The 10 Best Things to Do in Kotte, Sri Lanka

July 14, 2017 Janette Largent

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (commonly known as Kotte /ˈkoʊteɪ/) is the official capital of Sri Lanka. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is a satellite city and within the urban area of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo.
Restaurants in Kotte

1. Sri Jayawardanapura City

Parliament Road, Kotte 22000, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 777100
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Sri Jayawardanapura City

Reviewed By SE s

This is the administrative capital of Sri Lanka.The Parliament is situvated here its very beautiful surrounded by water.There are enough foodoutlets here. You can walk in the evenings or mornings.

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. Beverly Street

475/C Sri Jayawardenepura Road | Rajagiriya, Welikada 10107, Sri Lanka +94 11 2 888688
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Beverly Street

Beverly Street is a leading department store that houses apparel, shoes, jewelry & accessories for women, men & children. The award winning stone structure is an architectural first & has plenty of parking, a kids play area & a cafe serving Thai, Western & Indian food & beverages in picturesque Rajagiriya. The cafe won a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017.

Reviewed By 19AmeenaandRahman69 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Modern clothing store. Very nice atmosphere. Ample parking. Easy access from the main road. Plenty to select from. Value for money.Thanks a lot for your kind words! We hand pick our garments & accessories so we can provide value for money. We hope to see you again soon!

4. 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!

5. OSMO Fitness

69 RathnayakaMawatha | Thalangama South, Pelawatta 12138, Sri Lanka +94 71 670 0845
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OSMO Fitness

Want to look good, feel great and be healthy? Welcome to OSMO Fitness, the most exclusive, and state-of-the-art Wellness Studio and Gymnasium in Sri Lanka! OSMO Fitness is an international standard fitness centre featuring some of the world's best Technogym equipment and a wide range of facilities including a sauna and steam room, facilities for sports such as Badminton, Table Tennis, Squash and

Reviewed By RDFe - Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka

This gymnasium is without a doubt equipped with latest, high end machines. However, after joining you realise that some of them don’t have all the features that were promised when you signed up. For example, the internet connection on the treadmills are pretty poor and most of the channels are not accessible. But the place is clean and well maintained.
If you are joining, insist on getting you individualised program as soon as you pay. I went there for over three months, and it was one excuse after another and the program was never given. Instructors have their usual clientele, and prefer to concentrate on them even though it’s not a personal training session. Unfortunately, you don’t get the help that was initially promised.
Honestly for me the experience was bad and there was no value for money. I stopped going after the first few months and joined another gym. The pool that was promised at the time of joining has not come up even a year later. So if you are looking to join, just be vary of the picture that is created when joining…….

6. Zen Island

No. 67 Mirihana Road, Nugegoda 10250, Sri Lanka +94 71 051 5175
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Zen Island

A place to go to get away from your busy life. Find Zen Island offering a range of relaxing spa treatments, Manicures & Pedicures.

Reviewed By Chathini - Colombo, Sri Lanka

Location - convenient and they have parking.
Service - I got done gel color soak off and a cut and polish. And it was terrible. That person filed the top of my nail (she said she can't remove the gel color without filing the top coat first). This is the first time I have done that as every time OPI people just remove gel color easily using foil.
She damaged one of my nail bed, So I asked to stop it. She couldn't communicate well she is an indonesian I think. And they charged 2500/- or 2000/- LKR for the soak off and for the cut and polish. ridiculous.
In OPI they use all the OPI products and its excellent service. May be they are good for massages, but not for nails. They have lot to learn and they got that potential. And of course they have a manager with a very bad mouth.

7. Vehera Kanda Ruins

Kotte 10100, Sri Lanka
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Vehera Kanda Ruins

Reviewed By Anuka C

It is really hard to believe that ancient monuments similar to that of Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa, situated in highly sophisticated areas of capital. Sri Jayawardanapura Kotte once was a kingdom known as Kotte. The kingdom's rare relics still stand gloriously in Kotte.
This particular landmark is really a hidden gem, even locals are unaware about its existence. Google map is helpful but not exactly. It is located 4km from Pitakotte juction. You can take a tuk tuk from there. Actually it is somewhat larger structure than I initially thought. It is almost entirezly built by laterite. There is a high rectangular elevated platform with its two flights of steps. On the platform there are two stupas. A foundation of a building also among the remnants that may be remainings of a image house.
Entrance is free. Very relaxing environment. Have a nice time there

8. Speed Drome (Pvt) Ltd

260/1 Pannipitiya Road | Pelawatta, Battaramulla 10120, Sri Lanka +94 11 4 933888
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3 based on 6 reviews

Speed Drome is a fully equipped and professionally fitted out Go-Kart race track located in Battaramulla opposite the Buddhadasa grounds. Complete with 12 Go-Karts, computerized timing and scoring systems, professionally trained staff, designated spectator areas, air-conditioned VIP gallery and much more. At present Speed Drome covers an extent of 1.5 acres with a swimming pool along side the Kar

Reviewed By NarenG - Los Angeles, California

The equipment is well maintained as are the karts. Do bring your own shoes though as the rental ones are quite sweaty and smelly (unavoidable in a country like Sri Lanka). It is value for money as initially the price can seem a bit steep for 15 minutes but Karting is a lot more tiring than it looks. It can get very hot in the afternoon so avoid that time if possible. Highly recommended for a bit of adrenaline.

9. Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

Galle Road | Colombo, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka +94 77 293 8338
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4 based on 1 reviews

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

10. 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.

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