Though Talpitiya is 32 km away from central Colombo ,the present development projects have not destroyed the beauty of the Village There are many ways to access the village If you travel along the Galle road you feel the diversity of village.
If you travel by train,you feel the breeze of the Indian ocean, you can get down from the Pinwattha or Wadduwa Station and walk towards Thalpitiya.
The unique icon proves that you reach Thalpitiya is the Thalpitiya Cannel , which has 3 bridges ,two railway bridges and the Galle road bridge within a short distance near the beach. It is one of the best place to watch the sunset .The cannel was built in the period of British who governed Sri Lanka to transport goods such as, tea timber inside the country as well as to Colombo linking other cannel network.
You can rest in the delta of Thalpitiya Cannel surrounded with coconut trees and shrubs (mangrove swamps) down the cannel and have nice photos while moving by the trains. The popular seen is fishing on the cannel using small boats and traditional fishing rods. It is great if you can have a ride on this small boats and go inside the country to south Bolgoda Lake although it is a little bit risky. The area is surrounded with mangroves the, lagoon and other indigenous trees which make a natural habitat to the birds and animals. You can pluck coconuts bended to the river and taste the water inside.
On the beach, and there are numerous hotels ready to provide the accommodation in Thapitiya. The five star Hotel “Blue Water” which is an architectural masterpiece designed by Jeffry Bawa stands facing the indian ocean offers a great service to the customers including meals ,rooms ,spa and other facilities such as sports and travel arrangements. In addition Villa Ocean View, Laya Beach, Whitehaven Hotel, Serene Pavilions, Thaprobana and many other small players ready to provide the service as a tailor made solution which ultimately makes you comfortable even if you are there for a short period. In the morning ,it is wonderful to see the fishermen’ going to catch fish and meet their customers on the beach bargaining prices .you can see pulling nets by lots of people reciting traditional songs, you can also join them ,supporting and sharing their happiness after hard work. Now, you can relax under the shadows of coconut trees in the beach and feel the difference in midnight and sunset breeze.
- Natural Beauty
- Raja Maha Viharaya
According to the Folklores Thalpitiya village is a land which provided coconut oil for the Kotte Dalada Maligawa where the honorable tooth relic was placed those days.
Although this land is called as Thalpitiya at present, it was called as Thelpitiya or Thelwaththa then usually a village is named due to several reasons. A land full of Palmyra trees may be named as Thalpitiya. But today there is no Palmyra plantation in this village. But there is evidence to justify this village was named as Thelpitiya.
This area is full of coconut plantation. And was found number of oil-extracted mills within an area of four square miles Thus it provides a reasonable evidence the name Thelpitiya is converted as Thalpitiya. Today Thalpitiya is well known in Panadura area.
Nowadays Thalpitiya is evolved as a famous village in various areas.
Take a bike or you can walk to inside the village.Coccont is a plant which is fully integrated with seaside lifestyle which Sri Lankans tend to utilize each part of the tree for different purposes. Thalpitiya is famous producing coconut oil using a tool called Sekkuwa which is made by two stones touching each other and pulled by bulls in a circle .It has been designed in such a way, that the dried content (is) put into the space and due to the pressure in between stones the oil in the dried coconut will be extracted and pour into the baskets.
Toddy tapping is a major industry, in Thalpitiya and famous due to natural toddy production. Although it is a nice experience to watch The Toddy Trapper tend to risk their life while going through the ropes linking trees every day morning to collect toddy and bring them to down. Fresh toddy is used to create old arrack. While having a walk you can experience the village foods, rice and curry with fruits for dessert and experience the tastes of coconut and coconut oil, coconut milk .
The unique iconic symbol for Thalpitya is the Thalpitiya Raja Maha Viharaya. The Buddhist culture expresses the nature of human mind reducing the attachments. You can step towards meditation under the boa tree, and understand the reality of the Buddhist philosophy.
The closest town, Wadduwa is famous for native Doctors, although few of them remain, you can see the traditional houses they lived while walking. You can rent a Bike to ride around Wadduwa. When you go you will see inside the buried paddy fields, which are half converted into lagoons ,,provide nets for birds and burros for small animals like rabbits, hedgehogs etc. You can climb a small mountain area while go ing through Moronthuduwa Road and get a real adventure experience.
With the time,Thalpitiya has modernized with new facilities, with the influence of the transportation. In Wadduwa most of the local banks are available with ATM facilities. Fresh foods, vegetables, fruits, fish or meat form Market or Food City .Even medicines you can buy from there. We invite you to have a chat with villagers, and share their views.