Top 10 Things to Do Around Colombo

Curiosity hasn’t killed this cat—yet!

There are many wonderful things to do in Sri Lanka. But the biggest posed question has been, what to do in Colombo?!

Well, I am here to guide you and show you what a wonderful time you can have within Colombo to tame your adventurous spirit.

10 . Life Changing Ride in a Tuk Tuktuk tuk

Tuk-tuk, Trishaw, Three-wheeler – whatever you call it, make sure you hop in one for a ride. Along with the ease of access to almost any point in town (or even say a trip from Puttalam to Colombo…) tuk-tuks have a plethora of thought provoking bumper stickers. Always remember –Who flies not high, fall not low.

9 . Reflect on Ceylon’s History at the National Museumstreet art

Spend an afternoon, looking at historical collections at the largest museum in Sri Lanka. From maps and drawings to palm leaves inscribed with Sinhala, Sanskrit, Burmese, and more. Art enthusiasts can indulge in the street art on display on the way to Viharamahadevi Park.


 8 . Promenade at Viharamahadevi Parkpark.jpg

Take a stroll through Viharamahadevi Park next to the National Museum. It’s the oldest and largest parks of the Port of Colombo. Filled with landscaped gardens, flowers, a lotus pond, fountains, a gold image of Buddha, a statue of Queen Viharamahadevi and Queen Victoria. This is a can’t miss.

7 . Wander through Pettahpettah red mosque.jpg

Need something? You can probably find it in Pettah Market. You must be willing to spend a good part of your day wandering through the labyrinth of stalls for some good masala chai or that spare car part you’ve been searching for. Don’t miss the striking Red Mosque (Jami Ul-Alfar) with its candy cane design and wondrous history.

6 . Short Eats & Hoppersfood.jpg

Can’t walk around Colombo without building up an appetite. Try one of the many Hotels with short eats at the ready, for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. At night enjoy the famous egg hopper that will have your taste buds content. And don’t forget the kotthu!

5 . Be Good at the Good Marketgood mrkt.jpg

Artisanal and organic food market held every weekend at Colombo Racecourse. Savour some of the yummy prepared Sri Lankan dishes. Go treasure hunting at an old book shop. Marvel at handicrafts made from artisans around the island. Need I say more?

4 . Visit a Buddhist Templetemples

Gangaramaya is one of the most venerable temples in Sri Lanka. The beautiful architecture is a diverse mix of Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese, and Thai. Or for a short tuk-tuk away visit Kelaniya Temple and have the chance on encountering an elephant, or two.

3 . Ready, Set, Salsa!

If you’re a dance enthusiast like myself, then look no further. Colombo has a booming Latin dancing scene and you can find yourself dancing to the sounds of Zouk, Kizomba, Bachata, Salsa and Merengue any day of the week. My favourite so far is Latin nights at Asylum every Thursday and Sunday night!

2 . Love Story at Mount Laviniasunset at mount lavinia

Soak up the sun at Mount Lavinia beach. Feeling fancy? Spend the afternoon at the Mount Lavinia Hotel pool or indulge in the variety of seafood available. Ask about the secret tunnel in the hotel that leads to a historical love story between the British Governor and Lady Lavinia. Don’t forget to catch the spectacular sunset.

1 . Escape Colombo!escape colombo

At the end of the day, there is just so much to see outside of Colombo. Head to the historical Fort train station and book a ticket to anywhere. From the beaches on the east to the history of the north and jungle to the south. Sri Lanka is a marvel on its own that is just waiting to be explored.

Things other teachers wanted me to mention:

  • Dinner at Samanala House
  • Quiz Night at Barefoot Café
  • Shopping at Odel and Majestic City
  • Water’s Edge
  • Dancing at Which Way West or the many local clubs
  • Ladies night on Wednesdays

~ Neha Nair ~


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