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Sri Lanka, Colombo

Places to visit and suggestions on things to do?

I bought a ticket to Colombo, Sri Lanka and I need some advice on places to visit, things to do and places to sleep.

Thank you :) 

6 Answers

top answer by
Hanna from Minsk Mazowiecki

Hi Andrea!

When exactly are you going to Sri Lanka and for how long? 

Do you want more sightseeing, outdoor activities or maybe spend some time on the beach? Sri Lanka really has a lot to offer! ;)

If you go beg. October - end April I recommend to stay on one of the beaches of the South (like Unawatuna - it's really close to colonial city Galle), and May - September on the East or North of the island (like Trincomalee).

Great places to sightsee: Polonnaruwa (is more interesting than popular Anuradhapura), Sigiriya, cave-temples in Dambulla, Kandy, Colombo(but don't spend there too much time as it's not as nice as the rest of the country!).

I recommend to take train from Kandy to Ella- it goes through mountains with tea estates - spectacular views! In Ella you can visit tea factory and do some hiking.\

Very popular hiking destination is Adam's Peak - people climb at night to see the sunrise.

I really liked safari in Yala National Park.

I can give you also some addresses of places I've stayed. They're cheap (up to 20$ per room) and simple but clean. Usually it's a family guesthouse and sometimes they cook for you for extra money (not expensive) but it's really delicious! However, I'm not sure what sleeping conditions are you interested in. :) I loved the places I've stayed in so would be happy to recommend them for you!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Unawatuna (city)
  2. Galle (city)
  3. Trincomalee (city)
  4. Polonnaruwa (city)
  5. Anuradhapura (attraction)
  6. Sigiriya (attraction)
  7. Dambulla (attraction)
  8. Kandy (attraction)
  9. Colombo (city)
  10. Ella (city)
  11. Adam's Peak (attraction)
  12. Yala National Park (attraction)
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answered first by
Carole from Paris

Our itinerary in Sri Lanka was as follows:

- Colombo - we barely visited the city

- Jaffna spent two night there after a 9-hr bus ride from Colombo, visit the town after the end of the civil war, there also are beaches accessible (Point Pedro) by local bus

- Anuradhapura half day to visit some of the ancient ruins

-Polonnaruwa we spent the night and rented bicycles from our guesthouse to visit the ancient ruins. We stayed at Devi Tourist Home

- Dambulla where we took a local bus to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress. We stayed at Saman's Guesthouse

- Habarana where we slept in a treehouse hotel called Eagle's Wings Lodge Habaranaand visited Minneriya National Park where we witnesse elephants migrating in the summer time.

- Kandy where we relaxed and visited the Temple Of The Sacred Tooth Relic

-Galle where we stayed inside the Fort - there are cafes, beaches, gem stores, museums

Hope it helps! Beautiful country, very easy to travel by bus. Happy Travels! If you have any questions, don't hesitate.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Colombo (city)
  2. Jaffna (attraction)
  3. Anuradhapura (attraction)
  4. Polonnaruwa (city)
  5. Devi Tourist Home (hotel)
  6. Dambulla (attraction)
  7. Sigiriya Rock Fortress (attraction)
  8. Saman's Guesthouse (hotel)
  9. Habarana (city)
  10. Eagle's Wings Lodge Habarana (hotel)
  11. Minneriya (attraction)
  12. Kandy (attraction)
  13. Temple Of The Sacred Tooth Relic (attraction)
  14. Galle (city)
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answered by
Eranga from Colombo

Actually if you are looking for any places with historical or cultural valuable or if you are looking for any places with natural beauty then I'm sorry Colombo is not the place for you. This is our Commercial Capital. So it's over populated, noisy, polluted, mostly artificial city. But there are few places that you can visit.

But if you want to get the best out of this trip and if you have few days.... these are better choices than colombo : 

so... enjoy my friend...

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. National Museum (attraction)
  2. Dutch Museum (attraction)
  3. Galle Face Green (attraction)
  4. Gangaramaya Temple (attraction)
  5. Viharamahadevi Park (attraction)
  6. Kelani Raja Maha Viharaya (attraction)
  7. Colombo Zoo (attraction)
  8. Independence Square (attraction)
  9. Galle (city)
  10. Matara (city)
  11. Trincomalee (city)
  12. Anuradhapura (attraction)
  13. Polonnaruwa (city)
  14. Kandy (attraction)
  15. Nuwara Eliya (city)
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answered by
Dinesh from Knoxville

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bentota (attraction)
  2. Hikkaduwa (attraction)
  3. Kumana National Park (attraction)
  4. Pasikuda (attraction)
  5. Kandy (attraction)
  6. Sigiriya (attraction)
  7. Anuradhapura (attraction)
  8. Jaffna (attraction)
  9. Kumana National Park (attraction)
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answered by

There are a variety of hotels all around the country! Depending on your budget it shouldnt be very hard to find a hotel or a small inn.
Be aware when you take a "TUK TUK" or known as a three wheeler, they are known for ripping off foreigners with very outragous fares, make sure they have a meter that is working or do not get into them, they will charge you almost ten times the actual fare. If you are travelling to beaches, Bentota, Beruwala and Hikkaduwa are relatively close by, about an hour or two. They have some super hotels as well.

Have fun!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Bentota (attraction)
  2. Beruwala (attraction)
  3. Hikkaduwa (attraction)
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answered by

Hi Andrea,

When exactly plan to come Sri Lanka. Kandy, Nuwara EliyaGreat World's End Drop trekking, Ella by train, Yala National Park and Ventura Beach and Colombo night life within 8 days you can cover up those amazing places in Sri Lanka. You can find easily clean and economical  accommodation according to your budget.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Kandy (city)
  2. Nuwara Eliya (city)
  3. Great World's End Drop (attraction)
  4. Ella (city)
  5. Yala National Park (attraction)
  6. Ventura Beach (attraction)
  7. Colombo (city)

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