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A travel journal to Kalutara by MichaelJM

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Quote: As well as checking out the locals in Kalutara we set off, using local transport, to the town on Galle

Checking out the "High Street"

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After we’d looked round the temple in Kalataru we decided to have a wander and check out the main town.This bustling community is still refreshingly village like in its appearance and it looked very like most of the communities that we’d passed through on our brief tour of the island. But here we were walking amongst it. Just metres away from the temple we saw St John’s Church – an unpretentious church in the shadow of the temple and the bright yellow clock tower. Still this shabby looking building has an unassuming presence, with its standalone bell tower and a tatty notice board proclaiming "worship every Sunday – 10am. ". I can’t be sure that the place is still in use but I’d certainly ...Read More

Kalutara Temple (Kalutara Vihara)

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Attraction | "Tuk-tuk trip to the Temple"

Kalutara Temple (Kalutara Vihara) Photo, Kalutara, Sri Lanka
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We’d first seen the large white illuminated stupa at night, from the train station, after our return from Galle. It looked particularly impressive and I marked it down as a place to visit. It was only going to be a Tuk-Tuk journey away from the hotel so it seemed an ideal visit to do one afternoon. So on a day when the cloud took over from the sun we headed out of the hotel to pick up a tuk-tuk. As I’d already done a shorter journey from the station to the hotel I knew the best price for the journey would be 200 rupees and as soon as we got out of the gate the drivers were speaking with us. I quickly explained that we needed two tuk-tuks and that I would pay each one 200 rupees to take us to the temp...Read More

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Kalutara Temple (Kalutara Vihara)

Kalutara, Sri Lanka

In search of a decent massage

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I decided to enjoy a massage on my penultimate day in Kalutaru. I’ve only had two previous massages and the one I most enjoyed was an Ayervedic massage when we stayed in Kerala. As this was one of the options I was happy to sign up for the "treatment".There were several options to choose from. I’d seen a treatment centre and spice garden just off the main street close to the hotel and popped my head round to check it out. In truth I’d just made the small detour of the street when I was accosted by the treatment centre’s "representative" or tout. He ushered me towards a small room where the doctor was sitting and within seconds I was sat down while he explained the options to me. At 3500 ru...Read More

A train journey to Galle

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We took a tuk-tuk from just outside the hotel and headed off for Kalutara South Train Station. We’d checked with the hotel what the approximate cost was likely to be and when the driver said it would be 300 rupees we were quite happy. The hotel had suggested that it was between 300 and 500 rupees! It was an exciting 10 minute drive from the hotel to the station although I reckon we tested the vehicle’s suspension (if indeed they have any) as we found almost every bump and crack on the road’s surface. Anyway we arrived in good time and in one piece at the station and then sorted out our train ticket. There’s a choice of 2nd or 3rd class so we push the boat out and opt for 2nd class as we re...Read More

Checking out the immediate locality

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The day had been a bit mixed, weather wise, and once again we’d seen precious little of the winter sun that we’d flown all those miles to see. In fairness it is exceptionally warm and we’ve been able to sit out on the sun loungers for part of each day that we’ve been here. Today, Independence Day, it started to rain about two o’clock so my wife and I decided to take a short siesta and then wander in the local area. So by 3.15pm we were leaving "Tangerine Beach", armed with an umbrella (just in case) and heading towards a Buddhist Temple that we’d walked past the other day. We were both suitably dressed (i.e. my wife had her shoulders covered and I had three-quarter length shorts on) so we ...Read More

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MichaelJM

MichaelJM
Nottingham, England

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