Kalutara Travel Guide

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Kalutara Overview

Kalutara is a major city located along the western coast of Sri Lanka. It belong to the western province and is the main city in the District also named Kalutara. The Main attraction in Kalutara is the "Kalutara Bodiya" or Temple. Venerated by Buddhists it is considered as a place of worship with prime importance. The temple itself is segregated into two divided by the Galle Road ( Colombo - Galle). As a practice all travelers going south , stop to make a donation and evoke blessings for a safe travel when passing the Kalutara Bodiya.

Kalutara is a multi ethnic town with a fair share of churches and mosques. The "Kalu" Ganga/River one of the Five major Rivers in Sri Lanka Falls to the Sea from Kalutara thus giving the name to the city. The "moya kata" or the estuary is a highly visited place in the area, it is clearly visibly the large mass of fresh water mixing with the sea water creating a glamorous aura.

Fishing and Tourism are two of the main income generators in Kalutara itself (Kalutara North & South). Although the beaches are not as popular as the ones further down the southern coast of Sri Lanka, a plethora of tourist hotels have spawned in the past to take advantage of both the Sea & the river , a combination which is not so common.

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