Kalutara is undoubtedly one of the most underrated travel destinations in Sri Lanka. So many people might miss it in search of more popular travel destinations, but the attractions in this area make your trip well worth your time! Here are a few places you can visit.
The iconic Kalutara temple lies beside the Kalu River and is only minutes away from the iconic Avani Kalutara Resort. The temple features a magnificent stupa along with a smaller stupa surrounded by gold-painted Buddha statues. You can also find a sacred Bo tree on the premises.
Fa Hien Cave
If you’re staying at a Kalutara resort for an extended vacation, you can spend a day at the historical Fa Hien cave that takes you back in time. This archaeological treasure is famous for its prehistoric human remains dating back 30,000+ years. The cave is named after a Chinese Buddhist monk who stayed in the cave in the 5th century.
The country home of the famous architect Geoffrey Bawa, the Lunuganga Estate features a beautiful garden and astonishingly unique architecture. The view of Dedduwa Lake in Bentota and the serene gardens can give you a truly relaxing experience.
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Marine species are threatened each day, and the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project is an initiative to monitor and conserve turtles around the area. The entrance to the premises is shaped into an arch with two turtles. There is a hatchery to collect and rescue eggs from predators. A trip to this property will give you a sense of satisfaction and responsibility to become an environmentally conscious human.