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  • There is literally a surfeit of things to do in Colombo, the bustling capital city of Sri Lanka with a characteristic cosmopolitan vibe that embraces you right away as you touch down its soil. Once a port city expediting trade and commerce with Asia, Colombo is the gateway to the picturesque tropical island nation.

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    Whether for a family trip where you are accompanied by kids and elderly members or a solo trip, the city has something for everyone that makes them visit the place over and over again. Also, it is one of the sought after tourist destinations where wildlife safaris, sightseeing, underwater voyage and nightlife activities- all can be experienced to the fullest even on a tight budget.

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    Despite being an idyllic holiday spot with coconut fringed sprawling beaches lulled by constant tropical sea breeze there are a wide range of activities to do in Colombo. Spending a laid back evening on the Beira Lake or rambling through the massive chambers of the National Museum which houses the vestiges of the Anuradhapura Kingdom or shopping from the stalls of the bustling Pettah Market are the some of the top attractions of Colombo trip. 

  • Best Things to Do in Colombo

  • 01Open deck sightseeing

    Open deck sightseeing

    The first thing you should consider in your list of things to do in Colombo is discovering the city on an open deck transport provided by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority in collaboration with Ebert Silva Holidays Private Limited.  

    There are 3 different kinds of open deck tour in and around Colombo such as- Glimpse of Colombo, Heritage of Colombo and Colombo at Night that include the best attractions of the city from past till date.

    Location: Open decks are available at all places across Colombo.

    Timings: Glimpse of Colombo (4pm-6: 30 pm) from Monday-Friday. On weekends Heritage of Colombo (8:30 am- 12 pm) and Colombo at Night (4:30pm-7: 30 pm) are available. 

    Price: 3600 LKR for adults and 1700LKR for kids respectively. Heritage of Colombo and Colombo at Night tours cost 4300 LKR and 2200 LKR for adults and kids respectively.

  • 02Visit National Museum

    Visit National Museum

    While preparing your itineraries for things to do in Colombo, a visit to the National Museum has to be in your bucket list for being one of the leading cultural institutions of the country. As soon as you enter the interior of the museum, you will be greeted by a smiling Buddha figurine which dates back to the 9th century. 

    There are galleries that store relics, busts and artefacts, swords, palettes and other miscellanies belonging to the colonial era. You can enjoy your favourite cuppa in the cool and relaxing ambiance of the museum cafeteria once you have rambled through the different galleries of the museum.

    Location: Albert Crescent, Colombo

    Timings: 9 AM- 5 PM

    Price: 30 LKR for nationals and 1000 LKR for foreigners

  • 03Relish Your Taste Buds with Colombo Street Food

    Relish Your Taste Buds with Colombo Street Food

    The city of Colombo fairly boasts of its culinary delights and can certainly give you the best gastronomic experience if you are keen on trying its gourmet platters.  As it is said, one can understand the epicurean culture of a place by its local food available mostly in the roadside stalls.

    The varied range of street foods you should relish in your Colombo trip are String Hoppers at Galle Road, samosas at Pettah Railway Station, pittus and idiappas available at the most commonplace food stalls across the city.

    : Roadside stalls across Colombo city.

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  • 04Pray at Gangaramaya Temple

    Pray at Gangaramaya Temple

    The temple is one of the most distinguished Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka and a specimen of historical importance which dates back to a century bygone. As you enter the main sanctorum, you will be spellbound to behold the colossal Buddha figure and the miniature paintings on the walls depicting various stories of Buddhism. 

    The statue of Lord Buddha exudes characteristic brilliance and serenity that pervades the whole interior of the temple. Inside the temple premises, there is a museum where you can also see relics of architecture belonging to India, Myanmar, China and Thailand.

    Location: Jinaratana Road, Colombo City

    Timings:  5:30AM- 10PM

    Price: 200 LKR per adult

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  • 05Tea and Herb Tour

    Tea and Herb Tour

    One of the most exciting things to do in Colombo is a short trip to the tea estates in the city where you can witness the lavish process of Ceylonese tea making in an estate with an in-house workshop. You can simultaneously enjoy a blind tea tasting session where you have to differentiate between different flavours of tea. 

