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5 Free things to do in Kalutara – Exploring Sri Lanka’s beach towns

As one of the most favourite tourist destinations, Sri Lanka has so much to offer its visitors. If you're visiting the famous beach town of Kalutara, here are some free things to do!


Kalutara Bodhiya

For a spiritual and religious experience, you must pay a visit to the sacred site of Kalutara Bodhiya, which is a much-respected place within the majority Buddhist community of Sri Lanka. In fact, this temple remains a must-visit at least once in their lifetime! If you're keen on witnessing the local religion and its importance, you should head to Kalutara Bodhiya where you will likely see many worshippers involved in offerings. In fact, the Bodhi tree located within the temple premises is believed to have been around since the 2nd century BC! The Buddhists believe that it is one of the thirty-two Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi saplings. Not too far from Avani Kalutara Resort, this religious sight is one to add to your list of things to do in Kalutara.


Kalutara Beach

When in Kalutara, your trip is incomplete without stopping by at the beach! One of the finest beaches, this beach sees a lot of visitors on a daily basis. You'll spot local families and tourists alike, especially because of its convenient location from the capital. The northern side of the beach is said to be more scenic than the southern side of it! You can take your family here for a fun beach day out.


Thudugala Ella Waterfall

For nature lovers, this attraction is more than perfect! Located in Thudugala village, this waterfall is ideal for a dip and is visited by many tourists daily. The natural stream pool of this waterfall is extremely scenic and one of a kind, surrounded by ferns and plants. You're also likely to spot local and migratory birds nearby! This waterfall is also quite close to the British estate wrecks, so you can visit two attractions close by to one another on the same day.


Holy Cross Church Kalutara

A sacred site for Christians, this church is located in Southern Kalutara. Holy Cross Church Kalutara has become quite a notable landmark in recent years, attracting flocks of tourists, irrespective of their faith. Its location and architecture make it a must-visit, especially if you like witnessing religious events.


Ranjith's Carving and Batik Museum

Batik is an art of decorating pieces of cloth, mainly by creating interesting and detailed patterns using wax. Sri Lanka has plenty of Batik art and is renowned the world over. To see Batik and much more of this island nation's artistic treasures, you need to head to Raniths Carving and Batik Museum. With a vast collection of traditional arts and crafts, you can see for yourself the artistic side of Sri Lanka. The museum attracts plenty of tourists and locals alike and is quite famous in Kalutara! This is a must-visit.