How would you describe your perfect holiday? Do you picture yourself staring into the beautiful ocean or walking through mysterious alleys to arrive at a new destination? From seeking solitude to embarking on exciting adventures our idea of an ideal holiday are abundant and diverse. While not all destinations offer it all, the coastal town of Kalutara, Sri Lanka is one of the few versatile destinations that promise to delight even the most demanding travelers.
Situated 100 kilometers from Colombo, Kalutara’s bustling streets and unspoiled beaches are part of the charm that is typical of Sri Lanka’s coastal towns. The breathtaking Kalutara beach is one of the Town’s most beloved destinations and a popular recreational space for locals. The beautiful Kalutara coastline stretches for miles and is home to many Kalutara hotels. There is no better place to enjoy quiet solitude than at Kalutara beach where the mile-long coastline is ideal for a romantic stroll at sunset. Many of the town’s attractions lie a few minutes from famous hotels like AVANI Kalutara Resort, making Kalutara among the most pleasant places to be explored on foot.
Walk through the bustling Kalutara town and arrive at one of Kalutara’s most iconic landmarks; the Kalutara Bodhi Temple. Situated on elevated ground on the banks of Kalu Ganga (River), the Kalutara Temple continues to bestow blessings on the hundreds of worshippers who flock to the temple and thousands of motorists who habitually make an offering before continuing on their journey. Notice the Temple’s close proximity to one of Kalutara’s largest Colonial-style churches and admire this extraordinary example of inter-religious harmony. Embark on an historical tour of this Colonial town and savour a piece of history at Richmond Castle which was once home to a famous Mudaliyar.
Visit the noisy, local markets to purchase fresh tropical fruits and fragrant spices and stop at Kalutara’s famous spice gardens that date to Colonial times. Spend an afternoon taking a scenic boat-ride across the vast Kalu Ganga and look out for endemic bird species among the River’s mangroves. Indeed Kalutara is a destination for the lazy, adventurous and nature-loving!
Nigel Walters is a travel writer, who writes under the pen name, Fritzjames Stephen. His content is based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.