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"Chilaw - Lesser Known Gem of Sri Lanka"

Chilaw Tourism

This town received a lot of limelight during recent years. On the way from Negombo, Chilaw is located 80 kilometers from the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. This town features diverse backgrounds, ethnicity, and religions living together in harmony and peace. It has plenty of things to see and do, and it is known for many reasons. One such reason being the famous visit to Chilaw by the ‘father of India’ Mahatma Gandhi. 

Visitors can explore several religious sites, stunning shorelines, and national parks. Along with this, the town is popular for its pearls and the massive fishing community, which specializes in prawn and crab community.

Things to do in Chilaw

1. Munneswaram Temple: Recognized as one of the most important places in Sri Lanka, Munneswaram Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. This temple acts as a pilgrimage center from February until the end of August, during the full moon. 

2. Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary: Situated between the shoreline and the railway line of Negombo, Anawilundawa Wetland Sanctuary covers an area of approximately 1,400 hectares. The best time to visit this sanctuary is from November to December. Visitors get to see a lot of bird species, which will be a real treat for all the bird lovers. 

3. Chilaw Beach Park: A perfect place to kick back and relax under the palm trees, Chilaw Beach Park boasts indigo blue waters and soft golden sands. Visitors can either go swim in the beach, walk on the soft sand, or just sunbathe for hours. There are also plenty of luxurious resorts lined along the beach.

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What is the best time to visit Chilaw?

Chilaw is a coastal town, because of which the weather here is mostly warm and humid throughout the year. If visitors want to enjoy the beach activities and the outdoors, then the best time to visit Chilaw is throughout the year. But, in a nutshell, the high season and the amazing season to visit, considering the weather and the humidity is from March to December.
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What are the places near Chilaw?

The top places near to Chilaw are Colombo which is 70 km from Chilaw, Kandy which is located 96 km from Chilaw, Galle which is located 174 km from Chilaw, Anuradhapura which is located 106 km from Chilaw, Nuwara eliya which is located 128 km from Chilaw

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