    It is a family run tea estate where you can learn the secret behind your favourite cuppa right from plucking tea leaves from the estate to refining. 

    Location: Regent Spice and Herbal Garden-No. 6, Kirigalpoththa, Palapathwela, Matale

    Timings: It’s a 4 hours short trip which starts approximately at 10 am and ends around 4 pm.

    Price: 8637.44 LKR

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  • 06Ride in a Tuk-Tuk

    Ride in a Tuk-Tuk

    In a 4 hours’ city tour across Colombo Bay in a well decked Tuk Tuk, you can explore the colonial heritage sites, market places, religious spots, downtown streets and other sites of attraction. If you are lucky and able to hire an experienced driver, you can visit some of the unmapped places in the city. 

    Don’t miss out on a chance to experience Sri Lankan tea and savour the local cuisine when touring around Colombo city. Some of the significant landmarks are St. Peter’s Church, Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple (Vihara), Pettah Market etc. 

    Timings: Sunday to Saturday from 8 AM- 10 PM

    Price:  Many of the Tuk Tuks are metered but the approximate fare is (40-60) SLR per Km.

  • 07Visit Casino

    Visit Casino
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    Looking for some crazy fun-filled activities to do in Colombo trip if you are travelling with your chums?  Try your luck at the adrenaline-charged casino games and enjoy live music performance by the Sri Lankan artists and DJs to buck up your energy level. 

    Once you hit any of these casinos, don’t ever miss out the chance to pamper your taste buds with an array of gourmet seafood they serve. Some of the famous casinos at Colombo are Bally’s Casino, MGM Colombo, The Ritz Club and Stardust Casino. 

    Location: Across the city

    Timings: Most of the casinos remain open for 24x7 days. 

    Price: Starts from 100 LKR

  • 08Worship at Sri Ponnambala Koneswaram Kovil

    Worship at Sri Ponnambala Koneswaram Kovil

    Paying your visit to this significant Hindu temple of Sri Lanka is one of the top things to do in Colombo whenever you visit the ancient city. The temple is swarmed by countless pilgrims during the Pongal and Maha Shivaratri festivals for offering prayers to their worshipped deities. 

    The beautiful edifice of the temple is made of granite and covers a small area on one of the main roads of the city. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva but the idols of Hanuman, Lord Chandran, Lord Suryan, Lord Murugan, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Amman are rested in the sanctum sanctorum. 

    Location: Jampettah Lane, Kotahena, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Timings:  5AM-8 PM

    Price: No entry fees

  • 09Scuba Diving

    Scuba Diving

    You are halfway preparing your itineraries and feel like missing out something important? If you have a knack for adventure sport on a trip, scuba diving is one of the best activities to do in Colombo you should count on. The city is blessed with numerous coral reefs, rich flora, unique hulks and exotic marine life that make it a sought-after diving destination for adrenaline junkies.

    The best diving spots are the Chief Dragon, Pecheur Breton and T. Sierra that are home to anthias, coral reefs, black coral trees and marine life. But, scuba diving in Colombo is best for expert divers as beginners may not find it feasible due to certain structural conditions. 

    Timings: Diving season starts from November-Mid April. 

    Price: A 5 days 4 nights diving course at Colombo (stay included) costs Rs. 17,691 approx.

  • 10Golf at the Royal Colombo Golf Club

    Golf at the Royal Colombo Golf Club
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    One of the lavish activities to do in Colombo is golfing at the Royal Colombo Golf Club which stands as a site of colonial heritage in Sri Lanka and a sporting establishment set up by the British for golf enthusiasts. 

    Established in 1880, the Royal Golf Colombo Golf Club is the oldest golf club in Sri Lanka and a convivial place to unwind your weekend blues and breed new friendship. The open convivial ambiance of the golf club allures you to a sumptuous dinner or small gathering.

    Location: Model Farm Road, Colombo

    Timings: Club House remains open from 6AM-11PM and the admin office from 8AM-5PM

    Price: (216-838) LKR approx.

