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    Tangalle beach

    by ilovetravel1 Written May 10, 2015

    Although this is treacherous for swimming they have built some man made reefs which provide some shelter from the waves and you can swim. The beach is so long that you would have to set out in the morning if you are intrepid enough to try and reach the end. There are many restaurants and shacks where you can enjoy a cool beer or juice while enjoying the view. If going back to Sri Lanka this is one of the places I would revisit and the nearby town has everything you could need.

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    The beach at sunset

    by rbcroberts Written Dec 10, 2014

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    The main entrance to the beach is accessed by step over the all two sets of railway lines. I immediately feel the ocean breeze around me as I remove my flip flops at the centrance to the beach. A couple of resident dogs lie snuggled into the sand at a depth that offers some coolness to their parasite riddled fur.
    Nearby, a tiny stall sits unevenly on the deep sand, with an old plastic tarpaulin as shelter. Underneath, on a table top a range of neatly bagged tropical fruits is laid out. Pineapples, mangoes and bananas, along with bags of peanuts.
    A wizened and tired looking old lady sits on her stool under the canopy, looking on forlornly, as no one is buying her wares. I buy a bag of chopped pineapple; not out of guilt, but just because I know I will enjoy it as I sit and watch the sun. Bereft now of any power, other than to sit proudly for a few minutes, before sinking below the hazy golden horizon.

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    Mt Lavinia and beaches down south of the country

    by Treshi Written Dec 2, 2014

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    Mt Lavinia is the best beach close to Colombo and can be easily reached within 40 minutes drive from Colombo City. It has many good restaurants along side for meals and drinks too. The beaches down south of the country are best known for its sandy beaches...

    Mt Lavinia beach Mt Lavinia Beach Mt Lavinia beach on a very crowded day Beach down south of the country Beach in Matra
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    Sunsets along Galle Face Beach

    by DSwede Written Jan 26, 2014

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    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.

    Awaiting Sunset at Galle Face
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    Mount Lavina Beach

    by anilpradhanshillong Updated Jan 25, 2012

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    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.

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    MOUNT LAVINIA and other...

    by SirRichard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    jetskiing

    by OMERKASHMIRI Written Apr 6, 2005

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    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.

    jetskiing at bentota
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