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5 Scenic Places in Kalutara to Visit with your Partner

Located just south of the commercial capital, Kalutara is often an overlooked destination by many travellers due to the more popular neighbouring cities of Hikkaduwa and Galle. However, this town is ideal for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle and retreat to a quiet destination that’s perfect for a romantic getaway. Here are five scenic places in Kalutara that are recommended to be included in your travel itinerary.

Richmond Castle

Built in the early 1900s, the Richmond Castle is one of the few places in Kalutara that offers the perfect combination of heritage and nature. The mansion once belonged to a mudaliyar (local chief), but today, it is open for the public to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, whilst admiring its quiet charm.

The vast gardens, the intricate detail of its architecture, and the amazing views of the countryside, especially with the scenic Kalu Ganga of Kalutara, Richmond Castle is an idyllic place that allows you and your partner to enjoy the quieter side of the city.

Kalu Ganga

While there are many scenic places to view the Kalu Ganga, the best way is to admire this unique river on a slow boat ride. Whether it is by motorboat or a traditional fishing boat, you and your partner can enjoy a slow cruise along the emerald waters.

As you explore the murky waters, you’ll discover the exotic flora and fauna that dwell along the river, which contributes to the rich biodiversity of this coastal city. 

Katukurunda Beach

Katukurunda Beach is a pristine stretch of golden sands and azure waters that provides the ideal opportunity to relax and unwind under the shade of swaying coconut trees. If you’re looking for a secluded stretch of beach to enjoy a romantic walk, Katukurunda Beach provides the ideal setting as it’s away from the crowds. Don’t forget to watch the sunset while you’re here too. If you’re feeling peckish, stop at one of the local beach-side stalls or restaurants for a bite on some local delights. 

Fa Hien Cave

Located further inland from the city centre of Kalutara, the Fa Hien Cave is an interesting cave that is believed to be the home of the famous travelling monk, Fa Hien. While there is no archaeological backing, there is, however, evidence of remnants from prehistoric cavemen. The caves are also known for its splendid views of the surrounding greenery.

Since the cave entrance is located on an elevated area of the land, which requires a trek, it is possible to catch a panoramic glimpse of the wilderness of Kalutara. This guarantees a very different view of the city, making it all the more reason for you and your significant other to visit the caves when you’re visiting Kalutara. 

Kalutara Temple

Rising from the lush landscapes, the Kalutara Bodhiya and Temple is a mesmerizing sight to behold. Visit the temple and immerse in the serenity of this Buddhist temple, as the soft chants mingle with the fresh breeze. Before entering the table, ensure you are modestly dressed, covering shoulders and knees. Footwear should be left at the entrance of the temple. You can buy lotus flowers or light incense sticks inside the premises of the temple too.


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