Kaluthara or Kaluthota is located approximately 40 km south of Colombo. This was 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 laidback 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-fiber mats, ropes & baskets making, where local skillful 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.
A trip to Kalutara is never complete without a visit to the renowned Kalutara Chaitya and temple. The temple stands at the entrance to the city and has become a ritual for the long distance travellers to donate few coins in to the little collection boxes on either sides of the road, in return of a safe journey.
The Bodhi tree in the Kaluthara temple is believed to be one of the 32 saplings of the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi in Anuradhapura.
The Kalutara Chaitya also known as the Gangatilake Stupa is such a unique creation, with it being the only hollow Buddhist Stupa in the world and inside the Stupa is a large spectacular collection of murals that tells the story of Lord Buddha’s previous life.
Richmond Castle is an Edwardian castle built by Mudaliyar Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe a philanthropist and landowner. Richmond Castle is believed to have made similar to an Indian castle owned by one of his friends, it is a two-story building with sixteen rooms, 99 doors and 34 windows. The building is currently owned by the Public Trustee and open to the public.
Mangosteen, introduced to Sri Lanka by Malay in 19th Century. This dark purple shiny fruit has a tart flavour and is best during the month of June.
Sri Lankan Toddy is an alcoholic drink made with sap from the palm trees, the process involves tapping the palm flowers and collect the sap in to earthen pots that hangs in the palm trees. The sap tappers move from one tree to other using tight ropes, with no protection or harness is a daring sight to see. Once the toddy is collected it can be consumed directly or can be fermented to make vinegar or arrack.