Are you interested in visiting a lesser known and underrated beach destination in Sri Lanka? Choose Kalutara, It has much to offer and being so close to Colombo it is pretty easy to getting in around. Be it you're a budget traveller or a luxury traveler there are many options to indulge in a fabulous tropical beach holiday.
Over 90 years ago the terrible accident took place not far from Kalutara. It is first head-on train collision in Sri Lanka and the deadliest. Since the exact cause of the accident was never revealed due to lack of hard evidence this predicament remains a mystery yet.
The Raja Maruna Ella Falls is a natural attraction which is about seven metres tall and can be found in the deeper parts of Kalutara. Located in between Baduragala and Hadilla, this waterfall also has a cave to its name, but it isn’t accessible unless during severe droughts. It is not advisable to enter them anyway.
The Ariyapala mask workshop and museum in Ambalangoda has a display that is everything to do with masks and making it in Sri Lanka. Creative masks are made with a combination of the characters in the folklore that is a part of the Lankan culture; therefore, they play a big role in the events on the island.
Where is Kalutara Fort located you wonder? Even though this colonial fort doesn't exist today it had been a significant stronghold during the era. Build by Portuguese and revamped by the Dutch and was later demolished to build Kalutara temple.
The Kosgulana Suspension Bridge is a lesser-known attraction on the east border of Kalutara district that the locals use every day and is well worth a visit if you are there already. Crossing over the bridge is not for the faint-hearted and people with vertigo. Check out the article to find out why.
Ranjith’s Carving and Batik Museum is a must-visit attraction in Kalutara and features traditional batik, woodcarvings & demon masks.
Kalutara district is blessed with not only golden sand tropical beaches but serene forest reserves. There are tranquil Buddhist monasteries that are located in these verdant jungles to spread Lord Buddha's teachings and facilitate people who seek solace in Vipassana meditation.
The Kalutara Basket Centre has baskets of great quality and is a must visit when you are in Kalutara or in the towns nearby.
The Kechchimalai Mosque in Beruwala is a highly significant religious place for all the Muslims in the area and all over Sri Lanka too.