In the area
Muthurajawela Visitor Centre is about 10km from the K. J. Villa, and is a wetland habitat spread over 6000 acres. Home to varied species of flora and fauna especially those endemic to Sri Lanka, there are 2-hour long boat rides through the wetlands for those who wish to learn more about the habitat.
There are many locations of interest within 30km of the Villa, many of them religious sites.
St Lucia’s Church – Located in Kotahena, this church has influences from St Peter’s in Rome and can hold up to 5000 people.
Sri Ponnambalam Vanesar Kovil – A Hindu Kovil extremely popular with Hindu devotees, made of South Indian granite.
St Anthony’s Church – Both Portuguese and the sub-continental influences can be seen in this church with a statue that is thought to have miraculous powers. Popular mostly with mothers of young daughters who bring the daughters to pray for safety from evil spirits.
Wolvendaal Church – Most important Dutch church in the country, the name means Wolf’s Dale in Dutch. The church is built in the form of a Greek cross and is populated with Dutch furniture and tombstones of Dutch governors and colonists.
The main city of the area, Negombo is a fishing town on the Negombo lagoon. Watch the fishermen returning with a fresh load of fish, or have an adventurous afternoon with water sports such as snorkeling, diving, kite surfing or water skiing.
Another popular town nearby, Kalpitiya is most famous for whale and dolphin watching, along with water sports such as scuba diving and snorkeling.