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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.

Bentota Beach

An extraordinary experience amidst an ordinary setup lies 65 kilometres from Colombo and is named Bentota beach. Soak yourself in the ordinary golden sand while enjoying the marvellous sound of the mighty Indian Ocean crashing against the shores. The mesmerizing view of the sea will leave you speechless. If you are planning to break the monotony of the routine just try your hands at adventure sports found alongside the palm trees.

Highlights: You can visit Kasgoda Turtle Hatchery and also go on a boat cruise on the Bentota River.

Getting there: Bentota is very well  connected with the cities and is very easily accessible. You can ride from Galle or you can take a ride from Colombo. 
Bentota is approximately 101km south of the airport from Colombo

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

Hikkaduwa Beach

Even a 90 year old will feel young as he steps onto the beach of Hikkaduwa,98 kms from Colombo. The charm of the hippy mood will get into your blood, making you feel completely carefree. You will find predominantly young and independent travellers walking on the beach.

This beach is one of the lesser spoilt destinations in Sri Lanka which is why it is an ideal place for people who want to try something off beat. You will also find coral gardens which are considered to be one of the much appreciated beauty of these beaches which was once completely eroded due to tsunami.

Highlights: The beach should be ideally visited during the Hikkaduwa beach fest which usually takes place during the month of July and August. This fest is conducted in an attempt to revive the charm of hippy culture. Surfing, diving and snorkelling are some of the other attractions which the beach offers.

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.

Dickwella Beach

Plunge into the waters and leave all your worries at bay. The Dickwella beach is primarily dominated by reefs, headland and sand bars which makes it the most appropriate place for swimming. Situated at a distance of 220 kms from colombo, Dickwella beach has housed the largest seated Buddha statue. This has made it the most visited place for all the Buddhist worshippers. The ideal time to visit this place is May, June and July when festivities are in the air and the residents are busy celebrating festivals of Wesak, Poson and Esala. Particulary this place has many temples on its way which gives it a religious bent. The Dickwella beach is an ideal place for many swimmers as it is an extremely safe and calm beach.

Highlights: Wewurukannala Vihara which has 50 m high seated Buddha. You can also spot the eye arresting hall of horrors where you can see models of both demons and sinners being severely punished by dipping in hot waters.

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.

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What You Should Know More About Srilanka

  • Q. About The Destination

    Beaches, white sand, forests, animals and yes – the best collaboration for the perfect eco-system of all good things in one country called Sri Lanka, is what also makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations around the world. This country offers a massive diversity in terms of ethnicity and culture and this is especially reflected through the kindness of the local man. Sri Lanka, which is among the biggest countries that lies within the territory of Asia is merely a few hours of flight away from India. The country lies on the Indian plate as well as the Australian Plate and is surrounded by the Indian Ocean on the south-west and Gulf of Mannar on the northern part.

    Interestingly, according to the Hindu mythology – a land bridge existed between the Indian mainland and Sri Lanka which due to major cyclones back in the day got destroyed. This so called land bridge now remains to exist in form of limestone shoals floating on the sea level. Sri Lanka – also known as an island country comprises of flat to rolling coastal plains along with varied sizes mountains with the highest peak point being as high as 2,525 meters. The climate of Sri Lanka is pleasant, tropical and sometimes warm especially due to the ocean winds influencing the region.

  • Q. Travel Advice

    • Don’t expect a lot at once: In other words, be prepared to go flow. The infrastructure in this region is improving and there are several transport options that one can easily choose from. However, you as a visitor have to be patient with a place whose economy is still under development. Instead, enjoy the lovely life in its simplest form in Sri Lanka.

    • Transportation options: The country is well connected. However, the public transports are a bit slow and steady. The main regions around the country are generally spaced out and thus traveling by a bus or a tuk-tuk may be required.

    • Get away from the crowd: The real joy and essence of one place can truly be experienced provided there is lesser amount of distraction. Visitors would quite naturally want to visit Sri Lanka during a time when it’s less crowded. Thus, avoid visiting Sri Lanka during peak periods of March, April, October and November as the hotel and resort bookings get full almost instantly and air tickets get quite expensive too.

    • Expect a relaxed lifestyle: There are numerous beach resorts and hostels that you can stay at. While, luxury hotels and resorts surely do exist for your convenience but, try enjoying the local lifestyle in a simple manner for a change. Common stays are many family-run guesthouses that you can choose to stay in.

    • Drinking laws: Sri Lanka as a whole has a very strong drinking culture. Therefore, alcohol is sold largely in this place and accessibility to the same won’t be troublesome for the tourists. However, remember that consuming alcohol in certain public spaces in prohibited. Thus, one must keep a check regarding the same. The night-life otherwise is quite great.

  • Q. Things to do in Sri Lanka

    • Bask on Sri Lanka’s numerous beaches: Sri Lanka consists of approximately 1,000 miles full of beautiful shaded beaches which are punctuated by wonderful resorts that are present at your service when you’re tired of wandering through the sandy dunes. Unawatuna beach is among the most popular destination when it comes to beaches in Sri Lanka. Indulge in water sports-related activities such as swimming at this incredibly fun-filled place.

    • Go climbing at Adam’s peak: Are you an adrenaline junkie? Then this is the perfect place for you. Adam’s peak is the highest mountain that reflects some of the deepest folklore tales of Sri Lanka. This place is also recognized as the Sacred Footprint and is a popular pilgrimage site since centuries.

    • Discover the vibrant reefs of Bentota: What better way of spending your perfect getaway than with the surroundings of natural beauty? Bentota is one such place that offers activities such as deep-sea diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing and more.

    • Explore the ancient location of Anuradhapura: Wonder at the extra-ordinary civilization that once ruled the very lands of Sri Lanka. Their remains still exist as a form of proof to the world. Visit Anuradhapura and know for yourself the majestic culture that once ruled Sri Lanka.

    • Activities in Kitulgala:  Kitugala – also known as the adventure capital of Sri Lanka is tucked away amid the hilly regions of the country. Exciting activities such as kayaking, rainforest trekking, mountain biking and more are some things one can explore by visiting this place.

  • Q. What will you like in Sri Lanka

    • Indulge in kite-surfing: This activity is so popular among the masses in Sri Lanka that it is easily available at most beach locations in the country. You will be provided with your own kite surfing gear which you can use to get a thrilling experience of the place. The best times to visit is between November and April.

    • Hot air balloon rides around Sri Lanka: Get the bird’s eye view from atop a hot air balloon ride around Sri Lanka. Get the kind of perspective that you wouldn’t have ever imagined. These activities are available from the north-central plans of the island at rates that can be considered affordable.

    • Explore the misty waterfall: Sri Lanka is filled with tropical jungles that hold rich fauna and flora. Imagine you taking a graceful, enchanting walk through the misty waterfalls of one of these forests. It is a perfect weekend or honeymoon getaway – be it for first time visitors or others.

    • Boat tours through the lovely oceans: Sri Lanka has its own share of lush-green paddy fields and tropical shallow coral reefs. But the crystal clear oceans are quite irresistible too. Go on a boating tour through these lovely oceans and discover a new you while you’re at it as well.

  • Q. Recommended Reads

    Government website: Srilanka Travel

    Others: Trip Advisor Travel Forum.

    Books to read: Colombo, Lonely Planet – Sri Lanka.