Colombo city is beautified with a marvolus beach and a lot of good hotels and located. You also can reach nice hill areas in one or two hours drive.

 Here are some ideas for Day Trips when you are based in Colombo.

 Within the city:

1. Visit to the National Zoological Gardens - in Dehiwala

2. Visit to the National Museum

3. Visit the Pettah Bazaar and do some bargain shopping (Some parts can be messy and dirty, and it is very crowded). Be very careful of your belonging while walking around.

4. Take a cycle tour in the suburbs covering a Lake, bird sanctuary and the parliament complex

5. Check out the theatre/ exhibitions at the

  • Lionel Wendt Art Gallery
  • National Art Gallery
  • John de Silva Memorial Hall
  • Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Center
  • Punchi Theatre
  • Bishop's college Auditorium
  • Jana Kala Kendraya - Battaramulla

Usually exhibitions start around 10.00 am and go on till 5.00 pm and at times till much later till around 10.00 pm (the longer ones tend to be more shopping festivals than anything else, but sometimes there are local crafts exhibitions, which can be interesting for the visitor)

5. Shopping

Shopping towns are Colombo (ODEL seem to be a big favourite, with heavily over priced items - but for the trouble of getting out of the city and if you have limited time in hand, is probably one of the best places to visit. They have some interesting CSR work they contribute to, so you can still feel good for the price you pay!)

Crescat Boulevard is also a department store, for top quality, high priced, exclusive shopping.

If you have time, Duplication Road has plenty of shops from Shoes to Jewellery, and Bambalapitiya, Kollupitiya, Nugegoda have plenty of shopping ideas and a great many cafes and restaurants too.

Outside the city : Day Trips

  • Kithulgala - White water Rafting
  • Bolgoda Lake - River Safari/canoeing/fishing
  • Leisure World Water Theme park - Kalu Aggala
  • Negombo - Beach/Fish Market and lagoon and mangrove boat safari
  • Pinnawala - Elephant Orphanage
  • Kandy - City Tour (Temple of the Tooth Relic/Peradeniya Botanical Gardens)
  • Galle - Kanneliya Rain Forest
  • Koggala - Mangrove boat safari
  • Benthota - Mangrove boat safari/water sports
  • Benthota/Hikkaduwa - Snorkelling/Scuba diving