The city of Kalutara is where one of the 32 saplings of the sacred Sri Maha Bodhi tree in Anuradhapura was planted. Located on the Galle Road and a short distance away from the Kalutara Bridge is where one will encounter the three storey high Kalutara Bodhiya. Built in the 1960s, this edifice is a true symbol of the Buddhsit faith and is known to be one of the most visited shrines in the country. Reside at one of the Sri Lanka boutique hotels from where you can visit the stupa and offer flowers and incense sticks for worship. Saman Villas Bentota which is a luxury hotel Sri Lanka has to offer will offer you the best of accommodation.
The bodhiya is regarded as the only shrine in the world that possesses a hollow interior. Visitors will be able to witness paintings that denote the previous lives of the Buddha.