Holidays in Kalutara offer travellers a laid back and relaxed atmosphere with the combination of a generous helping of authentic Sri Lankan culture, not to mention a dash of old colonial charm. This is an up-and-coming resort town with a wonderful palm fringed beach, although the nightlife remains pretty low key, so you won’t get to dance till dawn. What you will get is plenty of beautiful, tropical scenery and several interesting sights, like the world’s only hollow Buddhist Shrine and an elegant plantation mansion, rather grandly named Richmond Castle.
Tell people you’re going to travel to Kalutara and, if they know Sri Lanka, they might mention the town’s main claim to fame which is the “mangosteen”. A slice of this luscious purple fruit with juicy white flesh is not to be missed, particularly if it’s washed down with a glass of arrack, a local alcoholic drink made from sweet, milky coconut blossom.
Some of the main attractions of Kalutara include the Gangatilaka Viharaya, the Kalutara Bodiya, Richmond Castle, the Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple and Calido Beach.