Major Regions of Kalutara District – Know your way around

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Ancient caves, a timeless castle and decades old traditions, sounds thrilling?

These are some of the exciting things to do around Kalutara, an eminent capital and district located approximately 40 km south of Colombo in the paradise isle, Sri Lanka.

If you are looking to visit this marvel district, you are in the right place – listed below are some of the major regions of the area along with some of their must-see attractions.

Matugama

misty mornings in matugama sri lanka
A misty morning in rural Matugama  | Photo by Priyantha Bandara

Matugama is part of the historic “Pasdun Korale” which means the “County of the five Yojanas” with the word Yojana being of Sanskrit origin it is a Vedic measure of distance. The Pasdun Korale was created when the Sri Lankan King Parakramabahu the Great drained the Kalu Ganga basin.

The tallest standing buddha statue in South Asia is located at Batamulla Kanda International Buddhist Centre, just 01 Km from the Matugama town. It was Unveiled in 2016 and said to have close resemblence to the Avukana Buddha statue in Anuradhpura.

south asia's tallest standing buddha statue
Batamullakanda Buddha Statue stands 135 tall amidst the hillocks around Matugama | Photo by morgane_slrd

Matugama and near by Agalawatta area is famous for Its rubber plantations. And the cool climate in this area is makes up for a refreshing day outing.

rubber plantations in matugama, kalutara district
Rubber plants for which this area is renowned. Photo by priyantha_bandara

Attractions: Brief Gardens by Bevis Bawa, Batamullakanda Buddha Statue, Rubber Plantations
Access: Take Southern Expressway to Dodangoda Exit

Beruwala

Stunning blue coastline of Beruwala
Stunning blue coastline of Beruwala | Photo suresh23c

The name Beruwala is a derivative of the Sinhalese word for “the place where the sail is lowered”. The town marks the spot for the first Muslim settlement on the island by Arab traders around the 8th century AD.

Beruwala is famous among toursits for Its stunning coastline. In constrast to the rough seas in Kalutara, the Beruwala coast is pretty calm and enjoyable.

Attractions: Kande Viharaya, Lunuganga Gardens, Kechimalai Mosque and Barberyn Island Lighthouse
Access: Southern Expressway or via Galle Road

Ingiriya

Nachchimale , Ingiriya, Kalutara District
Tranquil streams of Nachchimale , perfect for a dip | Photo by nuwan2

Nature lover? Then Ingiriya is the place for you. The town is adorned with enchanting water bodies, mountain ranges, plain lands and simply, some of the best experiences with nature that the district has to offer.

Nachchimale is the star around here. A tranquil stream flows through a forest reservation where water is so inviting for a cool dip. Further ado is not needed for above photo speaks for itself.

Attractions: Dambora Ella, Nambapana Lake, Nachchimale
Access: A8 (Rathnapura – Panadura) road or take Southern expressway to Bandaragama exit

Kalutara

kalu river , Kalu ganga in sri lanka
Calm waters of Kalu River is perfect for a canoe ride.

The once spice-trading center is now decorated with the reminiscence of the Kalutara Fort which dates back from the times when the Portuguese, Dutch and British competed for control of the area. It is also well known for the Mangosteen fruits which were introduced by Malaysia in the 19th century.

Attractions: Richmond Castle, Kalutara Temple and Holy Cross Church
Access: Southern Expressway to Bandaragama exit or Galle Road

Bandaragama

boat riding in bolgoda lake , bandaragama
Everyday adventures at Bolgoda Lake | Photo Dilisha Madushanka

Located to the North in Kalutara district Bandaragma holds a significant position in the district. This area held a key position in early Raigama Kingdom and is adorned with histroical attractions which convey the presitgious time passed centuries ago.

The largest fresh water natural lake in Sri Lanka, Bolgoda Lake is also located in this area. It is perfect for a boat ride and enjoy the tranquility of nature.

Feels the adrenaline rush? Bandaragama Karting centre is the Sri Lanka’s only go-karting centre where you enjoy a fun day with friends. At the time of writing this It is under renovation for a world class F1 track.

Attractions : South Bolgoda Lake, Rambukkana Raja Maha Viharaya, Ruins in Pathahawatte, Karting Centre
Access : Via Panadura – Ratnapura Road ( A8) or Southern Expessway

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