  • 11Hike to Viharamahadevi Park

    Hike to Viharamahadevi Park

    Viharamahadevi Park dotingly called “garden city of the east” is one of the popular stopovers the Sri Lankans can fairly boast off for the plethora of attractions the place has in its store for visitors. It is the oldest park at Colombo which was named as Victoria Park after the name of the then monarchy of Queen Victoria. 

    The place holds paramount historical significance to its credit as a site of a number of historical events. The manicured turf and paved pathways under the canopy of palm groves is a perfect destination to go for a morning walk.

    Location: Next to National Museum, Colombo 07

    Timings: 6 AM- 8 PM

    Price: 20 LKR for adults 

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  • Activities to do in Colombo with Family

  • 12Stroll Independence Memorial Hall

    Stroll Independence Memorial Hall

    The Independence Memorial Hall located in the Independence Square offers you an inspirational reprieve from the urban chaos of Colombo city. The hall which was built in 1948 as a commemoration of the country’s independence from British rule abounds relics and symbols testifying the island’s rich cultural and political history. 

    The immaculate lawn of this historical building with its clean paved pathways is a great venue for unwinding your blues and take in a whiff of fresh breeze.  You can rent a bicycle and take a stroll round the nook and corner of the Hall and behold its architectural marvels.

    Location: Independence Avenue, Colombo 7

    Timings: 10AM- 5PM

    Price: No entry fees.

  • 13Drink an Orange Coconut

    Drink an Orange Coconut

    The coastal city Colombo is a hub of sumptuous delicacies that you should not skip tasting if you are a real foodie. One of the best things to do in Colombo is drinking an orange coconut (locally known as thambili, meaning the king of coconut) which can not only quench your thirst but also make you crave for more. 

    These bright orange coconuts are abundantly found in the roadside refreshment joints across the city and its water tastes sweeter than that of the green coconuts. Although the orange coconut water is the traditional favourite the Sri Lankans, down the years it has won the epicurean fancy of tourists who make it a point to try this amazing nutritive beverage on their trip to Sri Lanka.

    Location: Found at the beachside and roadside beverage stalls.

    Price: Approx.115 LKR

  • 14Duck Paddle Boating

    Duck Paddle Boating

    One of the most sought after things to do in Colombo is venturing out on a duck paddle at Beira Lake, which offers a complete day trip package to keep you engaged for an entire day.  Located at the proximity to the Gangaramaya Temple, the lake exudes its own unique charm, especially in the evening at the backdrop of the illuminated temple silhouette.

    The place is a highlighted attraction in the city as it offers varied options for tourists to while away their leisure in. You can reach the Seema Malaka Temple located in the middle of the lake on a duck paddle boat and see the Buddhist and Hindu idols inside the sanctum sanctorum.

    Location: Beira Lake, Colombo

    Timings: Open between 7 AM -6 PM every day. But the evenings are the best time to visit. 

    Price: 300 LKR

  • 15Colombo Dutch Museum

    Colombo Dutch Museum

    Taking a stroll round the massive building of Dutch colonial era is one of the best activities to do in Colombo trip which takes you back to the time of Dutch occupied Colombo between the years 1656-1796. The courtyard in front of the museum building provides a shady refuge to the visitors on summer days under the canopy of fruit laden trees and spice herbs away from the crowd and commotion of a city life.

    As you step into the museum you will discover furniture, glassware, coins, documents, paintings and other relics of the Dutch colonial era and get an idea of the Dutch colonial period.

    : Prince Street, Colombo

    : 9AM- 5PM

    : No entry fee to visit the museum.

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  • 16Seema Malaka

    Located in the lap of tranquil natural settings amidst the emerald water of the Beira Lake, Seema Malaka is an ideal retreat for visitors to relax and contemplate into their conscious being. The building of this Buddhist temple which was built in the 19th century sank into the water of the lake and later it was reconstructed by Geoffrey Bawa in 1976 which stands as a specimen of Kandyan architecture.

    Don’t forget to take your camera as the place offers a perfect background for capturing its scenic beauty.  

    : Sir James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo

    : 24 hours open

    : No entry fees.

  • 17Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

    Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

     The place claims justly to be in the foremost of your bucket list for Colombo trip. Located atop a small mound caressed by the waters of River Kelani, Raja Maha Vihara is one of the sacrosanct Buddhist temples of the orient which allures tourists which dates 2500 years back in history. 

