Travel Tips to Kalutara – Planning the Perfect Getaway

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The charming city of Kalutara offers a truly enchanting escape full of coastal relaxation and captivating adventures. Here are some useful travel tips to help you prepare for your holiday.

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When to Go

When planning your trip to Kalutara, Sri Lanka keep in mind that the best time to visit the south coast where this city is located is generally from December to March. Though the southwest monsoon does bring rains from May to September there will be days with plenty of sunshine too.


Where to Stay

Depending on your budget and what you are looking to experience, you can choose from hotels and hostels to beachside resorts the likes of Anantara Kalutara Resort that offer rooms, suites and villas. Check online resources the likes of Travel Kalutara which provide helpful information on accommodation and local highlights.


What to Pack

Since the average temperature in Kalutara during the dry season is between 30.6°C and 32.1°C, it’s best to pack light cotton clothing. Apart from swimwear, pack shorts, t-shirts, skirts, sandals and slippers, while sunglasses, sunscreen and sunhats will come in handy too. Do note, when going to religious sites you need to dress conservatively and cover bare shoulders and legs.


What to See & Do

Since it’s a coastal destination you can enjoy lots of water sports such as snorkelling, jet skiing, stand-up paddleboarding and windsurfing. Popular attractions in Kalutara include the Kalutara Chaitya and Bodhiya and Richmond Castle, while fishing, river cruises and bike tours are amongst the activities on offer too.

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