From its birth at the peak of Sri Lanka’s famous mountain and pilgrimage site- Adam’s peak, the Kalu river journeys down peacefully, only occasionally bursting into some terrific rapids along its path to meet the Indian ocean. Its journey is thus quite a soothing one and this tranquility seems to have diffused onto the river banks where it meets some lush greenery to create a superb ambience for picnics and camping.
The Kalu River meaning the Black river is one of the longest in the island, passing about 129km to finally join the sea at the city of Kalutara which is about a 1 hour journey from Colombo. The journey of the Kalu river is quite fascinating. Arising from the mountain range, the river meanders its way through different and changing landscapes as it passes slightly different geographical areas of Sri Lanka. One can journey along the river by boat at many places along its length, while listening to the lap of the water against the oars and the murmurs of the wind gently ruffling the tree tops.
One of the best ways to enjoy the river is to go canoeing in the peaceful stretch of the river which even a beginner will be quite capable of handling. For the experienced and adventurous soul, kayaking is the best option with some terrific rapids to be encountered along the way. Through the rapids, the Kalu River arrives in a slightly slower pace at the town of Kalutara which is best known for the Kalutara Temple as well as the basket industry. In addition, the famous Gangathilaka vihara is another attraction that sits by the Kalu River and attracts many locals and tourists.
At the end of the river where it meets the sea, a throng of superb Beach Resorts Sri Lanka Kalutara take advantage of the amazing scenery at a site so sensational. Avani Kalutara Resort enjoys the best of this as well as the company of coconut groves standing upon the golden sand at this western coastal area. With an array of over hundred well furnished rooms, its own swimming pool and fitness center and an array of water sports available for the adventurous visitors, this is one hotel in kalutara that offers the best of this coastal town that flaunts its ravishing river with much pride.