Sri Lanka a Guide to Colombo – So you’ve made it to Sri Lanka! Chances are, your first stop on your island tour is the bustling city of Colombo. As the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is known to be a bit hectic. However, don’t let this deter you from getting out and exploring. The city itself is super easy to navigate and you can easily see all the main tourist attractions in just a few days.
The best way to get around Sri Lanka and Colombo specifically is either by Tuk Tuk, or with a ride share app called Pick Me. Be sure to download Pick Me ahead of time. Once installed you will find that they offer the best competitive prices for tourists!
If you are travelling to the city from the airport like we did, please be aware of the following (as of August 2019). The airport itself is about a 45 minute drive from the main city of Colombo. The normal price you should pay to get into the city should be around 2,000 rupees. Taxis will try to rip you off, try your best to negotiate.
Our recommendation would be to either book a taxi pickup with your hotel, or download the ride share app Pick Me to your phone ahead of time. Pick Me will have fares much cheaper than just asking a taxi in person. Also, it is important to note there is heightened security at the Colombo airport. Due to the recent events, only certified drivers are allowed to enter the airport. For this reason, ride share apps do have a tougher time getting inside, so just keep that in mind!
Sri Lanka a Guide to Colombo
Things To Do
Galle Face Green
A great spot to head for an evening stroll. You can watch the sunset and see the life of the city around you.You will find it that is a great place for people watching. Kids running around playing and plenty of street food vendors.
The National Museum
The beauty of this building alone is worth seeing even if it is just from outside! This giant museum is a great place to spend a couple hours of your afternoon exploring!
Probably one of the most popular tourist spots in Colombo, this historic Buddhist Temple costs 300 rupees to enter. Inside you can find a mix of both modern and ancient artefacts. It is a great first stop on anyones Sri Lanka tour.
Sri Lanka a Guide to Colombo
Places to Eat
Rare at Residence
This restaurant is to die for! Since we were staying at The Residence, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that this incredible restaurant was apart of it. The food here was cooked to perfection. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were all spectacular. Try the fish and chips and steak sandwich for lunch!
Tao at Cinnamon Hotel
If you are craving some good Japanese food, be sure to check out Tao. This restaurant is found at the Cinnamon Hotel, a well renowned hotel in Colombo.
Where To Stay
One of the most peaceful and relaxing stays we have had in a while! This hotel is pure excellence. Spacious rooms, a pool, and fantastic restaurant attached. The hotel also has a fantastic afternoon tea, so even if you choose to stay elsewhere, we highly recommend you give their tea a try! Check availability click here.
This boutique hotel is located lakeside. Although a few minutes drive out from the main city, this hotel is a great escape from the chaos and perfect for couples. A great choice for those looking to stay in a bit of a quieter area! For the latest price Click Here.
A fantastic choice for any backpackers planning their trip to Sri Lanka. For The latest prices on this pretty cool hostel Click Here.
Overall we found that you do not need much time in Colombo. However, don’t be afraid to explore and see the area. You never know you might find something you like.
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