Colombo - Post Report Question and Answers

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

Colombo is not an interesting city. You will quickly discover which are the nice restaurants and shops; there are no real "hidden gems." - Mar 2021

Haven't explored enough to know about "hidden gems". The obvious ones are quite nice. In Colombo, a sunset drink at the Galle Face hotel is a must. - Sep 2020

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 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 2017

Go to the beach, museums, see temples, bowling, swimming, parks... - Sep 2013

Beaches, mountains, gay parties (private and off the radar of many). - Sep 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 2011

Tour the hotel pools, go to Galle, Dambulla, Yala national park, Bentota beaches, Una Watuna, restaurants, High Tea at Galle Face hotel. - Feb 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 2008

Travel -- to the mountains, national parks, beautiful beaches, luxury hotels... - Feb 2008

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