Lively Kalutara is a large town situated next to the estuary of the Kalu Ganga River, from which it derives its name. Formerly a spice trading outpost, today it is more famous as a scenic resort town.
South of the bridge across the Kalu Ganga is Gangatilaka Vihara, which was built in the 1960s. The temple complex houses a huge, white and entirely hollow dagoba. The cavernous interior shelters a smaller dagoba surrounded by four golden Buddha statues with a Buddhist flag suspended from the ceiling. The walls of the larger dagoba are decorated with murals depicting scenes from the Jataka (body of literature recounting the former incarnations of the Buddha). The windows below afford good views of the Kalu River and the town. On the opposite side of the road is a bo tree and some other temple buildings.
Kalutara offers Sri Lanka’s finest mangosteens between May and September. more