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371 Galle Road, Colombo, 00600, Sri Lanka
Sapphire Hotel
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Places worth visiting around Colombo

by back_in_blr

I am planning a short trip to Sri Lanka in mid-March 2011 to watch a World Cup cricket match. I have a day before and a day after to do some sightseeing. From what I have learned on the internet, there is not a whole lot of interesting sights in Colombo. I was wondering whether there are places around Colombo that I can visit during the non-match days. Basically, on day 1, I land in Colombo around 9am, so I have the rest of that day to myself. The next day is the cricket match, so that day is pretty much a washout for me. The next day is the day I fly back to India, but my return flight is at 6pm, so I have time till about 4pm to myself. I am willing to explore the possibility of traveling overnight by train if that will save me time.

Any ideas and pointers would be sincerely appreciated.

Swaroop Rao

Re: Places worth visiting around Colombo

by HansDK

On day 1 you could hire a car with driver at the airport and visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and then to your hotel in Colombo.

On day 3 you could go to Negombo (close to the airport). Beaches are not the nicest in Sri Lanka, but there are many good restaurants. A bout trip on the old Dutch canal could also be an idea.

Re: Places worth visiting around Colombo

by back_in_blr


Thanks for the quick and informative reply. Can you tell me if I am being too ambitious in trying to visit either Nuwara Eliya (World's End, in particular), Adam's Peak or Kandy?


Re: Places worth visiting around Colombo

by HansDK

You can extend the trip to Pinnawala to also include Kandy. That's another 45 km each way.

N'Eliya (Hortons Plains and Worlds End) and/or Adams Peak is too ambitious for a one day trip. Horton Plains and Worlds End is best visited early morning before the mist sets in, son an overnight in N'Eliya is required. Climbing Adams Peak is don from 2 am and take about 4 hours to climb and about the same to get down again.

Re: Places worth visiting around Colombo

by achi82000

You can go to museum,zoo in Colombo.Or beaches near Kalutara.

Travel Tips for Colombo

Free Map of Sri Lanka

by explore_discover

You can get detailed Map of Sri Lanka for Free at the airport, there is a magazine rack right after you come out, before the Sri lankan airline over night stay counter. This magazine EXPLORE SRI LANKA is for Free and there is a map inside,

This map have detailes of Colombo, Anuradhapura, Plonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, kandy and Galle,

This is a monthly magazine, also contains some useful information about Hotels and recreation places. Dont forget to pick your copy.

Breakast on the porch of the...

by mamachakula

Breakast on the porch of the Old Galle Face Hotel is a delight. The sea and gardens, fans overhead great way to start the day! I enjoyed most the people, so anxious for me to learn more of their country, so warm and friendly!


by SirRichard

Sir Ramanathan Road, 38.
The most famous hinduist temple in Colombo, though not the only one. There are many many beautiful coloured temples, with amazing figures in their incredible towers. The interiors are open, fresh and quite relaxing. Visit anyone to feel the power inside you, in despite of your religious beliefs, or even if you don't have any...

Poya Holidays

by srupesh

The Poya day or the Full Moon day of the month is a National holiday in Sri Lanka. There are plenty of things you should be cautioned about when it comes to Poya Day.


All the Liquor Shops or Wine Stores will be closed on this day. Make sure if you need any stock them at least one day before the Poya Holiday.

Some hotels are well stocked and only provide alcohols only to foreigners like you of course they have special permission. If you are staying in small good decent hotels and if you’re a guest there is no problem obtaining it. But they will sell it illegally to you and sometime ask you more than the original rice. Why should you go to stuff like these..??

Meat and Fish
The meat and fish are also banned on Poya days to be sold or bought. But if you go to a
restaurant or hotel for meals you can have them there is no problem. The tinned fish & meat and pre-packed meat or fish could be bought any where.

Clubs, Holes & Birdies...

by Emichelle

This one is for the Golf enthusiasts, those seeking for golfing in our beautiful island will have the previledge of making use of the following clubs,

The Royal Colombo Golf Club (RCGC) is another landmark place located in the heart of the city. Established in 1879, has the honor of being the 2nd Golf club in the world to receive the Royal Charter. The Royal Colombo Golf Club is the finest golf club in Sri Lanka. Being one of only two golf courses in the city provides a place for great relaxation. Brilliantly landscaped the 18-hole golf course is immaculately maintained.

Royal Colombo Golf Club
Address: Model Farm Road, Colombo 8, Sri Lanka
Holes: 18
Metres: 5770
Telephone: 94-1 691 401

This club's history goes back to 1879. It features many water hazards starting with the first hole. At the 6th hole, golfers meet the Kelani Valley train which passes across the fairway.

Other Golf Clubs.

Victoria International Golf and Country Resort
Holes: 18
Yardage: 6877
Par: 73
E Mail Address:
Web Site:

Opened in January 1999. Designed by Donald Steel & Company. Set in Sri Lanka's central mountains right on the shores of the Victoria Reservoir.

Nuwara Elliya Golf Club
Address: Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka
Holes: 18
Telephone: 522 835

At the base of Mount Pidurutalagala in the heart of tea country. At 1890' above sea level, it features fir lined fairways, bunkers and scenic surroundings. The 9th is an island green surrounded by bunkers. Water (rivers) come into play on 6 Holes.

Waters Edge Golf & Country Club
Holes : 18
Telephone : +94 112 863863

Host to nature, tranquility and a lifestyle, "WATERS EDGE" the newest leisure facility in Sri Lanka invites you to take a stroll through its 200 acre garden of meandering waterways.


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Address: 371 Galle Road, Colombo, 00600, Sri Lanka