Kalutara is a laid-back holiday destination famous for its relaxing atmosphere and long golden stretches of fine beaches, situated just 42 km away from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka.
Created by world-renowned Sri Lankan architect Bevis Bawa, Brief Garden in Lunuganaga is a 1-hour drive away from Kalutara. A truly enchanting place, the garden and the bungalow feature a hedonistic mix of traditional Ceylonese and colonial influence. Entrance is LKR 1000 after which visitors are free to wander around at their leisure.
A place of grandeur, Richmond Castle was the former home of a wealthy landowner, which was built during the turn of the century. Situated on the Kalutara – Palatota Road, the castle is among the most popular places to visit in Kalutara.
Once the home of prehistoric cavemen, some 37,000 years ago, the Pahiyangala Caves located in the remote village of Yatagampityia, is known to be among the most ancient primal settlements in the whole of Asia and can be reached easily from many hotels in the Kalutara including the likes of Anantara Kalutara Resort.
A choppy ten-minute boat ride from the mainland to Barberyn Island will ensure that visitors get the chance to take a closer look at the fully functioning lighthouse which was completed in 1889. Visitors, however, are not allowed to enter the lighthouse but do get free reign to wander around the secluded island.
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