Kalutara

Kalutara itself divides into Mahawaskaduwa (Kalutata North) where the beach is more scenic. Right down to Katukurunda (Kalutata South) it’s one of the west coast’s largest settlements, but the long stretch of beach north of town remains reasonably unspoil, dotted with a string of top-end hotels, which make a decent first or last stop on a tour of the island, in view of the town’s proximity to the international airport.

Kalutara itself divides into Mahawaskaduwa (Kalutata North) where the beach is more scenic. Right down to Katukurunda (Kalutata South) it’s one of the west coast’s largest settlements, but the long stretch of beach north of town remains reasonably unspoil, dotted with a string of top-end hotels, which make a decent first or last stop on a tour of the island, in view of the town’s proximity to the international airport.

Kalutara was once an important spice-trading center controlled at various times by the Portuguese, the Dutch & the British. When the Dutch deserted the bustling spice port at Kalutara, they left behind canals linking the spice plantations. British replaced the inland estates with Rubber plantations. Though estates now produce rubber, traces of the old spice route have seen. By paddling through the tranquil waters of the old canals en route the little known & intriguing Richmond Castle, a few kilometers inland. Today, the bustling town better known for its coconut palm gardens & for coconut-fiber mats, ropes & baskets.

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