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Tourism in Colombo

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Things to Do in Colombo

The place Colombo has a tinge of history that is attached to it and the heritage of this place is reflected in the colonial buildings along with the high rise shopping malls.

What to do in Colombo?

First and foremost do not miss to catch a glimpse of the elephant. Of the things to do in Colombo do plan your trip with a few days at your peril. One of the things to do in Colombo for kids is to go and have a view of the Union palace. It is considered to be one of the oldest areas of Sri Lanka and the place is buzzing with activity all the time around. The sad part is that the whole of the area is going to be destroyed in the anticipation of modern high-rise buildings.

One of the things to do in Colombo at night is trying delicious local food. There are numerous food joints that are located in hook and corner of the city. Have a roti with a spicy curry and trust me it is going to be the tastiest meal that you would have ever had in your life. The best part is that you would need to eat with your hand and the local people have no qualms about that.

The place is green, clean and there are plenty of things which you can come across here in a relaxed atmosphere. If you are an avid follower of history then one of the things to do in Colombo would be to pay a visit to the National Museum. This has existed only for a few years, but it has been part of the ancient civilization for a long time. The entire work of history, relics along with artwork that dates back to the 4th century B.C.

If you are on the lookout to combine adventure with a sense of peace, then do choose Colombo as your next travel destination. There are a number of things to do in Colombo which are going to sweep you off your feet. So why are you waiting? Do get in touch with your friends or avail the services of a tour operator to secure entry to this beautiful place.

Before you head off from the place one of the things to do at night in Colombo is to pay a visit to the Pettah market. Take a ride on a tuk-tuk to reach this place.

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City Tour of Colombo

Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka and a city tour of Colombo is entirely warranted. There are endless sights to see in Colombo. There are incredible spas, beautiful natural parks and canals, romantic beaches, exotic restaurants, and brilliant shopping destinations. For a planned city tour in a short span of time, it ...

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Enjoy Seafood on Mt. Lavinia Beach

The very best seafood that Colombo has to offer is seafood on Mt. Lavinia Beach. Mount Lavinia Beach is located in the outskirts of Colombo city and this beautiful strip of sandy beach has a lot to offer. Frequented by the locals as well as the tourists visiting Colombo, the best thing about Mt. Lavinia Beach is its exquisi...

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Enjoy Tuk Tuk Ride in Colombo

Tuk-Tuks are a local form of transport in Colombo – a three-wheeled automobile that runs fast and weaves in and out of traffic easily. The best bit about these unique rides is that the Tuk-Tuk itself is a convertible. A Tuk-Tuk ride in Colombo is among the top things to do in Sri Lanka. The Tuk-Tuks have remarkably hospitab...

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Visit the Independence Memorial Hall in Colombo

For the sheer historical value of it all, visit Independence Memorial Hall – a famous place to behold in Colombo. As is expected of any free country, any buildings and statues built in commemoration of their freedom struggle is a sight to behold. There is very little doubt that Independence Memorial Hall is a remarkable bea...

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Have Fun at Leisure World Water Park in Colombo

Avissawella Rd, Hanwalla, Sri Lanka

Everyone loves some good old fashioned water theme park rides and the fun at Leisure World Water Park never stops. With daring rides and top of the line safety protocols, Leisure World’s Water Park never ceases to amaze. There is a wide variety of rides for different ages and for children, the ticket price is based on their...

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Enjoy Shopping in Colombo

While shopping in Colombo, Sri Lanka one should visit the Paradise Road, Good Market, and Majestic City are popular places to buy souvenirs. Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka and no tour of any capital city anywhere is complete without shopping in Pettah Market. Tourists can buy fresh produce, electronics, textiles, ...

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Spa Massages in Colombo

With ancient Buddhist cities, elephant safaris, and unspoiled Indian Ocean beaches, Sri Lanka is a hot tourist destination. And thus, pampering your body and soul with a massage therapy in a spa in Colombo can be quite rejuvenating. After the sightseeing fatigue sets in, head to one of the best spas in Colombo for some inst...

