Brief Garden

11Km inland from beruwala is the brief garden. An eruption of exotic foliage, the grounds are a lovely place to amble and spend a leisurely morning. The house which belonged to Bevis Bawa, brother of renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa, has an eclectic range of artwork on display. Artwork and photography by renowned local artists such as Lucky Senanayake and Lionel Wendt are available for viewing.

Distance – 5.8 Miles

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Kande Viharaya – Aluthgama

Kande Viharaya (temple on the hill) has the tallest sitting statue of Lord Buddha in the world at about 48 m/160 ft in height. The building of Kande Viharaya was initiated way back in 1734. Thousands of devotees flock the holy grounds of the Kande Viharaya daily, seeking mental and spiritual relief. The tranquility and serenity that the Kande Viharaya brings to one is palpable. Entrance to the temple requires both men and women to wear clothing that covers the top body and shoulders. Skirts, sarongs and trousers should be below knee length. It is best to keep a wrap or sarong handy when visiting places of worship.

Distance – 6 Miles

Turtle Hatchery – Kosgoda

Kosgoda is famous for its turtle conservation project operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1988 to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. Since then it has released about 3.5 million baby turtles into the wild

Kosgoda turtle hatchery also has tanks for injured or disabled turtles including albino turtles that would not survive in the wild

Distance – 12 Miles

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Beruwala Water Sports

Bentota has excellent water sport facilities such as water scooter rides, wind surfing, parasailing, water skiing etc

Distance – 5.2 Miles

Richmond Castle

Richmond Castle, built at the turn of the century in Kalutara, is considered one of the most spectacular architectural works of the period. It was the property of a wealthy landowner turned philanthropist, Padikara Mudali Nanayakkara Rajawasala Appuhamilage Don Arthur de Silva Wijesinghe Siriwardena. The mansion stands majestically at top of a hill, on a 42 acre estate beside the Kalutara-Palatota Road

Distance – 9 Miles

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Kalutara Temple

Kalutara temple is one of the countries most holy places of worship and attracts both the South west Buddhist community and tourists to its golden Buddhist. Inside the Dogoba is a magnificent array of paintings describing the stories of Buddha. The 3 stories-high Kalutara Vihara, is a Buddhist temple built in the 1960s which holds the distinction of being the only shrine in the world that is hollow.

Distance – 9 Miles

Lunuganga Estate

Lunuganga Estate was the country home of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. Started in 1947, the garden led Bawa, a lawyer called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1940, to decide to become an architect. As he went on to become Sri Lanka’s and one of Asia’s most prolific and influential architects, the garden at the Lunuganga estate remained his first muse and experimental laboratory for new ideas. He continued to change and experiment with its spaces and structures throughout his life until his final illness in 1998. Left to the Lunuganga Trust on his demise in 2003, the gardens are now open to the public and the buildings on the estate are run as a country house hotel.

Distance – 10 Miles

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