Aluthgama Travel Guide

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Aluthgama Things to Do

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    by HansDK Updated May 27, 2009

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    Short trips from Aluthgama

    Boat trip on Bentota river

    Kande Vihare Buddhist Temple
    - Sri Lanka's tallest Buddha Statue. The Buddha Statue which is 160½ ft tall is constructed in Bhoomi Sparsha Mudra (Calling the Earth to Witness His Enlightenment).

    Sri Kalyanarama Maha Viharaya, Kaluwamodera (opp. Araliya Hotel)
    - This temple has the tallest ancient marble Buddha statue in Sri Lanka

    Brief-Gardens (about 7 km from Aluthgama)
    - Brief Gardens is the house and garden of landscape architect Bevis Bawa, developed since 1929. It is a hillside garden with excellent views and many sculptures - both by Bevis himself and other artists. The estate was formerly a rubber plantation

    Weekly Fair in Aluthgama
    - Mondays there is a fair in Aluthgama (Mathugama Road). Large vegetable market and lots of street vendors. Beware of "commission boys".

    Beruwala Fishing Harbour
    - visit around 6am and watch the fishing boats being unloaded

    Day trips could be:

    Down the coast to Galle with possibility to visit
    - Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
    - Boat Trip on Madu Ganga, Balapitiya
    - Ariyapala Mask Museum, Ambalangoda
    - Batik Factory,Ambalangoda
    - Moonstone Mine, Meetiyagoda. This is one of the very few places in the world where blue gleaming moonstones are found. A number of stores and stalls sell jewellery made with these semi-precious stones.
    - Hikkaduwa. Glass bottom Boat ride on the coral reef and maybe a swim inside the reef. Good place for lunch break (several good restaurants - Refresh is recommended)
    - Galle. UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. 300 year old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the fort and amidst its many historical buildings. Good possibilities for shopping in Galle.

    Sinharaja Forest
    - Sinharaja forest reserve is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique lowland rain forest in Sri Lanka. This forest covers an extent of about 11187 hectares from east to west .The length of the forest is about 21km and width from North to South is about 3.7km. It was declared a Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) in 1978,as representative of tropical humid evergreen forest Eco system in Sri Lanka and has been recognized by UNESCO as part of it's International Network of Biosphere reserves. It was declared a National wilderness area in 1988 and lately a world heritage site in 1989.

    2-5 day trips could include:

    Elephant Orphanage, Pinnewala
    Kandy. Tooth Temple, Kandy Dance
    Dambulla. Rock Caves Temple
    Sigiriya
    Hill Country (N'Eliya, Haputale, Ella).

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  • Eden Resort & Spa

    Kaluwanmodara, Aluthgama,, Beruwela, Sri Lanka

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

Aluthgama Transportation

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    by HansDK Updated Feb 23, 2013

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    If you need a tour guide/driver for your excursions by van or tuk tuk , I can recommend a guy called Sena.

    You can meet him at his "offfice" on the beach between Bentota Beach Hotel and Hotel Ceysands, or you can contact him by mail or phone.

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Aluthgama Warnings and Dangers

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    Ranga-Wine Stores is certainly one of the most modern and well-assorted on Sri lanka's westcoast. Liquors of local origin, some imported brands and a small assortment of wines are waiting for the well-off customer.
    Unfortunately not all of the shop-employees are meeting those high standards:
    it happened to me and some other guests frequently,(easily to be classified as tourists), who tried to buy the excellent local Arrak, that an overcharge of somewhat more than 100% has been (or has been tried to be)applied.
    (Mendis 3 years Arrak sells countrywide for SL-Rupees 900,-the price charged was yet SLR 1875,-)

    At Least Do This: 1. Do not enter the shop with your taxi - or 3-wheel-driver; he seems to participating at your buy.
    2. Before buying any liquor, consult the barman of your hotel; he usually will be well informed about the valid prices!
    3. Do NOT go into a discussion with the shop's employees, they will suddenly claim to speak only the local language/dialect
    Alternative: Ask the barman of your hotel or your host where to buy. AVOID this shop, just to stay on the safe side !
    4. Call the local, helpful tourist-police (below)

    Galle-Road, Aluthgama
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Aluthgama Tourist Traps

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    by HansDK Updated Mar 14, 2009

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    What annoys me, is the "commission boys" in Aluthgama. Their "base" is around the fish market and the railway crossing. They will approach you and offer to show you around. If you don't go shopping, they will expect a fee for the "guided" tour. But if you go shopping with them, you will pay 20-30% more than you should pay. Even when you decline their services, they will follow you discretely and if you go shopping they will tell the shopowner, that they are with you.

    Fun Alternatives: To avoid the "commission boys" you can do your shopping in Dharga Town, a small muslim village a couple of kms from Aluthgama towards Matugama. There are plenty of esp. clothes shops in Dharga Town.

    To get there, either jump on a bus (will cost about LKR 15) or hire a tuk tuk (LKR 100-150), but don't keep the tuk tuk driver with you as he will also try to get a commission from the shops. It's very easy to find a tuk tuk in Dharga Town to take you back.

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    by WStat Updated Sep 26, 2008

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    This store is certainly one of the most modern and well-assorted on Sri lanka's westcoast. Liquors of local origin, some imported brands and a small assortment of wines are waiting for the well-off customer.
    Unfortunately not all of the shop-employees are meeting those high standards:
    it happened to me and some other guests frequently,(easily to be classified as tourists), who tried to buy the excellent local Arrak, that an overcharge of somewhat more than 100% has been (or has been tried to be ) applied.
    (Mendis 3 years Arrak sells countrywide for SL-Rupees 900,-the price charged was yet SLR 1875,-)

    Unique Suggestions: 1. Do not enter the shop with your taxi - or 3-wheel-driver; he seems to participating at your buy.
    2. Before buying any liquor, consult the barman of your hotel; he usually will be well informed about the valid prices!
    3. Do NOT go into a discussion with the shop's employees, they will suddenly claim to speak only the local language/dialect
    4. Call the helpful tourist-police (Moragala station)
    Phone: 034-2276049

    Fun Alternatives: Ask the barman of your hotel or your host where to buy. AVOID this shop, just to stay on the safe side !

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  • Mar 24, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    be carefull from beach boys they will come with a leaflet(flyer) and show a shop name and in the leaflet paper there will b lot of brand names they will say there is big bazar there if u go with them that shop man will keep 20% commision to that beach boy so pl avoid going with them dont listen to any street guys they are all cheaters and thugs so go to a shop if u feel that shop is good so pl carefull if u have disturbance from beach boys pl call this number to toursit police 034-2276049

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