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Visit St. Wolvendaal Church in Colombo

One of the best Protestant Churches in Colombo is Wolvendaal Church. The best thing about this Church is its ambiance. Unlike other churches that exude a religious sparkle, St. Wolvendaal is actually eerie. With a surprisingly somber atmosphere and a sense of history, it absolutely makes sense to visit St. Wolvendaal Church...

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      We traveled to Srilanka in the first week of October 2019. The arrangements from Lanka Reisen were excellent and as per our discussions before the trip. The vehicle provided to us was very comfortable. And our friendly chauffer/guide, Mr.Saman, made the trip enjoyable. We had multiple hotel bookings, which were all quite nice (though we would have liked a bigger room in Colombo..). Couple of small issues: Getting the vouchers before the trip needed some follow-up. Everything was arranged for sure, just that there was delay in sending the vouchers causing unnecessary anxiety. And there was a hitch during checking out from one of the hotels, due to some issue with payment. It got sorted out soon, but could have been easily avoided. But all in all, I had a pleasant experience and would recommend Lanka Reisen to others.
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      Ravi

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      Colombo hotel could have been better as it is not a three star hotel Kandy was good
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      It was really pleasant & awesome stay in Sri Lanka. Many thanks to travel triangle, Nipuni from Overa Tours who suggested the best way & managed our requirement. Overa Tours is extremely professional and delivered to their commitment right from pick-up to the airport to all the bookings. What we required, the travel agent provided the best. Another part, Ganesh from Overa, who was as Guide with his Car, he is really a friendly nature person & take care of us. Initially I was thinking about safety in Sri Lanka, but Sri Lanka is really such a nice & Safe Place to visit. Vary Neat & Clean. I Visited Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & at last but not least Colombo Tour. All was awesome. I appreciate Ganesh, he used to care our 3 years old Kid. My Kid also enjoyed his company with Ganesh. Thanks A lot Nipuni, Ganesh & Overa Tours Team Sri Lanka. I will recommend my friends for Sri Lanka Visit & Overa Tours. Thanks & Regards; Yogson Tembhre Chennai - India +91 8939306640 All historical places and service of Overa Tour agent, it was awesome and safe. Thanks
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      Lanka Reisen, a Colombo based travel agent gave a good response and hassle free arrangements during our tour. Thanks to Travel triangle to suggest a genuine travel agent. Great response from travel triangle as well. Thank alot. Really had a great time with my family in Sri Lanka. Had awesome and unforgettable memories. Special thanks to our tour guide Mr Chaminda from Sri Lanka and Naina from travel triangle.
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      We planned a 6 days trip to Sri Lanka covering the places Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota, Galle and Colombo..The agent planned it really well to cover beautiful spots in and around these places..The cab and driver services were extra ordinary..Good hotels with fantastic view of beach/ocean/lake were provided..Special mention about driver - Hemantha Kumar Sir, he is so kind and humble, very joyful..it was lovely travelling with him.. Villa @69, Bentota The best place to holiday if you are a water lover...Cause it has beach right in front of the hotel, very good and spacious swimming pool and also various water sports near by..
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      Charanya Sivaraman

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      We planned a 6 days trip to Sri Lanka covering the places Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Bentota, Galle and Colombo..The agent planned it really well to cover beautiful spots in and around these places..The cab and driver services were extra ordinary..Good hotels with fantastic view of beach/ocean/lake were provided..Special mention about driver - Hemantha Kumar Sir, he is so kind and humble, very joyful..it was lovely travelling with him.. Villa @69, Bentota The best place to holiday if you are a water lover...Cause it has beach right in front of the hotel, very good and spacious swimming pool and also various water sports near by..
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      Charanya Sivaraman

