Kalutara

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Situated roughly 40 km south of the capital, Kalutara is a large town in the Western Province of Sri Lanka. The city is known for the famous pilgrimage site Kalutara Bodhiya, which is a very sacred and devotional place for all Buddhists. It's a famous pit-stop for pilgrims travelling down south who want to make offerings to the Gods to assure their safe passage. Once you cross its bridge, you are officially in the southern province of the country. This was once temporarily bestowed the status of capital, by a South Indian Prince back in the 11th century. It was a part of the colonial struggle, giving rise to some of the remains of fortifications, which you may see today.