Situated along the southwestern coastline of Sri Lanka is the up-and-coming resort town of Kalutara. It is
the administrative capital of the Kalutara district, and is a major city in the region.
Kalutara is a much quieter alternative than the more tourist-oriented places in Sri Lanka, and this means
that things like nightlife outside your hotel is pretty much nonexistant. But that also makes it a great place
to spend a quiet holiday and get some quality time in with your loved ones. Your main job in Kalutara
would be to check yourself into a resort or guesthouse, kick back, and relax. You can enjoy deliciously
fresh seafood and take dips in the ocean to your heart's content.
There are also a few other things you can do and places you can visit on a sightseeing tour. Some of the
most famous landmarks in Kalutara include the Gangatilaka Vihara (Kalutara Chaitya), a hollow Buddhist
stupa (one of the only few in the world) with a 3-storey high white dagoba, Kalutara Bodhiya, known as
one of the most sacred Buddhist places of worship in Sri Lanka, Richmond Castle, a 2-storey mansion
that was built in 1896 with an architecture of Indian and British influences and a 42-acre fruit garden, and
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, a Buddhist temple built in 1873.
You can also visit other places like Ranjith's Carving and Batik Museum for some local handcraft, take a
cooling dip at the Thudugala Ella waterfalls, explore Sri Lankan history at Fa Hien Caves, go on dolphin
and whale watching tours, take the river safari in “Madu Ganga”, or visit the local fish market for a taste
of a day in the life of the local fishermen.