Golden sand and sun-dappled coconut groves make Wadduwa one of the prettiest towns on the west coast of Sri Lanka. Relax at the beach and watch fishermen unload their catches from colourful boats. Attractions like a historic colonial mansion and Buddhist stupa showcase the rich history and culture of Sri Lanka.
Things to do in Wadduwa
Swim, sunbathe and sip coconuts on Wadduwa Beach. Roll out your towel on the sand or seek shade under a palm tree. Colourful wooden fishing boats dot the beach and add to the picturesque setting. Stroll down to the beach at dusk to watch the fiery sunsets. Prefer to swim in pools? Wadduwa is dotted with laid-back hotels and resorts set in lush gardens, where you can recline in sun loungers and order cocktails on demand.
Discover Sri Lanka’s colonial past at Richmond Castle. The magnificent Edwardian mansion was built in the early 1900s and set in a sprawling estate. While the castle is mostly European, you’ll see architectural influences from Sri Lanka, Indian and Southeast Asia. Stroll around the beautiful grounds and join a guided tour to see the interior.
Colourful murals depicting Buddha's life decorate the inside of Kalutara Chaitya. The enormous hollow stupa has an impressive diameter of more than 30 metres. Kalutara Bodhiya, a sacred fig tree, towers over the grounds. Locals believe it’s one of the original saplings planted during the reign of King Devanampiya Tissa in the 2nd century. You’ll be amazed by the enormous branches and rope-like roots.
Getting around Wadduwa
Wadduwa is compact and easy to get around on foot, while taxis and auto rickshaws are a fast and affordable way to cover longer distances. The town is a 1.5-hour drive from Colombo. Trains run between Wadduwa and Colombo in just over two hours. Colombo International Airport is a one-hour drive away.