A relaxed beach resrot
Kalutara is an up-and-coming resort town with a wonderful palm fringed beach. The main sights include the world’s only hollow Buddhist Shrine and Richmond Castle, an elegant plantation mansion. While you are there you should try 'mangosteen', a luscious purple fruit with juicy white flesh and goes rather well with a glass of 'arrack', a sweet, milky alcoholic drink made locally from coconut blossom.
Note: For stays between 1st August 2019 and 31st January 2020, the Sri Lankan government has relaxed the visa requirements, meaning you can travel there VISA-FREE!
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Kalutara.
Richmond Castle is a Edwardian mansion, situated in a rural area near Kalutara. Built between 1900 and 1910, it was formally the country seat of Mudaliyar Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena. The calm and quiet surroundings, colonial architecture and lawned gardens provide an interesting diversion from the beach.
Kalutara Bodhiya was developed as a religious place when the Kalutara Buddhist Society formed in 1931. Building work commenced in 1942 until 1976, when the construction work on the massive stupa was completed and opened to the public.
A selection of tours to Kalutara
Sri Lanka & The Maldives Tailor Made Beach
Sri Lanka Tour & Beach
16 day tour from £2,295
Explore some of Sri Lanka's cultural and scenic highlights, including the Cultural Triangle, a tea plantation and a jeep safari, on this memorable 16 day tour.