Beaches, Colombo

4 Reviews

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • Awaiting Sunset at Galle Face
    Awaiting Sunset at Galle Face
    by DSwede
  • Beaches
    by anilpradhanshillong
  • Beaches
    by anilpradhanshillong
  • DSwede's Profile Photo

    Sunsets along Galle Face Beach

    by DSwede Written Jan 26, 2014

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Awaiting Sunset at Galle Face

    While the beaches within the city are not the best for swimming or playing, a large amount of people still enjoy walking along the boardwalks and taking in the sunsets. Particularly on the weekends, thousands of people spend the twilight hours wading in the waves, walking the beach, flying kites and ultimately watching the sun go behind the horizon.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • anilpradhanshillong's Profile Photo

    Mount Lavina Beach

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Jan 25, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    On our final day in Colombo, we went to Mount Lavina beach in the morning. This is a ‘Golden Mile’ beach just next to a railway track and is about 12 kms away from the city. The roar of the ocean, the hooting of the railway steam engine and the sight of people going about their work, was somewhat re-assuring. Its white sand reminds one of the beaches of Port Blair. There are bathing huts along the beach which may be hired for the day. However, there are signboards which warn swimmers of strong undercurrents.

    The Governor’s House, built in 1805, now the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel in 1895, can be seen in the distance. The hotel was one of the locations of David Lean's classic, ‘The Bridge on the River Kwai’ filmed mainly at Kitulgala area of Sri Lanka. It is whispered that Sir Thomas Maitland, the-then British Governor built his residence here in 1805-06 and named it after his secret lover, Lovina, a rare beauty of Portuguese and Sinhalese descent. Quite a few secret passages have been discovered in the building, some of these in the kitchen.

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • SirRichard's Profile Photo

    MOUNT LAVINIA and other...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    MOUNT LAVINIA and other beaches
    If you don't have time to travel around the island, you can visit Mount Lavinia, a nice beach only 11 kms away from Colombo. You can go there by train, from Central Station, Kollupitiya or Bambalipitiya. As it is easy reachable, you will find it a bit crowded, mostly in weekends.
    The Governor's House built in 1805 by Sir Thomas Maitland, now forms part of the famous Mount Lavinia Hotel.

    Was this review helpful?

  • OMERKASHMIRI's Profile Photo

    jetskiing

    by OMERKASHMIRI Written Apr 6, 2005

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    jetskiing at bentota

    if u r in colombo , u should visit bentota beach , 2 and half hour drive, lovely sand , beautiful palm trees, al kind of water sports available.

    Related to:
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Water Sports
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Colombo

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

67 travelers online now

Comments

View all Colombo hotels