    During its halcyon days, the temple received royal patronage from the then monarchy and even today it is one of the most acclaimed architectural wonders of Asia. The murals on the walls of the vihara belonging to the 18th and 20th century will leave you spellbound as you stroll around its chambers.

    Location: Kelaniya Colombo

    Timings: Open for 24 hours. Best time to visit is between 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM

    Price: No entry fees

  • 18Get your Kids at Dehiwala Zoological Garden

    Are you taking the little members of your family for your upcoming holiday tour and have not yet finalized the things to do in Colombo? Located just a snappy drive away from the main city, the National Zoological Garden of Sri Lanka aka the Dehiwala Zoological garden is a sprawling oasis of abounding flora and fauna that caters to your kid’s fancy.

    Established in 1936, it is one of the earliest menageries of Asia which offers complete entertainment package for kids amidst exotic wildlife and a delightful retreat for naturalists.

    : Quarry Road, Dehiwala Mount Lavinia, Colombo-10350

    : 8:30AM- 6PM

    : 700LKR per adult, 350 LKR per child

  • 19Advanced Open Water Diving Course

    Advanced Open Water Diving Course

    Colombo the busy commercial hub and capital city of Sri Lanka offers advanced open water diving course with five adventure dives sand the sixth one absolutely for free. Depending on your bravado and skill of water diving, you can discover the wrecks of WWI or the tide swept soft coral reefs or even you can you can rummage through the rocky reefs for minute marine creatures viz. sea moths,  electric rays, shrimp and other critters and try your skill in micro photography.

    It’s a 3 days open water diving course with two dives per day.

    Alwis Place, Dehiwala, Colombo

    8:00AM- 4PM

    60347 LKR per adult (for 3 days)

  • 20Bubble-Maker Diving Course for Kids

    Bubble-Maker Diving Course for Kids

    Travelling with kids on a holiday tour is as much fun as it is a responsibility to keep them in high spirits throughout the vacation time. Colombo is a place where your kid will have ample resources of amusement and that too without much effort or burning a hole in your pocket.

    If your kid is fond of water sports, the bubble maker diving course for kids will be a bang on choice for them. The course provides your kids the basics of underwater adventure within the friendly environ of a pool. Kids between the age group of 8-12 are eligible for the course. 

    : Colombo

    : 8AM – 9:30AM

    : 8623 LKR (refreshment included)

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  • 21Jami Ul Alfar Mosque

    Jami Ul Alfar Mosque

    Built in the year 1909 the Jami ul Alfar Mosque aka the Red Mosque due to its candy-stripped walls on the exterior and interior is one of the oldest mosques in Sri Lanka which caters to the growing religious need of the local Muslim folks. Initially the massive prayer hall of the mosque held a capacity of 1500 devotees but in 2007 four more wings were built to capacitate 10,000 devotees for prayer.

    The unique architectural pattern of Jami ul-Alfar mosque makes it a standout amidst the prominent buildings of Colombo city. If it’s an all boys’ trip, make sure you add this magnificent show-stopper in your list of things to do in Colombo.

    : 2nd, Cross Street, Colombo-01100

    : 9AM-5PM

    : No entry fee

  • 22Scenic Tour of Colombo in Air Plane

    Scenic Tour of Colombo in Air Plane

    Sri Lanka the island nation is a perfect getaway for holidaymakers to explore its natural beauty to the fullest. Cinnamon Air Scenic Flights gives you the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the city and its adjoining areas in a 20 minutes’ flying session.

    It is a blissful experience to watch the busy towns, emerald Indian Ocean, strips of flora, verdant hill ranges and historic buildings from a great height and create unforgettable memories of your trip. The flying trip starts from Water’s Edge at Colombo.

    : 1PM-5PM 

    : 21554 LKR per adult

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  • 23Highland Tour from Colombo to Pinnawala and Kandy

    Highland Tour from Colombo to Pinnawala and Kandy

    A short trip from Colombo to Pinnawala and Kandy will be one of the most exciting things to do in Colombo as you can come close to wildlife and watch the intriguing behaviour of the elephants in their natural habitat. Your first stopover has to be at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage where you can spend a while watching the elephants being bathed and fed by their caregivers.

