Aluthgama is a coastal town in Kalutara District in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. It is approximately 63.5 kilometres (39.5 mi) south of Colombo and 68 kilometres (42 mi) north of Galle. Aluthgama is situated on the southern bank of the Bentota Ganga (River) mouth.
Boat trip on Bentota river
Kande Vihare Buddhist Temple
– Sri Lanka’s tallest Buddha Statue. The Buddha Statue which is 160½ ft tall is constructed in Bhoomi Sparsha Mudra (Calling the Earth to Witness His Enlightenment).
Sri Kalyanarama Maha Viharaya, Kaluwamodera (opp. Araliya Hotel)
– This temple has the tallest ancient marble Buddha statue in Sri Lanka
Brief-Gardens (about 7 km from Aluthgama)
– Brief Gardens is the house and garden of landscape architect Bevis Bawa, developed since 1929. It is a hillside garden with excellent views and many sculptures – both by Bevis himself and other artists. The estate was formerly a rubber plantation
Weekly Fair in Aluthgama
– Mondays there is a fair in Aluthgama (Mathugama Road). Large vegetable market and lots of street vendors. Beware of “commission boys”.
Beruwala Fishing Harbour
– visit around 6am and watch the fishing boats being unloaded
Day trips could be:
Down the coast to Galle with possibility to visit
– Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
– Boat Trip on Madu Ganga, Balapitiya
– Ariyapala Mask Museum, Ambalangoda
– Batik Factory,Ambalangoda
– Moonstone Mine, Meetiyagoda. This is one of the very few places in the world where blue gleaming moonstones are found. A number of stores and stalls sell jewellery made with these semi-precious stones.
– Hikkaduwa. Glass bottom Boat ride on the coral reef and maybe a swim inside the reef. Good place for lunch break (several good restaurants – Refresh is recommended)
– Galle. UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. 300 year old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the fort and amidst its many historical buildings. Good possibilities for shopping in Galle.
– Sinharaja forest reserve is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique lowland rain forest in Sri Lanka. This forest covers an extent of about 11187 hectares from east to west .The length of the forest is about 21km and width from North to South is about 3.7km. It was declared a Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) in 1978,as representative of tropical humid evergreen forest Eco system in Sri Lanka and has been recognized by UNESCO as part of it’s International Network of Biosphere reserves. It was declared a National wilderness area in 1988 and lately a world heritage site in 1989.
2-5 day trips could include:
Elephant Orphanage, Pinnewala
Kandy. Tooth Temple, Kandy Dance
Dambulla. Rock Caves Temple
Hill Country (N’Eliya, Haputale, Ella).
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