A vast stretch of glittering sands kisses the rolling surf. The palms sway and beckon you to bring a deck chair. Lazy days of a luxury wait to spoil you on a simply perfect holiday. At just 40km South of Colombo on the Western coastline, you don’t have to travel far for it either.
The golden shoreline of the Kalutara beach offers plenty of attractions – by the beach and further inland. Apart from the sights and sounds of the picturesque landscape, the cultural and historical interests are also yours to discover. Follow the thousands of local pilgrims and visit the awe-inspiring Kalutara Temple – the only Buddhist shrine in the world that is completely hollow inside. A sequence of 74 intricately drawn murals adorns the walls. A few miles inland, the Richmond Castle stands proud – its exquisitely carved 99 doors and 34 windows bearing witness to colonial architectural opulence.
You will find many things to do in Kalutara and along the South coast too. Spend a morning at the Fishing harbour and experience typical coastal village life, firsthand. If you’re looking for bigger marine life, head down to Mirissa on a whale watching expedition. Go green at the Bawa Botanical Gardens or get involved in conservation efforts with a visit to the Turtle Hatchery. You can also take a closer look at the many traditional industries of the locality, such as wood carving, soft basketry and take a trip out to visit Rubber or Tea plantations further afield.