Pictures from Kalutara, Beruwala, Bentota, and Hikkaduwa on the western coast of Sri Lanka: beaches, lagoon, and Bo Tree .
The Bodhiya (Bo Tree) at Kalutara in Sri Lanka.
Kalutara is a town located on the western coast of Sri Lanka, about 40 km south of Colombo. It was an important spice trading centre that was controlled successively by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British.
With the huge dagoba of the Gangatilaka Vihara (more commonly known as Kalutara Vihara) and the nearby Bodhiya, Kalutara is a sacred Buddhist city. The Gangatilaka Vihara was built in the 1960's near the 38-meter long bridge at the mouth of the Kalu Ganga River. It is the only stupa in the world that is hollow.
Beruwala in Sri Lanka.
Beruwala is a small resort town and fishing port situated in Kalutara District on the western coast of Sri Lanka, about 55 km away from Colombo. It is the starting point of the 120 km long southern tourist coast. Beruwala beach is protected by an offshore reef which makes swimming safe.
Bentota lagoon in Sri Lanka.
Bentota is a city located in Galle district on the western coast of Sri Lanka, about 62 km south of Colombo.
Bentota is an important beach holiday destination in Sri Lanka. The broad sweep of the Bentota Ganga (river) protects the beach from the highway and makes Bentota into a sort of peninsula.
Bentota, the river, and the lagoon offer various opportunities of water sports (windsurfing, sailing, fishing, water skiing,...) and boat tours.
Beach at Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka.
With the coral reefs of Hikkaduwa Marine Sanctuary, Hikkaduwa is a popular beach resort in Sri Lanka. It is situated in Galle district on the southern coast, about 100 km south of Colombo and 17 km north-west of Galle. The town has extended so that it is currently arranged around the main road Galle to Colombo. A project aims at diverting the road from the coastal stretch and may reduce noise pollution and make tourist activities safer.
Beach, surfing, and diving are among the main attractions of Hikkaduwa. Visitors can swim to the reef as the water over the reef is never more than three or four meters deep.