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"For Quaint Beaches and Paddy Fields"

Kalmunai Tourism

Kalmunai is a beach city in the Ampara district of Sri Lanka. Situated in the Eastern province, it has seen a profound history like no other place has. Kalmunai is bestowed with beautiful beaches and aesthetic landscapes that historically it was considered the King’s Royal farm and resort town. There are lush green trees and paddy fields across the side of the roads, and the narrow streams have small river birds that nestle there. 

There is an entire state of harmony between nature and its beings that add to the serenity that Kalmunai commands over its people. The Kalmunai beach has discerning characteristics unlike the other shores of Sri Lanka. 

The shores are warm, and the sand is golden, sun-kissed with the fishing catamarans docked by the coast, and one can witness how they catch fish in the early mornings. There are fresh food stalls alongside that serve seafood delicacies marinated in Sri Lankan spices. Kalmunai links Colombo and various other small beach towns by road; driving here across cities is an exciting leisure activity too.

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History of Kalmunai

In the 17th century, Muslims in Colombo were cleared away by the Portuguese. They fled to Kandy to seek refuge. King Rajasinghe II took them in and resettled them in Kalmunai and Kattankudi. This town was started as a refugee shelter with 12,000 people and has grown into a nurturing community over the years. The Sri Lankan civil war has targeted the lives of citizens in the past. It has also seen the difficulty of living by the coast when the Tsunami hit in 2004.

Restaurants and Food in Kalmunai

Saji new food, SLR Restaurant, Zakkaraya Hotel, Sarjudeen hotel, Hotel Taaj Plaza are some of the famous eat-outs in Kalmunai. Their speciality is sumptuous biryani and Sri Lankan style mutton and chicken curry! They take their vegetable seriously and make yummy curries out of them, and the vegetarians never run out of options.

Local Life in Kalmunai

Kalmunai consists of Sri Lankan Muslims, Sri Lankan Tamils, Sinhalese, and Burghers. The four central regions within the town are Kalmunai city (Thalavatuvan Junction), Kalmunai North (Pandiruppu), Kalmunai South (Sainthamaruthu) and Kalmunai West (Chenaikudiruppu).

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Kalmunai, Sri Lanka

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What is the best time to visit Kalmunai?

December to April is a peak time in Kalmunai and one of the best times to be here as well. The waters are lukewarm, and the waves hit the shores moderately, making it safe for swimming throughout all seasons. 

The summers are generally warm and windy while winters can get cold at night and the temperature of the water drops. The monsoons make strike from November to early January making road travel a little tricky. Winters last from December to February and the sun shines to its fullest between mid- March and June. 

Overall, the climate is not a deterrent for exploring Kalmunai.
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What are the places near Kalmunai?

The top places near to Kalmunai are Kandy which is 132 km from Kalmunai, Anuradhapura which is located 186 km from Kalmunai, Nuwara eliya which is located 126 km from Kalmunai, Sigiriya which is located 132 km from Kalmunai, Galle which is located 233 km from Kalmunai

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