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Sri Lanka’s Colombo isn’t just a big city. Sure, there’s a lot of cityscape in districts like Borella, but if you head to areas like Mount Lavinia, you’ll find yourself in a beachfront paradise lined with restaurants and places to relax. Colombo doesn’t offer everything but what it does offer is some great food and some great views.

Main attractions in Colombo

Mount Lavinia is around 20-minutes out of the city center but it’s a great place to enjoy Colombo’s nightlife. The beachfront offers a great range of small or large venues to either have a bite to eat or to grab a few drinks with friends. Jo Jo s comes highly recommended as a quiet place with a nice homely feeling to it. If you’re looking for something inside the city, don’t miss out on the views from the top of the World Trade Center in Colombo. Standing at over 152m tall, it’s the tallest building in Sri Lanka and provides unparalleled views of the city. The National Art Gallery is a great place to go and see some Sri Lankan culture put on canvas. With a collection of permanent artwork being displayed along with more temporary exhibitions from local artists. If you go through the galleries quickly and have some spare time, It’s also very close to the National Museum.

Neighbourhoods in Colombo

The Wellawatte neighbourhood offers Wadiya beach, a great range of hotels and some brilliant beach restaurants and bars located alongside the Marine Drive. If you’re in the area and interested in art, make sure to check out ‘Gandhara’ on Stratford Avenue for a look at some fusion-style exotic art.Alternatively, head over to Kollupitiya, and area which used to house a small colonial brewery, yet has now become one of the city’s most important and bustling areas. Containing both history (Gangaramaya Temple) and culture (Kollupitiya Market), Kollupitiya should definitely be a neighbourhood you add to your list.Bambalapitiya and Slave Island are known for their shopping options, including the Majestic City mall. Check out these areas if you’re looking to make some purchases. Afterwards, you can head over to Malabe, an area with some great small restaurants and bars to relax in.If you’re looking for the hustle and bustle you find in most cities, you’ll want to head over to Borella. Borella is the largest neighbourhood in Colombo and is the city s primary commercial district. It also has the Kanatte Cemetery, the final resting place of science fiction author Sir Arthur C. Clarke.

How to get around in Colombo

  • The city’s airport is the Bandaranaike international airport.
  • This is closer to the city of Negombo than to Colombo, so if you have some extra time, make sure to check out Negombo as well.
  • TA public bus (187-E3) is available at LKR 110 for the 30-minute trip into the city.
  • A taxi from the airport costs between LKR 2,500 and 3,000 (17-20 USD).
  • Getting around the city is easy with a Tri-shaw at around LKR200 for 4-5km.
  • Local buses are also frequent and reliable within the city.

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Events in Colombo

Even though Colombo is a great place for visitors to explore richness of beauty of Sri Lankan culture, its also a place of business. Sri Lanka financial and political capital never sleeps. If you are planning to be in town for business, you might be interested in some of many business and trade events in the city.