Places to Visit

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” and the diversity that can be found within Sri Lankan shores promises an unforgettable journey of discovery with each step you take. From Glenross Plantation Villa make your way to Kalutara town visiting the magnificent Kalutara Bodhiya (temple) nestled along the shores of the river or Richmond Castle, exploring picturesque grounds where a grand colonial style mansion stands.

Continue your journey along the South Coast; embark on an enchanting Bentota River cruise, stroll through the fascinatingly landscaped Brief Garden, see conservation in action at the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and get a glimpse of Sri Lanka’s rich artistic heritage at the Ambalangoda Mask Museum. Travel further afield to Galle where the imposing Dutch Fort stands as a sentinel along the coast, watching patiently through the centuries.

For a change of scenery plan a journey to Sinharaja Forest traversing deep into the heart of a rainforest where ancient trees tower above or answer the call of the wild with a visit to the Udawalawe National Park witnessing the majesty of Sri Lanka’s gentle giants, roaming freely.

Take that first step to a journey of a lifetime.

Kalutara Bodhiya

A majestic symbol of Buddhism and religious worship in Sri Lanka, the Kalutara Bodhiya proudly adorns the town of Kalutara and is considered one of the major local attractions worth spending time at. Built during the 1960s, the ‘dagoba’ which is 3 storeys high towers over the town while attracting a large number of devotees, particularly during ‘Poya’ days to pay homage at the site. Ideally situated south of the Kalutara Bridge, visitors to the shrine will also be greeted by the flowing waters of the Kalu Ganga (River). Of significance is the fact the shrine is considered the only Buddhist shrine in the world which is hollow in nature. A fine range of paintings depicting the life and times of Lord Buddha can be seen upon a tour of the bodhiya, while numerous Buddhist shrines scatter its sacred grounds.

Richmond Castle

Showcasing the times of aristocracy and colonial influence, Richmond Castle reveals a fascinating tale of a local governor and his rule. A mansion-like appearance and setting, the Richmond Castle which was seen through the eyes of a London architect in the year 1896 comprises of 15 rooms, each exquisitely designed while panning out into intricate carvings and elaborate finishes; all revealing the opulence and grandeur of life in a by-gone era. Currently Richmond Castle functions as a Montessori for less fortunate children but provides plenty of space for the inquisitive traveller to learn of its unique history.

Brief Garden

Situated a short distance from the seaside town of Bentota is where you will encounter a series of well manicured gardens, fine stone architecture and the home of one of Sri Lanka’s celebrated architects. Having once served as the official residence of Bewis Bawa, the Brief Garden in Bentota is arguably one of the most popular and visited tourist attractions along the southern shores of the country. Catch a glimpse of rural life through an array of sculptures on show or opt for a quiet walk through lush green gardens and meadows that will bring you to every nook and corner of this architectural marvel.

Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery

Caring for injured sea turtles, the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery is also where the baby hatchlings are released into the wild. Further the hatchery also provides visitors with a once in a lifetime opportunity to help release these turtles into the ocean. The premises is open daily from 9 am – 5 pm and would come across as an excellent way through which travellers and visitors could engage in safeguarding these species from extinction while also understanding the importance of wildlife conservation.

Udawalawe National Park

Regarded as one of the island’s popular National Parks, the Udawalawe National Park epitomises the very essence of wildlife in Sri Lanka. Here you will be able to see large herds of elephants, sambar deer, mugger crocodiles and the white bellied sea eagle amongst a horde of other fascinating and colourful species that call the park ‘home’. Grasslands, marshes and forests form part of the reserve which has earned a reputation for providing exciting jeep safaris bringing you to the feeding grounds of the majestic Sri Lankan Elephant. Guided tours are also on offer for those who yearn for a bit of adventure, beginning at the crack of dawn!