Kalutara City, Kalutara

Kalutara City, a prominent urban center in Sri Lanka's Western Province, seamlessly blends rich cultural heritage with modern vibrancy. Nestled along the coast, the city is celebrated for its historic Kalutara Bodhiya, a revered Buddhist site attracting both pilgrims and tourists. Beyond its spiritual significance, Kalutara is recognized for its beautiful beaches, including Calido Beach, which contrasts sharply with the bustling local markets, offering a snapshot of daily Sri Lankan life.

The city's strategic location along major transport routes enhances its accessibility, making it a convenient gateway for exploring the region. Historically, Kalutara thrived as a trading and fishing hub, a legacy that continues to influence its economic landscape today. With its combination of serene natural settings and dynamic community life, Kalutara City embodies the charm of Sri Lankan coastal life, making it an attractive destination for both leisure and investment.
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City Insights

tick iconSituated just south of the capital Colombo along the coast, it offers strategic access to major transport routes and stunning ocean views.
tick iconExcellently connected by the Galle Road and served by major bus routes and the Kalutara South and North train stations, the city is easily accessible.
tick iconA hub for cultural exchanges, notably centred around the Kalutara Bodhiya and various religious festivals that attract large gatherings.
tick iconHistorically a trade and fishing hub, modern Kalutara thrives on commerce, with a significant contribution from tourism, enhancing its economic landscape.
tick iconCharacterised by its diverse population, with a communal atmosphere that is welcoming to both locals and visitors.
tick iconA deep-rooted history that dates back to ancient times with strategic importance during the colonial era and is evident in landmarks like the Kalutara Fort.

Known Landmarks

  • Kalu Ganga

  • Kalutara Bodhiya

  • Holy Cross College - Kalutara

  • Bank of Ceylon - Kalutara Super Grade Branch

  • Kalutara Clock Tower

  • Kalutara Bus Station

  • Kalutara Post Office

  • Kalutara Bridge

  • Kalutara South Railway Station


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Bus Routes

418Payagala - Kalutara
422Moronthuduwa - Kalutara
423Nebada - Kalutara
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Nearest Train Stations

0kmKalutara South Train Station
2.2kmKalutara North Train Station
3.2kmKatukurunda Railway Station
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New Developments

tick iconIntroduction of luxury beach resort apartment & villa projects such as Oceana Beach Resort.

What’s great here?

tick iconOffers easy access to major bus routes and train stations like Kalutara South, enhancing local and inter-city mobility​​.
tick iconLocated one and a half hours (45km) away from Colombo, via Galle Road, making daily commutes to and from the commercial capital quite feasible.
tick iconConvenient access to a comprehensive array of public services and amenities, leaving little room for residents to venture out of the immediate town area for their day-to-day needs.
tick iconPresence of a multitude of beaches, green spaces, and natural retreats that offer a blend of recreational and relaxation opportunities.
tick iconThe area is home to several reputed government hospitals such as the Panadura Base Hospital, Teaching Hospital Kalutara, Horana Base Hospital as well as many private hospitals.
tick iconHome to a multitude of reputed schools and educational institutions such as Taxila Central College, Sri Sumangala College, Sri Sumangala Balika Maha Vidyalaya, Holy Cross College - Kalutara and more.
tick iconThe close-knit community vibe and the area's focus on sustainable growth contribute to a secure living environment.
tick iconThe district’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty while developing infrastructure ensures residents enjoy a quality living environment with access to beaches, parks, and recreational areas​.

What needs attention?

tick iconA need for improvement in road networks in the city's interiors.
tick iconSignificant traffic congestion along the Galle Road during peak hours may result in long and tedious commutes to and from the commercial capital.
tick iconExpanding dining, shopping, entertainment and leisure facilities to cater to the growing population would enhance the overall quality of life in Kalutara.
tick iconA need to strengthen coastal and environmental protection measures to safeguard against natural disasters and climate change impacts.
tick iconA notable uptick in security concerns in certain under-developed neighbourhoods, as a result of the unrest stemming from the ongoing economic crisis.
tick iconGrowing issues of coastal, land and air pollution due to under-developed waste management systems.

Neighbourhood Rating


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Connectivity & Commute4 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities4 out of 5
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Safety & Security4 out of 5
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Environment4 out of 5

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