Things to do

Enhance your holiday experience indulging in a myriad of leisure activities when based at The Blue Water Hotel and Spa. The ideal way to delve into the island’s rich cultural and religious heritage is by taking a sightseeing tour to visit renowned attractions ranging from Kaluthara Temple to the ancient site Pahiyangala. Owing to the hotel’s ideal location in Wadduwa, it affords ease of access to a variety of such places of interest. From nature lovers to avid adventure seekers, any type of leisure traveller is bound to find an array of activities that will make for a remarkable recreational exploit.

Kaluthara Temple

Visit the sacred Kaluthara Temple, noted for its Gangatilake Stupa which carries the unique distinction of being the world’s only entirely hollow stupa. The interior walls are lined with paintings that depict scenes from Buddhist Jataka tales. The temple is among the island’s most revered religious sites.

Richmond Castle

Bearing a striking resemblance to Indian and British colonial period architectural structures, Richmond Castle can be found in Palatota. Currently open to the public, it dates back to 1896 and was initially a spice plantation mansion that belonged to a wealthy regional governor.

Brief Gardens

A famed tourist attraction in the island, Brief Gardens is a scenic landscape that belonged to Bevis Bawa. Graced by sculptures that were expertly crafted by Bawa himself and other artists, this hillside garden also affords captivating vistas that perfectly complement its allure.

National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka

Famed for being Asia’s oldest zoological gardens, National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka makes for an ideal family attraction. Complete with a walk through aviary, aquarium, butterfly garden, reptile house and numerous other features, the zoo is located in Dehiwala and lures in hordes of visitors daily.


Renowned for serving as the resting place for Pahiyan Bhikkhu, a Chinese Buddhist monk who visited Sri Lanka, Pahiyangala has a natural rock cave which is said to be the only one of its kind in Asia. Being a prominent historical and natural attraction, the site also consists of a temple.

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