Gangatilaka Vihara, built in 1960s to the south of the Kalutara Bridge, is Kalutara’s most dominant landmark. This attractive white dagoba is believed to be the only one Buddha Stupa in the world which is entirely hollow. Gangatilaka Vihara contains a smaller dagoba inside. More
Built in 1896 at Palataota in a little inland, Richmond Castle is a 42-acre fruit garden estate, originally built for a wealthy regional governor. The architecture of this magnificent plantation mansion, a two-storied building with 15 rooms, is a mix of British and Indian styles copied from the plans of an Indian Maharaja’s palace designed by a London architect. More
The long, sandy beaches around Kalutara are easily reachable from Colombo Airport and are ideal for tourists looking for a peaceful and quiet retreat to enjoy a day in the sunshine among the coconut palms trees. Kalutara South beaches are recognized as the finest in Sri Lankan island. Kalutara’s golden beach is excellent for swimming. Some of the most prestigious hotel properties are situated on the shoreline of the Indian Ocean. As it is close to Colombo, tourists can also spend an evening in the main commercial city.
Only 8 km from Kalutara, Wadduwa beach is a beautiful palm-lined beach. Wadduwa beach is usually less crowded and less frequented by tourists.
Kalutara is famous in Sri Lanka for its colorful, soft basket ware. Basket Centre is in the middle of the village, where the local weavers tame the unyielding palm fronds, turning them into purses, coasters, hats & many other items.
Kalutara Bodiya is a sacred place situated on the road from Colombo to Kalutara. Every driver stop his vehicle at this holy place, pray to ensure safe journey and start the trip again.
Kalutara is famous among tourists for its sweet and juicy mangos teens. Mangos teen, a specialty of Kalutara, is a dark purple shiny fruit that was introduced to Ceylon from Malaya in the early 19th century. Mangos teen is said to be at its best in June (season June to September).