Chilaw another coastal town in Sri Lanka in the Puttalam district of the Northwestern Province, is situated at a distance of 80km from Colombo, which is about a two hour drive away. Being a coastal town the natural beauty of Chilaw and one of its main attractions is definitely the long strips of beautiful beaches that you find along with the vast tracts of coconut estates you will be able to see during your drive through the town. From amazing sunsets that you can feast eyes on and calm waters that allow you to spend a relaxing day out in the sun, the beaches in Chilaw are some of the best you will find in the country. From 5 star luxury accommodations such as the Anantaya Resorts and Spas, that overlook the blue waters of the sea, to budget properties, you will find lodging to suit your needs. There is a saying amongst the locals that Chilaw is famously known for its three C’s – Coconuts, Crabs and Coreas. as the country was known previously. They were the people who invited Mahatma Gandhi to Chilaw during his one and only visit to Sri Lanka in 1927. Every year the town of Chilaw comes alive on two occasions where the entire population join hands in celebrating two festivals, one being feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the other being the Munneswaram Festival. The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is held in July every year to honor the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel that was discovered by a local woman almost 200 years ago. And the Munneswaram festival, a four week long affair, is held annually at the Munneswaram temple in the famous Demala Pattuva area.