The Kalutara Bodhiya is one of the more sacred places in the southern coast of the island, as it is home to one of the oldest planted trees in Sri Lanka, which resonate strongly with the Buddhist faith. The sacred tree can be traced back to the period of the 2nd century BC, during the reign of Anuradhapura’s King Devnampiyatissa. Even after the subsequent colonisation of the island that began from the 16th century till the middle of the 20th century, the sacred tree still exists and is venerated by anyone who passes it.
Due to its convenient location along the main road, and right next to the Kalutara Viharaya, many people who partake in a journey down the southern coast of the island often make sure that they stop by the tree so that they can receive blessings for a safe journey to their destination. The Kalutara Bodhiya is also one of the best places to witness the coastal beauty of the place, because this particular area is where the Kalu Ganga meets the Indian Ocean, which makes for a spectacular sight to behold. The weekends are often filled with devotees performing rituals, which allows you to understand the significance of the sacred tree too.