Pay a visit to Kalutara during your explorations in the western and southern coasts of Sri Lanka. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed for these day excursions promise lots of fun and adventure.
Turtle Hatchery, Kosgoda
This amazing conservation centre is one hour away from Kalutara. Here you will be get to meet five of the six endangered sea turtles- Olive Ridley, loggerhead, green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles. Visit one of the travel guides like Travel Kalutara to find out when the turtle release program is at, so you can be a part of releasing baby turtles back to the sea!
Boat rides in Hikkaduwa, Madu River
Love messing about in boats? Some hotels in Kalutara offer boat safaris along the Madu River which flows through the lush mangroves and enters the sea at Balapitiya. There’s a wonderful mangrove eco system here that’s home to a fantastic range of wildlife including exotic bird species, cheeky monkeys, giant water monitors, and crocodiles.
Mask Museum, Ambalangoda
Also within an hour’s drive away from Kalutara, the Ambalangoda Mask Museum is a great place if you wanna learn about traditional crafts of Sri Lanka and pick up some great souvenirs at the same time. In addition to the gallery displaying stunning traditional masks and artifacts, the museum also features a workshop, library, and store.
Moonstone Mines, Hikkaduwa
Travel about 1 and half hours inland from Kalutara to the little village of Meetiyagoda where you’ll find a 18th-century style moonstone mine. Find out about the interesting process of how these precious stones are sourced and polishes and maybe you can buy one for your own!
Filled with a wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel but also has a background in fashion, art, and media. Google+