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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.