hotels in Kalutara the likes of Anantara Kalutara Resort, for example, have various treatments and experiences within its own massage centres. For the best and most rejuvenating kind of treatment, you must go for the Ayurveda treatment as it is the best Sri Lanka has to offer. Ayurveda is an ancient, holy treatment that has been carried down through generations for more than 2,000 years now. The treatments offered here promises to balance your entire body and also refresh you. Most travellers opt to have at least one such treatment done while they stay at the Sri Lankan luxury resorts as they want a vacation that ends with the utmost relaxation; thus, they can get back home as a completely healed and revitalized being. Do make sure that you book yourself such treatment while you are in the area or happen to be exploring the town of Kalutara.


Visit the prestigious Richmond castle

This is an Edwardian design structure that was built by an old, rich Sri Lankan aristocrat. At this castle, you will be able to see that this person has spared no costs when it came to building this amazing building which is home to the finest of imported timber. The chandeliers hanging inside of the castle also belong to a palace many seas away.


The Madu Ganga river safari

If you are put up at one of the hotels close to the coast, this river safari is a must-do activity during the holiday. Ganga directly translates to the river in Sanskrit and these safaris are a fascinating and fun thing to do, where you can enjoy the sights of exotic creatures like fish, birds and monitor lizards. You could also further enhance the trip by stopping at the tiny islands or even step into the water for some free fish therapy for your feet.


Explore the sea turtle sanctuary

Located a bit away from the town of Kalutara, you will find that there are many sea turtle sanctuaries. These reserves and conservation centres struggle to protect the endangered species by providing a home to the eggs and turtles in the many stages of their life.