Kalutara Beach – On the island in the sun

Situated 40kms south of Colombo, the Kalutara Beach is the first beach you come across when you travel down south from Colombo. With a huge stretch of sand that stretches far and inviting waters crashing on to the beautiful coastline, this historic coastal city is full of natural splendour. The city of Kalutara has several five star hotels and resorts that provide comfortable accommodation. Locals as well as tourists love the experience offered on the beautiful beaches of Kalutara. Mahawaskaduwa is the north beach of Kalutara. This beach is known to be less crowded and offers a spectacular scenery by evening as the sun sets in the horizon. The Calido beach is another famous beach area here running between the Kau Ganga river and the Indian Ocean.

The area was once a spice port governed by Portuguese and the British. It was very much part of the south east Asian spice trade. Its glory today however is the far-stretching coastline bordering the gorgeous Indian ocean. Kalutara Beach not only offers heavenly views and a great place to lie down and greet the sun, but is also a great place to try out local sea food and take a dip in the gleaming blue waters. There are several affordable restaurants by the beach that offer fine local cuisine and plenty of shade when you need a break from all that sun. Apart from basking in its sun-kissed beaches, Kalutara also offers a range of other attractions to explore. From seeing historical temples such as the Kalutara Bodiya and the Gangathilake Temple, to visiting the local basket weavers and the beautiful palm groves, the ‘to do list’ is endless in this gorgeous coastal city.

If you are looking out for affordable accommodation in this fascinating city, look no further than the Mermaid Hotel & Club. One of the finest Sri Lanka Beach Hotel in the area, this Kalutara Hotel is famed for the exceptional service standards offered here as well the great location. For a heavenly experience full of fun in the sun, and a taste of delightful Sri Lankan hospitality coupled with the finest cuisine, book into a hotel that believes in spoiling its guests with the complete island experience.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.

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