Kalutara is a resort town located approximately 40km south of Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. Kalutara is a semi-urban city with a diverse population. Once an important spice-trading center, the city’s name is derived from the Kalu Gang River (Black River). In the 11th Century, the town was temporarily made a capital on the orders of a South Indian Prince. The region was later planted with coconut trees, whose by-products are used for both internal and external trade. The area also boasts fortifications dating back from the times when Portuguese, Dutch and British vied for control of Kalutura. Things to do in the region include visiting its many attractions such as the 38-meter long Kalutara Bridge which was built at the mouth of the Kalu Gang River and serves as a major link between the country’s Western and Southern border. At the southern end of the bridge lies the 3 stories-high Kalutara Vihara, a Buddhist temple built in the 1960s which holds the distinction of being the only shrine in the world that is hollow and is one of the best places to visit in Kalutara. In addition to serving as a tourist resort town, the town is also renowned for its mangosteen fruits.
Mermaid Hotel & Club – Kalutara, Sri Lanka
The perfect get-away for sun, sand and sea lovers. It is cleverly nestled in a vast coconut grove along a stretch of golden, sandy beach. The uniqueness of the hotel is that the club is built on a separate…+ Read more
Serene Pavilions is a luxurious boutique hotel with just 12 villas spread over a seven acre coconut grove leading to the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Situated in the south West coastal village of Wadduwa, Serene Pavilions is…+ Read more
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Cycling & Mountain Biking
Traveling by bike, you get to see the best of the country with a level of intimacy unmatched by most other modes of travel. If you prefer to get about on two wheels but aren’t so keen on struggling…+ Read more
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