Jan 18, 2018
With its well-preserved colonial architecture, glorious coasts hugging the Indian Ocean and spice-laden cuisine, Sri Lanka’s commercial capital promises sensory overload of the best kind. Here are some must-dos, if you can only squeeze in a short trip to the city.
Relax by Beira Lake
Thanks to its idyllic location on the shores of Beira Lake, Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo makes for a perfect city break. The romantic vibe is highlighted by the hotel’s floating restaurant, and award-winning Azmaara spa with its express head-and-foot treatment centre.
Visit the home of Geoffrey Bawa
The prominent Sri Lankan architect’s house, where he lived between 1960 to 1970, is now open to the public for guided tours. The building has all his signature touches including plentiful courtyards and verandas, and a stark white palette – definitely a treat for Instagrammers and those who appreciate fine architecture.
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Try sought-after local cuisine
Nobody dishes out Sri Lanka’s signature street dish kotthu (roti sliced and tossed up with onions, meat, spices and sometimes cheese) better than Hotel de Pilawoos, which attracts even the rich and famous despite its humble facade. Or if you’re hankering for a hearty seafood meal, head to Ministry of Crab (above). An ode to the crustacean in all its forms, it dishes up everything from the Singapore chilli crab to Sri Lankan garlic pepper crab curry. Reserve months ahead as it is very popular.