Kalutara is a resort town located approximately 40km south of Colombo, Sri Lankaâ€™s capital. Kalutara is a semi-urban city with a diverse population. Once an important spice-trading center, the cityâ€™s name is derived from the Kalu Gang River (Black River). In the 11th Century, the town was temporarily made a capital on the orders of a South Indian Prince. Things to do in the region include visiting its many attractions such as the 38-meter long Kalutara Bridge which was built at the mouth of the Kalu Gang River and serves as a major link between the countryâ€™s Western and Southern border. At the southern end of the bridge lies the 3 stories-high Kalutara Vihara, a Buddhist temple built in the 1960s which holds the distinction of being the only shrine in the world that is hollow and is one of the best places to visit in Kalutara. In addition to serving as a tourist resort town, the town is also renowned for its mangosteen fruits.