The Gangatilake Stupa was built in the 1960s and it still stands as the most prominent indicator of the entrance to the town. The white dagoba at the temple is considered to be the only Buddha Stupa in the world to be hollow inside. On the walls of the temple, there are beautiful murals that depict several stories. These stories are ‘Jataka Kattha’, or stories from Lord Buddha’s previous births, and are interesting as they teach valuable morals. Inside the Stupa are paintings of Jataka Tales, such as the 550 stories of Lord Buddha’s previous births and his teachings. The attractive murals will amaze anyone with the privilege of seeing them, and will create memories that can be cherished for a lifetime. There are many Kalutara Hotels which are located close by to the temple, however the Avani Kalutara Resort offers a unique experience with a rejuvenating spa, fabulous service and an array of delectable culinary delights. The rooms at the hotel are spacious, elegant and offers seclusion and comfort.
This beautiful and unique Gangatilake Stupa Temple is considered as one of the most beautiful temples in the island. This temple is also the most prominent landmark in Kalutara. Visitors consider it good luck and a tradition, to stop by on their way to put some coins or some money when they are passing by the temple. Many people come and visit this temple to light oil lamps and offer flowers and worship. This is a good place to come and witness the Budhist rituals and experience an authentic Sri Lankan experience. At nightfall, the temple is a breathtaking sight with a lot of oil lamps being lit. The temple is a serene and a peaceful place. The Gugatilake Stupa also marks the point at which Sri Lanka’s fourth largest river – Kalu Ganga – divides the place into its northern (Mahawaskaduwa) and southern ( Katukurunda) areas.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Shazzana Hamid is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary. Disguised as Lavinia Woolf she writes of the exhilarating and enchanting.Google+