    Next, head towards Kandy an idyllic hilly region in Sri Lanka and see the famous Tooth Relic Temple which is acclaimed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1988. En route Kandy, don't miss out on the other sightseeing attractions viz. Gadaladeniya Temple, Embekka Devale, Peradeniya Botanical Gardens etc. 

    : Colombo-Pinnawala-Kandy-Colombo

    : 6AM- 5PM (including pick and drop at your hotel)

    : 18967 LKR

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  • Other Activities in Colombo

  • 247 degrees North- Cinnamon Lakeside

    7 degrees North- Cinnamon Lakeside

    While travelling with friends the first thing we search for a perfect place to chill out. 7 Degrees North Cinnamon Lake is one such place at Colombo which is a synonym for luxury. The pyramid-shaped five-star luxury hotel equipped with manicured lawns, classy interior, capacious rooms with massive skylights, multi-cuisine restaurants and all other plush amenities make it a premium retreat for business personnel and common tourists.

    Location: Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo

    Timings: 11AM- 1AM

    Price: 3,500 LKR for 2 people (with alcohol) approx.

  • 25Stroll Around Paradise Road

    Shopping is one of the most pleasurable and must-to-do activities in any trip, especially if you are touring at an island nation such as Sri Lanka which has a surfeit of things to allure you. Paradise Road on Dharmapala Mawatha is a flagship store of varied branded objects viz. gift items, crockery set, home décor, handicrafts, apparels and many more and a must stopover for shopaholic tourists who want to buy souvenirs and other branded items on their Colombo trip.

    Housed in a long-standing mansion the store made its first appearance to the business world in 1994 and over the years it has become a synonym for quality. 

    213, Dharmapala Mawatha, Colombo

    10AM- 7PM

  • 26Shop from Pettah Market

    Shop from Pettah Market

    It is probably the best location to identify and absorb the real flavour of Sri Lankan lifestyle as you ramble across the bustling streets of the open air Pettah Market at Colombo. The best way to explore the market area is take a tuk-tuk or taxi till the end of the market precinct and then walk through the alleys to discover the hidden gems in the little street shops.

    The maddening traffic and frenzied crowd will remind you of the famous street markets of the Indian metro cities.

    Keyser Street, Colombo

    9AM – 7 PM

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  • 27Barefoot


    While making a list of things to do in Colombo, shopping at Barefoot has to be one of them as it is one of the highly recommended shopping outlets at Colombo. The sprawling store has collections of premium quality fabrics, readymade apparels, handicraft items, soft toys, linen, artworks and other unique souvenirs you can stuff your baggage with.

    After a long hours' shopping at Barefoot and a tad bit of window shopping too relaxed at the adjacent garden cafe with your favourite cuppa. Barefoot does not claim to be pocket friendly for all but, it will certainly give you the best value for your hard earned bucks!

    : 704, Galle Road, Colombo

    : 10AM- 7PM

  • 28Enjoy at Playtrix Sports Bar and Café

    Enjoy at Playtrix Sports Bar and Café

    Playtrix Bar and Cafe is a popular sports bar at Colombo where enjoyment comes in a complete package with good food, good music, electric ambience and a host of sports fanatics. If you are a real foodie, the place has to be in your bucket list as it serves a wide variety of delectable platters from all parts of the world. 

    Live performances of the DJs make the ambience more than just a sports bar. And everything you get is at unbelievable rates!

    Location: Level 1, Colombo City Centre, James Pieris Mawatha, Colombo

    Timings: 11 AM -11 PM

    Price: (2000-3000) LKR is the price for 2 people.

  • 29Visit Beira Lake

    Visit Beira Lake

    If you are newly married and have not yet planned your honeymoon trip, Beira Lake can be your worthiest pick for an undisturbed honeymoon destination. It is the perfect destination where you can unwind yourself and feel the romantic vibe in tranquillity.

