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  • Witnessing the colonial heritage can be one of the best things to do in Colombo. Hop on for a tuk-tuk ride and experience Colombo like a true local. Many tourists don’t like to miss the chance of visiting the pettah market or playing golf in the manicured green lawns of the Royal Colombo Golf Club.

    If you love to appreciate the finest things in life you can also spend some time in Colombo National Museum where you can witness some terrific paintings, sculptures and sketches. Many local aristis have also displayed their paintings in local galleries. For satiating your palate. Mt Lavinia can be the best option as the place hosts innumerable sea food restaurants.

    Best Things to do in Colombo that you should experience:

  • 01Visit Casino

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    A visitor’s delight, Colombo is a place of many beautiful tourist attractions. When you are here, do not miss to visit the casinos of the place. These are perfect joints to keep you entertained with their world-class interiors and customised services. The four most attractive casinos in Colombo are Bally’s, Bellagio, MGM Colombo and Marina Colombo. Bally’s is located right in the heart of the city, Bellagio on the main Duplication Road, the highly-sought after MGM, in close vicinity to Majestic City Shopping Mall and Marina, a high-profile casino on the Marine Drive.


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    Timings: The joints are opened 24/7 on all days of the week.

    Price: Approximate price starts from just LKR 100 onwards at joints like Bally’s. That’s not all! You get to taste some awesome dishes as well, while you try your luck at these places.

  • 02Open Deck City Sightseeing

    Colombo has 3 types of open deck tours. They are – Glimpse of Colombo, Heritage of Colombo and Colombo at night. As the name indicates, the first tour covers the top tourist attractions of the city. In the heritage tour, you will get to witness some ancient architectural wonders. Colombo at night takes viewers through the brilliant monuments of the city during the weekends.



    Location: Open decks are available all over the city.

    Highlights:
     Do not miss the Colombo at Night tour, as it takes you around illuminated temples and monuments. 

    Timings:
    Glimpse of Colombo is between 4:00 PM and 6.30 PM from Monday to Friday; Heritage of Colombo is between 8.30 AM and 12 noon on weekends and Colombo at Night is between 4.30PM and 7.30PM on weekends.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 3600 LKR and 1700 LKR for adults and kids respectively; Heritage of Colombo & Colombo at Night tour cost around 4300 LKR and 2200 LKR for adults and kids respectively.
  • 03National Museum

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    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.

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

    Highlights:
     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. 

    Timings:
    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.
  • 04Galle Face Green

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    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.

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

    Highlights:
     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. 

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

    Price: Entry into this park is free of cost.
  • 05Ride in a Tuk-Tuk

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    That the beauty of a particular place is accentuated by the way one reaches to it, is definitely not an understatement. This is true for Colombo as well. When you come to this beautiful city, you just cannot afford to miss to travel in the tuk-tuks (similar to autos in India). If you are lucky enough to get friendly, patient and knowledgeable drivers, you can stop and click as many pictures as you want at awesome locales.


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    Location: Tuk-Tuks are available all over Colombo city.

    Highlights:
     One of the most important tips that you should follow before taking a tuk-tuk, is to know the local metre rates to avoid being exploited. Getting a good tuk-tuk driver is indeed a challenge in Colombo; however, this mission is worth your effort, as you get to understand a lot from these local drivers. 

    Timings:
    These tuk-tuks can be taken anytime during the day.

    Price: The charges depend on the distance you travel.
  • 06Scuba Diving

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    Colombo is one of the top scuba diving spots in the world as it boasts of excellent aquatic species like turtles, parrot fish, whales, sharks etc. To cater to a large number of adventure enthusiasts coming here every year, there are lots of scuba diving packages available in Colombo to choose from.

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    Location:
     In Colombo, certain diving sites that cannot be missed are Medhufaru, Cargo-wreck, Car-wreck, Tug-wreck, Para Gala, Battery Barge, Taprobane east, SS Worcestershire, Barracuda Reef and much more. The average depth of these sites hovers around 30 to 57m. 

    Highlights:
     The waters of the city are replete with wrecks, reefs and lots of other interesting things that bring a wide grin to scuba divers. 

    Timings: Scuba diving can be done all through the year here.

    Price: Approximate price starts from $45 for few hours and the scuba diving course for adults, costs $100. 
  • 07Colombo Tea and Herb Tour

    Sri Lanka is known for its exclusive varieties of tea. The capital city of Colombo is covered with a green carpet of tea plantations that demands a separate tour in itself. The aroma of tea and herbs in these estates lend an incredible magic to this place. And for the tea lovers, this is like a heaven where you will get to taste after manufacturing directly from the factory.

