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The South West Coast - Wadduwa And Kalutara

The South West Coast - Wadduwa And Kalutara

Fishing Villages And Tropical Sunsets

The South West Coast - Wadduwa And Kalutara

Overview

Wadduwa And Kalutara

Wadduwa and Kalutara initially developed as resort areas due to their relative ease of access to Colombo Airport. Transfers using the Southern Expressway usually take between 2 and 2.5 hours depending on Colombo traffic.

 

• A string of 3, 4 and 5 star resort hotels line the beaches to the south of Colombo. At the northern end, Wadduwa is the closest to the capital with Kalutara being located to the south, a beautiful location where the Kalu Ganga River estuary meets the Indian Ocean in a huge lagoon.

 

• The beaches are long and straight with lots of coconut palms and a thickly populated coastline of fishing villages and market towns.

 

Quaity Of The Beach

Wadduwa And Kalutara

The beaches are quite picturesque with straight lines of coconut palms that seem to go on forever in both directions. The sea is however not very suitable for sea-bathing as it shelves sharply from the beach.

 

If you want really great beaches in Sri Lanka, try Bentota or the beaches around Galle instead.

 

Watersports

There are some limited watersports available on the huge lagoon created by the estuary of the Kalu Ganga River. Canoeing is a popular activity here.

 

The best option is to get a local taxi to Bentota, about 20 - 30 minutes away where there are many water sports available on the idyllic Bentota lagoon.

 

Best Time To Go

Winter Season: November - April

The beaches are at their best at this time with fine weather and calm seas.

 

Summer Season: May – October

During the off season, the sea becomes slightly rough. There may be some rainfall.

 

Getting To The Airport

Airport – Wadduwa: 2 Hours Via Southern Expressway

Airport – Kalutara: 2.5 Hours Via Southern Expressway

Top Tips For A Beach Stay At Wadduwa And Kalutara

1. As with many other resorts in Sri Lanka, the actual town of Kalutara is not at all geared towards holiday makers. Tourists tend to stay within the environs of resort hotels. If you like to go out in the evenings to local restaurants and bars then Wadduwa and Kalutara are definitely not the places for you!

 

2. So called ‘beach boys’ and beach vendors are the bane of beach tourism in Sri Lanka. These are young lads who live off tourists in one way or another. Some are quite enterprising. Others will just hassle you all day to arrange trips or try to sell you something. Many will give you hard luck stories to win your sympathy.

 

A firm ‘no’ followed by no response to their subsequent pleading usually does the trick in getting them off your back!

 

 Excursions And Things To Do?

• The capital city of Colombo is only a 1 hour taxi ride away, and is an ideal location for shopping and dining. Shops such as Odel and House Of Fashion stock a large range of incedibly cheap fashion items and clothing.

 

• The interior has lush landscapes that lead to the massive Sinharaja Rainforest, one of the most important bio-diversity spots on earth!

 

• With an early morning departure you can get to Kithulgala, the island’s finest White Water Rafting destination for easy Grade 2 / 3 rafting.

 

• A popular day excursion is to take a local taxi to Galle, en-route visiting the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery and perhaps taking a Glass Bottom Boat at Hikkaduwa to see the multi coloured fish at the Coral Gardens Sanctuary. You enjoy lunch among the atmospheric buildings inside the Galle Fort or on the beach at nearby Unawatuna.

RECOMMENDED HOTELS

  • Reef Villa and Spa

    Reef Villa and Spa

    A luxury boutique beach hotel that is full to the brim with an amazing collection of Indian and South East Asian artefacts. The Main House Bedrooms are enormous. The spa is absolutely gorgeous and a central attraction of the property.

    http://www.reefvilla.com
  • Serene Pavilions

    Serene Pavilions

    Twelve super luxury Balinese style suites that offer absolute seclusion among a swathe of coconut palms. Each Pavilion has its own private pool with personal Butler service to tempt the most discerning travellers to Sri Lanka. Ideal for families looking for luxury.

    http://www.serenepavilions.com
  • Citrus Waskaduwa

    Citrus Waskaduwa

    A large brand new contemporary resort hotel with designer touches that is located on the beach at Wadduwa. The hotel features a variety of international dining options and a state of the art spa facility.

    http://www.citrusleisure.com/waskaduwa/
  • The Blue Water Hotel

    The Blue Water Hotel

    A classic 5 star beach resort hotel designed by mater architect Geoffrey Bawa based on a water theme features an enormous shimmering pool that wraps itself around the hotel. Extensive coconut palm gardens lead to a long, sandy beach.

    http://www.bluewatersrilanka.com
  • Royal Palms Beach Hotel

    Royal Palms Beach Hotel

    A good 4 star resort with oriental and colonial design themes. There is a huge freeform swimming pool is in the style of an enormous winding lagoon flowing through the hotel. Guests can also share facilities of the Tangerine Beach Hotel next door.

    http://www.tangerinehotels.com/royal-palms-beach-hotel.html
  • Mermaid Hotel And Club

    Mermaid Hotel And Club

    Without doubt the best All inclusive 3 Star hotel in the island. There is great management here with good attentive staff and an excellent choice of cuisine. Most of the rooms have good sea views too. A Club section with pool and gym caters for those looking for activities.

    http://www.mermaidhotelnclub.com
  • Taprobana

    Taprobana

    A new addition to the growing trend for small, upscale, luxury beach hotels in Sri Lanka. Taprobana is all about relaxation among a large coconut palm garden and a huge swimming pool. Personalised service and good design adds to the boutique 'feel'.

    http://www.taprobana.lk/
 

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