Colombo

Colombo is a modern metropolis that can be considered a busy hub by day, and by evening, a place where everyone takes time in winding down and relaxing. A traveler can find varied types of accommodation from luxury five star hotels to boutique hotels, while restaurants can be found in form of western to eastern cuisine including quick takeaways, spotted around the Colombo.

Around the city in a day
Travelling around can be quick in three wheelers (or tuk tuks), but keep in mind they can charge considerably large amounts from non-Sri Lankans. It is advised you rely of self-hire or chauffer driven cars from a respected rent-a-car service. Visit the Pettah market, if you don’t mind the sun and dust, which would bustling with sellers of all kind of items. Also visit the Philip Neris Church or the Jumi-Ul-Alfar Jummah mosque. You can take a route around Fort (a main city with old buildings) to the Galle Face promenade overseeing the Indian Ocean where families gather in the evening to spend quality time.

On the way, along Janadhipathi Mawatha you can see the President’s house, which was once the King’s or Queen’s house. In site-seeing around Colombo you can visit several places of interest including Gangaramaya temple, Dutch Church, National Museum, while passing the Colombo Municipal council which is fashioned similar to the White House in the USA and Viharamahadevi park .

Shopping and entertainment
For those interested in shopping in Colombo: Odel Unlimited (with Deli France Café), Paradise Road (including one at Gallery Café), Lakmedura, Lakpahana, Barefoot and Ghandara are worth a visit for quality items including souvenirs. A visit to Colombo can include a trip to play Golf at Waters Edge in Kotte and to see the Parliament which is close by, though visitors are not allowed inside; or visit the zoological gardens in Dehiwala. To keep one’s self entertained a few nightclubs can be found at the main hotels while gaming clubs can be visited along the stretch of Galle road. To pamper yourself, visit reputed SPAs at leading hotels in Colombo.

Places to visit in Colombo (admission rates may change)
Gangaramaya temple, National Museum Sir Marcus Fernando Mw, Colombo 7. Open 9 am to 5 pm (except Fridays), Admission Rd 65., Zoological Gardens. Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala. Open daily 8 am to 6 pm. Admission – Foreign – Adults Rs 200, Children Rs 100; SAARC country – Adults Rs 100, Children Rs 50; Sri Lankan – Adults Rs 25, Children Rs 15. Video Camera 500., to take children and enjoy evening visit Galle Face Green in Colombo 3 and Viharamahadevi Park in Colombo 7 or Dehiwala Zoo in Dehiwala.

Where to stay in Colombo
Luxury:
Hilton Colombo Tel:0094 112492492, www.hilton.com , 2,
Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mw, Col 2. ,
Galadari Hotel Tel:0094 112544563, Lotus Rd, Col 1.,
Galle Face Hotel, www.gallefacehotel.com , 2 Kollupitiya rd, Col 3. Tel: 0094 112541010-6

Mid range:
Colombo House, Tel: 0094 12574900, www.colombohouse.com , 26 Charles Place, Col 3.
Hotel Renuka, Tel:0094 112573598, www.renukahotel.com , 328 Galle Rd, Col 3,

Boutique:
Havelock Place Bungalow, Tel: 0094 112585191, Tel: 6-8 Havelock Place, Col 5. ,
Tintagel, Tel 0094 114602122, www.tintagelcolombo.com, 65, Rosmead Place, Colombo7.,

Budget:
YWCA National Headquarters, Tel: 0094 112323498, natwca@sltnet.lk, 7, Rotunda Gardens. Col 3., Colombo YWCA, Tel: 0094 112328589 Bristol St, Col 1

Where to shop in Colombo
Barefoot 704 Galle Road, Colombo 4, Paradise Road 213 Dahrmapala Mawatha, Colombo 2, House of Fashions 28 R A De Mel Maw Colombo 3, Paradise Road Studio 12 Alfred House Gardens, Colombo3, open daily, Odel Unlimited 5 Alexandra Place, Lipton Circus, Colombo 7

Where to eat out Colombo
Barefoot Garden Café at Barefoot 704 Galle Road, Colombo 4, Gallery Café 2 Alfred House Road Colombo 3,Cricket Club Café 34 Queens Rd, Colombo 3,Nihonbashi Sushi Bar at Odel Unlimited 5 Alexandra Place, Lipton Circus, Colombo 7,Chesa Swiss Deal Place Colombo 3 (closed Mondays and Poya days)