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Colombo

DESTINATIONS

COLOMBO

SRI LANKA

Colombo is usually a starting off point for most travelers as the airport is located close by. It is a pretty busy city with a strong sense of community. There is so much to do and see here, I highly recommend that you stay a few days before heading down the coast or to the mountains.

THE BASICS

LANGUAGE: Sinhala, Tamil, English

CURRENCY: Sri Lankan Rupee

CLIMATE: Tropical, Rainy season is April  – December

DRESS CODE: Slightly conservative, Might feel more comfortable covering shoulders and legs (up to you)

GETTING AROUND: Train, Tuk-Tuk, Local Taxi, Bus

COST OF VISITING: $ – Hostels start at $4 per night and street food is a little as $1 to $2 (USD)

TIPPING: Tipping is not expected

SAFETY: Generally a safe city, Use same precautions as you would in any other bigger city

PACKING ESSENTIALS: Mosquito repellent, Shawl to cover shoulders, sunscreen

VISA: eVisa with double entry for 30 days, $35 for US citizens

GETTING THERE

FROM BANDARANAIKE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Bandaranaike International Airport is located in Negombo, which is about 20 miles north of Colombo. From the airport, you can order an Uber or take a local taxi. The trip will take around 40 minutes to an hour depending on traffic.

WHERE TO STAY

HOSTELS

ISLAND HOSTELS – COLOMBO

30 Sea View Avenue, Kollupitiya, 00300, Sri Lanka (Map)

One of my favorite hostels to stay in. This new hostel offers pod like beds giving you maximum privacy. There is an amazing outdoor space, kitchen, pool, and free breakfast. Plus rooms start at only around $5 per night! A steal for this boutique location. They also have a location in Mount Lavina (directly south of Colombo) and are opening locations in Galle, Kandy, Ella, and Mirissa. Met some amazing people here as well.

WHAT TO EAT

WHERE TO EAT

The food in Sri Lanka is the BEST. I say this quite often, but please, eat as much as possible. Otherwise you will keep thinking back to that time in Sri Lanka when you wish you would have eaten more food.

NANA’S

$, Sri Lankan

Galle Face Dr, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka (Map)

An open air restaurant located on Galle Face Green. Nana’s is popular with locals and tourists alike. An excellent spot to try cuttlefish, chicken, or mutton Kottu.

PARADISE ROAD THE GALLERY CAFE

$$, International, European, Asian

2 Alfred House Rd, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka (Map)

I am not really one for expensive restaurants but wanted to include this on here because it is the one of the most reviewed restaurants in Colombo on Trip Advisor with over 2,100 reviews and 4.5 stars. Also an art gallery, this restaurant was formally the office world renowned Sri Lankan architect, the late Geoffrey Bawa. The cafe is open from 10am to midnight daily.

MINISTRY OF CRAB

$$, Seafood, Sri Lankan, Asian

Old Dutch Hospital Complex, 04 Hospital St, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka (Map)

Another one I didn’t try due to my budget but this one has almost 4,000 reviews and 4.5 stars. Known for excellent seafood.

NUGA GAMA

$-$$, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly

Colombo 3, 77 Galle Rd, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka (Map)

A great place to come listen to live music and enjoy the local cuisine.

BAREFOOT GARDEN CAFE

$-$$, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly

704 Galle Main Rd, Colombo, Sri Lanka (BAREFOOT GARDEN CAFE)

A courtyard garden cafe, also home to an art gallery and bookshop. They offer live jazz music on Sunday afternoons and a Colombo Pub Quiz every Wednesday evening.

WHAT TO EAT

MUST TRY FOODS IN SRI LANKA: Roti Triangles, Coconut Pancakes, Kottu, Dahl Curry, Hoppers, Isso Vadai

Isso Vadai

WHAT TO DO

TAKE A STROLL

GALLE FACE GREEN

Galle Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Map)

Galle Face Green is a large green open field along the waterfront where people come to fly kites, play soccer, or eat food from one of the many vendors who set up here in the evenings. A perfect place to grab a bite and watch the sun go down.

DRINK

OLD DUTCH HOSPITAL COMPLEX

Address (Map)

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