    The lake covering an area of 65 hectares comprises of several islands housing villages and coconut plantations. The two most highlighted spots of the lake are the Seema Malaka Viharaya (a Buddhist temple) and Kaala Doowa (a gateway for romancing couples) that can be easily reached via boat. 

    : Colombo

    : 7AM -6PM

    : No entry fee. If you hire a boat, it may charge you a few bucks.

  • 30Explore Galle Face Green

    Galle Face Green is a sprawling  expanse of green settled between the Ceylon Intercontinental Hotel and Galle Face Green Hotel which is frequented by tourists and locals for fresh air walking sessions. The velvety green promenade of Galle Face Green was built in 1859 as to safeguard the place from Portuguese invasions.

    Standing at the Galle Face Green beach, you can watch the stunning sunset across the vista and call it a day.

    56, Colombo-Galle Main Road, Colombo

    9AM- 6PM

    No entry fee

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Galle Face Green Beach

Situated in the middle of the busy stretch of Galle Road and the Indian Ocean, this open space, established during 1859 on 5 hectares, is a huge hit among tourists of all age groups. During weekends, the place is abuzz with vendors who attract kids with their bright toys and bubbles. This area is open all through the year. Entry into the park is free.

While you are here, do not miss to taste the lip-smacking delicacies that are prepared by street vendors.

Location: This is located right next to the famous Galle Beach.

 The magical and golden rays of sunset, fresh air and the positive ambience of the place make Galle Face Green one of the must-visit places in Colombo. The place is currently taken care of by the Sri Lanka’s Urban Development Authority. 

This park is open 24/7 all through the day.

Price: Entry into this park is free of cost.

Mount Lavinia Beach

Mount Lavinia is a heritage hotel, which was predominantly a huge place during 1806. There are various ocean view rooms up for taking here, provided you book early. During special festivals and peak tourist seasons, the heritage hotel offers great deals for the benefit of tourists.

 With a spending view of the Laccadive Sea, Mount Lavinia offers luxurious services and facilities for its guests. It is located in close vicinity to the National Zoological Gardens. 

Highlights: Sunset deals, wedding packages, national holiday deals, offers on cards of certain banks etc. are some of the promotional offers advertised by Mount Lavinia throughout the year.

Timings: The hotel is open all through the year. It also has a children’s park, where children are treated to a variety of outdoor sports till 4PM.

Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR

Gangaramaya Temple

Gangaramaya Temple is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka. It is more than a century since this temple was constructed; however even today, the temple doesn’t stop to surprise tourists and devotees. The pathways and doors that lead into the main sanctum sanctorum contain intricately carved sculptures that are simply breath-taking.

Highlights: The ceilings and walls contain pictures and miniature paintings that explain stories from Buddhism religion. In the main sanctorum, a huge Buddha statue exudes a brilliant sense of calmness in the devotees. Built in a mix of various architectural styles including India, Burmese, Thai and Chinese, this temple also houses a museum.

Location: The temple is located right on the Jinaratana Road in the heart of Colombo city.

Timings: The temple is open from 5.30AM to 10PM.

Price: Entry fee is LKR200 per adult.

Dehiwala Zoo

Dehiwala Zoo or the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka was set up during 1936 with the sole ambition of providing ultimate protection to a wide range of wild animals and birds. . When you are here, do not miss the impressive performances from elephants, chimpanzees and sea lions.


Location: This zoo is located at 
Anagarika Dharmapala Mawatha, Dehiwala.

 This place is one of the members of WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums). In order to encourage breeding, this zoo is actively involved in animal exchange programs. The place is known for its exotic varieties of mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and marine invertebrates

Timings: The zoo is open from 8.30 AM to 6:00 PM on all days.

Approximate price starts from 100 LKR for adult and 30 LKR for child, for foreigners 500 LKR for adults and 250 LKR for child.


National Museum

If you are a history lover and have a keen eye for architecture, the National Museum is probably one of the first few places that you need to visit, when you come to Colombo. Established during 1877, this is the biggest museum in the island nation and is undoubtedly the pride of Sri Lanka. The place houses some of the best and personalised collections of the ancient Kandyan dynasty rulers.

 The museum built in Italian architecture style, is located right in the heart of the Colombo city. 

