While Sri Lanka may be all about the beaches, exotic wildlife, rich culture and historic sites, a visit to the commercial capital Colombo reveals a whole other side to this cosmopolitan city. This is a metropolis where East and West coexist in a cultural melting pot that has given Colombo a unique identity. The great thing is that be it day or night, there is always something to do here from going on an all out shopping spree to enjoying street food in the wee hours of the morning after a night of clubbing.
The changing face of the city is evident from the many luxury apartments in Colombo that have come up along the main road known as Galle Road. Driving along this road will take you to two popular malls namely Majestic City and Crescat where you can enjoy some shopping. During the day also plan to visit the National Museum for some historical insights and the Pettah open market area where you can have fun getting “lost” in the maze of streets amidst vendors who vie for your attention.
As the day draws to a close you can head to Galle Face Green and witness a sunset by the sea. Located beside the up and coming One Galle Face, this coastal area is popular amongst locals who can be seen here flying kites, having picnics and just enjoying time by the sea. It is also a great spot to sample some typical Sri Lankan street food, “kottu rotti” (chopped up godhamba roti fried with vegetables and meats) and “isso wade” (deep fried shrimp snack) in particular.
Night time sees the city take on a whole new outlook, with Colombo illuminated in light and a different kind of buzz pulsing through its roads and streets. Cafe culture is big here and there are plenty of cafes to enjoy snacks, desserts, drinks and all manner of dishes. You will find some good 3D cinemas if you want to catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters, while for local plays look to see what’s playing at the well known Lionel Wendt Theatre. For dinner head to beach areas like Mount Lavinia where you can dine by the shore; after, head to one of Colombo’s popular bars or nightclubs like Disques, Floor By O, Clique and R&B for a fun night out on the town.
Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.