Bentota - Colombo
On the way to Colombo, you come across the domed temple at Kalutara which you also come across from Kandy-Bentota.From Bentota, it'll take you 2 hrs or so to reach Colombo.
Colombo has 15 postal area codes, for example, Fort is Colombo 1 (Col 1), Slave Island is Col 2 and Kollupitiya is Col 3.
|Buddha statue at Fort; outside the Hilton|
Pettah has busy market areas. To fully appreciate them, a stroll is recommended in the midst of the hustle and bustle. The great Wolvendaal Church , the most important Dutch building in the country, is located here. The church is built on a cemetery, and some remains of the cemetery can be seen.
|Remains of the graveyard at Wolvendaal|
|St Lucia's Cathedral|
KOLLUPITIYA and around
|View from Galle Face Green|
There's also a lake called the South Beira Lake around.
|World Trade Center, as seen from Galle Face Green|
The National Museum is located here.
The leafy Independence Sq area is very green, with a statue, and has a temple-like feel, with vast parkland stretching on either side.
The cricket stadium , next to the Sinhala Sports Center has a cricket shop from where you can buy jerseys and other cricket-related mementos. If you aren't seeing a match, you can see a glimpse of the stadium from a break in the wall.
We were staying at the Cinammon Grand in Kollupitiya. The hotel was great with plush rooms. There are two wings, overlooking two different atriums. There are many restaurants in the hotel. Try to choose a higher floor for better views.
There's a Delifrance at Odel in Cinammon Gardens, with fair, average food.
The Veranda Bar at the Galle Face Hotel had some of the worst service I've ever seen. We got drinks within 15 min, but an hour passed, and our food didn't arrive. Told them once, told them twice and told them thrice, and still no food! Finally we left hungry, without receiving any apology. The drinks are fine, though.
The Amrith restaurant in Cinammon Gardens serves fine Indian cuisine. Service isn't bad. The decor is fine. It's in its own building.
The cafe at Barefoot is an OK place to while away time. Low variety, but food is fine. Drinks are fine too, but food takes a long time to arrive at your table...
The food hall at the Crescat Boulevard has good stuff if you want more variety. There's a Keels supermarket there.
Odel Unlimited at Cinammon Gardens is a good place for clothes and the like. They also have other stuff. It's very close to Viharamahadevi Park.
House of Fashions has some of the best discounts ever seen but there are no trial rooms (!). The surplus real top-end brand stuff is sold at what may seem like dirt. Crowds may be a huge problem, but biilling is really efficient. If you shopped too much, you can also buy suitcases. Good buy: cheap designer surpluses
|Buddha statue at Viharamadevi Park|
|Expansive parkland around Independence Sq|