• Luxury Kalutara Holidays
  • Overview

    Once a busy spice-trading centre, Kalutara is now a laid-back holiday destination. Dotted with luxurious resort hotels, where nightlife is low-key, this is the place to come to be cosseted. Situated on Sri Lanka’s west coast, south of the capital Colombo, its gorgeous golden sands are fringed with lush coconut palms - a stunning sight at sunset.

    There are man-made beauties too, notably the dazzling Kalutara Temple which is believed to be the world’s only hollow Buddhist meditative space or ‘stupa’. Inside is a smaller structure containing golden statues of the Buddha and decorated with murals depicting scenes from his life.

    Another architectural attraction is Richmond Castle, a grandly named Edwardian mansion. Built by the son of a local planter, it’s a lavish confection of stained glass and statues, set in extensive grounds.

    Kalutara’s must-see sights include its lively markets. These don’t just sell seafood, but also mangosteens, a purple fruit that tastes like a tropical cocktail of lychee, peach and strawberry. Delicious.

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Once a busy spice-trading centre, Kalutara is now a laid-back holiday destination. Dotted with luxurious resort hotels, where nightlife is low-key, this is the place to come to be cosseted. Situated on Sri Lanka’s west coast, south of the capital Colombo, its gorgeous golden sands are fringed with lush coconut palms - a stunning sight at sunset.

There are man-made beauties too, notably the dazzling Kalutara Temple which is believed to be the world’s only hollow Buddhist meditative space or ‘stupa’. Inside is a smaller structure containing golden statues of the Buddha and decorated with murals depicting scenes from his life.

Another architectural attraction is Richmond Castle, a grandly named Edwardian mansion. Built by the son of a local planter, it’s a lavish confection of stained glass and statues, set in extensive grounds.

Kalutara’s must-see sights include its lively markets. These don’t just sell seafood, but also mangosteens, a purple fruit that tastes like a tropical cocktail of lychee, peach and strawberry. Delicious.

Local Information

Language:
Sinhalese, Tamil and English
Currency:
Sri Lankan rupee
Local time:
GMT +6 hours
Local airport:
Bandaranaike International Airport
Flight time:
10 hour 45 minutes

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Featured hotels

Avani Kalutara Resort

4 star

Informal luxury and an island castaway feeling await at Avani Kalutara, a resort nestled amid palm trees and surrounded by water on three sides. In an exceptional location where the Kalu River and Indian Ocean meet.

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Anantara Kalutara Resort

5 star

Occupying a pretty peninsula next to a lagoon and close to the traditional Sri Lankan city of Kalutara, Anantara Kalutara offers authenticity in a verdant tropical hideaway. Architecturally impressive the resort’s design is based on plans devised by the late master architect Geoffrey Bawa.

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Featured hotels

Avani Kalutara Resort

4 star

Informal luxury and an island castaway feeling await at Avani Kalutara, a resort nestled amid palm trees and surrounded by water on three sides. In an exceptional location where the Kalu River and Indian Ocean meet.

Anantara Kalutara Resort

5 star

Occupying a pretty peninsula next to a lagoon and close to the traditional Sri Lankan city of Kalutara, Anantara Kalutara offers authenticity in a verdant tropical hideaway. Architecturally impressive the resort’s design is based on plans devised by the late master architect Geoffrey Bawa.

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Local Information

Language:
Sinhalese, Tamil and English
Currency:
Sri Lankan rupee
Local time:
GMT +6 hours
Local airport:
Bandaranaike International Airport
Flight time:
10 hour 45 minutes

Weather

40

30

20

10

0

J F M A M J J A S O N D
8 9 9 8 6 7 7 7 8 7 7 7
Average daily hours of sun

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