Travel Guide to Puttalam

The complete tour guide to Puttalam, find information about the city's famous attractions, a list of things to do and much more. Book hotels at the best price and reserve your table at the top restaurants.

Puttalam Overview

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About Puttalam

On the western coast of Sri Lanka, you will find one of Sri Lanka’s major towns Puttalam buzzing with activity and full of life. The coastal town is famous for its beautiful lagoons, shallow sea fishing and prawn farming activities. The town is also known as one of the biggest producers of coconut and salt.

Apart from this Puttalam is blessed with beautiful beaches that are lined with sandy shores and are perfect for a quiet early morning walk. According to local history Puttalam was highlighted with the visit of Prince Vijaya about 2500 years ago. Also there is a place within Puttalam called Thonigala which is supposed to be the homeland of Kuweni a historical figure of Sri Lankan history. The name Puttalam was derived from the Tamil word Uppuththalam which literally means Salt Place. Puttalam not only boasts of a rich cultural and historical background but there is so much to see in this simple town. It’s a popular tourist destination for both locals and travellers.


Getting into Puttalam

Puttalam is situated about 136km away from Colombo and is easily accessible by train, bus or private vehicle. Trains to Puttalam leave from the Colombo Fort Railway station, check for more information. You can also take the bus from the Pettah Bus stand which is near the Colombo Fort Railway station.

If you are going to Puttalam directly from the airport then it's easier to hire a taxi from the airport itself. Check more information on rates.


Getting around Puttalam

Most Sri Lankans travel around cities and towns by tuk tuk aka three wheelers. Note that it's a rule of thumb to fix the price before getting into a tuk tuk to avoid paying more than required unless of course the tuk has a meter. It will also help if you can ask locals how much it’s to get to your destination just to be sure you are paying the right amount. Having said that you can also travel by bus which is the most affordable way and you can ask locals to help you. The bus conductors will also be able to help you in any way that they can. Make sure you have small change in the form of coins and notes when going by bus instead of large notes. For example Rs.50, 20, 10 and a few coins.


Where to go and things to do in Puttalam

There is so much to see at Puttalam, from the sacred Munneswaram temple to the bustling town of Chilaw. You can also visit another famous coastal town called Kalpitiya. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Puttalam.