    Location: Starts from the Bogawantalawa valley and other plantations that range at 1500m above sea level. 

    Highlights:
     You not only get to witness the process of manufacturing tea in the factories here, but you also get to taste the different brands of tea. Sounds interesting, isn’t it? You will find tea of different kinds of price ranges here and you will get to know the minute differences among each variety. 

    Timings:
    These tours are available all through the year from leading tour operators. 

    Price: Approximate prices starts from 5700 LKR and can vary based on the processes covered in the tour.
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  • 08Viharamahadevi Park

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    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.

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    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.
  • 09Independence 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.

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    Location:
    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.
  • 10Gangaramaya Temple

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    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.

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    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.
  • 11Duck Paddle Boats Beira Lake

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    Paddle boat ride on Beira Lake is a must-do thing when you visit Colombo. Various duck paddle boats are available on rent on this lake, for you to enjoy the beauty of the waters. The sheer thrill that you get by paddling your way along these boats as you encounter some real ducks or swans on the waters is sure to evoke the child within you.

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    Highlights: One of the major highlights of the lake is the Simamalakha Shrine, located right in the middle of the lake in an island.

    Location: The Beira Lake is situated very close to the famous Gangaramaya temple.

    Timings: Boat rides are available all through the day, but evenings are better, because you get an excellent view of the illuminated Gangaramaya temple at the background.

    Price: Boating charges are around 100 Sri Lankan Rupees for 30 minutes in a two-seater boat. 
  • 12Golf at The Royal Colombo Golf Club

    Ever dreamt of playing golf at one of the world’s finest and high-profile golf clubs? Royal Colombo Golf Club is just what you are looking for!

    Highlights: Constructed 130 years ago, this is the second oldest golf club in the world. Tourists coming to this club can try their hand at the 96-acre golf court by submitting proper identity documents and paying the relevant fees as per their requirement.


    Location: The club is located at the purely residential area of Model Farm Road in Colombo.

    Timings: The club is open from 6AM to 11PM on all days of the week.

    Price:
    Green Fees per day basis on week-days and public holidays/weekends costs LKR10000 and LKR12200 respectively.
    One week Green Fees charges come up to LKR40000.
    Caddy Fees comes up to LKR800, single club hire charge comes up to LKR500 and full club hire charge comes up to LKR4000.
  • 13Drink an Orange Coconut

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    Sri Lanka is not only the place where you can find some scintillating locales, but also the place where you can experiment with exciting foods and drinks. The coastal island country has lots of unique drinks here that are natural sources of energy. 

    Highlights: Orange coconut, commonly known as King Coconut is one of them. This drink is more refreshing, tastier and sweeter than the water found inside the green tender coconuts that we find in other countries. Locals call King Coconut as Thambili. 

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    Location: Street sellers all over Colombo sell King Coconuts as Sri Lanka is the biggest producer of these in the world. 

    Timings: King Coconuts can be drunk anytime during the day, as they provide great refreshment. 

    Price: The price range per king coconut comes up to LKR80 only.

  • 14Playtrix Sports Bar and Cafe

    This is one of the unique sports bar/ restaurants in Colombo and it was established during 2015. Visitors to this bar cannot stop gushing about the customer service and ambience here.

    Highlights: True to its name, the place hosts some exciting sporting events all through the year – with the beer pong and pub quiz being the most famous of them all. The ambience of the café is absolutely colourful and is definitely a far-cry from the sober cafes that are found in some other places in the city.

    Location: Cinnamon Gardens.

    Price for two: Approximately LKR2000 to LKR 3000.

    Speciality dishes: Cocktails definitely dominate food options at this place.

    Special offers: Every day, you can get exciting offers from 5 to 8 in the evenings, where you get one cocktail free when you buy 2. Their burgers and beer are one of the best in Colombo.

    Timings: The place is open from 11AM to 11PM.
  • 157 Degrees North - Cinnamon Lakeside

    7 Degrees North is a high-profile bar in which Colombo’s who’s who can be spotted quite frequently. The interior decorations are quite swanky and fashion personified. It is considered to be one of the most stylish bars in Colombo. This place gets extremely crowded during weekends. Personalised service is available for guests coming to the bar as most of the people who come here are celebrities in their own fields.

    Highlights: This bar presents a panoramic view of the Beira Lake and presents a divine view of the illuminated Gangaramaya temple during the evening hours.

    Location: Five star hotel of Cinnamon Lakeside.



    Price for two: The prices are indeed steep because of its location; approximately LKR3500.

    Speciality dishes: Potato Wedges, Lamb Kababs, Pork Tapas, mushrooms (sauté), Lion & Bloody Mary are must-try food and drinks here.