 The museum’s library deserves special mention as it contains rich manuscripts in palm leaves in languages like Burmese, Sinhala, Telugu, Tamil and much more. 

The museum is open on all days except national holidays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Price:  Approximate price for local adults and kids are 35 LKR and 20 LKR respectively, whereas, for foreign adults and kids, the prices are 600 LKR and 300 LKR respectively.

Viharamahadevi Park

Named after Queen Viharamahadevi, this park is the largest and probably the only public park in Colombo. It is one of those places that never cease to excite you irrespective of the number of times you come here.

Highlights: There are lots of places to visit here like the aquarium, mini zoo, children’s play zone, war memorial, lake and the dangerous-yet-adventurous suspension bridge above it. When you and your kids are tired of running round the park, you can just relax on the cool resting places on the park, eating local delicacies like candy floss, corn and ice-creams from the sellers here. A canopy of green trees lends a beautiful ambience to this place.

Location: The Park is located right next to the famous National Museum in the heart of Colombo.

Timings: This Park is open all through the year.

Price: Entry into the park is free of cost.

Old City Hall

This is definitely a place that will interest any architecture or history lover. Constructed over two centuries ago, the Old City Hall is one of the brilliant architectural marvels from the bygone British era. The months of January, February, March, November and December are the best when it comes to visiting Colombo. The entry price is free of cost.

on: The hall can be found on Main Street in Colombo amidst various famous tourist spots.

: There are a few attendants working in the hall, who will gladly take you around the building, provided you tip them a reasonable amount of money. The hall is literally a treasure island that contains old government equipment, transport machinery and other council chambers that were present during the earlier times.

Timings: The place is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM ll days of the week except Sundays.

Dutch Period Museum

During the period between 1656 and 1796, Dutch rulers ruled over Sri Lanka. The Dutch Museum which tourists get to watch today was once the official residing place of Thomas Van Rhee, the former Dutch Governor of Sri Lanka.


: The place is located at Prince Street in the city

: The museum contains two floors and it houses around 3000 personal collections of Dutch rulers who reigned over the place. This place was converted into a public museum during 1977, thanks to the able support rendered by the Government of Netherlands.

Timings: The museum is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM from Tuesday to Saturday.

MGM Colombo

Replete with the usual casino and other table games, MGM Colombo is quite a famous gaming joint in the city. It is smaller than Bally’s or Bellagio; however, it is quite famous among its guests for the services and hospitality that it offers. While the regular players occupy the ground floor, the first floor is taken by players looking for privacy.

Highlights: There is a dedicated floor for VIPs here as well. Music bands and cultural dance performances from international artists are performed every day at this joint. 

Location: In the remote outskirts of Colombo.

Special features: The cuisine is a mix of Asian and international in order to cater to the taste buds of foreign nationals who come here in plenty. Some of the table games that are highly popular here are Roulette, Baccarat, Poker, Mini Flush and Texas Hold’em. The minimum stakes at this casino are highly affordable. 

Timings: Open 24/7.


The Ritz Club

Ritz Club is the largest casino in Sri Lanka.

Highlights: There are totally 16 table games (6 baccarat, 6 black jack and 4 roulette tables) at this place.

Location: Galle Face Terrace.

Special features: The casino witnesses a healthy mix of local and foreign tourists. The choice of games that this casino houses and the customer service of the place is highly lauded by people who come here regularly. Entry is free into the Ritz Club Casino. During the evening hours, this place is occupied by a diverse mix of people who engage in their regular banter with complementary food and beverages. It is one of those of places that provide you the much-needed rejuvenation after a hard day’s work at office. The ambience of the club goes up several notches higher, thanks to its highly courteous staff.

Timings: 24/7

Independence Memorial Hall

Independence Memorial Hall in Colombo, as the name indicates, was constructed to commemorate the occasion of Sri Lankan Independence from British Rule. The construction of this memorial was completed during 1953.

Highlights: When you come here, you ought to visit the Independence Memorial Museum as well, which honours the people who fought for Sri Lankan Independence. Currently, this hall is the venue where Independence Day celebrations and other national events are being held. Prior to the construction of the Sri Lankan Parliament, this memorial Hall served as the ceremonial assembly as well. This place currently caters to the needs of fitness enthusiasts as the open spaces here are used for jogging, cycling, public gym, aerobic sessions and other relevant activities.

