Colombo Things to Do

  • Awaiting Sunset at Galle Face
    Awaiting Sunset at Galle Face
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  • Temples
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  • 1. Temples

    In the Pettah area of Colombo is the famous Sea Street, home to three important Hindu Temples, the Ganeshan, the Old Kathiresan and the New Kathiresan. All have their intricately-carved and colourful...

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  • 2. Day Trip

    St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, a branch of the Church of Scotland, earlier known as St. Andrew's Scots Kirk located in Princess Street, Fort, is the only Presbyterian Church in Sri Lanka. It opened...

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  • 3. Museums

    In the centre of the bustling, noisy and marginally manic Pettah (market) area of Colombo stands the rather fine building you see in the main image which houses the Dutch Period Museum. It is a...

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  • 4. Zoo

    I should preface this tip by saying that I love Asia and just about everything about it. It is the continent I have travelled most extensively in and, whilst I hope to visit other continents, I remain...

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  • 5. Galle Face Green

    One of the major things to do in Colombo mentioned in my guidebook and on any travel website you care to go on is a visit to Galle Face Green, so I did. Now it is great to have a green space in the...

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  • 6. Shopping

    It is a very strange thing that generally speaking I hate shopping and yet I love markets, specifically those in Asia. My virtual Tourist pages are full of tips on them. I am not sure if it is the...

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  • 7. 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,...

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  • 8. Forts

    Fort area, earlier known as Kolonthota, is the place the Portuguese landed in the early 16th century. They developed it and, to protect their economic interests, built a fort there in 1588. In 1656,...

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  • 9. Cinnamon Gardens - Viharamahadevi Park

    The green space of Viharamahadevi Park isn't all it could be but it still represents one of the city's largest open recreational areas. There isn't much to do here apart from walk in the shade of the...

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  • 10. Buddha

    There are places and places to see in Sri Lanka but just about every place in Asia offers ruins, colonial cities, temples, and natural wonders. This puts a pilgrimage to Sri Pada, AKA Adam's Peak, in...

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  • 11. I can only speak as I find.

    I have had occasion to use the Railway Tourist Information Centre several times and have found them to be unfailingly courteous and the suppliers of accurate...

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  • 12. Quite plain but interesting.

    You really have to seek out St. Peter's Church in the |Fort area of Colombo as it is quite difficult to find. It is, understandably in Church Street sandwiched...

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  • 13. You could easily miss this.

    I was walking along Bodhiraja Mawatha, Colombo and was watching my footing which is always necessary here as well as trying to dodge the traffic on the frequent...

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  • 14. Memorial to a remarkable man.

    Standing proudly outside the Fort Railway station and on a road that bears his name is a rather fine gold painted statue in memory of quite a remarkable man,...

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  • 15. A wonderful find, seek it out.

    I have mentioned already that whilst there is a drinking culture in Sri Lanka, they certainly don't make it overly easy for the traveller and you have to really...

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  • 16. I didn't know it was posh!

    I had been mooching about the Fort area and had indeed walked all the way in from Wellewatta which is a fair old hike and I fancied a beer. No surprise there. I...

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  • 17. Shine a light, what time is it?

    The structure you see in the image here is an unusual and a very long-standing structure right in the middle of the Fort area of Colombo which has long been the...

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  • 18. I just didn't like it.

    This tip concerns a very popular bar / restaurant in the centre of Colombo which I visited one afternoon. I am generally a little wary of foreign themed bars as...

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  • 19. A very fine bar.

    I have mentioned elsewhere in my Colombo and Sri Lankan tips about the difficulty of finding a decent bar to have a beer in as they just do not seem to exist,...

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  • 20. An OK Bar, nothing more.

    I have written elsewhere on my Colombo and Sri Lankan pages about the serious lack of places to drink despite the supposed drinking culture of the Sri Lankan...

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  • 21. Don't let appearances fool you.

    On my first day in Colombo, I was killing time waiting for a train and fancied a beer. A cut and paste from my blog here will prevent duplication of effort."Not...

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  • 22. Dutch House Museum

    This was once the Dutch East India Company office and was built in the 17th century. It's right in the heart of the bazaar district which is very chaotic. The...

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  • 23. A Cup of Tea - Mlesna Tea Fortress

    The next morning, bright and early, found us on the road back to Colombo. Barely half an hour out of town, you will come across the Mlesna Tea Fortress to your...

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  • 24. read the english local newspaper

    there is about 3 newspapers 'the island''daily mirror' and 'daily news'I prefer the island,is very interesting to see there world view about the american empire...

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  • 25. Touring the City.

    If you wish to check what Colombo city is like, you can do a city tour, which will cover all the key places in the city as mentioned in my home page. You have...

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