Kalutara Bodhiya Temple – Sri Lanka Day 13

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple – Sri Lanka Day 13

This post includes getting from Galle to Kalutara, Kalutara Hindi Temple, Kalutara Bodhiya Temple, finding accommodation in Kalutara, a Kalutara accommodation review, Kalutara Beach and also provides directions, daily cost summary, other useful information and perhaps also some not so useful personal observations and opinions.

I must have slept funny last night because I woke up with a really stiff neck this morning.

I couldn’t even do my morning super-burpees because of it.

I ended up making a 25% (roughly) Clove Oil mix which acted pretty good as a deep heat.

I caught the 1055 train from Galle to Kalutara South. You can not reserve tickets or seats when getting from Galle to Kalutara. It is first come first serve and open seats, but I did not see anyone standing.

Getting from Galle to Kalutara by train only took about 2 and a bit hours and cost 120LKR.

Kalutara Hindi Temple

My original intention was to just come to Kalutara for one night. I was going to find accommodation near the train station, check out the Kalutara Hindi Temple which I heard was a ‘must see’ and take off to Colombo tomorrow morning.

I could not find accommodation near Kalutara South train station. As it turns out, Kalutara North is the place to be. In any case, I checked out the Kalutara Hindi Temple which is definitely NOT a must see.

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple - Kalutara Hindi Temple

The Kalutara Hindi temple. Nothing special in comparison to the hundreds of worship sites in Sri Lanka, but still special none the less… just because it is a temple after all

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple

I must have screwed something up, because on the way to Kalutara North I came across the Kalutara Bodhiya Temple, which, although I wouldn’t rate it as a ‘Must See’, it was pretty good… and free.

It was too hard to take a picture of the whole Kalutara Bodhiya Temple from the outside, but I had wandered what would be inside the shrine. It’s a smaller shrine… and the echo inside is a bit surreal.

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple

Inside the Shrine

Getting to Kalutara Bodhiya Temple

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple is just before the bridge.

The temple is on both sides of the road. They tell you to go to the left side first (as you face the bridge), then use the underpass to get to the right. I don’t think it makes a difference really, but the right side is (in my opinion) better.

Here’s a map.

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple - Getting to Kalutara Bodhiya Temple

Map to get to the Kalutara Bodhiya temple fro the Kalutara South train station

Finding Accommodation in Kalutara

After looking around the Bodhiya Temple for about 40 minutes I started trekking toward Kalutara North with the intention of finding accommodation in Kalutara.

Buses for Colombo came past quite regularly so I figured if all else failed I could be in Colombo in a few hours, and there is buckets of accommodation there.

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple - Kaluganga River

View of the river from the bridge. I think it is the Kaluganga River which might go as far inland as Nuwara Eliya

Along the way I ran into some locals who proceeded to show me different accommodations. They always say they own the place, or it their brothers or some other relatives, which is never the case. They just get a cut for bringing people.

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple - Lanka Shops

A lot of places just put what they sell in front of Lanka and that is the name of the shop.

Anyway, I had two criteria when finding accommodation in Kalutara:

  1. Wifi
  2. 1500LKR max

We tried two places and it wasn’t happening so I bid farewell and took a stroll along the beach with the intention of just going to Colombo.

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple - Kalutara Beach (3)

Kalutara Beach

About 15 minutes later one of the guys came back saying they found a place so I he dinkied me (gave me a lift) on his push bike (lucky I travel light) to a home-stay.

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple - Kalutara Beach (2)

Another part of Kalutara Beach

Kalutara Accommodation Review – Palm Grove Home-Stay

Contrary to what he said, it was not 1500LKR per night. We settled on 1600LKR and then I also gave the guys 200LKR… which I should not have because the landlord gives them a kickback.

It is a good home-stay though. Hot water, good wifi, attached bathroom, very clean, meals available (which I assume are delicious but I didn’t indulge) and owned by a very nice older woman called Jenny (Jenavive). Her grandson also lives there who is about 20y/o and is also very nice. Their English is very good.

They even give you a anti mosquito thing-a-magig and a bed-sheet. A high powered ceiling fan is also in the room which is also useful for keeping mosquitoes away.

The first thing I noticed when I walked is was that they were Christians. It doesn’t matter to me, but just thought it was interesting seeing as everyone else seems to be Buddhist or Hindi.

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple - Kalutara Accommodation Review - Palm Grove

This Kalutara accommodation review was for a hotel/guesthouse that is not on any booking sites. If you want to be safe, you can book your accommodation in Kalutara before you get there.

Getting to Palm Grove Home-Stay – Kalutara

Getting to Palm Grove Home-Stay is easiest explained by map.

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple Getting to Palm Grove Home-Stay - Kalutara

Map to get to Palm Grove Home-Stay in Kalutara from the Kalutara South train station

Kalutara Beach

After settling in I continued my walk down Kalutara beach.

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple - Kalutara Beach (1)

Sri Lankan’s playing in the water

Continuing down Kalutara Beach I came across an Ayurveda massage/healing center which was not attached to one of the massive hotels and went in for a chat. My neck was still sore from the morning but I’ll get one tomorrow and let you know how it goes.

After that I took a slow stroll back and got some food on the way…

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple - Train

Walking along the railway tracks

… came across this cemetery

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple - Kalutara Cemetary

Kalutara cemetary

It started pissing down (raining very hard) but luckily I had my trusty poncho.

I found this enormous amount of food for 280LKR.

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple - Chicken Rice

I can hear people saying in myhead ‘you don’t have to eat it all you know’… but I do because I don’t like wasting food.

Finally I got back to my accommodation. There’s another temple just next to it. Here is is at night.

Kalutara Bodhiya Temple - Pulinathalarama Maha Viharaya

Pulinathalarama Maha Viharaya at night

Costs Summary for Kalutara Bodhiya Temple – Sri Lanka Day 13


Small Eats. 60LKR
Chicken Rice. 280LKR
Egg Roti. 50LKR
Fruit and drink. 260LKR
Food Costs Total: 650LKR


Train to Kalutara. 120LKR
Transport Costs Total: 120LKR


Paying the guys that helped me find it. 200LKR
Accommodation Costs Total: 200LKR

Grand Total for Day 13 in Sri Lanka: 970LKR
Grand Total in USD (Approx): $7.30

Although I may not hold the same beliefs as others (I am not religious), I like to respect their traditions, e.g., not taking a photo with your back turned to an image of Buddha. Often I prefer not to enter religious sites, but I am glad I went into the Kalutara Bodhiya Temple. Some places just have good energy, and this was one of them.

Have you been to the Kalutara Bodhiya Temple in Kalutara before? Help out other readers and leave your Kalutara Bodhiya Temple review below, and if you know of more or updated information or even if you just want to say hi then please leave a comment 😀 .

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