The hall is located in Cinnamon Gardens and was formerly known as Torrington Square.

Timings: This hall is open all through the year.

Price: Entry into the hall is free of cost.

Beira Lake

If there is one place where you can get the combined benefits of adventure, pilgrimage, picnic and fun, it is the Beira Lake. This is one of the hot tourist spots in Colombo as well. One can enjoy duck paddle boat rides on the lake.


Location: Located quite close to the famous Gangaramaya temple, Beira Lake offers an excellent view of the temple, especially in the evenings, when the temple is fully illuminated. 

: There is another temple right in the middle of the lake – Seema Malaka Temple. This temple contains lots of Buddhist statues and a few Hindu idols.

Timings: The lake is open all through the year to enable visitors; however evenings are the best to come here to get a panoramic view of the temple.

Approximate price is 300 LKR however if you have paid for entry into the Gangaramaya temple,that will suffice here as well.

Bally's Casino

Bally’s is one of the respected names in the casino business in Colombo. It has been around for quite a long time and it provides complete security to its guests, members and regular players.

Highlights: Biggest casino in Colombo.

Location: Right at the back of Colombo Fort station.

Special features: Bally’s treats its guests with complementary drinks and snacks. Its restaurant section provides international breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Members can choose from various packages (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Infinity) as per their budget constraints. In these packages, the minimum checking amount starts from $4000 and the maximum goes up to $100,000. Members can also get themselves rejuvenated at the spa at Bally’s. All members who opt for these packages get complementary air transfers, food, five-star hotel accommodation and free local commute from Bally’s to their hotels.

Timings: Bally’s is open 24/7 on all days except Poya (Full Moon day).


Continental Club

Continental Club is one of the well-respected casinos in Colombo as it has been in the business for 18 long years.

Highlights: One of the major highlights of this casino is that it is mostly visited by foreign tourists. There are hardly any natives found here. However, the hotel-cum-casino, upholds strong Sri Lankan values when it comes to the attire of its staff and management of table behaviour.

Location: Galle Road.

Special features: People enjoy this chilled-out yet professionally strict place as they know that they can enjoy their game in peace here. Due to its large number of international visitors, the hotel manages to churn quite a large variety of tasty, international cuisine. Today, the Continental Club is known as much for its food as much as it is known for its casinos.

Timings: Open 24/7.

Bellagio Casino

Bellagio is yet another excellent casino that is brimming with foreign and local tourists always in Colombo.

Highlights: Bellagio is owned by the same group that owns Bally’s and MGM casinos. The only difference is that that Bellagio caters to middle-class visitors. It has been named as the leading nightlife gaming joint in Colombo by its guests. Some of the table games offered are Asia Poker, Roulette, Slot, Black Jack, Baccarat and Three Card Poker.

Location: Located on the shopper’s paradise of Duplicate Road.

Special features: During important festivals, many events and promotions take place here. These events witness performances from global artists that keep their members enthralled. Silver, Gold and Platinum membership cards are available at Bellagio for guests. Members are eligible for free airport transfers, accommodations in 4 star hotels and unlimited food and beverages from partner restaurants and hotels.

Timings: Open 24/7.

Arugam Bay Beach

Welcome surfers! 320 km away from Colombo Arugam Bay is waiting for you to unveil your adventurous side. An ideal place to be when you want to break free from being just mundane. The bay will definitely fill in some adrenaline rush making you feel all charged up for the biggest challenges of life.  The most popular surfing break is ‘Main Point’ which is towards the south of the bay. This adventure spot is well complemented with a relaxing atmosphere. Although one might not find many inhabitants in and around the place as it was once victimised by Tsunami which caused a lot of damage to the bay.

Although, it’s quite ironic to its name but a visit to the Tsunami hotel is a must which serves some of the best rice and curries. If you are a nature lover you can also check out the nearby Kumana National Park which will be equally exciting.

Getting There: The easiest way to reach the Arugam Bay is to take a can from the airport.

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