10 Things to Do in Colombo That You Shouldn't Miss

December 30, 2017 Venice Greaves

Colombo is the gateway to Sri Lanka for most travelers—but don’t be tempted to simply pass through this diverse and interesting city. Take a train ride along the coast to Mount Lavinia, a popular beach, or explore the Talangama Wetland, which several TripAdvisor travelers say is the perfect place to take a break from the bustling streets of the city.
Restaurants in Colombo

1. Off 2 Sri Lanka Private Tours

No 293/1B, Kaaliamahara | Western province, Piliyandala 10300, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 204 reviews

Off 2 Sri Lanka Private Tours

We provide day tours to foreigners who visit Sri Lanka with the guidance of our well experienced team.Our prime aim is to give the best day tour experience to all our clients.

Reviewed By Melissa_G_Syd - Sydney, Australia

We just returned from a memorable two week trip in Sri Lanka, and would highly recommend Off 2 Sri Lanka for service that is friendly, professional and organised. We worked on our itinerary with Mr. Menaka who also recommended hotels within our budget. While we were on our trip, Mr. Menaka called to check in on us and wish us a great trip.
Our driver Tissa picked us up from Mirissa and we proceeded to visit Tangalla-Hatton-Kandy-Pollonaruwa-Sigiriya-Dambulla and Negombo. Tissa was a gentleman, extremely friendly, thoughtful and knowledgable. He gave us some great tips for local and authentic restaurants, and suggested some great stops to try local curd, quality cashews and tea.
Our trip was seamless- we saw more than what we had planned and had such a wonderful experience overall. Would highly recommend Off 2 Sri Lanka and our driver Tissa, and hope we'll make it back to Sri Lanka again!

2. Kalutara Bodhiya

Galle Colombo Main Road, Kalutara 12000, Sri Lanka
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4.5 based on 287 reviews

Kalutara Bodhiya

The Kalutara bodiya is one of the religious place which is venerated by all buddhist in sri lanka. anybody who comes from Colombo or galle stop over at the sacred shrine to pay their respects by way of worshipping and offerings. here is a hollow dagoba with interesting paintings.

Reviewed By Udarahema - Kottawa

Buddhism is a very historical and important place for visit. Inside main temple you able to go inside and do any religious activities. If you need to get relaxed to your mind please go there and stay few hours

3. IPHA Lanka Travels & Tours

Bandarawaththa Road | No 50 A, Seeduwa 11410, Sri Lanka
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5 based on 47 reviews

IPHA Lanka Travels & Tours

IPHA Lanka is a fully licensed Travel Agency which began its operation in beginning of 2013. We are a team of professional chauffeurs who has minimum of 10 years of tourism experience in Sri Lanka. We aspire to be the most sought after travel agent in sustainable tourism platform.

Reviewed By MWHAHAHAHA

Found IPHA Lanka tours by a recommendation from a friend. Anthony (owner) was helpful and knowledgeable when planning our trip. He gave us tips and ideas for a 9 day tour.
Upon arrival Anthony was punctual and picked us up without issues. He had a large comfortable van with plenty of space. Provided water and wifi.
Due to personal reasons, Anthony left us after one day and efficiently organised a second driver Preethi, without any issues. I mention this, as we spent most of our trip with Preethi, and while the planning and organisation of the trip may have been done by Anthony, it was Preethi who made our trip fun and set it apart with his sweet, gentle, friendly manner.
The highlight of this entire trip was the elephant safari that had been organised by Anthony and Preethi. We were taken in a jeep by an experienced local who knew exactly how to avoid crowds and get as close to the elephants as possible.
Another noteworthy point is the wifi that was provided in the car. Being vegetarians, we needed to constantly look for restaurants in towns where we could eat, and ease of internet allowed us to do so. The water was also plentiful such that we never had to purchase a single bottle or worry about dehydrating!
Overall the entire trip was extremely memorable and enjoyable, all thanks to the team of Anthony and Preethi. We always felt safe and comfortable. Couldn't recommend them highly enough.

4. Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

Galle Road | Colombo, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka +94 77 293 8338
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Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

Reviewed By Ifigeneia C - Thessaloniki, Greece

The people there were realy nice. They shaw as the place around and they gave us so many infomations about the turtles. We could touch the turtles and even hold them in our hands. Above all the money that you pay for the ticket goes for a good perpose, to preserve an animal speace

5. Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

Colombo, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 911505
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4.5 based on 515 reviews

Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

Reviewed By profjoypc - Alnwick, United Kingdom

The Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara is one of many 'must see' places for anyone interested in the Buddhist Temples of the island. Its history goes back to before 500 BCE and the third visit of Lord Buddha to Sri lanka. It has important paintings relating to the life of The Buddha, It is also famous for its wonderful image of the reclining Buddha. It is believed that the original Stupa enshrined a throne of gems upon which Lord Buddha sat. The place is tranquil and a huge privilege and pleasure to see.

6. St. Anthony's Church Kochikade Colombo

St Anthony's Mawatha | Kochchikade, Colombo, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 329303
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St. Anthony's Church Kochikade Colombo

Reviewed By mrdom

All of the christian churches in Colombo seem to be plain affairs with little interest to tourists. St Anthony’s actually had a lot of people in it singing, which was nice until an old woman started literally chasing me to try to get me to buy prayer offerings. I guess the Buddhism has rubbed off on them.

7. Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

Thimbirigasyaya Rd, Colombo 00500, Sri Lanka
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4.5 based on 114 reviews

Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

Reviewed By zamanwho - Dhaka City, Bangladesh

Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Colombo built nearly 150 years ago. The interior of the temple is really enchanted with heavily decorated with colorful murals and beautiful statues all over its wall and ceiling, although its exterior is not very impressive.

8. Independence Square

Independence Avenue, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka
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Independence Square

Reviewed By doijode - Shimoga District, India

I was stunned by seeing this Independence square architecture. So perfectly it’s build, it gives us the feeling that we are in some other country all together. And I must admit it’s so well maintained and clean. It’s a must visit place in Colombo. Garden is lush green and from whichever angle we click pictures it comes out perfect

9. R. Premadasa Stadium

Khettarama Road | Maligawatta, Colombo, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 681601
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R. Premadasa Stadium

Reviewed By zamanwho - Dhaka City, Bangladesh

R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, popularly known as the Premadasa Stadium is a cricket stadium on Khettarama Road in Colombo. This Cricket ground is one of the iconic places in Sri Lanka for Cricket lovers. It is the largest stadium in Sri Lanka with its capacity of 35,000 spectators. You may visit the stadium if you are in Colombo and of course, if you are a cricket lover.

10. Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

Second Cross Street, Colombo 01100, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 430750
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Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

Reviewed By Jane H - Dusseldorf, Germany

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great colors and architecture, friendly people, busy and lively area, beautiful place of worship
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as a lady I was not allowed to walk further than the entrance hall, no parking around, very busy and hectic streets around it, narrow streets so that the complete mosque was not really seeable from outside

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