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Top 5 reasons why you should visit Kalutara - A place you must not miss out on!

Kalutara is the cultural centre of Sri Lanka, located near the south. This is the ideal place for those who want to enjoy and relax in their free times. There are many attractions and this guide will make it easier for you to plan your vacation here efficiently.


Kande Viharaya

Kande Viharaya Temple is one of the must-visit places in Kalutara. The locals here make it a point to visit this temple once a year at least. Above the beautiful lotus flower at the centre of this temple is a statue. This statue is around about 50 meters high. Spectators are often amazed at the sight. This temple is a peaceful and serene place and must be treated with great care. Also, if you're trying to look for accommodation, close to this place, you can check out a Kalutara resort the likes of Avani Kalutara Resort.


Richmond Castle

Kalutara's Richmond Castle is another wonder. Sri Lanka is scattered with charming colonial buildings as it was once a British protectorate. The Richmond Castle was completed in the 1900s. The castle is beautiful and is completely surrounded by 42 acres of land. This castle is near Kalutara Palatota Street and is easy to find without hassle. It is often referred to as a true masterpiece of designs that were utilised in the past century.


Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation

In the afternoons and evenings, you must visit the Kosgoda Conservation Project to see these fascinating creatures. Many turtle species call these waters it's home, and there are migratory birds that can be seen too. This is a great chance for one to learn about these turtles and how they are conserved. If you are travelling with children, consider bringing them to this protection program. The visit will also be a fun way to learn about marine creatures for the kids.


Kalutara Temple

Kalutara is a centre of Buddhism in this country. It is peppered with temples and important religious sites. Kalutara Temple is a religious place often visited by locals across Sri Lanka. If you're a spiritual seeker and would like to participate in prayer and meditation, you may want to visit this Temple. This Dagoba in this temple has an empty and hollow stupa, which is actually the only one of its kind in the world. This is a popular attraction, which one cannot miss out on.


Water sports

You must head out to the coast at the end of the day, to get a brilliant view of the sun and enjoy the water sports here. You can't not try out water sports as this is one of the best activities out there. When in this town, you can enjoy water skiing, jet skiing, banana boating and many more. The adrenaline junkies will love to head to these calm waters and just get whisked away by these powerful machines!! This will be one of the best memories you will not forget. When heading with friends, family or your partner, make sure to drop by the water sports centres.