Kalutara or Kalutota is a major city in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka. It is also the administrative capital of Kalutara District. It is located approximately 40 km south of the capital Colombo. The area is well known to produce the Mangosteens, a fruit introduced from Malaysia in 19th century.
Sri Lanka is known for its finest beaches. Kalutara Beach comes in the list of select few best beaches in the world. As it is located at a distance of just 40 kilometers from the capital city Colombo, it is easily accessed by the visitors every day. This sandy beach remains filled with the tourists who enjoy in leisure here. Scenic view of this beach in the northern side or Mahawaskaduwa appeals more compared to its Katukurunda or southern side. As this beach is still not spoilt too much, it remains a popular landmark for the tourists delving into the fun activities.
A sacred religious site of the Buddhism religion, Kalutara Bodhiya remains a must visit the location where Buddhists seek to visit at least once in their lifetime. Buddhists from around the world venerate this sacred place to involve in the special prayers upon their arrival. They keep worshipping at this place beside their involvement in the offerings at the Kalutara Bodhiya or the Bodhi Tree which is believed to exist since 2nd century BC. According to the Buddhist belief, it is one out of the 32 Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi saplings. That is why it remains a sacred location where Kalutara Viharaya Buddhist Temple and also famous Kalutara Chaitya Stupa nearby sacred fig turns this location venerated for the visitors.
Located nearby the Kalutara city, historic Edwardian mansion, Richmond Castle is a worth visiting place in Sri Lanka. It took 10 years from 1900 to 1910 that this popular mansion was built to finally become the seat of the Mudaliyar Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena for administrative purpose. Today it remains one of the select few major tourist destinations in this region. This two-story building has 16 rooms whose 34 windows and 99 doors appeal to all visitors. As a Sri Lankan architectural marvel, its construction remained unique. Its essential stuff had been imported from various countries that included its Italian floor titles; Burmese teaks grape vines to glass décors from Scotland and bathroom fittings to iron stairs from England to name a few.