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Colombo attracts many travellers with its charm and character; being located on the east coast of Sri Lanka it has a very enviable position. In more recent years the tourists have tended to divert away from the capital, perhaps using it as a stopover after their long flight. But if you look a little deeper, Colombo has quite a bit to offer of its own…

 

This hot and bustling capital has everything from smart shops and persistent market vendors to local street-food stands and gourmet restaurants. The best and most authentic way to explore the city is by trishaw or tuk-tuk…if you dare! Winding their way seamlessly through the traffic, these three-wheelers are inexpensive, easy to hail and offer a great way to see parts of the city that you may have otherwise missed.  

 

Experience this amazing city for yourself when on Sri Lanka holidays and you will not be disappointed.

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Places to go and things to do in Colombo

Evening Cocktails

Evening Cocktails

Although Colombo is on the coast, the nearest desirable beach is slightly south of the city at Mount Lavinia.

Many locals stop here for a spot of sunbathing, swimming or a quick drink after their working day.

But one of the best ways to experience everything from a great vantage point whilst sipping a cocktail, is at the old and famous Mount Lavinia Hotel – the swimming pool and terrace here offers wonderful views of the city in the distance and if you’re able to experience this at sunset, you won’t be disappointed!

Foodie Heaven

If you love food, Colombo is the place for you!

Kothu Roti, also known as Kottu, is a traditional Sri Lankan snack, consisting of sliced up roti bread, onions, tomatoes, chillies and eggs; and served with your choice of chicken or beef.

This is the number one street food in Sri Lanka and if you’re able to watch it being prepared in front of you, this is definitely a spectacle worth waiting for as each chef has a different way of chopping away and preparing the dish!

National Museum

The National Museum is a must-see if you enjoy learning about the history of the city you are visiting.

Built in the late 1800s and containing regalia from the last Sinhalese king and other treasures, a visit to the National Museum is a great way to experience a bit of history and culture without venturing far out of the city or experiencing endless temples in the searing heat.

As well as traditional Sri Lankan and Kandyan art there is also a great collection of Dance Masks, each representing 18 ailments, ranging from blindness to speech impediment.

Old Dutch Hospital

Considered to be one of the oldest buildings in the Fort area of Colombo, the Old Dutch Hospital dates back to Dutch colonial era in the early 1600s.

It has now been beautifully restored and houses a great selection of restaurants and cafes – try the special of the day, often served with a free drink or dessert!

There are also many small, bespoke shops for you to wander around which are filled with quality clothes and souvenirs.

Places to go and things to do in Colombo

Evening Cocktails

Evening Cocktails


Although Colombo is on the coast, the nearest desirable beach is slightly south of the city at Mount Lavinia.

Many locals stop here for a spot of sunbathing, swimming or a quick drink after their working day.

But one of the best ways to experience everything from a great vantage point whilst sipping a cocktail, is at the old and famous Mount Lavinia Hotel – the swimming pool and terrace here offers wonderful views of the city in the distance and if you’re able to experience this at sunset, you won’t be disappointed!

Read More
Foodie Heaven

Foodie Heaven


If you love food, Colombo is the place for you!

Kothu Roti, also known as Kottu, is a traditional Sri Lankan snack, consisting of sliced up roti bread, onions, tomatoes, chillies and eggs; and served with your choice of chicken or beef.

This is the number one street food in Sri Lanka and if you’re able to watch it being prepared in front of you, this is definitely a spectacle worth waiting for as each chef has a different way of chopping away and preparing the dish!

Read More
National Museum

National Museum


The National Museum is a must-see if you enjoy learning about the history of the city you are visiting.

Built in the late 1800s and containing regalia from the last Sinhalese king and other treasures, a visit to the National Museum is a great way to experience a bit of history and culture without venturing far out of the city or experiencing endless temples in the searing heat.

As well as traditional Sri Lankan and Kandyan art there is also a great collection of Dance Masks, each representing 18 ailments, ranging from blindness to speech impediment.

Read More
Old Dutch Hospital

Old Dutch Hospital


Considered to be one of the oldest buildings in the Fort area of Colombo, the Old Dutch Hospital dates back to Dutch colonial era in the early 1600s.

It has now been beautifully restored and houses a great selection of restaurants and cafes – try the special of the day, often served with a free drink or dessert!

There are also many small, bespoke shops for you to wander around which are filled with quality clothes and souvenirs.

Read More
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