    Timings: 5PM to 12AM
  • 16Advanced Open Water Diving Course in Colombo

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    About the Activity:

    • Join the advanced open water dive package that includes five adventure dives, all gear rental and a free sixth dive.
    • The course offers two dives per day which starts at 8:00 AM, so you have to reach the location at 7:30 AM so as to complete the paperwork and gear up.
    • The busy commercial capital of Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s best kept diving secrets. With over 10 wrecks, Colombo offers world class wreck diving.
    • Explore the immense cargo holds of intact freighters such as the Pecheur Breton (Cargo Wreck ) and the Medhufaru, play with the friendly lionfish at the Nilgiri Tug.
    • Try discovering history on WWI wrecks such as the SS Perseus also while you dive.
    • Wide angle enthusiasts can explore current swept outer reefs with soft coral and massive gorgonian sea fans.
    • The macro photographers can search for nudibranchs, crabs, shrimps, electric rays, pipefish, sea moths and other critters on the rocky reefs.
    • This diving course will take over the three days comprising of 5 dives with the sixth dive free. 

  • 17Bubble-maker Diving Course for Kids in Colombo

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    About the Activity: 
    • If your kid is still waiting to make the first step into the underwater world, this is the best option for you to let them have an exciting adventure underwater.
    • Reach the center at 7:30 AM and participate in the two sessions that starts at 8:00 AM.
    • Kids from 8 years to 12 years can take part in the bubble-maker sessions in the safe environs of a pool. 
    • This course includes all gear rentals and PADI costs.
    • Introduce your kids to the exciting underwater world by giving them the best sessions in basics.
  • 18Open Water and Advance Open Water Diving Course in Colombo

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    About the Activity: 
    • Colombo is the perfect location to continue your underwater education and this package includes five adventure dives, all gear rental and a free sixth dive.
    • Explore the immense cargo holds of intact freighters such as the Pecheur Breton (Cargo Wreck ) and the Medhufaru, play with the friendly lion-fish at the Nilgiri Tug or discover history on WWI wrecks such as the SS Perseus.
    • But Colombo diving is not limited to wrecks. Wide angle enthusiasts can explore current swept outer reefs with soft coral and massive gorgonian sea fans..
    • Also, macro photographers can search for nudibranchs, crabs, shrimps, electric rays, pipe-fish, sea moths and other critters on the rocky reefs.
    • Colombo offers a challenging but rewarding environment to advance your training by taking this course.
    • The course can be availed for 6 continuous days or 3 weekends and everyday the course starts at 8:00 AM, so reach at 7:30 AM at the center, which include 10 dives. 
  • 19Scenic Tour of Colombo in Air Plane

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    About the Activity:
    • Escape from the monotony of everyday life and explore the magical beauty of a paradise island with Cinnamon Air Scenic Flights in Sri Lanka.
    • Enjoy a bird’s eye view of some of the most iconic cities and towns of the island as you soar with us on a journey to remember.
    • Start your trip from Water's edge in Colombo and enjoy the sight of towns of Moratuwa, Panadura, Wadduwa, Kalutara, Ratnapura and Avissawella from up above.
    • The Scenic Flights will give you 20 minutes of surreal bliss, covering the places of Colombo.
    • End your 20 minutes flight tour with lots of amazing memories. 
  • 20Highland Tour From Colombo to Pinnawala and Kandy

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    About the Activity:

    • This highland tour from Pinnawala to Kandy begins as you get picked up from your respective hotel in Colombo at around 6 AM
    • Proceed towards the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, where you can see elephants being bathed and fed and acquaint yourself with the lifestyle of these majestic creatures.
    • Aftermath, proceed towards Kandy and visit the famous Tooth Relic Temple and see the hilly regions of Sri Lanka
    • During your trip in Kandy, also visit Gadaladeniya Temple, Lankathilaka Viharaya, Embekka Devale and Peradeniya Botanical
    • End your amazing highland exploration tour of Sri Lanka at around 5 PM in the evening by getting dropped off to your hotels. 



Attractions

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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.

Highlights:
 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. 

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

Price: Entry into this park is free of cost.
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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.



Location:
 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.

Price: 
Approximate price starts from 1000 LKR
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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.
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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.

Highlights:
 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.

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

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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.



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

Highlights:
 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. 

Timings:
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.
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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.
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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.


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

Highlights
: 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.
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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.

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Location
: The place is located at Prince Street in the city

Highlights
: 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.
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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.

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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
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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.



Location:
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.
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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.

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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. 

Highlights
: 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.

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

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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.
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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.
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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.



Highlights:
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.