Top things to see and do in Colombo, Sri Lanka

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

cinnamon lakeside hotel colombo sri lanka

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

geoffrey bawa house no 11 interior

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

ministry of crab colombo sri lanka

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.

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