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Dream of staying in a tranquil local beach but not far from the energetic city life? Wadduwa is one perfect location.
Wadduwa is located on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka, 70 km from the international airport and about 40 km from Colombo. This chilled-out beach paradise is hidden between coconut plantations and is one of the most beautiful beaches in the region with golden sands contrasting against the clear blue skies.
This is a working fisherman village and each morning the fishermen gather to sell their catch of the day – experience it yourself by strolling down to the market in the morning to see what the warm Indian Ocean waters have given for the day.
Wadduwa is the perfect get away spot for families and relaxed couples looking for a romantic holiday on the beach. Nightlife here is as relaxed as the days and mainly consists of tasty seafood dinners followed by cocktails in the evenings. The people are very friendly and the beaches are safe for that long walk on the beach you’ve been yearning for.
Things to Do
The shores here are one of the most beautiful in the region, envied for its long sandy curve and crystal-clear seas. It’s also home to huge coconut tree plantations, which provide welcome shade – and complete the picture of a veritable paradise on earth.
Just when you land on the beach, do nothing but relax. This is a secret beach which is even hidden from the wonderful resorts in Bentota and Beruwala. Feel the gift of nature, observe how beautiful the place is and settle down for some time on the soft sands.
2. Richmond castle
A Fascinating insight into colonial Sri-Lanka, based on an Indian Maharaja Castle, the Richmond Castle was built with materials from all around the world. The castle is an architectural masterpiece and a telling tale of magnificence and romance.
3.Kalutara Gangatilaka Vihara
The world’s only hollow Buddhist shrine located south of Kalutara Bridge. Its interior contains 74 murals, each depicting a different aspect of the Buddha’s life.
Built in 1914 by French priests, the church is of artistic and historical value. The white- marbled altar and the church building with Roman architecture has a rare collection of stained glasses, a form of art popular in medieval Europe depicting important incidents in Jesus’ life.
5. Ayurveda Spa Treatment
The crème de la crème of the massage world, they’ve been tried and tested through the ages , not only for relaxation, but for health benefits such as improving circulation, toning the muscles, and calming the nerves. Wadduwa is home to some of the finest Ayurvedic spas in Sri Lanka.
Detoxify your mind, body and soul!
6. Boat Tours & Water Sports
Join a boat tour where you can watch crocodiles, snakes, turtles and many other animals. Do not miss some wild excursions to explore the rich flora and fauna of the region. You can also indulge in a variety of high adrenaline water sports like swimming, rafting, and fishing.
7. Shopping Local Arts and Crafts
Sri Lankan art can be traced back over 2,000 years with examples ranging from sophisticated frescoes to unique painted wooden masks used in ceremonies, dances and rituals. All of this you can find in many craft-shops and shopping malls in Wadduwa.
Getting in and Around
Wadduwa is connected well with many important cities of Sri Lanka. It is just 30 km away from Colombo, and 12 km from Kalutara. There are buses and trains and also private cabs for your service.
One can move around in Tuk Tuk’s easily or even hire a scooter (better not unless you are used to riding in South Asian roads .
When to Go
Best time: January – March, which is before the South-West monsoon is a perfect time to visit there to enjoy mid waves of the Indian Ocean.
Time to avoid: May – July has the highest rainfall with low temperatures. Waves of southern coast are terrible with winds due to the monsoon.
Where to Sleep
There are multitudes of accommodation facilities available for the tourists, from five star luxurious hotels to budget rooms. Most of the hotels offer rooms with panoramic views of the picturesque countryside.
Below is a list of hotels which are quite famous and we would like to recommend you.
1. The Privilege
Built on a 3 acre coconut estate, The Privilege is one of the best hotels of the region. Known to be very peaceful and one of the best Ayurveda hotels in Sri Lanka. Located right on the golden sandy beach, the hotel offers some of the best facilities and services.
2. Siddhalepa Ayurveda Health Resort
Built with an intention to depict the rich heritage of Sri Lanka, this Ayurveda resort offers some of the best amenities for nature loving tourists.
With scenic views of the magnificent Indian Ocean and Ayurveda treatments to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul, this resort is sure to mesmerize you and take your holidaying experience to an altogether different level.
3. Kumbukgahawatta Hotel
A budget hotel with some great facilities and good service, this property is located on a two acre coconut estate. The management takes utmost care of the needs of the guests who are given a home away from home experience.
Where to Eat
There are amazing options to dine in Wadduwa. From local sea food to mouth-watering international cuisine, everything is available at this place.
Here’s few restaurants we found interesting:
1. Jani Rest
Famous for seafood and Asian cuisine, this is a very popular family restaurant right on the sea front. This restaurant has some great reviews from the locals as well as tourists.
Equally recommended to be visited with family as well as well as for a romantic dining experience.
2. The Nautilus
Known for a great ambience and equally good food, this one is popular in the region. The Nautilus is famous for seafood and both international and Sri Lankan cuisine. And the friendly and attentive staff make your dining experience much more pleasurable.
3. Jani Beach Rest
This restaurant has a simple menu, only seafood.
However, the freshness and flavour is something which you would really appreciate. Located on the beach, this restaurant is frequented by locals and tourists alike.
Wadduwa is peaceful beach town and a perfect place to stay close to Mother Nature, with great accommodation facilities and awesome cuisines on offer. Pamper yourself with an Ayurveda treatment or simply sit on the beach and enjoy the magnificence of Indian Ocean.
The time spent here would definitely be etched in your memory for a long time to come!!!