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What are some interesting/fun things to do in the area? Can you recommend any “hidden gems"?

Too many to list, Sigaryia Rock, Horton's Plains, Mirissa for the whale watching, Kandy, tea plantations, you name it... you won't run out of things to do. - Sep 28, 2017
See above, however there is a yachting club south of the city, you must wander through Pettah market several times, visit the old city hall in Pettah, get ice cream at Il Gelato, witness the Hindu festival of Thaipusam, the Vesak festival on Beira Lake and MUCH more! Renting the real estate agent, Mimi Weerasinghe's, beautiful home in Wadduwa and Sunday brunch at Mt Lavinia hotel or just tea in the middle of the day! - Mar 20, 2017
Go to the beach, museums, see temples, bowling, swimming, parks... - Sep 28, 2013
Beaches, mountains, gay parties (private and off the radar of many). - Sep 23, 2012
An hour to the north or south there are acceptable beaches. For better beaches the drive is closer to 3-4 hours. There is an elephant orphanage about an hour inland on the road to Kandy. Lots of temples and archaeological ruins to see. Trips upcountry to Kandy. - Dec 7, 2011
Tour the hotel pools, go to Galle, Dambulla, Yala national park, Bentota beaches, Una Watuna, restaurants, High Tea at Galle Face hotel. - Feb 8, 2010
Travel to the hill country and resorts but travel is difficult due to bad roads and bad drivers. Contact Royal Colombo Golf Club and ask to be introduced to the N&G Golfers on the weekends. A great group of expats who form close relationships and provide more than just golf - Sep 7, 2008
Travel -- to the mountains, national parks, beautiful beaches, luxury hotels... - Feb 26, 2008