      Chennai, 5 days ago

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      The itinerary was good and it set quite some expectation for the trip. Vehicle was good and neat. But the driver was un cooperative and didn't have sufficient knowledge about the locations. Looked like he was exploring the places along with us. We were even charged for parking in Gregory Lake Park which was supposed to be part of the package. The hotel in Nuwara Eliya and in Colombo was sub par and not at all 3 star hotels (Lack of cleanliness, broken furniture, torn and dirty linen, pungent smelling rooms) making our stay unpleasant. The restaurants where we were taken for lunch/dinner by him were worst. We were charged exorbitant prices for all the food items. He didn't help us to negotiate the prices anywhere. The driver was not willing to pick up/ drop as per our timing requirements or convenience. It was as per his convenience. Thus we ended up paying for local conveyance for our usual sight seeing. The prices charged by travel agency for sight seeing activities were over the top high (e.g: Whale watching through agency was 9000/- LKR per head whereas we scouted and arranged a local agent for the same activity and paid 6500/- LKR which included free pick-up and drop and breakfast) Last but not the least, we almost missed our flight to Chennai because of the routes and driving style of the driver. Luckily we had Google Maps and came to know about the alternate highway route which had toll again paid by us. We will never recommend this agency or driver again for our family/friends visiting Sri Lanka. All the places which we added separately that were not part of the itinerary was the most enjoyable experience for us.
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      Jatinkumar Patel

      Chennai, 11 days ago

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      I have already filled up the requisite testimony in the provided format and handed over to the chauffeur. Eliya Nuwara was the best destination but hotel should have been in the town itself. Similarly in Colombo. Enjoyed thoroughly. Thanks for providing the services of Mr. Sujith, who was exceptionally co-operative and apt.
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      Kamal Kant Gupta

      Delhi, 11 days ago

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      First of all let me start with the sales agent Mr.darshana, I just gave him the no. of days I would be visiting Sri Lanka and he was amazingly quick to put together a plan for us in a couple of minutes,his choices of hotels were amazing, especially the views from the rooms. Their prices are reasonable and services are excellent. We landed on 6th august,2019 in SL and the guide(Mr.Ramesh) was waiting for us patiently with the name board,he was not difficult to find. He was courteous and polite and helped us board the vehicle and start our trip to the different destination in sri lanka. We travelled from Colombo->Kandy->Nuweraellaya->ella->Beruwala(water sports and river safari). They even plan a day trip to visit the town of Galle from beruwala. I would definitely suggest Relax Lanka Tours to anyone travelling to Sri Lanka.
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      Gareth Scott Dsouza

      Dubai - united arab emirates, 2 months ago

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      Srilanka is Really very Beautiful. Aziz and group have planned the trip with detailed places and Very good hotels. Driver/Guide Mr.Priyanjit was really a nice human and extra care taker. His driving skills were ossume. Madhu River Boat Drive. Colombo city. Cool air of Nuwara Eliya. Galle Fort.
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      Chetankumar Somanath Tarihal

      Chennai, 2 months ago

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    Colombo which was the port for Dutch, British and Portuguese is famous for its architecture and the British, Dutch and Portuguese culture is reflected in its architecture. It is famous for its rich history, museums, lakes, and beaches. Also, the nightlife in Colombo is quite thrilling and things like casino night, clubbing can be enjoyed here.

    Sri Lanka is one of the most amazing places to visit near India and Colombo being its capital must definitely be visited on the trip to Colombo. Some of the best places to visit here Arugam Bay beach, traditional puppet art museum, Dehiwala Zoo, Attidiya Bird Sanctuary, Mount Lavinia, Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, and Beira Lake.

    Sri Lanka is one of the safest countries to visit in Asia. There aren’t any significant security issues in Sri Lanka, except a few areas. It is not to travel during monsoon in Sri Lanka.

    Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, National Museum of Colombo, Beira Lake, Colombo Dutch Museum, St. Lucia’s Cathedral, Galle Face Green, Viharamahadevi Park, and Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara are major points of interest in Colombo. 

    Except for monsoon season, any time of the year is ideal to visit Colombo. The monsoon season in Sri Lanka lasts from June to September.

    The city of Colombo is located on the west coast of Sri Lanka’s Western Province.

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