Kalutara or Kaluthota is located approximately 40 km south of Colombo. This was a an important spice trading centre, that used the Kalu Ganga (Black River) as a main transport route in 11th century while Portuguese, Dutch and British.
The town emits a laid-back and calm attitude for a coastal town and next to none night life activities. However this coastal town is blessed with palm tree fringed beautiful tropical beaches and coconut & palm gardens. Fittingly famous for coconut-fibre mats, ropes & baskets making, where local skilful weavers taming palm fronds and Watakeiya palm leaves in to intricately patterned mats, baskets, storage boxes and various other day-to-day items used around the country.