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Things to Do in Colombo

Want to know some of the standout things to do in Colombo? Then have a look through our handpicked suggestions below...

1. Shop in the Pettah Bazaar

The Pettah Bazaar is truly an assault on the senses. As such, it’s everything you could hope it would be: full of color, noise and the most incredible sights.

2. Stroll along the Galle

Galle Face Green is the strip of promenade that extends along Colombo’s coastline. Its wonderful views across the Indian Ocean make it the perfect place for a picnic, too.

3. While away an Afternoon in Wellawatta

The Colombo suburb of Wellawatta has a number of things going for it: great beaches (ractically devoid of tourists, cheap food stalls and shops and, as a mostly Hindu district, a cluster of interesting temples.

4. Gangaramaya Vihara

Gangaramaya Vihara is one of the more attractive Buddhist Temples in Colombo. In February every year, it holds Nawam Perahera, a religious procession of hundreds of monks (and even the odd elephant). An incredible experience.

5. Check out the Bats in Viharamahadevi Park

Viharamahadevi Park is the city’s biggest and most attractive park. Its main attraction for travelers won’t be the giant Buddha statue or the fine views of the Town Hall but the absolutely enormous bats that spend their days hanging in the trees.

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